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    Default Starting MCSA Windows Server 2016

    Got my MCSA in Windows 10 last week so now I am starting on my Server 2016. I'm not going to do Server 2012 because I like to study for up coming and new technologies.

    Sybex haven't released their books yet and CBT Nuggets videos haven't been completed.

    I have the dreaded green study guides as that's the only book available plus I had vouchers for an educational book shop, so I ordered 70-740, 741 and 742. I will start with 70-740 first.

    Any tips from anyone who has passed or attempted any of them?
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    Do yourself a favor and do the MCSA Server 2012. It will look just as good on the resume as the MCSA Server 2016 and it's a good idea to be certified in the OS a majority companies are currently using. Also, one upgrade exam will get you to the MCSA Server 2016.
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    I understand but reason why I am doing Server 2016 instead of 2012 because I currently live in the UK and want to move to another country in 2 years. I'm not sure where yet but I need to make sure I stand out more compared others. Best way to do that is to be certificated in up coming technologies, get it out the way now instead of later on when Server 2016 is main stream, by that time I could be focusing on other things.

    Same reason I did Windows 10 cert over the past 9 months instead of Windows 7. Many people have Windows 7 certs and 2012 certs, not many have Windows 10 and definitely not Server 2016. Will help me get my foot in the door easier, especially if I move to a country were their primary language isn't English.
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    I agree with the above. Nothing wrong with getting an MCSA in 2012 and then taking an exam to upgrade. I think that having both would show a progression of server and technology experience/knowledge. Also, the objectives aren't radically different. I don't think MCSA 2016 will be unique in 2 years. Also, if you take the 2016 now and you're not working with it on a daily basis, you'll waste a time trying to refresh the info constantly for 2 years. If you study for the MCSA 2012 for 1 year then upgrade to 2016 6 months later, your knowledge should still be fresh.
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    Trust me, you won't stand out with the MCSA 2016 certification.
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    Personally I'd say go for the latest and greatest, if your CV has a proven history of working with the previous OS's.

    I'm a contractor in the UK and have worked for multiple companies who are working on older OS's (2000 still!!) but looking towards the future, be it a MS OS, or a Cloud platform of some description, so knowing how to manage your old estate and migrate to the new is essential and having proof of that on you CV even more so.

    With the recent Ransomware attack and it now being highlighted how out of date many organisations are, rollouts to Windows 10 and Server 2012/16 will become more frequent as will keeping closer to date with the latest and greatest OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greg9891 View Post
    Congrats !
    Thanks, Windows 10 was a killer, especially 70-697.

    Quote Originally Posted by spongeym View Post
    Personally I'd say go for the latest and greatest, if your CV has a proven history of working with the previous OS's.

    I'm a contractor in the UK and have worked for multiple companies who are working on older OS's (2000 still!!) but looking towards the future, be it a MS OS, or a Cloud platform of some description, so knowing how to manage your old estate and migrate to the new is essential and having proof of that on you CV even more so.

    With the recent Ransomware attack and it now being highlighted how out of date many organisations are, rollouts to Windows 10 and Server 2012/16 will become more frequent as will keeping closer to date with the latest and greatest OS.
    That's my point, its all good me studying for Server 2012 but when organizations start to moving to Server 2016. I be there ready and waiting with the skills, while everyone else is spending hours or months Googling how to do it. The Ransomware attack had my organization running around in circles because we still have Server 2003 and 2008 here unpatched.

    Anyway, don't want to derail from my original question.

    So again, any tips from anyone who has passed or attempted any of the Server 2016 exams?
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    The differences between Server 2012 and Server 2016 are not drastic by any means. I, personally, would recommended getting a MCSA 2012 with a followup upgrade to Server 2016. Most organizations are using Server 2012 and will be for a while still. By getting the MCSA 2012 you will have enough understanding of Windows Server to even be able to accurately support Server 2016 with the occasional google to help you figure out what's going on.

    My last, and probably biggest, reason for suggesting Server 2012 is the sheer amount of content available for study makes passing the 2012 so much easier. The MCSA 2016 is still being vetted so you will have to find a lot of your own study resources which will add to the time it takes to study.
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    I agree with everyone above - you will be better served learning 2012 R2 now. It should be an easy upgrade to 2016.
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    Good luck with your career.
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    I would go with 2012, then upgrade to 2016. My company (in USA) has hundreds of servers, most running 2008 R2 and 2012. We only have a couple running 2016 and those are just for testing. It will be at least a year or two before we start to deploy any 2016 servers. Most companies don't deploy cutting edge stuff right away, so 2012 will be standard for some time. Hell, we are just now getting Windows 10 validated and wont deploy it for at lest 6 months or longer.
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    The exams are not that difficult if you have experience with 2012 R2. 70-741 is the most difficult of the three exams so make sure you put some extra effort into studying whatever books are purchased. I will be doing 70-743 next week to complete my MCSE.

