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Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate
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The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification is for individuals who want to pursue a career in the newest technologies for the new Windows Server 2012.

This certification validates the skills and knowledge necessary to administer and implement a business environment with Windows Server 2012 Infrastructure.

This MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification can help you towards pursuing a successful career as a:

1.) Computer Network Technician

2.) Computer Network Administrator

3.) Computer Network Engineer


If you're new to certification then start fresh!

If you don’t hold any Microsoft certifications like MCITP or the old MCSA and MCSE:2003 then you can start fresh on a path to earning the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification by passing 3 exams:

  • 70-410 (Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012)
  • 70-411 (Administering Windows Server 2012)
  • 70-412 (Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services)

All in One Pack!!!


Exam 70-410

The 70-410 (Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012) covers topics like:

  • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Introduction to Active Directory Domain Services
  • Managing Active Directory Domain Services Objects
  • Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V
  • Implementing File and Print Services
  • Automating Active Directory Domain Services Administration
  • Implementing Networking Services
  • Implementing Local Storage
  • Implementing Group Policy

Recommended Book for 70-410


Exam 70-411

The 70-411 (Administering Windows Server 2012) exam covers topics like:

  • Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure
  • Managing User and Service Accounts
  • Implementing Update Management
  • Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services
  • Increasing File System Security
  • Configure and Troubleshoot DNS
  • Configure and Troubleshoot Remote Access
  • Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server role
  • Optimizing File Services

Recommended Book for 70-411


Exam 70-412

The 70-412 (Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services) exam covers:

  • Implementing Advanced Network Services
  • Implementing Advanced File Services
  • Implementing Failover Clustering
  • Implementing Dynamic Access Control
  • Implementing AD FS
  • Implementing Network Load Balancing
  • Implementing AD CS
  • Implementing Disaster Recovery

Recommended Book for 70-412

Congratulations!!! If you pass these 3 exams then you just earned the MCSA for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 certification. Consider upgrading this certification with the MCSE for Windows Server 2012.


Upgrade your current certification to MCSA: Windows Server 2012

If you have any of these following certifications already:

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator

Then you can just pass one exam (70-417) and you can earn the MCSA: Windows Server 2012.

Exam 70-417

The 70-417 is an upgrade exam that is a composite of all three 70-410, 70-411 and 70-412 exams.


Training:

Use these three books to study for the three exams to earn the MCSA: Windows Server 2012.

Book Name: Cert Prep Pack: MCSA Windows Server 2012 (Exam Ref 70-410, 70-411, 70-412)


If you want to upgrade to the new MCSA Windows Server 2012 then study this one book for Exam 70-417:

Book Name: Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

They can all be found at your local bookstore or amazon.com


Home Training:

Use VMware player (free) to run your virtual machines and practice at home.

Download the trial for Windows Server 2012 operating system.

Use Windows 7 to practice at home.


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Where do I schedule my exams?

After you have studied the specific exam and practiced what you have learned, you can schedule your exam with Prometric here.

There you can pick a date for your exam and the location closest to your home.

Each exam is $150 US dollars. (The cost in total for all the exams are well worth it because you are investing in your career and future. The return on investment is incredible.)


Tell Us About Your Home Practice Lab For Earning The MCSA!

It's easy to do, Just use the following form to submit your own page describing your home practice lab that you use to practice your MCSA certification. Also provide tips on how to earn the Microsoft MCSA certification.

What operating systems and programs do you use? VMware, Windows, Linux.
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