Microsoft has been offering online “Jump Start” courses for popular certifications for some time now, and they’ve just announced a free two-day class for the 70-417 exam entitled “Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012.” As I’ve blogged and written repeatedly over the summer, the 70-417 provides a one-exam upgrade path to MCSA: Windows Server 2012 for those who hold an MCSA on Windows Server 2008, or MCITP on Windows Enterprise Desktop Admin, Virtualization Admin, Enterprise Messaging, SharePoint Admin, or LyncServer Admin (here’s a post from Tom’s IT Pro, and another from PearsonITCertification.com on this subject).
Well, for those who qualify to take 70-417 — and even for those looking for a lightning overview of the 70-410, -411, and -412 exams that make up the slate for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 if starting from scratch — Microsoft has opened a Jump Start class for this exam on October 23 and 24. The instructors are Rick Claus (Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft) and Ed Liberman (instructor from TrainSignal), both represented in a recent Born to Learn blog post as “…two seasoned Windows Server experts with real world experience.”
If past offerings are any indication, registration for this free class will fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register immediately if you’re interested. The class runs from 9 AM to 4 PM (Pacific Time, UCT -08:00) both days, and aims to reach IT professionals who already know their way around Windows Server 2008 and want to extend their skills and knowledge onto the Windows Server 2008 platform.
I’m serious! These courses are worth getting into if you can, so sign up ASAP. There may or may not be another one in a couple of months, so if you don’t get in, don’t despair: keep an eye on the Born to Learn blog for follow-on announcements and offerings.