Whereas the old MCSA credential had a job-specific scope, the new MCSA credential focuses on a candidate's ability to design and build technology solutions for the enterprise.
The MCSA is an Associate-level certification meaning that it is the foundation certification in each respective technology area and is therefore the first step in moving on to the higher Expert-level respective MCSE certification.
There are six different certification paths that you can choose to earn your MCSA certification:
MCSA: 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
- 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
- 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
- 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
MCSA: SQL Server 2008
- 70-432: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
- 70-448: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance
MCSA: SQL Server 2012
- 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: Windows 7
MCSA: Windows 8
Click on the respective links above to learn more about each MCSA certification track.