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  • pleas can you advice me what are the best books and materials for pass MCSA 2012?

    thank you.

    Sunday, January 19, 2014 11:47 AM


  • Hi, HFAA.

    I understand you want to earn the MCSA title for something with a version number of 2012.

    There are six (6) different MCSA certification titles currently available. Two of them are version 2012, which are Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012. Here is the web page that describes all six (6) MCSA titles:

    I am going to assume that you are interested in the most popular MCSA 2012 title: MCSA: Windows Server 2012.

    The MCSA: Windows Server 2012 description web page is located here:


    You need to pass three (3) required exams to earn this title. If you click each of the links below, you will find the exams' descriptions with a Skills measured section describing what is on each exam. As well, you will see a Preparation options section full of study resources for each exam. 

    Preparation Materials

    Unfortunately, Microsoft has recently updated the content for these three (3) exams for Windows Server 2012 R2. These new exams will officially be released on January 28th, 2014 (nine (9) days away). Because of that, all of the previously released study materials (books, exams, etc.) for 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412 will only be partially helpful in getting you ready for the exams.

    However, Microsoft Press and O'Reilly Media are currently updating their books to include the new R2 content and will be releasing them in February, March, and April of this year. The previous releases of their books seem to get the best reviews on Amazon for helping students prepare. Here are the books, with links on Amazon and O'Reilly. As time goes by, books from other publishers will also be released.

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=%22Windows%20server%202012%20r2%22%20exam
    O'Reilly Media: http://search.oreilly.com/?q=%22Server+2012+R2%22+exam&x=9&y=15

    By the way, I tend to believe the O'Reilly's release dates are more accurate since they are the folks who are actually releasing the books!

    WARNING: As of today (01/19/2014), I don't believe any of the three legitimate Practice Test Providers (Transcender, SelfTest, and MeasureUp) have updated their practice exams for Windows Server 2012 R2 - yet. If I am wrong, I hope someone will correct me.

    Focus all your studies on Windows Server 2012 R2 and should be ready to take on an exam. Always prepare for one exam at a time and then take it.

    Also, make sure you take advantage of Microsoft's free Second Shot voucher program, which allows you to retake an exam for free in case you fail it the first time. This program will retire in May.

    Good luck!

    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Sunday, January 19, 2014 7:15 PM

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