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Windows Server Management course

shutterstock_56409145When it comes to getting certified as an IT administrator, few certification paths are as popular as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). In fact, it’s so popular that Microsoft brought this certification moniker out of retirement, and revamped it in April of 2012.

With this revamp, Microsoft made the Windows Server 2012 MCSA the cornerstone for all IT Administration MCSE paths. In order to get any of the MCSE certifications (Server Infrastructure, SharePoint, Private Cloud, messaging and so on) you must first complete MCSA: Windows Server 2012. This makes sense since Windows Server is the backbone for any of the additional server family products like SharePoint, Exchange and System Center. You’ll then need to have a great understanding of the Windows Server product, including Active Directory and networking, in order to be able to administer those additional server products. This makes the exam more important and valuable than its predecessor, the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), or the previous MCSAs.

The MCSA Windows Server 2012 consists of three required exams:

  1. 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  2. 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
  3. 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

While there is no requirement to take these exams in any order, it’s recommended by most professionals that you do, because each topic grows off of the previous. After you pass all three exams, you’ll be awarded the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server 2012. Since recently acquiring TrainSignal, an online IT training company, we’ve added the courses you’ll need to pass the exam into the Pluralsight platform.

Learning path objective

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server 2012

Target audience

IT administrators with a fundamental knowledge of networking and servers, Junior-level admins and professionals looking to gain the MCSA certification.

Learning path course sequence

Total: 38h 04m

As you can see, this isn’t something you can sit down and do in a weekend, but that’s part of the value of the MCSA. This certification measures a huge amount of foundational knowledge in the Microsoft Server ecosystem. Upon completing this certification, you’ll find yourself more prepared for your server administration career, and you’ll be ready to find specialization(s) to continue with.

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at CSUS, 'computer science' has a broader meaning today...it used to be only considered 'programming'

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