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  • Hi,

    Im currently emplyed as a mobile desktop user support engineer working out of MOD sites across Middlesex.

    In my role I visit users and solve issues with hardware and network infrastructure.

    I am looking to do a Microsoft course to gain more experience and knowledge, as well as a credited qualification.

    I have looked at the MCSE course, but am unsure whether this is outdated now?

    I have seen that there is an MCSE 2012 course, but doesnt seem to have the same content as the standard MCSE?

    Any help or advice would be appreciated.

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012 9:45 AM


  • MCSE has been updated. The original MCSE covered server 2000 and server 2003. That was replaced by the MCITP which covered server 2008 and server 2008 R2. It also was a more specific certification path and required 5 exams compared to the MCSE which required 7.

    There is a new path now which is also called MCSE, but they've swapped Microsoft Certified System Engineer with Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. The new MCSE covers server 2012 and you can take two paths:

    MCSE server infrastructure: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcse-server-infrastructure.aspx

    MCSE desktop infrastructure: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcse-desktop-infrastructure.aspx

    Both require a total of 5 exams to be taken.

    The content is going to be different as the technology and certification paths have changed. I would suggest taking the new MCSE path and getting certified on Server 2012. The only downside here being the exams won't be in production until next year because Server 2012 won't be out until Fall / Q1 2013.

    Alternatively you could get your MCITP in server 2008 R2. With that you'd have to take 5 exams and then take the 3 upgrade exams. This way would require more exams but you could start right now as all of the 2008 R2 material has been published.

    Thursday, July 5, 2012 5:35 PM