Last year, when Microsoft announced plans to withdraw its MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE certifications, many who had cut their teeth by learning the intricacies of on-premises server technologies weren’t too happy. The certification changes were intended to shift the focus from Microsoft certification to cloud services like Azure, Microsoft 365, data andand Dynamics 365. But they left more than a few Windows Server experts with little to document their knowledge of the server.
Today, September 16, Microsoft is reversing this drastic “no other way than the cloud” path by introducing some new certifications that revolve around Windows Server. Officials said they are urging applicants to take the two new beta exams that will become “Windows Server hybrid administrator associates” once those exams are generally available.
Officials released the new certification plans at today’s Windows Server Summit; a virtual event focused on the recently introduced Windows Server 2022 product.
Microsoft executives said today that they consider Windows Server 2022 to be the first version of Windows Server to be truly designed as a hybrid product. Microsoft officials view Azure Arc, Azure Security Center, Azure Sentinel, and Azure Monitor as Azure hybrid technologies that have now reached a level of maturity and functionality that makes them susceptible to daily and real-life use by those who act as Windows Server Hybrid. Administrators.
There will be two new exams for those who want to achieve Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certifications:
- AZ-800: Administration of Windows Server Hybrid Base Infrastructure
- AZ-801: Configure Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services
These certifications will focus on compute, identity, storage, networking, management, security, migration, high availability, disaster recovery, monitoring and troubleshooting. Microsoft is emphasizing the hybrid part in these exams, so the focus will be on the roles of Azure services in all of these areas as well.
The exams will be released in December 2021, but IT pros can start preparing for them now by checking the exam page for more details and preparing with the study guides now.