I’ve assembled all of the relevant content from the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge program into an accelerated Certification Study Guide for IT Professionals targeting Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012.
In this article, I’ll provide a summary of this Study Guide along with the information needed to receive your own copy of this Study Guide for FREE!
In addition to IT Pros previously certified on Windows Server 2008, the MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification is also very relevant for IT Pros focused on SharePoint, Exchange and Lync solutions. Since SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013 all rely on a strong Windows Server 2012 foundation, you’ll find that the MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification is now a required prerequisite for achieving the new MCSE certifications for SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013.
This Study Guide targets IT Professionals preparing for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 certification via the single-exam upgrade path involving Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012.
You can use this Study Guide to prepare for Exam 70-417 if you’ve already achieved one of these prior certifications:
If you haven’t previously achieved one of the above certifications, you can still attain MCSA certification on Windows Server 2012 via the normal three-exam path. Instead of leveraging this study guide, please consider joining the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge as a FREE online IT Pro study group for assistance in preparing for this normal certification path..
This exam guide presents the target exam objectives within each of the fourteen ( 14 ) objective domains for Exam 70-417. Each exam objective includes specific study resources ( videos, reading materials, hands-on activities ) intended to help candidates address knowledge gap areas prior to attempting this exam. The guide is presented in a checklist format to provide an easy method for exam candidates to quickly self-assess their general exam preparedness in a structured manner.
Note that this study guide is not intended as a replacement for formal training, but rather intended as a post-training resource to help you identify how you can best prepare for certification.
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These are the same study resources that I personally used when preparing for Exam 70-417 myself, so I’ve already taken time to proof and review each and every resource. Of course, you may have your own suggestions for improvements – feel free to post your comments below. I’d love to hear your feedback!
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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
You can contact Keith online at http://aka.ms/AskKeith.