The underlying technology tested on the now-retired MCSA: Windows Server 2016 was the server operating system itself. The MCSA: Windows Server 2016 was one in a series of certifications that Microsoft offered for a long time that proved deep expertise with individual pieces of software. The underlying technology on the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 was Hyper-V, DNS, DHCP, Active Directory Domain Services and all the other tools of Windows Server 2016.
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Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2016 FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
Yes, 70-740, 70-741, and 70-742, the three certifying exams for the MCSA: Windows Server 2016, are all retired. Microsoft retired 70-740, 70-741, and 70-742 on January 31, 2021 because they were retiring all of the MCSA certifications and their exams. There is no replacement exam for 70-740, 70-741, or 70-742 because there's also no direct replacement certification for the MCSA: Windows Server 2016.
No, the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification is not still valid. None of the MCSA certifications are valid any more because Microsoft retired the MCSA series of certifications in an effort to keep up with hiring trends in the IT community. The MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification is no longer valid because it focused too specifically on deep knowledge of one single piece of technology rather than broad job skills.
No certification replaced the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification. The Microsoft 365 Certified series of certifications are close to replacing the MCSA series, including MCSA: Windows Server 2016. There are several Microsoft 365 certifications, each relates to a job title or position and covers all the tools and technologies someone in that role would need to know, but they're not a direct replacement for the MCSA certifications.
Yes, Windows Server 2016 training is still valuable even if the certification it was originally designed for has now been retired. You might also consider Microsoft 365 Certified training, which is very valuable for IT professionals in specific job roles. But if you know you need deep mastery and familiarity with using all the parts and technologies of Windows Server 2016, this certification training is definitely still valuable.
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