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Monday, March 16, 2015

Certification Update — SQL 2012 to SQL Server 2014

With the launch of SQL 2014 some new and powerful features introduced in this version. Some of them are
  • In-Memory OLTP
  • New Cardinality Estimator
  • Cluster shared volume
  • Delayed durability
  • SSD buffer pool extension
  • Resource Governor for I/O
  • Incremental statistics
  • Lock priority of online operations

and many more....

To help students stay current with upcoming release of SQL Server 2014, all MCSE-level SQL exams (464 through 467) will be updated on April 24, 2014 to cover solutions based on both SQL Server 2012 and 2014 products.  

The MCSA: SQL Server 2012 credential and associated exams (461/462/463) will remain in market without alterations. No MCSA: SQL Server 2014 credential will be released.

MCSE-level SQL exams (464 through 467) is updated to cover solutions based on both SQL Server 2012 and 2014 products.  

Details on the exam updates, in the form of side-by-side comparisons of exam objectives, are now available for review through the "content covering SQL Server 2014" link in the Skills Measured section of each Exam Detail web page:
Note While the exam numbers will not change, the product version (2012) will be removed from the titles of the exams. 

FAQs about upgrading 2014 SQL Server is as follows

A.
SQL Server 2014 certifications will only be offered at the MCSE level. The new product features focus on performance tuning and high availability and are best suited for the MCSE level. As a result, the following updates are planned:
  • MCSE: Data Platform (464/465) and MCSE: Business Intelligence (466/467) exams will be appropriately updated with SQL Server 2014 topics. The exam numbers will remain the same.
  • Details on the original and revised exam objectives are available for review in the Skills measured section of each exam detail webpage.
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