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Jan 17 2014   3:44PM GMT

MS Announces Changeover Dates for MCSA Windows 8 and Server 2012 Topics

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Last week, Erika Cravens published a blog post at Born to Learn entitled “MSCA: Windows 8 and MCSA: Windows Server 2012 exams to be updated January 28, 2014.” That Tuesday, the MS exams for those two MCSA credentials will add elements to include coverage of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, both released in October, 2013. Furthermore, the exam pages that relate to each of these certifications now offer downloadable documents that explain what content is changing, or being added or dropped to take cognizance of these new Windows versions. Here’s a nifty little table that includes pointers to all this stuff:

MCSA Exam Updates for Windows 8.1 & Server 2012 R2
Exam ID Exam Title Update document
70-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 .docx link
70-411 Administering Windows Server 2012 PDF link
70-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services PDF link
70-687 Configuring Windows 8.1 PDF link
70-688 Supporting Windows 8.1 PDF link

Of course, there are two other exams affected by these changes — namely 70-417 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 (for those who possess older but relevant Windows certifications that qualify to take this all-in-one exam; see exam page for details) and 70-689 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8 (likewise). But these roll-up exams simply incorporate those from the 70-41* and 70-68* exams listed above, and do not have separate update documents themselves. Instead, candidates for these exams must basically prepare for all the relevant exams listed above, and use the update documents to understand what new or changed content they might encounter.

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