MCSE Overview and Renewal Requirements


During the height of the late-90s Internet bubble and in the decade after that, the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) cert was one of the most prestigious certs that an IT professional could obtain. It was the gold standard if your job role involved designing and implementing various types of network infrastructures and configuring servers with the different operating systems that came out from Microsoft.

But in 2007, Microsoft abruptly stopped this much sought-after cert and replaced it with an entirely new one called the “Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional,” or simply “MCITP.” But the IT industry still highly valued the MCSE cert, and at the same time, the MCITP was simply not gaining the traction it was expected to receive.

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As a result, Microsoft brought back the MCSE in 2012, and this time, gave it a new name to fit the acronym. It is now called the “Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.” Its new focus is not so heavy on the networking side, but rather focuses upon testing an IT professional’s skill level when it comes to creating and deploying technology-based solutions. This could be the integration of various platforms, for example, or even addressing multiple instances of that same platform.

A Review of the MCSE Tracks and the Exams That Are Required

In the new MCSE tracks, there are five specializations that the IT professional can choose from. They are as follows:

MCSE: Business Applications

This area focuses primarily on working with, as well as managing, the different types of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Technologies. One must first possess the actual MCSA cert for Microsoft Dynamics and pass one of the following exams:

  1. Exam MB2-717: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales
  2. Exam MB2-718: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Customer Service
  3. Exam MB2-719: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing
  4. Exam MB6-895: (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from InfoSec Resources authored by Ravi Das (writer/revisions editor). Read the original post at:

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