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MCSA: Windows Server 2012

Earning the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification confirms that you have core Windows Server 2012 skills that are relevant across multiple solution areas. This foundational certification validates your ability to work with Windows Server 2012 in a real-world business context. 

MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification is a prerequisite for MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification.


Upgrading to MCSA: Windows Server 2012

You only need to take one upgrade exam (70-417) if you have one of the following certifications:

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator


Microsoft recommends that you have two years of Windows Server experience, along with on-premises and cloud experience, before attempting MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.

Required 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
Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
Note: Exam 70-462 is an elective exam, which along with Exams 70-410 and 70-411, will fulfill the requirements for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.

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