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New Microsoft Azure Exam: 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Microsoft is creating a new Microsoft Azure Exam - 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions, in order to better align the objective domains to Architecting solutions in Microsoft Azure and not the details in implementing solutions in Azure like we have today in the 70-534 exam.

This new exam will also bring changes to the current certifications that use the now old 70-534 Exam. MCSA and MCSE will start using this in the next few weeks. If you have a current MCSA/MCSE or MCSD certification that used the 70-534, your certification will still be current. I also recommend you to check the new Microsoft Azure Certification that Microsoft is releasing. You can find more information's at:  https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/announcing-three-new-azure-exams

Microsoft is also creating a new MOC (Microsoft Official Course) that aligns with this new exam. It will be the 20535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. According to the Born to Learn post it will be available in February 2018.

You can find more information in this Born to Learn article: https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/microsoft-exam-70_2d00_535-to-replace-70_2d00_534_3a00_-architecting-microsoft-azure-solutions-on-november-30-_1320_-here_1920_s-what-you-should-know-

SharePoint 2013 Developer exams – New retirement dates

Microsoft will extend the retirement date of the following SharePoint 2013 exams:

  • 488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
  • 489: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions       

Both of these exams should retire on March, 31, 2017, but Microsoft extended the exams until July 31, 2018, so given or take if you haven’t take those exams you have 1 year and 4 months more to take then. SharePoint 2013 is still highly used in companies and we don’t have any SharePoint 2016 developer exam released, so this is a wise decision by Microsoft.

BUT!!!!! Attention, this will not impact on the decision of removing the MCSD: SharePoint Applications certification. If you still plan to get this certification you still have only until March, 31, 2017 (so, less than 3 months) to take the 4 necessary exams.

The 488 and 489 exams are still elective exam for the new MCSD: App Builder Certification

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MCSA SQL Server 2016

Microsoft just announced the release of 3 new MCSA: SQL Server 2016 certifications. One big difference from these certifications from the previous versions is that now we have 3 MCSA instead of just the current MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014. Microsoft brought back the MCSA SQL Server Developer Certification. Being most a Developer that uses a lot SQL Server, this makes all the sense. So this is good news for all SQL Server Developers and standard developers that use SQL Server has their main Database system.

So, this are the new certifications:

MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development

  • 70-761 – Querying Data with Transact-SQL
  • 70-762 – Developing SQL Databases

Note: If you already hold an MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification can upgrade by taking and passing exam 70-762


MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration

  • 70-764 – Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure
  • 70-765 – Provisioning SQL Databases

Note: If you already hold an MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification can upgrade by taking and passing exam 70-765


MCSA: SQL 2016 Business Intelligence Development

  • 70-767 – Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse
  • 70-768 – Developing SQL Data Models

Note: If you already hold an MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification can upgrade by taking and passing exam 70-768


All MOC courses to prepare you for this SQL Server 2016 exams are already available. MCSE certifications will be announced later this summer.