Microsoft is a dominant software company. Their products are available in virtually every segment of the Information Technology industry. It is critically important for every IT professional to attain the skills necessary to fully understand and administer Microsoft products. If you are looking for an IT job you need to have the various Microsoft skills on your resume.

I passed my first NT certification exam almost 20 years ago and have passed over a dozen Microsoft Certification exams since. There are a lot of “paper tigers” out there, with all sorts of letters next to their name and no real skills or experience. Don’t fall for that trap. Get the skills you need to not only get a job, but also thrive once you get there.

I love Linux as much as anyone and strongly feel having an understanding of all major Operating Systems and technologies is incredible important. Like anything, you have to start somewhere. I would start by learning PC and network fundamentals. I would follow this up with Microsoft specific skills and then move on to Linux.

If you can become proficient with Cisco, Microsoft and Redhat products you are in great shape. It doesn’t matter if you work with these products daily or on a case-by-case basis, having the appropriate skills and certifications are incredibly important.

The most popular Microsoft certification is the MCSE: Server Infrastructure

MCSE: Server Infrastructure

Solutions Expert

The globally recognized standard for IT professionals

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure certification validates that you have the skills needed to run a highly efficient and modern data center, with expertise in identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking.

Earning an MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification will qualify you for such jobs as computer support specialist and information security analyst.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Server Infrastructure Certification Practice Exam

Step Title Optional training Required exam Certification earned
1 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
2 Administering Windows Server 2012
4 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure 5 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure