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Road to MCSE:SharePoint – Tips on Passing 70-412 Exam Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

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If you’ve been following the previous posts, then I’m sure you get the picture by now. I’m about to give you some tips on passing the final MCSA exam for Windows Server 2012. And that means you’re one exam away from gaining the full MCSA cert that you’ve been coveting. If you’re following my journey for gaining SharePoint MCSE, then you’ve still got two more exams after this one. If not, consider yourself lucky! It’s all downhill from here. The 70-412 exam is the culmination of everything you’ve learned in the previous two with a more advanced leaning, hence the name Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services. Personally, I felt much better about this exam than I did with 70-411 due to my disdain for advanced networking. And although my score was lower on 70-412 than the previous two, I still felt better about my knowledge of the content than 70-411.

Study Resources: The updated exam objectives PDF linked above does a really great job of listing out the overall topics you should be studying. In my two previous posts I listed some of the topics that I felt warranted further review. This time around, I think it’s best to review that PDF and watch the Pluralsight videos. There’s no sense in reinventing the wheel here. I will say though that I spent a lot of time on High Availability/Failover Clustering, Dynamic Access Control, VM movement, and ADFS. I’ll be honest, I was concerned […]

By |February 11th, 2014|Categories: Certifications, Microsoft, Technology, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Road to MCSE:SharePoint – Tips on Passing 70-411 Exam Administering Windows Server 2012

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If you haven’t done so already, read my introductory post (above) to this series on passing the 70-410 exam, as I’ll reference much of the same content.

After a brief hiatus in my quest to get MCSE: SharePoint knocked out, I’ve finally taken and passed the next exam 70-411, Administering Windows Server 2012. Although there is no requirement from Microsoft to take these exams in a specific order, it practically makes sense as the content gets progressively more advanced after 70-410. Before getting to some of the details, I’d like to start by saying that this exam was pretty difficult for me to prepare for. This exam is very heavy on the networking side of things. I am admittedly not a networking guru, nor do I particularly care to be one. I do feel better about my overall knowledge of advanced networking capabilities in Windows Server 2012, as it had been a very long time since I’ve brushed up on the subject. Regardless of my disdain, if you can barely contain your excitement when thinking about remote RADIUS server groups, then this is the exam for you!

Study Resources:

The below list comprises some of the hot topics that are worth focusing on. Again, this exam is much more difficult than 70-410. It’s really important to get deep on these subjects, because many of the questions do just that. Conversely, there were some questions that I felt could have easily been […]

By |December 6th, 2013|Categories: Certifications, Microsoft, Technology, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Road to MCSE:SharePoint – Tips on Passing 70-410 Exam Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

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Before I jump into the good stuff, allow me to provide some background info on why you’re reading this. I decided last year that I would go for MCSE: SharePoint (2013), as I’ve been completely bypassing Microsoft certifications for many years. Most IT Pros have similar reasons for avoiding the MS certs as I did, so I won’t bore you with the details. In short, more credence has been placed on 3rd party product/technology certifications in my industry, therefore I haven’t even really seriously considered an MS cert since I was taking the ancient MCSA 2000 courses! I have two reasons for pursuing the cert at this time. One, I’d like to help my employer maintain a silver or gold competency. Two, I’ve been working with and evangelizing on Microsoft SharePoint technology for many years, so why not just pass the exams? After all, I know all this stuff! Or do I?

If you’re familiar with Microsoft certifications, the aforementioned MCSE moniker should be pretty familiar to you. What may not be familiar, is that there is an MCSE certification specifically for SharePoint. This new certification is part of a larger effort by Microsoft to create more focused certifications based on core competencies. The new MCSE certifications are also a bit more simplified to understand, as the prerequisite is essentially the relevant MCSA certification. Before I go any further, it’s important to note that MCSE is no longer called […]

By |May 30th, 2013|Categories: Certifications, Microsoft, Technology, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |43 Comments