There are many questions in the TechNet Forum for Training and Certification about upgrading from MCSA on Server 2003 or MCSE on Server 2003 so I decided to write a wiki about this topic.

You can upgrade to the new MCSA: Server 2012 certification from MCSE 2003 until January 31, 2014. The Upgrade exam for MCSA 2003 was retired on 31 July  so there is no longer an upgrade path available for MCSA 2003. 

 Upgrade from MCSE 2003:

1) Pass exam 70-649 : Upgrading your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist

This exam expires on 31 January 2014! After that date no upgrade path will be available for MCSE 2003!

2) Pass exam 70-646: (now part of MCSA: Server 2008, before that this exam provided MCITP: Server Administrator)

This exam will remain valid module for MCSA: Server 2008 and has no retirement planned.

70-649 + 70-646 will give you MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification.

3) Pass exam 70-417: Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012


What to do if you have MCSA 2003 or you will not be able to pass the 70-649 MCSE upgrade exam before 31 January 2014:

If you will not be able to pass the required upgrade exam on time then you have two options:

1) Go for MCSA: Server 2008 by passing the seperate exams (70-640, 70-642, 70-646 ) and do the upgrade exam 70-417 to MCSA: Server 2012. This option is interesting if you already passed one or two of the required exams.

2) Go for MCSA: Server 2012 without upgrading from previous certification (exams 70-410. 70-411, 70-412). As this certification requires only three exams every upgrade alternative that requires passing more then 3 exams might not a be a very smart thing to do.

Overview of the upgrade path to MCSA: Server 2012 from MCSA: Server 2008 or MCITP:


Upgrade from MCSA: Server 2012 to the MCSE tracks:

From MCSA: Server 2012 you earn one of the new MCSE Certification tracks, each MCSE track will require additional exams that you will need to pass to achieve the MCSE certification that has your interest. These tracks are new and will be available for  the next few years, most of the self-paced guides from Microsoft Press for the MCSE exams will be releases at the end of September 2013

You find the MCSE tracks and the exams required here

Good luck with upgrading before 31 January 2014 for MCSE 2003 and feel free to ask questions about upgrading in the TechNet Training and Certification Forum.

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