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  1. Senior Member
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    Default Upgrading....

    I am sure that this has been asked, but the terms are so common that I haven't had much luck searching the forum.

    I currently have my MCSE 2003 with Security and Messaging concentrations.

    Is there an upgrade path available, or am I better off just starting from scratch?

    I know there used to be an upgrade path, but at this point I can't find a straight answer.

    For bonus points:

    I also have my MCDBA (SQL 2000), MCTS: SQL Server 2005, and MCITP: SQL Server 2005. Any update path for those?

    Thanks for any insight you can offer!
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    A+, Net+, Sec+, ITIL v3, MCSA:2008/2012, MCSE:CP&I, CCNA R&S/Cyber Ops, MCITP:EDST/EDA
    You should be able to take the 70-417 to upgrade to MCSA 2012. I don't believe there is a direct upgrade path to a current MCSE.

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  4. Senior Member Phalanx's Avatar
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    If you login to your MCP account and select the Certification Planner, when you first login you will see a list of "In Progress" qualifications, which will include things you can upgrade to. Open it up, look at the bottom and choose "All available paths for certification". There should be a "Upgrade requirements", which will list everything you need to do to upgrade to that certification.

    I'm currently in the process of upgrading my MCDST to a MCSA: Server 2012 like this.
    Data Privacy & Project/Service Management: PECB GDPR DPO/Practitioner | ITIL 2011: Foundation
    Client & Security:
    MCSE: Mobility | MCSA: Windows 10 | MCITP: Windows 7
    Server & Networking:
    MCSA: Windows Server 2016 | MTA: Networking Fundamentals
    Currently Studying: Project+
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  5. Self-Described Huguenot blargoe's Avatar
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    VCAP5-DCA; VCP 3/4/5/6 (DCV); MCSA 2016/2012/2K3/2K; MCSE:S 2K3/2K; MCSE:M 2K3/2K; MCTS:Exch2K7; EMCSA:CLARiiON; Linux+; Security+; A+
    The individual exams for MCSA 2012 are quite difficult, which makes the combined 70-417 an absolute beast. Knowing what I know now after taking some of them individually, is that I would definitely take them individually unless I had lots of time to dedicate to studying and plenty of experience with administering all of the different server roles using Powershell and GUI.
    IT guy since 12/00

    Recent: 1/29/2018 - Passed 70-743 - MCSA 2016 Complete; 1/13/2018 - Passed 70-411 - MCSA 2012 complete
    Working on: Being a better coder, build/test/deploy automation fundamentals
    Future: Renew VCP (due 2/2019), possibly with an adjacent VCP or VCAP
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