Like a lot of other people, I decided to take the two new private cloud exams (71-246/71-247) whilst at MMS this year. The exams were in beta at the time so nobody really had any idea what was in them, now they are out of beta status the exam numbers are: 70-246 and 70-247.
What a pleasant surprise it was to see the emails arrive in my inbox a few days ago saying that I had passed! There had been a bit if a buzz going round when Kevin Holman said on his blog that his results are in and can be checked on the Prometric web site, I had done so and read that I had passed but you always think that there could be a mistake. So when I received the emails and checked my transcript on the Microsoft site then it was a welcome relief.
Because I had already qualified as a MCITP: Server Administrator on 2008 Server then I already had met the pre-requisites for the new MCSE qualification.
For information on the exams, go to the following site: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-private-cloud.aspx
Suffice to say they were tough, sometimes you have an idea on whether or not you have passed – well, this time I had none. The syllabus casts a wide net and you will have to know the entire System Center 2012 product set to some degree.