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I am looking at getting certified in windows server by taking the 3 MS cert tests. I think it would be MCTIP.  I am in a win 2008 environment so I know it well.  Is it a waste for me to get certified in 2008 if 2012 is now out?
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CorinTackNetwork EngineerCommented:
It is never a waste to get your certifications in a product you're using, so long as it is still offered.

However, in order to ensure you keep up with those, once you have the 2008 certification, you may want to look into what you need to do in order to 'upgrade' to the 2012 certification. (This is usually easier, as there is usually a single upgrade test that will get you the newer certification as well).

You'll want to look at how much longer the 2008 certification exams are being offered, however. Microsoft does retire these exams, and if they retire them when you're in the middle of getting certified (you take 1-2, then they retire them), you're out of luck.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
Do you think that 2008 server certification will be retired any time soon?  So you think going for 2008 cert is still a good idea for me at this time?  I would be taking the test in the fall.
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CorinTackNetwork EngineerCommented:
The MCITP certifications have, it seems, already expired (https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcitp-certification.aspx)

However, the MCSA Server 2008 certification has not, and it doesn't have a project expiration date yet, which you can find by searching for Microsoft certification retirements on Google (they maintain a list of expiration dates for any upcoming exams they will be retiring). You can find information on the MCSA 2008 here: https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsa-windows-server-2008-certification.aspx
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mkramer777Author Commented:
Now I'm a little confused.  I thought that when you took 1 MS cert exam you were a MCP.  Then if you take 1 of the 3 server 2008 exams you go to a MCSA.  Then if you get all three test completed you are a MTCIP.  Can you explain this for me?
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CorinTackNetwork EngineerCommented:
You can still earn the MCITP, though some of the specialties have been retired, so you're a bit more limited in which exams you can use. Just make sure that you know which exams are still available, and which are not.

When they 'retire' the MCITP in general, it will still show on your MS transcript, but will be listed as a 'legacy' certification.

Apologies for the confusion, but the information provided by Microsoft's standard sites and that you get through the MCP portal are actually different. Checking the MCP portal shows that MCITP is active, but not all versions of it are still available. (What this means, basically, is that you're limited in which of the options you can take for the exams that are listed as 'take either 70-XXX or 70-XXX).

Good luck!
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mkramer777Author Commented:
I am not needing the highest level of windows server 2008 certification.  Just intermediate.  So I think that MCSA windows server 2008 would be just fine.  Would you agree?
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CorinTackNetwork EngineerCommented:
That is the intermediate one, yes. It only required the 3 core exams, and is the way to go if you don't need the full MCITP certification.
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