The underlying technology on the MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration was administering and provisioning entire SQL database infrastructures. The two certifying exams for the MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration were 70-764 and 70-765, they covered basic SQL administration knowledge like setting up database systems and securing them, as well as advanced knowledge in deployment models, migrating databases and integrating Azure applications with external resources.
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Microsoft MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration (70-764 & 70-765) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
Yes, both certifying exams for the MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration are retired. Microsoft retired both 70-764: Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure and 70-765: Provisioning SQL Databases on January 31, 2021. Microsoft didn't just retire exams 70-764 and 70-765, but they also retired the entire series of MCSA and MCSE certifications at the same time. It's no longer possible to take 70-764 or 70-765, and they won't be getting replaced.
The MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration is retired and won't be getting replaced. Microsoft retired the entire series of MCSA and MCSE certifications, and the MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration was included in the certs that got retired without replacement. The certification didn't get revoked, so if you earned it already, it'll remain on your transcript. But it's no longer possible to take 70-764 and 70-765 or earn the MCSA.
You should consider the Microsoft Certified: Azure Database Administrator Associate if you want to earn a certification like the MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administrator. When Microsoft retired the MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration and its two exams (70-764 and 70-765), they didn't set up a replacement. Instead, they've transitioned to role-based exams like the Azure Database Administrator Associate or the easier Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals.
Yes, this MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration is definitely still valuable. Training in SQL administration is still valuable because Microsoft didn't withdraw support for SQL Server or any other database administration software, they just changed their certification requirements. So although this training was designed to help you pass 70-764 and 70-765, taking it can still provide you with deep familiarity with administering and provisioning databases with SQL Server 2016.
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