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My MCSA 2012 upgrade exam experience

I recently sat my MCSA 2008 to MCSA 2012 exam, here’s how I prepared and passed.

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 st 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.



Bryan O'Connor

Senior Technical Instructor

Bryan O’Connor is a Senior Technical Instructor at QA, teaching VMware, Microsoft and CompTIA courses. In the past, Bryan has also been certified by Novell as a MCNI (Master Certified Novell Instructor). Bryan started in the world of IT in 1986 and has worked in a variety of roles ranging from PC support technician to Network design and consultancy, to Virtualisation consultant. At last count, Bryan held over 40 professional VMware, Microsoft, Novell and CompTIA certifications. Bryan has advised many large organisations on their IT and project management needs to allow them to benefit from the increase in productivity provided by computer systems. In addition to teaching, Bryan does a variety of jobs in QA, including supporting the sales staff and setting up the classrooms. Outside of QA, Bryan enjoys spending time with his wife Tracey and their two daughters Meagan and Jessica, unless there’s a grand prix on the TV when he enjoys paying Tracey, Meagan and Jessica to disappear for the day.
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