The underlying technology tested on the 70-417 exam is Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, but more specifically the test focuses on differences between them and previous versions of Windows and Windows Server. Microsoft retired MCSA: Upgrading Your Skills to Server 2012 and the exam 70-417 in January 2021 because they moved their entire certification program away from the MCSA style of certifications, which focused on deep knowledge of single technologies.
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Microsoft MCSA: Upgrading Your Skills to Server 2012 (70-417) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
Yes, the 70-417 exam was retired on January 31, 2021. It's no longer possible to take the Microsoft MCSA: Upgrading Your Skills to Server 2012 (70-417) exam because Microsoft retired all MCSA certifications. It's unfortunate Microsoft retired 70-417 because the number of administrators or technicians who are only trained in outdated Microsoft tech like Windows Server 2000 or Windows XP might be small, but some still need to know how to apply those skills in Windows Server 2012.
No, the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 is no longer valid. The MCSA: Windows Server 2012 and all three certifying exams, (70-410, 70-411, 70-412) were retired in January 2021. This training prepares you for the 70-417 exam, which is also retired. The 70-417 tested an administrator on all the differences between Windows Server 2012 and previous versions of management technology, which this training still provides information about.
There is no certification that replaces MCSA: Windows Server 2012. The closest thing to a replacement certification for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 might be the Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert. Microsoft changed certifications drastically so that now they relate to specific job roles and responsibilities, so you may have to research to see which is what you need for your job, for example the Modern Desktop Administrator Associate, or Azure Network Engineer Associate.
This MCSA: Upgrading Your Skills to Server 2012 (70-417) is still valuable for what it was originally designed to do: show an administrator who already had a Windows Server 2008, 2003, 2000 or XP certification how Windows Server 2012 differed. If that's something you need, this 70-417 is still valuable. However, if what you need is training in the most current Windows server administration, training that prepares you for a Microsoft 365 certification is more valuable.