MCTS Windows Hyper-V exam coming soon!

Today I read on Trika’s blog that the MCTS Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring (name isn’t 100% sure yet) exam will be available as a beta exam any day now :

As you’ve probably heard in some of our live meetings, and in the Server FAQs, etc., we’re working on an MCTS certification focused on virtualization. This MCTS cert will cover Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, our “hypervisor-based server virtualization technology…consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine…run multiple different operating systems—Windows, Linux, and others—in parallel, on a single server” and also touch on Virtual Machine Manager.

The cert name is looking like MCTS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring*. The cert will require one exam (70-652), about to kick off in beta any day now, and will cover things in the area of installing, configuring and optimizing Hyper-V and deploying, managing, and monitoring Virtual Machines; no prep guide live yet.

Jim and team are working closely with the Server and System Center teams to make sure we get our content and timing right, and working on if and where this exam and MCTS fits in our current and future certification roadmaps. We are also exploring a separate MCTS certification specifically for Virtual Machine Manager, requiring a new exam (70-403). You know as much as I know. Official announcements about this stuff should be in the MCP newsletter in a few months.