90 Days to MCSA: Windows Server 2012 Edition
Following the launch of Windows Server 2012 and the announcement of updated Microsoft certifications, a large number of IT pros around the world have set new goals for earning or upgrading their certifications in 2013. During my conversations with MCPs online and in person, I heard the community’s desire for more on-demand exam prep resources and a place to find peer support. After consulting with several Microsoft Certified Trainers, we have created a new package of resources just for you. Modeled after the success of last year’s “60 Days to MCSE for Private Cloud,” we’re thrilled to introduce “90 Days to MCSA: Windows Server 2012 Edition.”
All the information and links can be found at 90daystoMCSA.com. Here’s a brief walk-through of what you’ll find on the page after clicking through:
Sign up for “90 Days to MCSA” emails:
This is your first step toward making that commitment to yourself to earn MCSA: Windows Server 2012. By signing up, you’ll receive bi-weekly emails from March to June 2013. These emails will contain new tools, resources, advice from Microsoft Certified Trainers, special offers on books, and much more. You’ll also be eligible to win prizes and be featured as a certification success story on our website.
Exam Prep Videos:
If you’ve attended a technical conference where Microsoft exams are offered onsite (such as TechEd), you know what these exam prep sessions are: 60- to 75-minute reviews of exam objectives and tips, led by a Microsoft Certified Trainer, meant for brushing-up just before you take exams. Now we’re bringing these exam prep sessions to you online so you can watch them as often as you need, when it’s convenient for you. (Please note: these videos are not a substitute for training, studying or hands-on experience.)
There are two main components to each Microsoft Certified Study Group (MCSG): discussion forums and resource wikis. Each of these are exam focused, meaning there is a forum and a wiki for each Windows Server 2012 exam, conveniently labeled with exam numbers. The forums are led and moderated by Microsoft Certified Trainers. The wikis are populated and moderated by Microsoft Learning and MCP community members.
MCSA Exam Bundle Offers:
One tip for certification success that we’ve learned from many MCPs and MCTs: set a deadline for yourself by scheduling your exam while studying. To help you commit to achieving your MCSA goal, we’re offering a 15% discount on the MCSA Windows Server 2012 exam bundle (exams 410, 411 and 412), plus a free Second Shot. (Must purchase by May 31, 2013 to get the free Second Shot. See this page for more details.)
Bonus just for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 track:
MCT and MVP Michael Bender is issuing a #90days2MCSA challenge. He will be blogging bi-weekly about the study plan and progress report, beginning on March 5, 2013. Want to take him up on it? Watch for his posts on the front page of Born to Learn.
Meet the Trainers:
This “90 Days to MCSA” plan has been built for you and your success. We could not have brought this to you without the valuable time, advice and contribution of these Microsoft Certified Trainers. Please join us in thanking them.
MCTs featured in exam prep videos:
MCTs featured in study group blog and forums:
This is for everyone! Spread the word!
If you’re new to this certification path or are upgrading, welcome, and let us know in a comment below that you’re participating. If you are already certified in Windows Server 2012, please share this with your peers and encourage them to do the same. Your input is also welcome in the study group. Now let’s get started!
Want to tweet about this or find others who are participating? Use hashtags #90days2MCSA and #WinServ.