Introduction to 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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3 PRACTICE EXAMS
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Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

What's the underlying technology on the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014?

The key technologies on the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 were writing and managing SQL queries, administering databases and implementing data warehouses -- all with SQL Server 2012/2014. The MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 was a Microsoft certification designed to prove that an administrator had deep familiarity and knowledge with SQL Server 2012/2014, the enterprise database management system.

Are the 70-461, 70-462, and 70-463 certification exams retired?

Yes, 70-461, 70-462, and 70-463 -- the three certification exams for the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 -- are all retired. Don't go looking for the replacement exams, though, because you won't find them. Although SQL Server 2012/2014 is still a perfectly good database system for enterprise networks, Microsoft retired the certification. You can no longer take 70-461, 70-462, or 70-463, and there will not be any replacements for them.

Is the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 still valid?

No, the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 is not still valid. Microsoft retired the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 at the same time they retired all the other MCSA certifications and certifying exams. The MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 is no longer valid because Microsoft decided to realign the objectives of its certification program to focus on the responsibilities a person might have in a certain job role, rather than mastery of one single piece of technology.

What certification replaces MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014?

There is no certification that replaces MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014. The MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification has no replacement because Microsoft retired the entire series of MCSA certifications when they decided the certifications were too specific and narrowly focused. Depending on what you need it for, the Microsoft 365 Certified series of certifications might be a certification that could replace the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 for you.

Is this MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 training still valuable?

Yes, this MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 is definitely still valuable for certain administrators and even developers. This MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 training was designed to help learners pass the 70-461, 70-462, and 70-463 exams. Those were challenging exams that tested familiarity with querying, administering and implementing data warehouses with SQL Server 2012/2014. You can't earn the cert, but if you need training in doing those things, this training is very valuable.

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