Preparing to tackle the MCSA

SpiegelSpiegel Taco TuesdayFLPosts: 258Member ■■■■□□□□□□
So I'm getting ready to prepare these exams in order to obtain the MCSA: Windows 10 cert. I'm hoping to pass both the 70-687 and 70-688 before they expire and then eventually take the 70-697.

Already have MCSA 70-687 Cert Guide: Configure Microsoft Windows 8.1 by Don Poulton on order to start things off. Any other recommendations as a way to prepare for this and the other exams?

I'd like to watch the CBT Nuggets videos but they're a bit too expensive for me.
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  • culpanoculpano Posts: 163Member
    Both Pluralsight and CBT Nuggets are very good indeed and helped me pass 70-687. Pluralsight is cheaper but it is based on Windows 8 and not 8.1 but it contains the vast majority of information you need. CBT Nuggets has two 70-687 courses. The WIndows 8.1 version is the shorter course by Anthony Sequeira and the more detailed course is by James Conrad and although based on Windows 8 is an excellent course that goes into a lot of detail. Make sure you do lots of hands on with a lab setup.
  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 258Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I guess I have another question. To obtain your MCSA, is it only two test or three?
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  • ssnyderu2ssnyderu2 Posts: 475Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    To get the MCSA Windows 8.1 is only 2 exams.
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  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 258Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Makes sense. Guess I was confused when Microsoft mentioned the option to upgrade on their site.

    So what would be key areas of the exam I should focus on (software, troubleshooting, support, ect...)?
    Degree: WGU B.S. Information Technology - Security [In-Progress]
    Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F | CCENT
    Currently Working On: CCNA: R & S


    2019 Goals: CCENT [X], CCNA: R & S [ ], Project+ [ ]
    Future Certs: LPI Linux Essentials | CCNA Security | CCNP R & S | CCNP Security | MDAA
  • culpanoculpano Posts: 163Member
    Spiegel wrote: »
    So what would be key areas of the exam I should focus on (software, troubleshooting, support, ect...)?

    You have to look at the objectives for the exam on the MS site.
  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 258Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    If I were to dedicate three months for both the 687 and the 688 exams would that be a sufficient amount of study time?
    Degree: WGU B.S. Information Technology - Security [In-Progress]
    Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F | CCENT
    Currently Working On: CCNA: R & S


    2019 Goals: CCENT [X], CCNA: R & S [ ], Project+ [ ]
    Future Certs: LPI Linux Essentials | CCNA Security | CCNP R & S | CCNP Security | MDAA
  • culpanoculpano Posts: 163Member
    Yes if you structure your study time well and learn it properly. Despite what a lot of people say about immersing your head in Technet articles I would merely have a quick browse of it for each area. When it came to the exam I found that most of the stuff can be learned from CBT Nuggets and Pluralsight but make sure you have a virtual (and/or physical) lab so you can do it all hands on. Good luck.
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