There is an increasing demand for skilled and certified Engineers/Specialists and Architects. You will definitely boost you career and increase your value for employers if you achieve the Microsoft MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification!
MCSE Server Infrastructure is Microsoft newest certification for Windows Server 2012. For now MCSE: Server Infrastructure is the highest certification you can achieve on Windows Server 2012.
Unfortunately there is no Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) track available for the Server Infrastructure track and Microsoft has recently announced to end the MCSM and MCA programs.
I have also written The Hitchhikers Guide to MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure Certification.
The Microsoft MCSE Server Infrastructure certification track requires you to pass 5 exams. First you will need to pass the three exams for the MCSA Windows Server 2012 Certification:
There is also an upgrade path available if you already have any of the following Microsoft MCITP/MCSA Certifications:
If you can upgrade then you can reduce the total number of exams to three instead of five!
Once you have the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification you can start with the final two exams for MCSE Server Infrastructure:
The upcoming part 2 and part 3 for the Hitchhikers guide to MCSE: Server Desktop Infrastructure will help to study for the 70-413 and 70-414 exam.
If you really want to (and yes you can!) then you can finish the MCSE Server infrastructure track in 4 to 5 months if you have to pass 5 exams by planning an exam every 3 to 4 weeks until you have passed the five exams. If you can upgrade to MCSA 2012 then you can finish the track in 2-3 months by planning an exam every 3-4 weeks until you have passed the three exams. If you already have MCSA Server 2012 then you can finish the track in 1-2 months by planning an exam every 3-4 week until you have passed the two final exams.
If you have some hands-on or testlab/poc experience with Server 201 then this will help to pass the exams. This 4 to 5 month schedule will be more difficult if you do not have any hands-on experience with Windows Server 2012.
There are a number of basic study rules that I recommend:
Study rule 1#: Book the exam before you start studying, this will make sure that you have a deadline to work to. Do not reschedule the exam unless absolutely necessary, use the time pressure that you might experience to put more effort into studying.
Study rule 2#: Once you get studying and you pass the 1st exam then continue with studying for the other required exams right away. If you take a break between the exams that is longer than 1-2 two weeks it will take you more effort to get used to studying and you will forget what you learned from the previous exams.
Study rule #3: Enjoy learning and studying Microsoft stuff 🙂 If you really like to learn about Microsoft products then this will help.
Study rule #5: You can always use Microsoft TechNet to find information on all Microsoft products and related topics.
Study rule#6: For every exam read the official Microsoft exam guide thoroughly so you will now what topics will be tested in the exam.
You can find Part 2 here (coming soon)
You can find Part 3 here (coming soon)