<According to the Microsoft Learning website 70-450 will be retired in January next year, which does give you a bit of time yet. The dilemma would therefore be whether you want to retake that one and do 3 more to get the MCSE, or whether you want to do the straight 2012 exams - 3 for MCSA and 2 more for MCSE. If you're moving to BI though, you may want to get the BI MCSE rather than the data platform one, which changes things again!>
!!! Holy Cow! Everything I read said that it was retiring July 31st, so I assumed I didn't have a choice. I've studied so hard and got so close that I've been really bummed. Failing by just one question was maddening. Now I'll have to decide whether to throw my hat in the ring one more time. I really wanted the MCITP and I think I'm very close.
I'm torn because we're trying to get up to speed on BI stuff so it will be a tough decision. I'm looking for BI training now. I'm also going to give a PASS presentation in August and have to prepare for that, so I won't do any studying until I've prepared for that.
Anyway, thanks so much for the encouragement and info, Duncan! :-)