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Starting a career in IT. Where to start? The goal is MCSE certification. RRS feed

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  • I'm want to start on my MS certifications now, but i'm not 100% sure on where to start. My goal is to achieve the MCSE certification, but i'm starting from scratch. My only experience from IT is self taught, and besides from that i'm working with computers on a daily basis. My knowledge with hardware is good, but my software knowledge is not to good when i look at the requirements for many of the certifications. Is the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) a good place to start? I would probably get a better perspective of my knowledge and where i want to go with my career after this certification?

    Øyvind

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013 7:25 PM

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  • Hi,

    If MCSE is your goal then you can better try to achieve the MCSA certification, from their you can move up to MCSE.

    If the MCSA track is to difficult to start with then the MTA exams will be a good start and to learn the basics.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mta-certification.aspx#fbid=jMR2BcqA6nQ

    There are multiple MCSA certifications: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsa-certification.aspx#fbid=jMR2BcqA6nQ

    There are also multiple MCSE certifications http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsa-certification.aspx#fbid=jMR2BcqA6nQ

    Try find out which MCSE certification has your interest and then see what MCSA certification you need for the MCSE track, you can then start with MTA or MCSA.


    Danny van Dam, Citrix CCIA/CCEE Microsoft MCSE Server Infrastructure/MCSE Desktop Infrastructure/MCSA Server 2008, Cisco CCNA, VMware VCP 3/4/5 http://www.citrix-guru.com http://www.rds-support.eu

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013 7:57 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    I understand what you mean now. My goals in the MCSE certifications is Server Infrastructure and Private Cloud at the time beeing. Seeing that the future as i understand it right now is in Cloud computing, i would guess that would be the right choice? Both of them requires exam 410 --> 411 --> 412 in the first 3 steps. If i can pass these exams, then i would automatically get the MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification? There is no use in choosing other (2008) widows server certifications than 2012 today?

    So if i start the MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification, i will actually start many of the MCSE certifications to? Correct me if i'm wrong here :) I appreciate all the help i can get! It's to sad wasting years of studying when you cant use it.



    Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:14 PM

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  • Hi,

    If MCSE is your goal then you can better try to achieve the MCSA certification, from their you can move up to MCSE.

    If the MCSA track is to difficult to start with then the MTA exams will be a good start and to learn the basics.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mta-certification.aspx#fbid=jMR2BcqA6nQ

    There are multiple MCSA certifications: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsa-certification.aspx#fbid=jMR2BcqA6nQ

    There are also multiple MCSE certifications http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsa-certification.aspx#fbid=jMR2BcqA6nQ

    Try find out which MCSE certification has your interest and then see what MCSA certification you need for the MCSE track, you can then start with MTA or MCSA.


    Danny van Dam, Citrix CCIA/CCEE Microsoft MCSE Server Infrastructure/MCSE Desktop Infrastructure/MCSA Server 2008, Cisco CCNA, VMware VCP 3/4/5 http://www.citrix-guru.com http://www.rds-support.eu

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013 7:57 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    I understand what you mean now. My goals in the MCSE certifications is Server Infrastructure and Private Cloud at the time beeing. Seeing that the future as i understand it right now is in Cloud computing, i would guess that would be the right choice? Both of them requires exam 410 --> 411 --> 412 in the first 3 steps. If i can pass these exams, then i would automatically get the MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification? There is no use in choosing other (2008) widows server certifications than 2012 today?

    So if i start the MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification, i will actually start many of the MCSE certifications to? Correct me if i'm wrong here :) I appreciate all the help i can get! It's to sad wasting years of studying when you cant use it.



    Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:14 PM
  • Hi,

    Exam 70-410, 70-411 and 70-412 will give you MCSA: Server 2012. For most of the MCSE tracks the three exams for MCSA are also required. Some MCSE tracks require different exams, but for MCSE: Server Infra and MCSE: Private Cloud and MCSE: Desktop Infra the MCSA exams are included so you will need only  two additional exams per MCSE track on top of MCSA: Server 2012.

    If you have no existing Server 2008 certification to upgrade from then starting with Server 2012 would be the best choice.


    Danny van Dam, Citrix CCIA/CCEE Microsoft MCSE Server Infrastructure/MCSE Desktop Infrastructure/MCSA Server 2008, Cisco CCNA, VMware VCP 3/4/5 http://www.citrix-guru.com http://www.rds-support.eu

    Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:02 AM
    Moderator
  • Thx Danny, you have been helpful.
    Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:10 PM