Last Tuesday I received an e-mail from MS Learning inviting me for both the 71-411 (Administering Windows Server 2012) and the 71-412 (Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services). In the e-mail the period you could attend the beta exam (using the mentioned promotional code) runs from July 19th until July 29th. I did some research and the last three Windows 7 exams (back in 2009) had a ‘bit longer’ period between the first announcement and the last day you could possible attend the exam. The average time between the first announcement an the last day you could attend the exam is (just check the table below) about 1 month!
|71-680 (Windows 7 Configuring)||April 15, 2009||May 5, 2009 – May 18, 2009|
|71-685 (Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician)||Sept. 15, 2009||Sept. 14, 2009 – Oct. 16, 2009|
|71-686 (Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Administrator)||Sept. 15, 2009||Sept. 14 2009 – Oct. 16, 2009|
|71-659 (Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization)||Nov. 25, 2009||Dec. 4, 2009 – Dec. 31, 2009|
|71-243 (Admin. and Deploy SCCM 2012)||Jan. 17, 2012||Feb. 1, 2012 – Feb. 23, 2012|
I’m not sure why Microsoft should shorten the period to a period of 12 days between the first announcement and the final day you’re able to attend the exam, that’s why I contacted Microsoft’s Stephanie Jordan. She promised me she would discuss this with the product planner and get back to me (probably somewhere later today).
Update : The short period has everything to do with the 3 month period until Windows Server 2012 will be general available, the exams should go live around the same period.
Anybody else who thinks the timeframe to attend the exam is a bit small? Please leave a comment!