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Earn the Silver Server Platform competency

Now that you’ve decided to earn the Microsoft Silver Server Platform competency, you need to know exactly how to go about it. Here you’ll find the steps and requirements that can lead you to earning valuable  competency benefits.

Note: Stay up to date on upcoming changes to competency requirements and benefits. Review the changes to ensure that you will be in compliance by your next renewal date.

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Competency requirements are designed to align closely with customer needs. The following information is a comprehensive listing of the requirements your company must fulfill to attain the Silver Server Platform competency. If you need assistance, contact your  Regional Service Center

1. Pass the qualifying exams

Your company must employ or contract with two Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have passed the required Microsoft Certification exams.1

One MCP must pass one of the following exams:

  • Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
  • Exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
  • Exam 70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • Exam 70-646: PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
  • Exam 70-647: PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator
  • Exam 70-648: TS: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to, Windows Server 2008, Technology Specializations
  • Exam 70-649: TS: Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist
  • Exam 70-690: TS: Windows HPC Server 2008, Configuring and Managing
  • Exam 70-691: TS: Windows HPC Server 2008, Developing

The other MCP must pass one of the following exams:

  • Exam 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
  • Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
  • Exam 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

Resources and next steps:
  • Click the exam links in the preceding lists to learn what skills are measured.
  • Find training to help you prepare.
  • Register for an exam at Prometric.
  • Chat with an exam expert in real time and get answers to your questions.

2. Pass the licensing overview assessment

The licensing overview assessment is the same for every competency that requires it.

Your company must employ or contract with one person who has passed the assessment (which then counts toward all silver competencies).


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3. Pass the sales and marketing assessment

The sales and marketing assessment is tailored specifically to the Server Platform competency.

Your company must employ or contract with one person in a sales or marketing role who has passed this assessment. The person who passes the sales and marketing assessment is also qualified for the  Sales Specialist accreditation.


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4. Provide customer evidence

Customer references demonstrate your success at building and deploying solutions relevant to the Server Platform competency. Approved references are valid for up to two years.

Your company must submit three unique2 customer references.3 Be sure that each reference:

  • Showcases the design and implementation of a solution that uses the Windows Server operating system or Windows HPC Server.
  • Details a project that your organization has completed within the past 12 months.
  • Can be verified with your customer.

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5. Pay the silver competency fee

To complete your enrollment in the Silver Server Platform competency, you must pay the silver competency fee. The fee varies by geography and will be presented to you during the enrollment process.4


1Partner organizations can attain multiple silver competencies. If your employees or contractors pass the eligible competency exams for multiple silver competencies, then your organization is eligible to count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

2You can use customer references from your silver competency toward the corresponding gold competency. However, you cannot use the same reference to fulfill the requirements for more than one silver competency.

3After you have three references, your account administrator can assign them to your competency by clicking the Requirements and Assets menu and then clicking Create Customer References.

4The silver competency fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your company earns.

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