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Six Hot Microsoft Certifications for 2019

A new year has arrived! If you have a serious professional interest in Microsoft technology, then you can make a big impact on your career outlook by focusing on one of these six certifications in 2019.

Which Microsoft certifications can launch you to greatness in 2019?Organizations need IT professionals who are trained to succeed in specific workplace roles. This means having a breadth of knowledge and skills necessary to enable achievement of a company’s business goals, not just knowing how to use a particular technology or product. With the recent changes to its certification program, Microsoft has addressed the demand for job- and career-oriented training.


The new Azure role-based certifications for developers, administrators, and solutions architects align closely with job-specific knowledge and skills. They are unlike other product-specific credentials, which validate expertise in a particular product or technology, but don’t necessarily prepare candidates to perform specific roles in the workplace.


Microsoft’s new role-based certs offer candidates the option of advancing from fundamental to associate to expert level. The six certifications discussed here cover knowledge and skills that are currently in demand. All have Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) status.


MCSE: Core Infrastructure


This certification demonstrates the holder’s ability to manage a modern data center, which entails identity and systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking. It is designed to train candidates for roles, such as systems support specialist, IT administrator, architect, and information security analyst.


To earn this credential, a candidate must have a valid MCSA: Windows Server 2016 or MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification and pass one exam on any of the following 7 topics:


● Exam 70-413/Course 20413: Designing and implementing a server infrastructure
● Exam 70-414/Course 20414: Implementing an advanced server infrastructure
● Exam 70-744/Course 20744: Securing Windows Server 2016
● Exam 70-745/Course 20745: Implementing software-defined data centres
● Exam 70-473/Course 40441: Designing and implementing Cloud Data Platform solutions (will be retired on June 30)
● Exam 70-475/Course 552241 and 552242: Designing and implementing Big Data Analytics solutions (will be retired on June 30)
● Exam 70-537/Course 20537: Configuring and operating a hybrid cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack


Details of exams, training, and exam prep materials are available online.


MCSA: Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate


Designed for cloud administrators, this new certification validates the ability to manage computing, network, storage, and security services for Microsoft Azure Solutions. Microsoft verifies expertise in managing Azure subscriptions and resources, storage, virtual machines and networks, identities, migration of servers to Azure, applications, virtual networking and security.


This certification covers skills that Azure administrators need to succeed in their job role instead of the generic knowledge that was required for Exam-70-533, which has been retired.


You need to pass two exams — AZ-100: Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment and AZ-101: Microsoft Azure Integration and Security — to earn this credential.


Details of exams, training, and exam prep materials are available online.