MCSE 2000 to 2003 upgrade path. What happens when 2000 is retired?

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by acem77, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. acem77

    acem77 Guest

    MCSE 2000 to 2003 upgrade path. What happens when 2000 is retired?

    Right now I am trying to get 70-292 and 70-296 done before March 31st so I
    can upgrade to my MSCE to 2003.
    I have the 70-292 exam scheduled for next Tuesday.
    I hope to pass and start right on to studying 70-296 and complete that test
    by the March 31st deadline.
    What do you think will happen if I cant complete 70-296 by March 31st.
    70-292 and 70-296 will be retired and discontinued on March 31st.
    Do you think I will be able to still upgrade with the non-retired core exams
    that make up 70-296,(293 and 294)?
    If I schedule 70-296 and fail it before the 31st do you think I will be
    allowed to reschedule and take it after March 31st. what if I used a retake
    voucher with the original appointment before the 31st?

    acem77, Feb 13, 2008
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  2. acem77

    John R Guest

    Yes, you can use (290 and 291) instead of 292, and you can also use (293 and
    294) instead of 296 to reach MCSE.
    No, you will not be able to reschedule 296 after March 31, 2008, even if you
    used a retake voucher. 296 will not be available after March 31, 2008.

    John R
    John R, Feb 13, 2008
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  3. Same situation (and I have a lot of collegues into this situation too), BUT
    the real question is, does that worth the stress to pass those exams to get
    certified with Server 2003, instead of waiting for 2008 to come up and get
    certified with this version...

    Somebody could answers us, since I' actually doing the same thing of Acem77,

    NOTE: Microsoft sent us a letter ONLY in january 2008 about this exams end
    of life -- I find that just a little bit short for people not having only
    that to do!!! Probably we are missing something about the learning


    Claude Lachapelle
    Systems Administrator, still MCSE
    Claude Lachapelle, Feb 20, 2008
  4. acem77

    John R Guest

    Not sure I completely understand your issue. There is no stress. You can
    take 292 and 296 prior to 3/31/2008, or you can take (290 and 291) in place
    of 292, and you can also take (293 and 294) instead of 296 whenever you like
    before or after. The only thing that disappears 3/31/2008 is the option to
    take 292 or 296. Therefore, you can decide to upgrade whenever you want,
    but if you do it before 3/31/2008, you have the option of a shortened path
    (and a harder test from what I hear).

    Is it worth upgrading? That is not a question that we can answer for you.
    There will be 2003 domains around for a very very long time. Will the 2003
    cert be of value to you? Depends where you work, where you want to work,
    what you want to do.

    As to the short notice, the public notice has been on Microsoft's website
    for at least a year. I remember it being brought up in several on-line
    meetings long before January 2008. Microsoft sent an email out earlier this
    year just as a courtesy. By their own policy, they must make public notice
    one year in advance.

    John R
    John R, Feb 20, 2008
  5. Thanks John for the fast answer... that is what I was looking for, so I will
    continue with the short upgrade path, even if more difficult (I'm working
    with Server 2003 from the beginning).

    But I think that could be nice from Microsoft if they could give us just
    another month or more for those who only get this information this year!!!

    Claude Lachapelle, Feb 20, 2008
  6. This info has been public for a while now -- since last year as a matter
    of fact. Some responsibility has to lay with the certified ones for
    being absent from the certification community.
    Michael D. Alligood [CertGuard, Inc.], Feb 20, 2008
  7. Michael, for your information (and for Microsoft), I know a lot of product's
    specialist (Citrix, Cisco and others), where some are MCSE 2000 too, and they
    working on getting the 2 exams done NOW since I TOLD THEM they will expire by
    the end of March 2008... probably the email sent by Microsoft as a courtesy,
    was not enough?!

    Claude Lachapelle, Feb 20, 2008
  8. Not sure what else anyone could do since it's been about a year since
    the announcement.
    Michael D. Alligood [CertGuard, Inc.], Feb 20, 2008
  9. acem77

    Daemon Guest

    My question is this. For the MCSE on Windows 2000 some of the exams are
    going to retire, some are not. If you pass the core exams that have no
    option before march 31st, then pass the optional exams after march 31st are
    you awarded the certification?

    You meet the requirements for it. Passed the exams before they all expired.
    So I would think that this would count. It would just mean that if you did
    not have the cores, then you would not be able to get that exam as they

    If any one knows please let me know.
    Daemon, Feb 21, 2008
  10. acem77

    John R Guest

    I believe the answer to your question is yes, you will get the certification
    as long as you complete the requirements. This means having all of the core
    exams complete by 3/31. I kinda almost maybe remember someone asking that
    question in one of the online meetings.

    John R
    John R, Feb 21, 2008
  11. acem77


    Apr 3, 2008
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    70-292 and 70-296 date extended to 24-May-2008

    Microsoft have extended the retirement date for exams 70-292 and 70-296 to 24-May-2008
    dibdib, Apr 3, 2008
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