New to Microsoft, looking for study material and advice.

BobbyDCBobbyDC Member Posts: 72 ■■□□□□□□□□
Just received my CCNA and now I want to move onto Microsoft!

What is the best path to follow? Should I work on 2008 or jump right into 2012? I love CBTNuggets so I'll probably get those but I'm looking for reading material as well. What do you guys use?


  • Tommy_DTommy_D Member Posts: 47 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Hi Bobby, best wishes to you in starting your MS Cert journey. I would not spend anytime on the 2008 material, unless you have a requirement for it with your job or something. I spent a good deal of time last year studying the 2008 material and taking some tests and I did not like the exams or materials...I've only been studying the 2012 stuff for about a month now but from what I can the the test objectives are more thought out and grouped together and the material seems to just make more sense...obviously I wont know for sure until I take my first test, but those are my thoughts as of now :)
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,015 ■■■■■□□□□□
    I'm wondering the same thing. I already have 1 Server 2008 study book so was wondering whether I should hurry up and try to pass the MCSA:2008 before the Jan 31st, 2014 deadline, or just call the book I bought a loss and jump right into server 2012.
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  • BobbyDCBobbyDC Member Posts: 72 ■■□□□□□□□□

    I don't have any requirements for my job but we do use 2008 R2. With my current position I don't get to play with the servers all that much and I don't see anytime in the near future.

    I think I'm just going for the 2012 version and learn as much powershell as I can on the way. :)
  • Scorch1Scorch1 Member Posts: 7 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Wow, congrats on the pass. I have a few more MS tests and then I'm going for my CCNA which will be after they redo it. Any tips? Did you take the composite or two exams?
  • DustyRackDustyRack Member Posts: 16 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Im in the same boat I taught CCNA for about 3 years but because of a new job I have started to look at the MS server 2012. Must admit once I got into it I started to enjoy it icon_study.gif
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