Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

Today I’ve passed Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 and I’ve became Microsoft Certifies Solution Associate Windows Server 2012. For that exam wasn’t so hard because I am testing Windows Server 2012 from pre-beta stages, but the exam wasn’t so easy also. As described in Microsoft learning site the exam is divided in 3 smaller exams:

  • 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


As you can see these smaller exams you can guess how many question the exam has. If you decide to take this exam I suggest to learn the following technologies in Windows Server 2012:

  • Hyper-V
  • IPAM
  • Clusters
  • File Services
  • Active Directory and AD Federation Services
  • Windows Backup
  • Network Policy Server
  • Dynamic Access Control
  • Remote Access


Taking this exam if you eligible to take it will give you MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certificate. This certificate counts as credit towards the following certificates:

  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure

I am MCSE: Private Cloud

Last Sunday I’ve got the idea that I should pass Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 exam. I saw in several posts that Marnix Wolf, Kevin Holman and Bob Cornelissen managed to pass the exam. And as I always wanted to be as good as these guys I decided to accept the challenge to pass that exam. If you want to be like the best you have to act like the best. I’ve been studding System Center 2012 components since beta (watching videos, reading articles, participating in learning sessions and etc.) and I have pretty decent knowledge for the previous versions with most experience in SCOM. So when I made up my mind first thing in the morning I’ve called the testing center and scheduled exam date for 21st of June. The days before the exam after work I’ve studied for couple of hours. I was nervous before and during the exam but when I finished it and I saw the magic word that I’ve passed I’ve felt relived and very happy at the same time. So now I am waiting my MCP profile to be updated and to actually see it with my own eyes. With this exam passed and because I have already MCSA: Windows Server 2008 and 70-569 I have to receive also Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Private Cloud. I was the first person that took the exam in that testing center and probably I am the first from my country that took it. The same probably applies to MCSE: Private Cloud. I am really happy and I recommend to every engineer that is SCOM expert to take it.