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    Default Guess who just Joined the MCSA Club.......74-409 Done.

    I Gatta Thank Jesus my lord and savior for this one. Scored an 850 on 74-409. set up some Hyper V labs within my existing server 2012 r2 lab in vmware workstation, to be honest I love the high availability features of hyper V and can see my self using this as a disaster recovery solution for any major company I apply to for a system admin job.

    I used Orin Thomas VEEAM 74-409 pdf, used the practice questions at the end of each chapter, found some nice you tube videos and used star wind software for virtual San for CSV. Glad I got this done.


    Cant decide what to do next. which type of job do you guys recommend I apply for now? and also what certs do you guys think I should target next?
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    Congrats bro!! God is good indeed. I would definitely use that MCSA to its fullest in a Systems Admin role. It complements and supplements your experience. I would say cert wise you could go the MCSE route or round out your skills with the CCNA for networking/routing/switching exposure. Since you have some virtualization certs and system admin certs this route would give you a well-rounded approach with the networking. Your next role will definitely help carve out that path for certification. I hope this helps you out!! This could also open up some Cloud System Engineer roles or DC Operation opportunities.

    Just a few suggestions
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    Thanks! will look into getting some Cisco gear for a home lab as i been playing on doing at least the ccent for a while.. I am also thinking about going for MCSE with exchange server 2016.
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    Did you follow any particular lab structure? or just try topics as you learned them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cisco Inferno View Post
    Did you follow any particular lab structure? or just try topics as you learned them?
    yeah I just lab the topics that I came across. or rather how I would use the technologies in my own lab.
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    Congrats!!! You definitely stuck with it and made it possible. Celebration in mind?
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    Congrats!!! You definitely stuck with it and made it possible. Celebration in mind?
    Think I'm gonna treat my self to a very expensive fishing rod that I've wanted a very long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greg9891 View Post
    Thanks! will look into getting some Cisco gear for a home lab as i been playing on doing at least the ccent for a while.. I am also thinking about going for MCSE with exchange server 2016.
    Why exchange 2016? Very few companies are using Exchange 2016. Upgrade your MCSA 2012 R2 to MCSA 2016 with 70-743. Do 70-343 (exchange 2013) and you will be MCSE Productivity. Do 70-413, 70-414, or 70-744 and you will have MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure. I will be doing 70-413 and 70-341 within the next 3 weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiju View Post
    Why exchange 2016? Very few companies are using Exchange 2016. Upgrade your MCSA 2012 R2 to MCSA 2016 with 70-743. Do 70-343 (exchange 2013) and you will be MCSE Productivity. Do 70-413, 70-414, or 70-744 and you will have MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure. I will be doing 70-413 and 70-343 within the next 3 weeks.
    Did you do the 70-743? if so how was it and what were your study methods? I actually work for a company that is looking to upgrade to Exchange 2016 and it will give me a real advantage if I could I could get that cert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greg9891 View Post
    Did you do the 70-743? if so how was it and what were your study methods? I actually work for a company that is looking to upgrade to Exchange 2016 and it will give me a real advantage if I could I could get that cert.
    No, I did 70-740/741/742 to get my MCSA. My coworkers did 70-743 for the upgrade and said it wasn't too difficult. They all studied the 70-743 ebook for a week and then took the test. We will be using Exchange 2013 for a couple more years so I am in no hurry to do 70-345.
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    Do you have a copy of that ebook they used to study with. will look at the 70-743 cert hopefully at the end of the year or early 2018.
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    Awesome! Congrats bro!

    I assume the 74-409 is still an elective to the 70-412? I know I've read some threads where people aren't sure, given that the Microsoft site lists only the 70-412.
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    Congrats Greg.

    I have the same question as above, can passing 74-409 with 410 and 411 give you a MCSA in Server?

    Many thanks,
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    Two guys said they used the ebook from Microsoft:
    https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/...-9780735697430

    The other guy said he got the same book from Amazon but in Kindle version:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nisseki View Post
    Congrats Greg.

    I have the same question as above, can passing 74-409 with 410 and 411 give you a MCSA in Server?

    Many thanks,
    Yes guys, the 74-409 is still an elective for MCSA.
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    Hi greg9891,

    Congratulations with new certification. Apart from playing around with Hyper-V what kind of resources you used for 74-409 exam?

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    No, the 74-409 is no longer an elective for the 2012 MCSA. I received the following from Microsoft when I queried why it was not showing on my transcript as credit towards the MCSA (I just passed the 74-409 a week ago):


    "Microsoft has updated the process about earning the [MCSA] certification. The update was completed this June 2017 and the exam 74-409 was removed as a substitute exam and all other substitute exams listed."


    Needless to say I am not happy. This needed to be made more visible.
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    Good work, MCSA is a good baseline cert. I’m planning on doing the 74-409 over the summer, then doing 70-414 to complete MCSE Cloud and Infra. Thanks for also sharing the .PDF file, I’ll take a look at the questions at the end.
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    Ugly-051, I think, 74-409 doesn't work for MCSA anymore. At list, without conversation with Microsoft customer service.
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    Congrats!

    Got the 411 scheduled for the 18th. Seems like you ripped right through the 409! Nice work.
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    UPDATE: after following up on this, I was told by Microsoft that there was "a disconnect in two systems due to them containing different data" which they are working to fix. I just checked my transcript, and it's now showing I have passed the MCSA 2012 (by using an elective). But I'd proceed very carefully though if you're currently planning on taking one of these electives. Probably better to play it safe and go 410, 411, and 412.
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    Completely agree with crumbs11. In any other situations, I recommend to stay away from 70-412 alternative electives until Microsoft clearing company position. For peoples, who already pass any of alternative electives I would recommend to contact to Microsoft immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ugly-051 View Post
    Good work, MCSA is a good baseline cert. I’m planning on doing the 74-409 over the summer, then doing 70-414 to complete MCSE Cloud and Infra. Thanks for also sharing the .PDF file, I’ll take a look at the questions at the end.
    I don’t think it does no but I’m doing it for Hyper-V work and not towards an MCSA as I’ve already got that cert.
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