Does Microsoft Hate All MCSE 2000?

Work_IT_outWork_IT_out Member Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
I just reviewed Microsoft's policies for upgrading from Windows 2000 MCSE to Windows 2008. There is no direct upgrade path. You have to upgrade from Windows 2000 to 2003 MSCE by taking 2 upgrade tests, and then you upgrade to Windows 2008 with at least 2 more upgrade tests.

I looked at the Upgrade tests from 2000 to 2003, and there is a little note that says these test are expiring in March 2008. Given the fact that Windows 2008 was just released to manufacturing in February of 2008, that gives all MCSE 2000 folks about 1 month to pass these 2 tests. With that tight of a time frame, Microsoft's free 2nd shot exam offer won't help.

This is not fair to those who invested their time & money into getting a Windows 2000 MCSE. After all, there is an upgrade path from NT 4.0 to Windows 2003, but none from Windows 2000 to 2008. If there is not going to be a direct upgrade path from 2000 to 2008 (because they are such different technologies, according to Microsoft), do you think Microsoft could at least throw give MCSE 2000 folks a break by extend this deadline, to give folks adequate time to study & pass these tests? I don’t know about you, but some of us spend their time on full time jobs during the day, as well as family at night, in addition to finding time to study for tests.

It seems to me that Microsoft is communicating a callous disregard for the time & money spent on certification by the community that implements their products. If you can't pass these 2 tests in the month of March 2008, I guess you either need to start over again with Windows 2008 certification, or maybe Microsoft wants us to jump ship and get certified in Linux?

What’s your take on this? icon_sad.gif


  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
    They announced that they were going to retire the 2003 upgrade exams quite awhile ago. They've been around for what, five years? It seems like you've been preoccupied with other things and haven't been keeping up with their certifications. I really don't think this is a case of MS hating 2000 MCSEs.

    I'm not sure why this is such an issue for you. If you were to take the two upgrade exams, you would then have to take the 2008 upgrade, Vista, and EA in order to become an MCITP: Enterprise Administrator. If you start from scratch, you will need the three MCTS exams, Vista, and EA. It's five exams either way, and from what I hear of 292, it'll probably be an easier route as well.
  • Megadeth4168Megadeth4168 Member Posts: 2,157
    No need to post this topic twice. I replied in you other post. As I said there, MS gives at least 1 year notice for retiring exams. This has been known since last year this time.
  • sprkymrksprkymrk Member Posts: 4,884 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Locked due to triple post. icon_rolleyes.gif
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