MCSE: Core Infrastructure

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This certification retires on January 31, 2021. You will no longer be able to earn this certification after this date. Any certifications you earn prior to their retirement dates will continue to appear on your transcript in the Certification Dashboard. You can also browse all retired certifications.

This certification validates that you have the skills needed to run a highly efficient and modern data center, identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking.

To earn the MCSE: Core Infrastructure certification, complete the following requirements:

Job role: Administrator

Prerequisites: 2 certifications

Required exams: 70-744 70-745 70-413

Important: See details

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Certification details

Complete one prerequisite

PREREQUISITE OPTION 1

MCSA: Windows Server 2012

OR

PREREQUISITE OPTION 2

MCSA: Windows Server 2016

Take three exams

Earn the certification

EXPERT CERTIFICATION

MCSE: Core Infrastructure

Skills measured

  • none

Two ways to prepare

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Certification prerequisites

To become a MCSE: Core Infrastructure, you must earn at least one of the following: MCSA: Windows Server 2012, MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification.

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012

    Prove your mastery of the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills required to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value.

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2016

    Prove your mastery of the primary set of Windows Server 2016 skills required to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value.

Certification exams

  • 70-744: Securing Windows Server 2016

    Languages: en es zh-cn zh-tw fr de ja pt-br

    Retirement date:

    Candidates for this exam secure Windows Server 2016 environments. Candidates are familiar with the methods and technologies used to harden server environments and secure virtual machine infrastructures using Shielded and encryption-supported virtual machines and Guarded Fabric.

    Price based on the country in which the exam is proctored.

    for Securing Windows Server 2016

    All objectives of the exam are covered in depth so you'll be ready for any question on the exam.

  • 70-745: Implementing a Software-Defined Datacenter

    Languages: en

    Retirement date:

    Candidates for this exam are IT professionals responsible for implementing a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) with Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).

    Price based on the country in which the exam is proctored.

    for Implementing a Software-Defined Datacenter

    All objectives of the exam are covered in depth so you'll be ready for any question on the exam.

  • 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

    Languages: en zh-cn fr de ja pt-br

    Retirement date:

    This exam is part one of a series of two exams that test the skills and knowledge necessary to design, implement, and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an enterprise scaled, highly virtualized environment. Passing this exam validates a candidate’s ability to plan, configure, and implement the Windows Server 2012 services, such as server deployment, server virtualization, and network access and infrastructure. Passing this exam along with the other exam confirms that a candidate has the skills and knowledge necessary for designing, deploying, and maintaining infrastructure services in a Windows Server 2012 environment.

    Price based on the country in which the exam is proctored.

    for Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

    All objectives of the exam are covered in depth so you'll be ready for any question on the exam.

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** Complete this exam before the retirement date to ensure it is applied toward your certification. After the retirement date, please refer to the related certification for exam requirements.