28 February 2020

The end of Microsoft MCSA, MCSD and MCSE certifications

As of June 30, 2020, the following Microsoft certifications will retire:
  • MCSA: BI Reporting
  • MCSA: Dynamics 365 for Operations
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 BI Development
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Admin
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Dev
  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014
  • MCSA: Universal Windows Platform
  • MCSA: Web Applications
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2016
  • MCSD: App Builder
  • MCSE: Business Applications
  • MCSE: Core Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Data Management & Analytics
  • MCSE: Productivity

Microsoft Learning is encouraging certification in existing functions roles in the market, such as Microsoft Azure (cloud), Modern Desktop.

The following image shows the recommended role-based certifications:

The following image represents the alternatives for those working with the Microsoft data platform (SQL Server, Power BI, ...) For example Database Administrator, Data Analyst..

For those who are waiting for the new dedicated Windows Server 2019 and/or SQL Server 2019 certifications, Microsoft Learning has made the following statement:
  • No, there will be no Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 certifications. Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 content will be included in role-based certifications, as needed for certain work roles in the Azure and Data infrastructure and application areas and IA.

So what will happen to the MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE certifications that we have?
  • These will remain in the certification transcript.

Is it still possible to do some of these certifications?
  • Yes, until June 30, 2020 you can do any certification that is on the list above. After this date it will not be possible.

What about Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications?
  • To date, there is no information that MOS certifications will be affected or retire.

What about Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA?
  • To date, there is no information that MTA certifications will be affected or retire.

Is there an official communicative from Microsoft Learning?
  • Yes, you can consult here.

Please note that the following exams will be withdrawn from 30 June 2020:
  • 70-333: Deploying Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business 2015
  • 70-334: Core Solutions for Microsoft Skype for Business 2015
  • 70-339: Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016
  • 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
  • 70-457: Developing Mobile Apps
  • 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
  • 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
  • 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
  • 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
  • 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014
  • 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases
  • 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014
  • 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases
  • 70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server
  • 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server
  • 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server
  • 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • 70-483: Programming in C#
  • 70-486: Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications
  • 70-487: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services
  • 70-537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack
  • 70-705: Designing and Providing Microsoft Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations
  • 70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016
  • 70-741: Networking with Windows Server 2016
  • 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016
  • 70-743: Upgrading Your skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016
  • 70-744: Securing Windows Server 2016
  • 70-745: Implementing a Software-Defined Datacenter
  • 70-761: Querying Data with Transact-SQL
  • 70-762: Developing SQL Databases
  • 70-764: Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure
  • 70-765: Provisioning SQL Databases
  • 70-767: Implementing a Data Warehouse using SQL
  • 70-768: Developing SQL Data Models
  • 70-777: Implementing Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Solutions
  • 70-778: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power BI
  • 70-779: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Excel
  • MB2-716: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customization and Configuration
  • MB6-894: Development, Extensions and Deployment for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance
  • MB6-897: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail
  • MB6-898: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Human Resources

14 February 2020

Windows Terminal Preview v0.9.433.0

It's available the new release of Windows Terminal Preview

What is Windows Terminal Preview?

Windows Terminal is an application that is actually a new modern and productive terminal for users who normally work with command line tools such as Windows PowerShell, bash, shells and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Supports Unicode and UTF-8 characters, text rendering engines, themes, styles and custom settings.

You can consult all the news of the release in the project repository on GitHub here: https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/releases

It is a completely free and open source application in which everyone can participate here  https://github.com/microsoft/terminal.

You can install from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 or here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-terminal-preview/9n0dx20hk701.

For those who need or work with several shell, command prompt, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) or even PowerShell on Windows 10, I recommend Windows Terminal.

10 December 2019

Microsoft Anivirus for Windows 7 will end!!!

Microsoft Security Essentials is free antivirus for end users and small companies up to 10 computers. 

This publication is intended to inform that support for Microsoft Security Essentials will end 14 January, 2020.

So, if you use legacy software in Window 7 maybe you need to think to change your antivirus or try to move to Windows 10.

What is the Microsoft recommendation?
  • Recommend you move to a Windows 10 PC to continue to receive security updates from Microsoft.
Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14210/security-essentials-download

Some users already receiving a warning about  the ending suport for Microsoft Windows 7. The following image is one of the examples.

Safety is one of the topics that should not be ignored. But unfortunately it is still quite ignored by users that both home and organizational included decision makers and administrators of the organization itself.

23 October 2019

Free one-year digital subscription for CODE Magazine

Members from Visual Studio Dev Essentials now have access to CODE Magazine the leading independent magazine for software developers. 

To activate your new CODE Magazine benefit and sign up for your free one-year digital subscription.

25 August 2019

If you are taking a Microsoft exam online, read before

If you are taking a Microsoft exam online, read before

There are two ways to take a Microsoft exam:
  • In an examination center
  • Online and you can take the exam anywhere as long as you have a computer with a webcam and connected to Internet

What is the difference between the two?

Basically, it is the comfort.

