1. I believe so - you might want to check with Prometric.
2. They have not announced - as far as I know - a date for retirement of the prior version exam. Sun's certification page would be the place to check.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!