Microsoft WPC – From My Eyes to Yours – The Microsoft Partner Network

The Microsoft Partner Network is making huge changes.  If you are Gold or Silver certified today, please make sure to review the requirements associated with you certifications to make sure you do all that you need to do to maintain you certifications.  I know that for most of us the single biggest benefit that we utilize is the free internal use rights for Microsoft soutions, but I would also like to point out that Microsoft certification is part of the puzzle when it comes to improving your profile within Microsoft and while there are no promises, certification really helps when it comes to getting support from Microsoft.

For the Hosting competency, Gold certification is going to come with much stricter requirements around the number of MCPs you have.  On the other hand, they have done a great job of aligning the tests and MCP needs to both IaaS and Cloud services.

So you’ll need to have this sorted out by October and For Gold you’ll need 4 unique MCPs and for Silver you’ll need 2 MCPs.  I’ve outlined the exams and info below (bold are new exams).

Gold Exam / Certification Requirements

Your organization must employ or contract with four unique MCPs with advanced credentials, as follows:

2 MCP must hold one of the following by October

  • MCITP: Server Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator
  • MCITP: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator
  • MCM: Windows Server 2008 Directory
  • MCA: Windows Server Directory 2008
  • MCSE: Private Cloud
  • MCSE: Windows Server Infrastructure 

2 MCP must hold one of the following by October

  • MCITP: Database Developer 2008
  • MCITP: Database Administrator 2008
  • MCSE: Data Platform
  • MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer 2008
  • MCSE: Business Intelligence
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010
  • MCM: SQL Server 2008
  • MCM: Microsoft Lync Server 2010
  • MCM: SharePoint Server 2010
  • MCA: SharePoint Server 2010
  • MCA: SQL Server 2008
  • MCM: Exchange Server 2010
  • MCA: Exchange Server 2010

Silver Exam / Certification Requirements

Your organization must employ or contract with two MCPs who have each passed one of these exams:

The following exams will be current as of October 2012

  • Exam 70-246: System Center 2012 Monitor and Operate
  • Exam 70-247: System Center 2012 Configure and Deploy
  • Exam 70-642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70-643: TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70-646 Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
  • Exam 70-647: PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator
  • Exam 70-648: TS: Upgrading your MCSA on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist
  • Exam 70-649: Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist
  • Exam 74-679: Windows Server 2008 Hosting, Configuring
  • Exam 74-693: PRO: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator
  • Exam 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

The following exams will be retired as of October 2012 so MCP validation will be linked to your certification status.  If you renew in October then you’ll need to meet the new requirements at renewal, if you rewnew before October your certification will last until the next renewal.

  • Exam 70-351: TS: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006, Configuring
  • Exam 70-451: PRO: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Exam 70-452: PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Exam 70-454: UPGRADE: Transition your MCITP Database Developer Skills to MCITP Database Developer 2008
  • Exam 70-455: UPGRADE: Transition your MCITP Business Intelligence Developer Skills to MCITP Business Intelligence Developer 2008
  • Exam 70-573: TS: Office SharePoint Server, Application Development
  • Exam 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Applications
  • Exam 70-631: TS: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring
  • Exam 70-658: TS: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007, Configuring
  • Exam 70-662: TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
  • Exam 70-663: PRO: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
  • Exam 70-664: TS: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring
  • Exam 70-665: PRO: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Administrator
  • Exam 70-667: TS: SharePoint Server 2010, Configuring
  • Exam 70-668: PRO: SharePoint Server 2010, Administrator
  • Exam MB2-631: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Customization and Configuration
  • Exam MB2-632: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Applications
  • Exam MB2-633: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Installation and Deployment
  • Exam MB2-634: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Extending Microsoft Dynamics
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Head of Product and Marketing for NewLease, the leading distributor of subscription software for Service Providers in APAC.
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One Response to Microsoft WPC – From My Eyes to Yours – The Microsoft Partner Network

  1. SJKParker says:

    Apologies if you left a comment and it is not showing – I was a little trigger happy on some comments that had been marked as spam.

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