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All You Need to Know about MCSA Windows Server 2012 Certification

Posted last May 10, 2017, 3:26 am in Services report article

A MSCA Windows Server certification is treated like a first-class ticket to upper-level, high-paying IT jobs. With a growing number of businesses using Windows servers as their primary IT infrastructures, the need for licensed and certified IT professionals grows right along with each year. The MSCA Windows Server 2012 certification is no different – especially since a vast number of businesses still use this server as the core of their IT protocol. A vast number of online resources and materials become available when researching this certification – more than enough to overwhelm the average student. However, if you know the essentials, you will at least have a road map to follow to discover exactly what you need to know. 

Moving to the “Head of Line” with Existing Certifications

You may not currently have this 2012 certification, but that does not mean you must start over from scratch when it comes to the educational journey toward obtaining one. There are quite a few certifications that allow you to essentially skip to the head of the line. For example, if you have already taken the steps necessary to obtain your MSCA Windows Server 2008 certification, you will not have to repeat most of those steps to get the new certification. You will simply need to successfully pass Exam 417 – an exam specifically designed for upgrading the skills of IT professionals that already have applicable certifications. 

In addition to the Windows Server 2008 certification, there are several MCITP certifications that also qualify for the same “head of the line” pass – including the SharePoint Administrator, Virtualization Administrator, Enterprise Desktop Administrator and Lync Server Administrator exams. 

Learning from Scratch is Challenging, But Possible

If you read through the above list of certifications and realized that you do not have any of them, do not worry. It is true that you may have to start from scratch, but do not let this overwhelm you. Obtaining any type of Microsoft certification is an extreme challenge. The amount of knowledge that you must obtain to learn the necessary skills is only half the battle; you still must apply your acquired knowledge to an extremely tedious examination. Quite a few people have allowed the tedious nature of obtaining an MCSA certification, such as MSCA Windows 8, to deter them from obtaining one – striving to find a different path toward their dream IT job without it. Just because it is difficult to obtain the certification does not mean it is impossible to obtain. You just need to know exactly what to expect from the course and examination so that you can guide your learning process accordingly. 

The Foundation: Installation and Configuration

The first stage to working with any type of software is installation and configuration. Whether you are working with a first-person computer game or a high-level data encryption program, this first step is always the same. When working toward certification, the installation and configuration stage targets the local storage and server itself. You must be trained in the different server roles and key features along with the installation and administration of the Active Directory. You will also become very skilled at building and managing your own Group Policy. 

Stage 2: Administration 

In the first stage of the certification journey, you focused on installation and configuration. In the second stage, you are trained on program administration. In addition to managing and deploying different server images with the assistance of Windows Deployment Services, you also focus on monitoring virtual machines and implementing patch management as part of this stage. The configuration of DFS namespaces, database clone creation and disk encryption are also covered within this part of your learning journey – allowing you to work towards applying your newfound knowledge in real-world applications. 

Stage 3: Utilizing Advanced Services

Now that you have focused on installation, configuration and administration, the final stage targets taking that knowledge and applying it to advanced scenarios. This is more than just “book knowledge.” This part of your learning process – and its corresponding section of your certification exam – will primary target your sense of comprehension and application. Are you able to apply your knowledge practically to real-world scenarios? What steps would you take if advanced scenarios arise that allow you to combine critical thinking with your technical knowledge?

Prepare, Prepare and Prepare Even More

When preparing for the MSCA Windows Server 2012 certification exam, you need to understand that this is not a “cram exam.” You cannot expect to “cram” overnight for this test and pass it successfully. Attempting to do so will only lead to frustration, embarrassment and the wasting of a substantial amount of money. To successfully pass this certification exam, you need to take the learning and studying process as seriously as you will take the future job you get thanks to your MSCA certification. Doing so will allow you to have the right mentality now so that you can thoroughly appreciate the value of your certification later.