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  • As one of the very first MCSEs world wide (#52), I feel your pain. The programme has changed a lot since those early days;

    Here are two references that might help:

    http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/microsoft-certification-guide,2-1006.html

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/microsoft-certified-professional.aspx

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    • As one of the very first MCSEs world wide (#52), I feel your pain. The programme has changed a lot since those early days;

      Here are two references that might help:

      http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/microsoft-certification-guide,2-1006.html

      https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/microsoft-certified-professional.aspx

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    • And good luck with the exams. 

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    • Which MCSE do you want to get?

      It seems most of then need the MCSA (3 tests, again depending on which one..) and the one more (depending on which one ) to the MCSE.

      I got the 'Server Infrastructure' one, it is now called 'Cloud Platform and infrastructure' ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      It used to be 5 exams, now it's just for.

      MCSE is by far less valuable compared to how much it used to be 'worth'

      https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcse-certification.aspx

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    • Aside from MSPs, VARs and government, no one gives a damn about MS certs.

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    • Steve9603 wrote:

      Aside from MSPs, VARs and government, no one gives a damn about MS certs.

      Just about any job posting for a halfway decent admin position I've seen wants a BS and MCSA.

      Then again, what they list a requirement, VS what they actually need... completely different story... :¬)

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    • Thanks guys for the responses.  From what it looks like, I want to go for down the 'Cloud Platform & Infrastructure' path.  I understand that the 'MCSE' title may not hold as much as it used to, but I have, unfortunately for my career, gotten by by looking things up and relying on others more knowledgeable.  Berate me if you must, but I figured I could at least learn something from the training.  Thanks again for the help.  Now to figure out which study materials to use starting from the very beginning, the 98-365 or 98-366 test.

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    • NBS Chris wrote:

      from the very beginning, the 98-365 or 98-366 test.

      Huh, neither, those are for MTAs, skip that stuff.

      70-740,70-741 and 70-742 should be what you want to look into.

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    • From my understanding I need to pass the MTA before attempting the 70-740, 70-741, & 70-742.  Did I read something wrong?

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    • Nope, it's optional.

      https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcsa-windows-server-2016-certification.aspx
      You can start at 'step 2'.
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    • I see now.  Thanks for the clarification!  So then it's off to find a suitable set of materials for the MCSA tests.  Any suggestions?  I always heard good things about Bill Panek books.  Does his 70-740 book maintain the quality in the past?

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    • Probably Microsoft press books,MVA and lab lab lab

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    • Videos are usually good too such as CBT Nuggets, Pluralsight or Lynda

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    • Hi Chris, happy to see that your fellow SpiceHeads have already jumped in to offer some great help and advice as you get started on this path! I just wanted to hop in to let you know, as far as study resources go, there are certainly some from Skillsoft that could be worth looking into if you are interested! To give you a little more info in case it is helpful, since there really is no one size fits all type of learning method, and everyone has different scheduling and time constraints, we aim to offer learning solutions in a variety of formats so that you can pick options according to your schedule and learning preferences. This includes options like video-based eLearning modules or live web-based instructor-led training, hands on practice labs, etc. 

      We do offer hands-on fast track to IT certifications with options to use standardized course materials, reference books, practice exams and other multimodal IT training courses and related resources. Plus, we co-develop much of our training courseware with partners, like Cisco and CompTIA for example, so that we can provide easy access to our partners’ product, education and certification plans as well as beta software and course materials.

      Now, if you think any of this could be helpful, the options related to MCSA and MCSE exams can be found here. I also linked to some of the info above but please don't hesitate to give me a shout if you need anything, I am always around the Community and happy to help! Wishing you the best of luck with this :) 


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