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Microsoft announced today the creation of a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure certification.

Microsoft said the MCSA is created in conjunction with the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source.

In a press statement, the company said the new certification represents one more important step in broadening the technology integration between Microsoft and the open source community.

The Linux on Azure certification will be awarded to individuals who pass both the Microsoft Exam 70-533 (Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions) and the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) exam.

The certification will be issued by Microsoft and will be available starting December 9, 2015.

The two exams combine Linux administration and Microsoft Azure implementation skills.

Moreover, the exams will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to design, implement and maintain complex cloud-enabled Linux solutions that take advantage of Microsoft Azure’s features and capabilities.

“The Linux Foundation is the leading organization representing stakeholder interests in the open source ecosystem. That, combined with its proven commitment to professional, distribution-flexible and performance-based certifications, makes it a natural choice for our partner for Linux on Azure certifications,” said Steven Guggenheimer, chief evangelist at Microsoft.