Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Certification

The MCSA certification from Microsoft is aimed at I.T. workers who wish to demonstrate knowledge and skills working with Microsoft Server (2008 or 2012) or Microsoft SQL Server. Typical job roles would be systems and network administrators, network operations analysts, network technicians, technical support specialists, etc.

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

Three exams:

  • 70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • 70-642: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • 70-646: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

MCSA: Windows Server 2012

Three exams:
  • 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

Two exams:
  • 70-432: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
  • 70-448: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

MCSA: SQL Server 2012

Three exams:
  • 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

Two exams:
  • 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring
  • 70-685: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

MCSA: Windows 8

Two exams:
  • 70-687: Configuring Windows 8
  • 70-688: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8

Click on the respective links above to learn more about each MCSA certification track.