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Study Guide: Upgrade Your Microsoft Certification to MCSA Windows Server

Prepare for certification with this free exam study guide for Exam 70-417

I’ve assembled all of the relevant content from the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge program into an accelerated Certification Study Guide for IT Professionals targeting Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012.

In this article, I’ll provide a summary of this Study Guide along with the information needed to receive your own copy of this Study Guide for FREE!

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Are you SharePoint, Exchange or Lync Certified?
In addition to IT Pros previously certified on Windows Server 2008, the MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification is also very relevant for IT Pros focused on SharePoint, Exchange and Lync solutions.  Since SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013 all rely on a strong Windows Server 2012 foundation, you’ll find that the MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification is now a required prerequisite for achieving the new MCSE certifications for SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013.

Who can use this Study Guide?
Study Guide targets IT Professionals preparing for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 certification via the single-exam upgrade path involving Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012.

You can use this Study Guide to prepare for Exam 70-417 if you’ve already achieved one of these prior certifications:

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7

If you haven’t previously achieved one of the above certifications, you can still attain MCSA certification on Windows Server 2012 via the normal three-exam path.  Instead of leveraging this study guide, please consider joining the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge as a FREE online IT Pro study group for assistance in preparing for this normal certification path.

About This Exam Study Guide
This exam guide presents the target exam objectives within each of the fourteen ( 14 ) objective domains for Exam 70-417. Each exam objective includes specific study resources ( videos, reading materials, hands-on activities ) intended to help candidates address knowledge gap areas prior to attempting this exam.  The guide is presented in a checklist format to provide an easy method for exam candidates to quickly self-assess their general exam preparedness in a structured manner.

Note that this study guide is not intended as a replacement for formal training, but rather intended as a post-training resource to help you identify how you can best prepare for certification.

Get this Exam Study Guide for FREE ...
I'm making this Exam Study Guide available as a free resource ... just follow the steps below to get it sent to you!

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  1. Download the Private Cloud + Windows Server 2012 Evaluation Kit ( You'll need this to build your Study Lab )
  2. Shortly after downloading your Evaluation Kit, you'll receive an email titled "Microsoft Private Cloud: Get Started!"
  3. Forward the email received in Step 2 above to:
    [email protected].

You'll receive an email in response with your Exam Study Guide Attached!

Is this Exam Study Guide Useful to You?

These are the same study resources that I personally used when preparing for Exam 70-417 myself, so I’ve already taken time to proof and review each and every resource.  Of course, you may have your own suggestions for improvements – feel free to post your comments below.  I’d love to hear your feedback!

TIP: If you've found this Exam Study Guide useful, you may also want to check out my other Study Guides located here.

HTH,

Keith

More Stories By Keith Mayer

Keith Mayer is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 17 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions.

Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.

Keith is the author of the IT Pros ROCK! Blog on Microsoft TechNet, voted as one of the Top 50 "Must Read" IT Blogs.

Keith also manages the Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge - a FREE online study group for IT Pros interested in studying and preparing for certification on Windows Server 2012. Join us and become the next "Early Expert"!

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