Free preparation Materials for MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2

As you know Microsoft updated it’s Exams for MCSA: Windows Server 2012 in january 2014 to Windows Server 2012 R2.

So I decided to update my prepartion collection too. ūüôā

Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses
Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtualization
Windows Server 2012 R2: Web and Application Platform
Windows Server 2012 R2 Access and Information Protection
Windows Server 2012 R2: Server Management and Automation
Windows Server 2012 R2: Server Networking
Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Jump Start: New Choices


Free eBook
Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Storage, Security, & Networking


Study Guides via Keith Mayer
Exam70-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
Exam70-411 Administering Windows Server 2012
Exam70-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services


Technet Radio Building Your Hybrid Cloud РWindows Server 2012 R2
Part 1: Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Foundation
Part 2: Hyper-V Enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2
Part 3: Networking Enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2
Part 4: Managing Cloud Foundations with Windows Server 2012 R2


TechEd America Exam Prep Sessions
Exam Prep: 70-410 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012
Exam Prep: 70-411 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012
Exam Prep: 70-412 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012

Update in progress…

How to start with IT Certifications – My opinion

After I received an email yesterday, how to start as an Administrator with certifications in IT, especially in the Microsoftworld. I decided to take my answer and write a blog about this topic.

This path is based on my own “road of certification” and written for people with around 1 year experience in IT. I focus on Microsoft and CompTIA in this post, because they are my main focus areas and they are good to combine with each other.


To prove your Microsoft Administration Skills, that you have right know you can try the MTA Exams.
I would suggest:
Exam 98-365: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
Exam 98-366: Networking Fundamentals

Exam 98-349: Windows Operating System Fundamentals
Exam 98-367: Security Fundamentals

That should be no Problem and gives you an understanding how Microsoft handles the Exams and what they are focusing on.

After this you should go on with the MCSA Windows Server 2012.

Here the Exams you have to take
Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
Exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
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For you studies I would suggest you the learning guides from Keith Mayer.
You can find them in my Blogpost with the MCSA Materials.

For the learning and reading stuff you should order the Training Guides from microsoft. To save some money you could take used books.

I normally do the learning after work. That means I invest between 10 or 20 hours a week on training and reading. So I need around 3 to 4 Month to prepare for an exam and to get the knowledge in my head.
If you have tho opportunity to integrate this in you day 2 day work, I would say you can finish preparation in 2 months for each exam.

So the best way to be successfull on the new Microsoft exam and study style is “practicing, practicing, practicing”!

What I do to keep motivated is, to look over the board an gain some extra knowledge or prove my existing knowledge with additional CompTIA exams.

So for you it would be helpfull to show you skills in Networking, Storage and Server, if you want be successfull in enterprise business. So you should maybe focus on CompTIA Server+, Network+ CE and Storage+ CE. Since 2008 Microsft concentrates on normal Server knowledge like “which RAID Level to use” or “What is SAS”, too. When it comes to encryption and certifications environments, you will learn a lot while preparing for Securty+ CE.

To combine learning for MCSA/MCSE and CompTIA is a valuable way to improve training experience. Both sites cover sometimes the same topics and give you different views how to touch systems, network and operating systems.  From CompTIA you will also get the view upsides Microsoft, so like it is when you work in hetero genes environments.

I think that would be the best starting point in IT and you have enough space for specialization. Like me in the Cloud Business.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to me



Who should take the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Exams?



I will not answer on direct questions of the exam or give you more insides on the exam itself. Who await his can stop to read here. I only want to give a suggestion who should be able to pass the MTA requirements and when you should go on with the MCSA.



Why do I write about the MTA exam?

I decided to do the Microsoft Technology Associate Exam for Windows Server Fundamentals last week.


Why did I choose to take this exam?

I wanted to check the level of the exam if someone ask me for advice and to know which people should be able to pass them. Ok I also have to say, it was just for fun.


That brings me to my resume about the exam. At first, I really enjoyed it but for an IT Pro with more than 8 years’ experience this Exam offering is to easy and it looks like hunting for more certifications. When you see this exam it really targets the IT Basics of the different topics e.g.  Windows Server, Networking, Client or Databases.


At what point of your IT career should you choose the MTA?

I would suggest taking these exams during or short after your study at university or job training. That means in your first or second year in IT with specialization on the product you choose in MTA or later MCSA/MCSE.


Covers the MTA only Microsoft topics?

No it doesn’t. It is also an exam that touches day to day topics like basic hardware know how or backup.


How can I prepare myself for MTA?

I would suggest the courses on the Microsoft Virtual Academy to prepare for the exam.


After the MTA when should I go on with the MCSA Exam?

In my opinion you will need additional one or two year’s practical experience on the job and the product to be successful with the MCSA track.


Microsoft Learning launched new page for prospective MCSAs

Veronica Sopher and her teamed launched a new webpage this week. On this page you can find many interesting facts and also guidance, when you want to become an MCSA.

MCSA means Microsoft Certified Solution Associate and is the entry IT Pro Certification from Microsoft.

The program the page running under the name “90 Days to MCSA” and it’s goal is to connect you to the community as good as possible to become an MCSA.

If you want to check out he page feel free to visit

For more community visit also, the LinkedIn learning Groupe or use Twitter Hashtags #90days2MCSA and #WinServ for MCSA Windows Server 2012 or #90days2MCSA and #SQLServer for MCSA SQL Server 2012.

So use your chance and earn your MCSA.

MCSA Windows Server 2012 Charter Member Certificate

MCSA Windows Server 2012 Charter Member Certificate