    Having a current MCSA/E is what matters so having the 2016 MCSA will not hurt you.
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    No one is saying having a MCSA 2016 will hurt, but it offers no benefit over using the OS that a majority of companies are still using as their primary server OS.

    Quote Originally Posted by malachi1612 View Post
    That's my point, its all good me studying for Server 2012 but when organizations start to moving to Server 2016. I be there ready and waiting with the skills, while everyone else is spending hours or months Googling how to do it.
    OP will be their knight in shining armor saving the company from all those sysadmins who need to google.
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    As a point of reference my current company's Windows Server footprint is still about 60% Windows 2008 R2, with 2012 R2 being the standard for new deployments. I have some test 2016 servers, but all of our standard apps are not certified or have compatibility issues, so we will not be rolling it out in production until late this year at the earliest.

    I think this is the norm for established environments.
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    Agree with everyone else. I would do 2012 then upgrade to 16 once more material comes out.

    I've never been in a company that updates to the latest and greatest software. I mean we had to fight everyone just to get SharePoint 2016 deployed instead of 13... Because it's too new.
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    We just finally replaced all our old 2003 servers. For now 2008 R2 is on most of our serves with 2012 starting to catch up. So it will be sometime before moving to 2016.
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    How will you migrate my servers to 2016 if you dont know 2012?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cisco Inferno View Post
    How will you migrate my servers to 2016 if you dont know 2012?
    How will you migrate my servers to 2012 if you dont know 2008?
    How will you migrate my servers to 2008 if you dont know 2003?
    How will you migrate my servers to 2003 if you dont know 2000?

    See the pattern?

    Same for desktop versions, no matter how you look at it. Everyone will be coming into these certs at different time frames, regardless of knowing the previous OS or not. Every MS desktop and server exam objectives covers migration from previous OS's. Server 70-740 covers migration from both server 2012 and 2008. I cant remember the last time I used an server 2008 system. Either way, the process is not difficult. Even if it was difficult , that's why we take these certs. To study, learn new skills and validate them.
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    @malachi1612 at the end of the day it's really up to you how to proceed in your career. But I would personally really consider the 2012 route then upgrade to 2016 having both on your CV would be more of a stand out thing than just 2016.

    Again that's my personal opinion.
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    Speaking of Migrations, in the 70-413 study material they want me to know migration scenarios for certain Server 2000 cases and then every case beyond that at least a little. Migrations are not an easy topic.

    Quote Originally Posted by malachi1612 View Post
    Every MS desktop and server exam objectives covers migration from previous OS's. Server 70-740 covers migration from both server 2012 and 2008. I cant remember the last time I used an server 2008 system.
    Server 2008 isn't even completely EOL yet. I know my company is likely going to skip migrating to Server 2012/R2 for most of our systems and go straight from 2008 to 2016. A lot of companies haven't gone all the way to Server 2012 yet and will potentially just hop up to 2016 when Server 2008 is done for.
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    I agree with the others here regarding Server 2012. My company installs and supports call center software for large enterprise environments and it's rare we see anyone using Server 2016, or even with any plans to upgrade to it in the near future.

    At the end of the day I don't think it really matters all that much though. If you learn 2016 it's not like you'll be totally lost when you sit down in front of a 2012 machine and the really important thing is that you know your **** in a Windows environment, not so much what version is on your cert.

    That said, just know that you're not all that likely to see Server 2016 in widespread use in enterprise environments for a while yet.
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    I'd go the MCSA 2012 route. I just obtained mine and I'm already considering doing the upgrade path. There was so much that the MCSA 2012 taught me that I never knew about (again assumed knowledge) and by the looks of things the 2016 upgrade path doesn't seem to be that much of a difference from 2012 R2 but then again, we can only advise you.

    We only just recently started moving servers over 2012 over the past couple of months. We're about 70% Server 2012 R2, 30% 2008 R2 and this is just as of the start of this year.
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    I'm going to have to agree with everyone here - do the 2012. It might be a long time until you can fully study for and pass the 2016. You could easily blast out the 2012 now while you have all the resources for it and do the upgrade once the exam is out. Plus you will have the knowledge from the 2012 so beating the 2016 will be quick and easy.
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    Also a lot of big companies are still using 2008/2012, so you might as well have a cert in something they are still using for now, and get the 2016 later IF they decide to upgrade.
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