Exam 70-743: Upgrade from MCSA: 2012 to 2016

djrabesdjrabes Posts: 66Member ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi all,

I passed my 70-412 and gained my MCSA in Windows Server 2012 last week, and I'm looking to further expand my knowledge by doing the upgrade exam to Windows Server 2016, the college I do my apprenticeship with can give me the exams for half the price and for the sake of £50, I might as well get it to add another MCSA to my transcript.

Has anyone done the upgrade? - I just want to know what people's take on it is etc, is it harder than 410, 411 or 412?

Any information you guys can give me would be of great appreciation

Thanks :)
Certifications: CompTIA A+, MCP, MCSA: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10
Studying: Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
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  • nachodbanachodba USPosts: 194Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I purchased the Microsoft Exam Prep books, unfortunately i haven't had much of a chance to review them.
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  • djrabesdjrabes Posts: 66Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    nachodba wrote: »
    I purchased the Microsoft Exam Prep books, unfortunately i haven't had much of a chance to review them.

    Thanks for the reply. I've purchased the 70-743 Exam Ref book, but not really one for reading. My hands on experience is a bit limited so would like to work on that more than anything. Any good suggestions?
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, MCP, MCSA: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10
    Studying: Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
    Want: MCSA: Office 365, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure), Network+, Security+
  • alan2308alan2308 CISSP, MCSA 2008, MCSA 2012, CCNA R&S, CCNA Security Ann Arbor, MIPosts: 1,854Member ■■■■■■■■□□
  • djrabesdjrabes Posts: 66Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    alan2308 wrote: »

    Thanks Alan. Do you know of any places where I can do Lab Exercises? Virtual Labs is good but doesn't cover a majority.
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  • duta74duta74 Posts: 143Member
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  • alan2308alan2308 CISSP, MCSA 2008, MCSA 2012, CCNA R&S, CCNA Security Ann Arbor, MIPosts: 1,854Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    There's a lot of step by step guides here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/windows-server-2016 I used the 2012 equivalents heavily when I did the MSCA 2012 update

    Google around, you'll find a lot of others as well. "Step by Step guides" is what'll get you good hits.
  • djrabesdjrabes Posts: 66Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Perfect. Thank you for your help guys. I will have a look :D

    Has anyone took 70-743 yet?
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, MCP, MCSA: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10
    Studying: Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
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  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Posts: 2,801Mod Mod
    djrabes wrote: »
    Thanks for the reply. I've purchased the 70-743 Exam Ref book, but not really one for reading. My hands on experience is a bit limited so would like to work on that more than anything. Any good suggestions?

    In addition to what alan recommended, I would use AWS/Azure to set up a lab. Can build the entire infrastructure right there.
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  • djrabesdjrabes Posts: 66Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    JoJoCal19 wrote: »
    In addition to what alan recommended, I would use AWS/Azure to set up a lab. Can build the entire infrastructure right there.

    What would you recommend to create in Azure? - The trial of Azure is fairly limited in what sort of machines and services I can run.
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, MCP, MCSA: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10
    Studying: Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
    Want: MCSA: Office 365, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure), Network+, Security+
  • alan2308alan2308 CISSP, MCSA 2008, MCSA 2012, CCNA R&S, CCNA Security Ann Arbor, MIPosts: 1,854Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Azure is a good point. I believe the exam topics to have a bit of Azure here and there.

    As far as what to do, there's not a lot you need to know for the MCSA 2016 I believe. Learn the interface, how to to the basic things. Build a VM, build a container. Maybe move VMs and containers from Hyper-V to Azure and vice versa. ADFS between Azure and your lab domain.

    Give me a little bit to dig it up, I've got a few sources where you can get trial time on Azure.
  • djrabesdjrabes Posts: 66Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thank you very much :) Any resource is grateful.
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, MCP, MCSA: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10
    Studying: Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
    Want: MCSA: Office 365, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure), Network+, Security+
  • djrabesdjrabes Posts: 66Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I'm taking the upgrade exam in September. How much different is the exam to the 3 2012 R2 exams I took?

    Am I looking at about 50 odd questions?
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, MCP, MCSA: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10
    Studying: Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
    Want: MCSA: Office 365, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure), Network+, Security+
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