4 weeks to MCSE : Messaging – Introduction (1/5)

This is the first post of a series of 5 posts. After being awarded as an exchange MVP for this year, I have placed MCSE: Messaging at top of my certification path and I will be writing about my journey.

The objective is to achieve one exam per week, for the next 4 weeks, even if I am experienced with exchange and know the product very well, this should still be a challenging task.

Feel free to take all the time you need to complete the certification. The objective should not only be to get a paper. Take this opportunity to better understand every aspects of the solution.

If you consider going for the MCSE – Messaging, you should definitely go through this series of article as you will get all the information required for you to pass on the first try!

1) About MCSE – Messaging

MCSE stands for “Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert”, and cover a certification path for most popular Microsoft server products. Including:

  • Windows Server
  • Exchange Server
  • Lync
  • SharePoint
  • Private cloud
  • System center
  • Virtualisation (Hyper-V)

For exchange, the certification path is, of course, MCSE – Messaging. To obtain the MCSE certification, you will need to complete 4 to 5 exams, depending on the path you choose.

First step is to get a MCSA certification (Solution Associate). You have choice for two MCSA certifications; I suggest you choose the one that is the closest fit to your current work position. Take in consideration that the second path is more expensive, as it requires one additional exam.

Path 1 – MCSA : Office 365

Title Exam
Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements 70-346
Enabling Office 365 Services 70-347

Path 2 – MCSA : Windows Server 2012

Title Exam
Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 70-410
Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services 70-411
Administering Windows Server 2012 70-412

Core exams

Title Exam
Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
70-341
Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
70-342

2) Study plan

I will follow the suggested plan and use the first path, going for MCSA : Office 365 and then jump to the 2 core exams.

Continue to part 2 for information about 70-346 exam!

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