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My 70-410 Exam Prep Journey Continues – Discovering Free Tools for The Journey to Exchange Server MCSE Certification

In my previous article entitled,  “70-410 exam prep tools from the perspective of Exchange Server”, I basically spoke about my intent to go after the Exchange Server 2013 certification. This article builds on the topics that were introduced in that article.

As you may be aware, you are now required to achieve the Windows Server MCSA certification first, as a prerequisite to the Exchange Server MCSE certification. When you visit the Exchange Server MCSE official site you will notice that the first three exams for windows server MCSA are listed at the top of the page.  I am still puzzled about why this certification is so much harder to achieve compared to Exchange Server 2010.  With Exchange Server 2010 all you had to do was pass two exams and then you were certified.  No windows server exams were required in order to achieve this certification.

I visited the Windows Server MCSA official certification site, since it was a prerequisite to achieving the Exchange Server MCSE certification. I then scrolled down to resource section of the website to find resources that would be beneficial in helping me understand Windows Server 2012.

At the company where I am presently employed, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are both a part of our production environment.  There are presently no Windows Server 2012 servers deployed, so to fully understand Windows Server 2012 I had to acquire a book, or materials that would have given me a full understanding, of this new server version. Click Here to visit the MCSA Official Certification site website..

I then downloaded the two recommended books that I wrote about in my first article in this series, since they appear to be books created by Microsoft, that heavily focused on the new server version. I am presently going through the material as this article is being prepared.

Here are the links to the two recommended books that I spoke about in my previous article. You can get the books using the links below, if you have not downloaded them already. Both books were published by Microsoft publishers, and hopefully the first one is still available free of charge.  The second one cost me thirty eight cents, and should still be available at that price. In any event, if you are serious about your studies then they are well worth the small investment.

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2

Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition

I also found two other resources that may benefit you as well.  One is a forum and the other is Microsoft Virtual Academy.  Both resources are free of charge.  My goal is to utilize free resources first then go after paid options afterwards.

The “Microsoft Virtual Academy” consists of a collection of free training videos including videos on Windows Server.  The “Born to Learn Community” is a forum that consists of like minded persons who are trying to achieve their certifications.  There are many sub forums within the forum with related topics.  You can access both resources using the links below.

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Born to Learn Training and Certification Community

By the time you are reading this article, hopefully I would have achieved the first exam in the MCSA track which is 70-410.  As long I do not not get discouraged and quit.One good thing about passing the first exam in the track is that you would be awarded the MCP, or Microsoft Certified Professional title.  That alone is enough to continue on.

As I said in my previous article, Windows Server is now a part of the Exchange Server MCSE certification track.  As a result studies must be completed first, with Windows Server in order to move forward.  That is one of the reasons the two book are recommended first.  These books will give you an overview of windows server 2012.

The Windows Server track consists of three exams as previously mentioned.  Doing the courses and exams in the order that they are placed on the MCSA site is probably the best way to proceed, but I do not think it matters in which order the courses are taken. In any event I will do the exams in the order that they are presented.

The free resources mentioned here should be sufficient resources to familiarize me with Windows Server 2012 before focusing on the 70-410 exam prep tools. My focus now will be to go through the materials mentioned here first to understand Windows Server 2012 then search for materials that prepares me for the first 70-410 exam afterwards.