MCSA Certifications (2012)

mcsa 2012 certification logoMCSA certifications validate the skills to implement cloud-optimized technology solutions using a single Microsoft product.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certifications are the foundation of Microsoft’s new generation of cloud-optimized credentials. Each MCSA certificate demonstrates your ability to design and create technology solutions in one of Microsoft’s core business platforms, i.e., Windows, SQL Server and Windows Server.

The next step after MCSA certification is the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), which measures your abiliity to build cross-platform technology solutions.

If you are completely new to IT, you may want to begin with Microsoft’s entry-level MTA certifications.

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MCSA Certifications List

Here is the complete list of MCSA certificates, including the required exams and key skills measured by each credential:

MCSA: Windows 8 | Setup, manage and support PCs running the Windows 8 OS in a business environment.

  • 70-687 | Configuring Windows 8
  • 70-688 | Managing and Maintaining Windows 8

MCSA: Windows 7 | Deploy, configure and maintain Windows 7 desktop computers in a business environment.

  • 70-680 | Windows 7 Configuring
  • 70-685 | Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

MCSA: Windows Server 2012 | Configure and maintain Windows Server solutions in an enterprise environment.

  • 70-410 | Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • 70-411 | Administering Windows Server 2012
  • 70-412 | Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

MCSA: Windows Server 2008 | Setup and maintain computer systems and networks in Windows Server 2008.

  • 70-640 | Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • 70-642 | Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • 70-646 | Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

MCSA: SQL Server 2012 | Develop, maintain and analyze SQL Server databases in an enterprise environment.

  • 70-461 | Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • 70-462 | Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • 70-463 | Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

MCSA: SQL Server 2008 | Manage SQL databases and identify key customer trends for smarter decision making.

  • 70-432 | Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
  • 70-448 | Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance
Insider Tip: The latest MCSA credentials (Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and Windows 8) do a good job of covering key skills from the older software versions (Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 & Windows 7), so unless your employer specifically requests the old version, always pursue the newest cert, even if the new software isn't widely adopted yet. You're getting certified for your future career, not your past.

MCSA Certification Salary

These figures from the "IT Skills & Salary Report" is the best salary data available for Microsoft’s next-gen MCSA and MCSE certifications, but keep in mind these credentials are relatively new so the lower the respondent count the less reliable the data.

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MCSE: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (prev. gen)
MCSA: Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (prev. gen)
MCSA: Windows 7
MCSA: Windows Server 2008
MCSA: Windows Server 2012
MCSE: Server Infrastructure
MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure
MCSA: Windows 8
MCSA: SQL Server 2012
MCSE: Private Cloud
MCSE: Business Intelligence

Source: 2015 IT Skills & Salary Report by Global Knowledge and Windows IT Pro

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AAS in Information Technology - Network Administration

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Associate
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Includes Certification Preparation for:
    • MCSA: Windows 7/8 Solutions Associate
    • MOS: Word, Outlook, PowerPoint & Excel
    • CompTIA A+, Network+ & Security+
    • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Prepare for Entry-Level Roles in Network and Systems Administration
  • MS Windows Desktop/Server Administration
  • Setup and Manage Cisco Computer Networks
  • Network Security Tools and Best Practices

B.S.I.T. Networks Administration

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Bachelor
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Includes Certification Preparation for:
    • CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ & Project+
    • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certificates in Windows Server 2012 & Windows 8
  • Advanced Training in Network Management, Configuration and Security
  • Core IT Curriculum inc. Programming, Database, Software Development & Cyber Security
  • Marketable Soft Skills inc. Communication, Leadership and Project Management

M.B.A. Technology Management

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Master
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's
  • Prepare to Lead Organizations in the Planning, Development, Operation & Management of IT
  • Applied Managerial Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing and Decision-Making
  • Taught by Successful Business & IT Managers
  • Use IT to Foster a Real Competitive Advantage
  • IT Management and Team Leadership Training

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