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  • Question

  • Hi all.

    Do you think that taking a MCSA exam targeting Windows 7 and/or Windows Server 2008 R2 is still worth the effort? I was thinking about taking both the 70-680 and 70-646; by the way, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are still "alive", supported and widely used.
    What do you think about this?

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno
    MCP, MCTS, MOS, MTA

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:58 AM

Answers

  • Hi Luigi,

    Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 are indeed widely used and it will take some time before Windows 8.x will replace Windows 7. But on the server side I see things going much faster at many customers. Most of them are going to Server 2012 R2 or are starting up project to move towards Server 2012 R2 in 2014-2015.

    So unless you already have some certification that would get you quicker to MCSA: Server 2012 by upgrading from MCSA: Server 2008 I would recommend to start with MCSA: Windows Server 2012.This cert has only 3 exams (most upgrades tracks will require more then 3 exams).

    You will get away with having certification that is newer then Server 2008 R2 when you are still working with this version, but it will be more difficault to prove Server 2012 knowledge with Server 2008 R2 certification.

     


    Danny van Dam

    MVP, MCC, MCT

    Twitter: @dnyvandam

    http://www.dannyvandam.net


    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:25 AM
    Answerer

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  • Hi Luigi,

    Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 are indeed widely used and it will take some time before Windows 8.x will replace Windows 7. But on the server side I see things going much faster at many customers. Most of them are going to Server 2012 R2 or are starting up project to move towards Server 2012 R2 in 2014-2015.

    So unless you already have some certification that would get you quicker to MCSA: Server 2012 by upgrading from MCSA: Server 2008 I would recommend to start with MCSA: Windows Server 2012.This cert has only 3 exams (most upgrades tracks will require more then 3 exams).

    You will get away with having certification that is newer then Server 2008 R2 when you are still working with this version, but it will be more difficault to prove Server 2012 knowledge with Server 2008 R2 certification.

     


    Danny van Dam

    MVP, MCC, MCT

    Twitter: @dnyvandam

    http://www.dannyvandam.net


    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:25 AM
    Answerer
  • Hi Luigi,

    Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 are indeed widely used and it will take some time before Windows 8.x will replace Windows 7. But on the server side I see things going much faster at many customers. Most of them are going to Server 2012 R2 or are starting up project to move towards Server 2012 R2 in 2014-2015.

    So unless you already have some certification that would get you quicker to MCSA: Server 2012 by upgrading from MCSA: Server 2008 I would recommend to start with MCSA: Windows Server 2012.This cert has only 3 exams (most upgrades tracks will require more then 3 exams).

    You will get away with having certification that is newer then Server 2008 R2 when you are still working with this version, but it will be more difficault to prove Server 2012 knowledge with Server 2008 R2 certification.

     


    Danny van Dam

    MVP, MCC, MCT

    Twitter: @dnyvandam

    http://www.dannyvandam.net


    Thank you Danny.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno
    MCP, MCTS, MOS, MTA

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:03 PM