There is an increasing demand for skilled and certified Engineers/Specialists and Architects. You will definitely increase your
value for employers if you achieve the Microsoft MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification!
MCSE Desktop Infrastructure is Microsoft newest certification for Remote Desktop Services based on Windows Server 2012 combined with System Center, App-V, and multiple deployment methods (MDT/WDS/System Center). For now MCSE Desktop Infrastructure
is the highest certification you can achieve on Microsoft Remote Desktops Services.
Unfortunately there is no Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) track available for the Desktop or Cloud (System Center) track and there are no signs that Microsoft is planning to add these to the MCSM program at some point.
The Microsoft MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification track requires you to pass 5 exams. First you will need to pass the three exams for the MCSA Windows Server 2012 Certification:
There is an upgrade path available if you already have any of the following Microsoft MCITP/MCSA Certifications:
If you can upgrade then you can reduce the total number of exams to three instead of five!
Once you have the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification you can start with the final two exams for MCSE Desktop Infrastructure:
If you really want to (and yes you can!) then you can finish the MCSE Desktop infrastructure track in 4 to 5 months if you have to pass 5 exams by planning an exam every 3 to 4 weeks until you have passed the five exams. If you
can upgrade to MCSA 2012 then you can finish the track in 2-3 months by planning an exam every 3-4 weeks until you have passed the three exams. If you already have MCSA Server 2012 than you can finish the track in 1-2 months by planning an exam every 3-4 week
until you have passed the two final exams.
If you have some hands-on or lab/poc experience with Server 2012, Remote Desktop Services then this will help to pass the exams. This 4 to 5 month schedule will be more difficult if you do not have any hands-on experience with
Windows Server 2012 and Remote Desktop Services
There are a number of basic study rules that I recommend:
Study rule 1#: Book the exam before you start studying, this will make sure that you have a deadline to work to. Do not reschedule the exam unless absolutely necessary, use the time pressure that you
might experience to put more effort into studying.
Study rule 2#: Once you get studying and you pass the 1st exam then continue with studying for the other required exams right away. If you take a break between the exams that is longer than 1-2 two weeks
it will take you more effort to get used to studying and you will forget what you learned from the previous exams.
Study rule #3: Enjoy learning and studying Microsoft stuff :) If you really like to learn about Microsoft products then this will help.
Study rule #4: Follow
@MSLearning on twitter and the
Born to Learn blog
on for information on upcoming exams, beta exams or special promotions.
Study rule #5: You can always use
Microsoft TechNet to find information on all Microsoft products and related topics.
Study rule#6: For every exam read the official Microsoft exam guide thoroughly so you will now what topics will be tested in the exam.
Study 70-415 Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure:
Study 70-416 Implementing Desktop Application Environments:
Good luck with achieving the MCSE: Desktop Intrastructure certification!