Some people like to make the exam in examination center, and we will get a pen and a paper so that we can make notes for answering the question. At the end you must return the pen and the paper note.

Other like to make the exam at home or other location. But there are a lot of restrictions. For example, all notes are taken digitally by the following feature https://home.pearsonvue.com/Documents/Technical-specifications/Online-Proctored/online-proctored-whiteboard-overview.aspx).

You may also want to know the specifics restriction on how to prepare for the online exam

You should test your software at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/online-exams.aspx.

What is important to know if you are taken the exam online.

Andy Malone is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and Microsoft MVP he has had some issues and warned of some situations.

He recommends that you do the following:
  1. During the registration process you will receive a code notification to start the exam. Do not delete this message and note the code.
  2. Do not schedule your exams for a Saturday or for the end of the day, especially at night. The Pearson Vue will use artificial intelligence (AI) if there is no one available, and you won’t be able to call for help.
  3. If you need or have any problems/issues call the support number or use chat.
  4. Andy Malone noted that it is very important to disable any notification system. That are pop-ups or any type of notifications like Windows 10 Toast Notifications. The notifications will end your exam, so disable them for Windows or Mac OS.
  5. Don't cover your mouth, read the questions out loud, don't talk to yourself, or look around. Any of the proposed actions on exam will cause the exam to be canceled. And the examiner will only warn once.

You can consult the Andy Malone blog post at: https://www.andymalone.org/post/taking-an-proctored-microsoft-exam-you-need-to-read-this

It’s recommended that you have/do:
  • Good Internet access connectivity because any Internet issues or connection fail the exam will terminate, and you cannot resume it.
  • A place with good lighting.
  • Prepare to be in place for 2 or 3 hours without moving, that is, you cannot move a chair, you cannot stretch your arms, among other situations.
  • Before starting, clean and remove any paper, folder, dossier, notebooks, etc from your workplace.
  • And remember you will be monitored by WebCam do not make any funny faces, do not put your hands on the head and others
  • Any outside noise can terminate the exam.

All certification exam policies can be found here.

16 July 2019

New Microsoft Certifications

Over the last year, Microsoft has rolled out 23 new certifications.

To help orient you in the new program, below is a table showing how the 70-xxx exams align to our new certification program.

Exam Number Exam Name Replacement Certification
70-331 Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Teamwork Administrator  (MS-300, MS-301)
70-332 Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Teamwork Administrator  (MS-300, MS-301)
70-341 Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Messaging Administrator  (MS-200, MS-201)
70-342 Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Messaging Administrator  (MS-200, MS-201)
70-346 Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator (MS-100, MS-101)
70-347 Enabling Office 365 Services Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator (MS-100, MS-101)
70-473 Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions Azure Data Engineer (DP-200, DP-201)
70-475 Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions Azure Data Engineer (DP-200, DP-201)
70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Azure Developer (AZ-203)
70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions Azure Administrator (AZ-103)
70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions Azure Solutions Architect (AZ-300, AZ-301)
70-695 Deploying Windows Desktops and Enterprise Applications Modern Desktop Administrator (MD-100, MD-101)
70-697 Configuring Windows Devices Modern Desktop Administrator (MD-100, MD-101)
70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10 Modern Desktop Administrator (MD-100, MD-101)
70-773 Analyzing Big Data with Microsoft R Azure Data Scientist (DP-100)
70-774 Perform Cloud Data Science with Azure Machine Learning Azure Data Scientist (DP-100)
70-775 Perform Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure HDInsight Azure Data Engineer (DP-200, DP-201)
70-776 Engineering Data with Microsoft Cloud Services Azure Data Engineer (DP-200, DP-201)
AZ-100 Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment Azure Administrator (AZ-103)
AZ-101 Microsoft Azure Integration and Security Azure Administrator (AZ-103)
AZ-102 Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition Exam Azure Administrator (AZ-103)
AZ-200 Microsoft Azure Developer Core Solutions (beta) Azure Developer (AZ-203)
AZ-201 Microsoft Azure Developer Advanced Solutions (beta) Azure Developer (AZ-203)
AZ-202 Microsoft Azure Developer Certification Transition (beta) Azure Developer (AZ-203)
AZ-302 Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition (beta) Azure Solutions Architect (AZ-300, AZ-301)
MB2-715 Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Online Deployment Dynamics 365 Certification (MB-200, which is a prerequisite for several Dynamics 365 certifications)
MB2-717 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Dynamics 365 for Sales (MB-210)
MB2-718 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Customer Service Dynamics 365 for Customer Service (MB-230)
MB2-719 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing Dynamics 365 for Marketing (MB-220)
MB2-877 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service Dynamics 365 for Field Service (MB-240)
MB6-895 Financial Management in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Financials (MB-310)
MB6-896 Distribution and Trade in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Supply Chain Management (MB-330)
MS-202 Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrator Certification Transition Messaging Administrator (MS-200, MS-201)
MS-302 Microsoft 365 Teamwork Administrator Certification Transition Teamwork Administrator Certification (MS-300, MS-301)