Back in November, Microsoft announced a new (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) MCSE Enterprise Devices and Apps qualification aimed at IT professionals supporting BYOD devices within an enterprise environment. With The 848 Group being the desktop deployment partner for a large strategic partner in the UK, the qualification is one that fits in with one of our specialisms and key areas of business. It’s a qualification that our project engineers will be able to confidently demonstrate due to their skills in the area – a key ingredient in being able to demonstrate to potential customers, either directly or through our partnerships with outer IT organisations, and our ability to deploy and manage devices.

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70-687 Configuring Windows 8.1
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70-688 Supporting Windows 8.1
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NEW EXAM 70-695 Deploying Windows Devices and Apps
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NEW EXAM 70-696 Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps
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What’s in each exam?

At first glance you might think that there is a large cross over with MCSE Desktop, and indeed there are certain areas that are covered by both qualifications, but the new qualifications goes into more detail around the desktop elements. 70-695 goes into detail around assessing the current state utilising the MAP toolkit, integration with SCCM, WDS and MDT desktop OS deployment and the maintenance of the desktop images that have been created. Additionally the exam also covers the numerous ways that Office 2013 can now be deployed. Little is made of the server infrastructure used to support the desktop or server technologies such as RDS used for application delivery. 70-696 focuses on application delivery via app-v or RDS, application life cycle using SCCM, compliance and endpoint protection,  inventory management utilising SCCM and mobile device management.

Both exams are currently in beta, so can take between 8 and 12 weeks to receive you exam score which will be either pass or fail. The beta exams still count towards your MCSE.

Microsoft reference books covering the exams are being released with 70-696 already available and 70-695 released in March. At present there are no official Microsoft courses available that are aligned to these exams.

Just because this qualification is based around the desktop by no means makes it any less worthwhile compared to the MCSE Desktop, as it covers other technology areas, and I for one will be looking to achieve this as soon as possible. Hopefully, not long after the book has been released for 70-695.