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Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012


Credential: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Microsoft Corporation

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 is a foundation level certification that validates an individual's mastery of the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills required to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value. Earning an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification qualifies an individual for a position as a network of computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist. Candidates must pass three exams related to installing, configuring, and administering Windows Server 2012. There are no experience or educational requirements that must be met prior to taking the exams, however, it is recommended that candidates have at least one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2012.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1 year recommended
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: Lifetime

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

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Phone: (800) 636-7544

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  • Install and Configure Servers (15-20%)
  • Configure Server Roles and Features (15-20%)
  • Configure Hyper-V (15-20%)
  • Deploy and Configure Core Network Services (15-20%)
  • Install and Administrator Active Directory (15-20%)
  • Create and Manage Group Policy (15-20%)

  • Deploy, Manage, and Maintain Servers (15-20%)
  • Configure File and Print Services (15-20%)
  • Configure Network Services and Access (15-20%)
  • Configure a Network Policy Server Infrastructure (10-15%)
  • Configure and Manage Active Directory (10-15%)
  • Configure and Manage Group Policy (15-20%)

  • Configure and Manage High Availability (15-20%)
  • Configure File and Storage Solutions(15-20%)
  • Implement Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (15-20%)
  • Configure Network Services (15-20%)
  • Configure the Active Directory Infrastructure (15-20%)
  • Configure Identity and Access Solutions (15-20%)

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Microsoft Corporation testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 credential has the following recertification information:

  • There are no recertification requirements for MCSA: Windows Server 2012 but the certification is considered inactive when the technology for the certification is two versions old or older or is no longer supported by Microsoft.

Additional considerations for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 include:

  • It is recommended that an MCSA candidate have one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2012.
  • For candidates who currently hold one of the following certifications, an alternative way to earn the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification is to take an upgrade exam.  Please see the Microsoft exam 70-417 webpage for more information, including additional certifications eligible for the upgrade.
    • MCSA: Windows Server 2008
    • MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008
    • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
    • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
    • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
    • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010
    • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010
    • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

Star

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Skill Level

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

LaDR

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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Updated: October 30, 2020
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