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The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure certification shows that you have the knowledge to plan, design and deploy a virtual infrastructure using Windows Server 2012.

It is recommended by Microsoft that candidates should have experience with previous Windows Server Operating systems and have already earned their MCSA: Windows Server 2012.

There are two MCSE certification paths that I recommend on my website for you to choose. They are MCSE: Server Infrastructure (covered on this page) and MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure



This MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification can help you towards pursuing a successful career as a:

1.) Computer Network Technician

2.) Computer Network Administrator

3.) Computer Network Engineer

How can I earn the MCSE: Server Infrastructure?

To earn the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure certification you will have to pass a total of 5 exams.

If you earn these three exams:

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

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You will earn the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification.

After that you just need two more exams to earn the new MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification:

  • 70-413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
  • 70-414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

Exam 70-413

The 70-413 (Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure) covers topics like:

  • Plan and Deploy a Server Infrastructure
  • Design and Implement Network Infrastructure Services
  • Design and Implement Network Access Services
  • Design and Implement an Active Directory Infrastructure (Logical)
  • Design and Implement an Active Directory Infrastructure (Physical)

Recommended Book for 70-413


Exam 70-414

The 70-414 (Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure) covers:

  • Manage and Maintain a Server Infrastructure
  • Plan and Implement a Highly Available Enterprise Infrastructure
  • Plan and Implement a Server Virtualization Infrastructure
  • Design and Implement Identity and Access Solutions

Recommended Book for 70-414

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure requires that you complete a re-certification exam every 3 years to stay certified.


Upgrade your Certification!

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 will need 3 exams to earn the MCSE: Server Infrastructure.

These exams are 70-417, 70-413 and 70-414.

Exam 70-417

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


Where do you start to train?

Use these three books to study for the three exams to earn the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 which you will need for your MCSE: Server Infrastructure.

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


For the 70-413 Exam you can use:

Book Name: Exam Ref 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure


For the 70-414 Exam you can use:

Book Name: Exam Ref 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure


Finally, if you are upgrading to the new MCSE: Server Infrastructure then study this book for Exam 70-417:

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

They can all be found at your local bookstore or amazon.com. Click the links above to read more about these recommended training books....


Home Training:

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

You can also use Virtual PC from Microsoft

Download the trial for Windows Server 2012 operating system.

Use Windows 7 to practice at home.

Windows 7

Windows Server 2008 64-bit

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Where can I schedule my exam?

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 MCSE Certification!

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 MCSE certification. Also provide tips on how to earn the Microsoft MCSE certification.

What operating systems and programs do you use? VMware, Windows, Linux.
Show us pictures of your home setup.



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