Bryan O'Connor | 3 February 2013
I recently sat my MCSA 2008 to MCSA 2012 exam, here’s how I prepared and passed.
On Friday 1
February 2013 I sat and passed my
070-417 Microsoft exam, with the passing of the exam I upgraded my
Windows 2008 Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate to become a
Windows 2012 Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate.
Let me tell you about my experience.
My first step was to identify the path required to allow me to sit and pass the exam.
First port of call was Microsoft's certification site , this lead me to the information that in order to become an MCSA in Windows 2012 I had to either pass three exams:
Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Exam 410
Administering Windows Server 2012 Exam 411
Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services Exam 412
Or as my preferred route already being a MCSA 2008, just one exam:
Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 Exam 417
To give an overview of the Exam 417, but not giving any questions away, the exam actually consists of three exams, the 410, 411 and 412 with around 20 questions per exam and you must pass all 3 sections.
Being a Microsoft Certified Trainer I used the following materials for my preparation.
Course 20410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
Course 20411 Administering Windows Server 2012
Course 20412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
Course 20417 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
In addition I installed a little test lab of 3 Windows 2012 servers, I installed and played with all the features mentioned on all the courses.
Good luck if you intend to sit any of the exams, but of course if you prepare well, then luck is not an issue.