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    I'm finally starting the journey to the MCSE now that I have had some time to relax and unwind after the Master's degree. This is more of a personal achievement that I would like to obtain. I'm sure the ROI will be great on this certification. However, I am moving more into management as I moved up to a Systems Admin which is actually more of an IT Manager in terms of my actual job role.

    I have a lot of experience with AD, GPO, and Windows Server in general. Since, I completed the MCSA in the past this helps my familiarity. The goal is to be done by next June around my performance review timeframe.

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    Awesome man! I plan to keep tabs on this thread to see your progress.

    I have to ask, what path/exams are you planning to take?

    Best of luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stunnedsoup View Post
    Awesome man! I plan to keep tabs on this thread to see your progress.

    I have to ask, what path/exams are you planning to take?

    Best of luck!
    I plan to take the 70-410/411/412 then either 413 or 414 depending on which one I prefer.
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    You can do it!
    Thanks bud!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakinggamer87 View Post
    I plan to take the 70-410/411/412 then either 413 or 414 depending on which one I prefer.
    Good deal! Sorry, I totally missed where you noted this in your sig.

    Happy studying!
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    All the best mate!

    This is on my bucket list as a personal achievement as well. I never went to uni though so me obtaining an MCSE would be an achievement that I'd be pretty proud of.

    People that aren't in IT may not know what an MCSE is but I guess we IT folks in this forum do know what it is and how damn hard it is to obtain (well, it's a journey for me at least)!

    All the best for the both of us mate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eightn9ne View Post
    All the best mate!

    This is on my bucket list as a personal achievement as well. I never went to uni though so me obtaining an MCSE would be an achievement that I'd be pretty proud of.

    People that aren't in IT may not know what an MCSE is but I guess we IT folks in this forum do know what it is and how damn hard it is to obtain (well, it's a journey for me at least)!

    All the best for the both of us mate!
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    Good luck!

    I started mine last month after achieving MCSA in Windows 10. But Im going down the Server 2016 route.
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    Nice!! Best of luck to you

    I did consider the Server 2016 route but I don't see enough Windows Server 2016 environments as of now so I figure I can always take the one upgrade exam if necessary down the road.
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    All the best guys, plan to be starting that track as well from September. I will be tracking your progress and possibly probing you for info
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    Nice! Was your Master's online? Which school/program? I see WGU has Master's IT Management. Congrats by the way!

    I'm thinking of a similar path, from 10+ years in tier 1 and 2 support.

    Something management/sysadmin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dakinggamer87 View Post
    I'm finally starting the journey to the MCSE now that I have had some time to relax and unwind after the Master's degree. This is more of a personal achievement that I would like to obtain. I'm sure the ROI will be great on this certification. However, I am moving more into management as I moved up to a Systems Admin which is actually more of an IT Manager in terms of my actual job role.

    I have a lot of experience with AD, GPO, and Windows Server in general. Since, I completed the MCSA in the past this helps my familiarity. The goal is to be done by next June around my performance review timeframe.

    Let the study and faith journey begin!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther View Post
    Nice! Was your Master's online? Which school/program? I see WGU has Master's IT Management. Congrats by the way!

    I'm thinking of a similar path, from 10+ years in tier 1 and 2 support.

    Something management/sysadmin.
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    Excellent ! just give me a buzz if u need any exams study tips Brother.........I know you will do well.
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    Excellent ! just give me a buzz if u need any exams study tips Brother.........I know you will do well.
    Thanks brother will do!!

    I just started reviewing videos and taking practice exams to see what areas I need to brush up on as a lot of it's familiar territory. Some new stuff but nothing too bad.
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    Books/Materials I am using for my studies:

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    I am about halfway through the pluralsight videos. Seems like mostly review from 2008 material with the exception of all the powershell stuff.
    I read through Ch 1 of the MS press so nothing too heavy as yet.

    I also have the Sybex and the Don Poulton so am thinking that I will read those books alongside the MS Press to go deeper and of course follow up with some technet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pizzaboy View Post
    I am about halfway through the pluralsight videos. Seems like mostly review from 2008 material with the exception of all the powershell stuff.
    I read through Ch 1 of the MS press so nothing too heavy as yet.

    I also have the Sybex and the Don Poulton so am thinking that I will read those books alongside the MS Press to go deeper and of course follow up with some technet.
    Great plan!! So far lots of review indeed from the MS Press from '08 with PowerShell being the exception memorizing those cmdlets..
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    New update: Halfway through MS Press book. I will start labs soon then doing lots of practice exams. I'm hoping to schedule first exam by end of October/beginning of November.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pizzaboy View Post
    I am about halfway through the pluralsight videos. Seems like mostly review from 2008 material with the exception of all the powershell stuff.
    I read through Ch 1 of the MS press so nothing too heavy as yet.

    I also have the Sybex and the Don Poulton so am thinking that I will read those books alongside the MS Press to go deeper and of course follow up with some technet.

    I'm on the same road. Half way on the pluralsigh videos for the 70-411 . I know watching the videos and doing the lab has always helped me. I give myself other 1 month to take the exam.

    Being a little scare on taking the 411 for the first time. I know taking the 410 it took me a while to pass but never gave up.
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    What I especially liked about the videos is the fact that both those guys are in love with powershell. So everything they can do with powershell they demonstrate.
    I've been delinquent with the reading (been having too much fun with the videos), so it's back to that now that the videos are over.

    Only halfway through CH2 need to get cracking!!
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    We're all making progress that's what counts!! The book gets dry at times tho but what tech book doesn't to an extent...
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    They usually are but when the topic is interesting and something I've never touched before I get excited. CH2 is basically reviewing WDS using MDT2013 etc. Maybe when I play around with the new powershell commands it will liven things up.
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    Update: Scheduling at the end of November the 70-410 exam so practice test time and review of PowerShell commands!!
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