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MCSA Windows Server 2008, what's next? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello Everybody,

    At the end of december 2013 i succesfully completed the last exam for my MCSA Windows Server 2008 certification. I was wondering what step is next to upgrade.

    Can i go on and take a MCSE exam like for example the 70-415? or do i need to take the Upgrade exam 70-417 to upgrade my MCSA to Windows Server 2012 first before i can do any other exam?

    Greetings,
    AgeRos


    • Edited by Age_R Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:31 AM
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:28 AM

Answers

  • I would highly recommend to upgrade your MCSA 2008 to MCSA 2012 first and then focus on extending to MCSE. Of course you can take the exams in any order, but why to start with the most complex ones in MCSE track, if you need to learn the core of 2012.

    Marek Chmel(MVP SQL Server, MCSE SharePoint 2013, MCT, CCNA,CCDA)
    Please Mark As Answer if my post solves your problem or Vote As Helpful if a post has been helpful for you.

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:09 AM
  • As Marek mentioned, you can take the exams in any order you please but you NEED MCSA 2012 before you can be classified as an MCSE 2012.  It might be best to do the upgrade exam (70-417) to upgrade your 2008 MCSA to 2012 MCSA.  Please keep in mind that the exams are currently being update to Server 2012 R2 release.........MCSA exams updated this month and the MCSE exams around the spring time frame.  

    Be kind and Mark as Answer if I helped.

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 2:07 PM
  • Hi, AgeRos!

    Congratulations on earning the MCSA for Windows Server 2008 - awesome job!

    To answer your question, the exams can be taken in any order. When you have passed all require exams, you automatically earn the associated certification title(s).

    For you to upgrade to the MCSE for Windows Server 2012, you must pass the following three exams in any order:

    If you take the 70-417 exam last, you will earn the MCSA 2012 and MCSE 2012 at the same time!

    IMPORTANT: 70-417 is called an UPGRADE exam. This means that the questions are actually pulled from the exam question pools for 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412. However, if you study the "skills measured" section of 70-417, you will see that it includes only subsets of the 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412 exam topics. You only need to prepare for those exam topics! It does NOT include ALL content from all three exams.

    TIP: By the way, if you like to purchase practice exams from Transcender/SelfTest Software or MeasureUp, the upgrade practice exams are often the best bargain because they give you more exams questions to cover all three exams. More question is better, right? For example, MeasureUp offers only 86 practice Q&As for 70-411 while they offer 149 practice Q&As for 70-417!

    As mentioned by Chris, starting January 14th, 2014, the 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412 exams will be upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2. I am guessing that the 70-417 exam will be upgraded that day as well.

    You can also see the listing of all available certification titles that can upgrade to MCSE with these same three exams here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcse-server-infrastructure-certification.aspx#upgrade

    Good luck.


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson




    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:45 PM
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All replies

  • I would highly recommend to upgrade your MCSA 2008 to MCSA 2012 first and then focus on extending to MCSE. Of course you can take the exams in any order, but why to start with the most complex ones in MCSE track, if you need to learn the core of 2012.

    Marek Chmel(MVP SQL Server, MCSE SharePoint 2013, MCT, CCNA,CCDA)
    Please Mark As Answer if my post solves your problem or Vote As Helpful if a post has been helpful for you.

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:09 AM
  • As Marek mentioned, you can take the exams in any order you please but you NEED MCSA 2012 before you can be classified as an MCSE 2012.  It might be best to do the upgrade exam (70-417) to upgrade your 2008 MCSA to 2012 MCSA.  Please keep in mind that the exams are currently being update to Server 2012 R2 release.........MCSA exams updated this month and the MCSE exams around the spring time frame.  

    Be kind and Mark as Answer if I helped.

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 2:07 PM
  • Hi, AgeRos!

    Congratulations on earning the MCSA for Windows Server 2008 - awesome job!

    To answer your question, the exams can be taken in any order. When you have passed all require exams, you automatically earn the associated certification title(s).

    For you to upgrade to the MCSE for Windows Server 2012, you must pass the following three exams in any order:

    If you take the 70-417 exam last, you will earn the MCSA 2012 and MCSE 2012 at the same time!

    IMPORTANT: 70-417 is called an UPGRADE exam. This means that the questions are actually pulled from the exam question pools for 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412. However, if you study the "skills measured" section of 70-417, you will see that it includes only subsets of the 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412 exam topics. You only need to prepare for those exam topics! It does NOT include ALL content from all three exams.

    TIP: By the way, if you like to purchase practice exams from Transcender/SelfTest Software or MeasureUp, the upgrade practice exams are often the best bargain because they give you more exams questions to cover all three exams. More question is better, right? For example, MeasureUp offers only 86 practice Q&As for 70-411 while they offer 149 practice Q&As for 70-417!

    As mentioned by Chris, starting January 14th, 2014, the 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412 exams will be upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2. I am guessing that the 70-417 exam will be upgraded that day as well.

    You can also see the listing of all available certification titles that can upgrade to MCSE with these same three exams here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcse-server-infrastructure-certification.aspx#upgrade

    Good luck.


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson




    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:45 PM
    Answerer