Moving into Server Role

Carljohnson1983Carljohnson1983 Posts: 17Member ■■□□□□□□□□
I'm thinking of moving from the Cisco world to the Microsoft world, looking around MCSA 2012 and 2016 are the current options, but which one should I study? I have avoid Microsoft background be it server 2003 / 2008, I'm just confused on what cert to take, 2012 or 2016 and your reasons please.



  • Cisco InfernoCisco Inferno Posts: 1,034Member ■■■■■■□□□□

    i dont know anyone on 2016. people still use 03 and mostly 08.
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  • poolmanjimpoolmanjim MCSE, MCSA: 2016, MCSA: 2012 KC, KS, USAPosts: 285Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    The general recommendation from the communities I follow say unless you have a prevailing reason to get the MCSA 2016, the MCSA 2012 is still very relevent. Realistically, most organizations won't be migrating to 2016 for at least another 1-3 years on average and as Cisco Inferno said many are still figuring out how to get onto 2012/R2.

    There were some significant changes between 2012 and 2016 but nothing so much that learning one won't at least prepare you somewhat for the other. I just started my 2016 study and so far, with the exception of Nano Server, it has been mostly review of the 2012 content.

    If you expect to take a couple of years getting your certification, you may want to consider 2016 though as by the time you'd be done more orgs would be moving to it.
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