WS2008 RTM and your certifications

Hi. You probably already heard the update on WS2008 release to manufacturing (RTM), now scheduled for 1st quarter of 2008 instead of end of year 2007. As a result... 

  1. The transition exams 70-648 and 70-649 will be available on October 29, 2007, now. They were scheduled for September 20, but the changes/slip in technology mean some items on our exams are affected, too. 
  2. If you took the beta for either of these exams (71-648 or 71-649), your result should be available no later than October 29 (or a few weeks before).
  3. The MCTS exams are still scheduled for RTM +30 days; the MCITP exams are still scheduled for RTM +60. Don't know what I'm talking about? Read about the WS2008 certification family.

Comments (16)

  1. CTGOH says:

    Thanks Trikah for the news..

  2. BT says:

    btw, when will I receive the 40% dicount code?

  3. contentiousDave says:

    Trika is there any MS Press Training Kits for the 70-648 & 70-649 exams?

  4. Andy (ajs1976) says:

    I have a couple of questions about the 70-621 exam based on comments I have seen on a couple of discussion boards.

    If a person has the MSDST and then passes the 70-621 exam, do they earn the MCTS:Vista along with the MCITP:EST, or just the MCITP:EST?

    If a person has the MSDST and then completes the 70-621, does that cover the client portion of the MCITP:EA or do they need to go back and take the 70-620 exam?


  5. Passing 70-621 earns you both the MCTS: Configuration and MCITP: Enterprise. And yes, although you have earned your MCTS: Configuration you must satify your client side portion by passing the 70-620 exam.

  6. Mike says:

    Just out of curiosity, how can the transition exams be available so far in advance of RTM?

  7. Peter Read says:

    I’d guess the idea is us hardcore MSCE types have been irritating the other half by fiddling with longhorn server into the early hours since the early betas, so probably know it almost as well as 2k3 by now 😉

  8. says:

    "…hardcore…fiddling…into the early hours…" Peter, can you please keep it clean. I take great pains to keep hold this blog to the highest levels of professionalism.

  9. Peter Read says:

    LOL!  Sorry Trika 🙂

  10. says:

    Mike, the exams are based on pre-release bits. We always hear from customers/product groups that we need to have something ready for the advanced-type early adopters to get going right away. We will refresh those exams after RTM if any tweaking needs to be done.

    BT, I think a message will go out about that soon – we are holding on to the code until the exams are available so you can use it right away (now October 29).

    contentiousD, unlikely. I know they are in consideration (TK for 648 and 649) but not confirmed (i.e. budget/resources for those has not been locked down, no guarantee they’ll happen. If they do happen, it will be in 2008 some time.

  11. Peter Read says:

    Trika – any news or vague timescale on beta for the PRO exams?

  12. FS says:

    Hi Trika!

    any news about the results for the beta exams (648/649)?

  13. Lukas Beeler says:

    We have the 28th now – is the date still correct? 🙂

  14. ¿Estás todavía esperando el resultado de tu examen de actualización de MCSA/MCSE a MCTS? Bueno, hay novedades

  15. Still waiting for my score report and we had passed October 29th…

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