MCSA 2012 R2 right for me?

JimSweJimSwe Posts: 15Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi all. I'm considering MCSA 2012 R2 certification, but I'm not sure if I'm ready for it. I'll try to be brief, because this is probably brought up all the time.

My background is that I've studied 2 years at a vocational school, a program called "network systems technician" and I also took the Cisco CCNA cert in 2013. I've been working for 3 years in an internal helpdesk supporting about 2500 users. Before that, I was a system administrator at a small company (~15 people) for about 8 months part-time, working mainly with Hyper-V, IIS, Exchange, AD etc. on Server 2008 R2 (I was the guy keeping things running day to day, so they wouldn't have to call in expensive consultants all the time).

I'm doing tech support on auto-pilot now and it doesn't give me any satisfaction, so I'm really looking for a way out. I know the MCSA is not an entry-level cert, and many that take it have probably worked in the field for 5-10 years. It's quite daunting since it's 3 separate exams. However it also seems to be a very valuable cert for someone looking to get into the field. Should I start with something easier like MTA 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals or one of the CompTIA certs, or aim for the 3 MCSA exams straight away?

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  • ItrimbleItrimble Posts: 221Member
    I would definitely pursue the MCSA. The MTA exams are all still geared towards Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. If you want to get your feet wet in the Microsoft testing methodology, I would definitely take the MTA 98-365 exam. You can take it for free if you sign up here. They will provide you with a voucher for any MTA exam you would like and a free practice test from Measure UP.
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  • ssnyderu2ssnyderu2 Posts: 475Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Itrimble wrote: »
    I would definitely pursue the MCSA. The MTA exams are all still geared towards Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. If you want to get your feet wet in the Microsoft testing methodology, I would definitely take the MTA 98-365 exam. You can take it for free if you sign up here. They will provide you with a voucher for any MTA exam you would like and a free practice test from Measure UP.


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  • Jon_CiscoJon_Cisco Posts: 1,773Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I don't think you are giving yourself enough credit. MTA exams are entry level. I expect to take the 98-365 this winter just so I can show I have some basic knowledge of servers. If you have been working for a few years in IT you can definitely go for the MCSA. By now you should have some idea of your focus and if this fits your goals then don't be afraid to try it.

    Good Luck!
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