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98-365 MTA: Server Admin Fundamentals - journey

A quick pre-lude to this: I've done OSCP and Linux+ threads whereby I start off at the beginning of a cert and post on here, documenting my progress as I go. People on here seem to appreciate it because I think it can be a very lonely road doing a cert, especially if you're self-funding it and studying at home in your own personal time. So that being said, i'm about to embark on the MTA: Server Administration Fundamentals.

Why am I taking this cert/course?

I've worked in an IT support role before and I miss it. I miss it badly. I've been looking at the job market for some time now and generic IT support roles have all but disappeared - more people know how to use technology these days, so your basic IT tech roles are fading. I've noticed MCSA and MCSE requirements are still very much in demand. I did get to remote onto servers in the past and do a little bit of permissions/group policy and some work with the active directory, albeit some basic stuff e.g enabling/disabling accounts, password resets etc. I *need* a refresher course and I believe this is it. I don't think I could jump to the MCSA without doing this first.

What Do I Hope to Achieve?

At the time of writing, i'm unemployed and I have been since August. Rather than shed a tear (which I have came close to) I decided to finish up my Linux+, which I did and focus on Microsoft's server/infrastructure track. I hope that this will pay off and I can resume employment ASAP and continue my career.

How long until I take the exam?

I passed my MTA: Networking Fundamentals in 30 days. I know for a fact I wont be able to bust this one out in 30 days. I'm thinking it'll be more like 60 days because I want to absorb everything this course has to offer. So i'm hoping to have this done by no later than mid-February, earlier if possible.

What study-resources am I going to use?

I've got the official MTA videos from the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). I've got the official Microsoft book which weighs in at just under 300 pages I think. My friend said he has some of the Pluralsight videos I could look over, but from what i've seen, they don't do much in the way of demos. I think it's mostly someone talking at you.

First update:

For my first update, i've watched the first 2 videos from the MVA and am going to be reading through the book tonight. I have installed an evaluation copy of Server 2008 and Server 2012. So feel free to bookmark this. I will check in every Saturday up until completion. So, I guess i'll catch you all next week! Cheers :wink:

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