90 Days to MCSA: Windows Server 2012 Edition

Veronica Sopher - Microsoft

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 our team's conversations with MCPs online and in person, we 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.)

Study Group:

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:

*MCP moderator for the wiki: Guido van Brakel – Blog | Twitter @guidovbrakel

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.


  • Deepak Puri
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    Thanks Veronica, i was actually after this one :)

  • Juan vidal
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    is good... very very intersting i will susribe


  • Gerry Gunn
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    Many thanks for this Veronica, this will be most welcoming since I was recently considering gaining new Microsoft qualifications to my existing certifications. Also thanks to the MCT's for their valuable knowledge on the videos...appreciated.

    I do however have a query...will these videos be available to download?, as I would like to use them as a reference tool within this year prior to taking the exams.


  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    @gerry - Don't worry. The exam prep videos can be viewed online and will be accessible beyond June. I would, however, recommend purchasing the 3-exam pack and taking at least one exam before May 31 so you can take advantage of the 15% discount + free Second Shot. Hope this helps!

  • 485c63c7-db40-4d56-841d-b3aa51eec5fc

    Hi Team

    I am new to the certification route, I have been engaged much hands on with Server 2008. Where can I find a trial for server 2012 for practice as I study?

  • Michael Bender
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    You can get at trial version of Windows Server 2012 here:  technet.microsoft.com/.../hh670538.aspx

  • c5079cc2-d4f0-43b2-b643-92eaf1e483a5

    This resource could not have come at a better.  I have been a Desktop Support Technician for sometime now and there were no opportunities within the company to transfer to other IT roles.  Well, now I'm been laid off as part of a buyout and will definitely need resources like this to give my IT career a boost.  I am looking forward to the next 90 days.  Thank you.

  • Marco Mangiante
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    Very interesting initiative. I'd like the deadline like name. Thank you to all you for your great support to us :-D

  • VK
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    Hey guys I'm from Bolivia and I'm in so go ahead with this challenge

  • 9c345bdc-8bac-4b7c-a75c-037a7d7c52af

    video for 410 is missing (borntolearn.mslearn.net/mcsa90)

  • spu2001.hotmail.com
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    Hello Veronica,

    I have a question regarding 3-exam pack. If I bought this in one country, take my first exam where I purchased the bundle and then move to another, I'm able to do the second exam with the same bundle price or I should pay something else?


  • edf73956-83bf-46c1-97d9-1bbca69ab331

    This is a going to be a GREAT summer.  I accept the challenge and will start making goals to start on May1st, and take the first 70-410 on May 31st.  Then go forward from there....best luck and wishes to all the future Windows Certified Engineers out there.

  • 33365644-e434-4d43-aa94-40fde02553e4

    Ok, I'm pretty confused on how the Second Shot works. It sounds like your second attempt needs to be made before May 31, but when you go to Prometric's site it sounds like you just need to purchase your exam vouchers before May 31, but have to use them before Dec 31. Can someone please clarify?

  • salaan444.hotmail.com
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    hi every body around my friends is this site have got me if i good mark on exam  free certificate plz ask as soon

  • RamahH
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    This is totally awesome!  Thank you for the challenge!

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