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Aside from a brief announcement in January, few details have emerged about the new Microsoft private cloud certification. From what we do know, the Microsoft Private Cloud Certification program is designed as a direct follow-on to the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credentials.
IT pros interested in the new Microsoft private cloud certification must first obtain the MCITP: Server Administrator or MCITP: Enterprise Administrator credentials and then pass two, additional exams.
While there are few details about test objectives or the specific System Center 2012 components covered in these exams, we can make some educated guesses based on exam names. The first exam,Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012, probably covers the private-cloud aspects of Configuration Manager and Virtual Machine Manager.
I assume the second exam, Private Cloud Monitoring and Operations with System Center 2012, covers the private cloud-related topics of App Controller, Operations Manager, Orchestrator and Service Manager.
One aspect of the new certification that has been released publicly is its linkage to Microsoft’s existing MCITP program. Interested candidates can get a head start by taking the 70-659 exam, titled Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, which is available now. Microsoft’s website reports that the exam will count toward the private cloud certification until Jan. 31, 2013. After that date, candidates will be required to pass the Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012 exam.
Obviously, verifying any assumptions about the Microsoft private cloud certification will have to wait until additional information is made public. In a press release, Microsoft’s acknowledge that it will release the beta versions of these private cloud certification exams during this year’s Microsoft Management Summit event, April 16 to 20 in Las Vegas.