Windows Server 2016 is about to be released and quite soon after that your employer will ask you to get certified on the latest and greatest technology. Let’s turn the tables and get certified before you’re asked to do so. Pro-active certification so to speak.

Now, the exams won’t be available before the end of Q3 or in Q4 of 2016, so you’ll have some time to study up. So far, we’ve seen the development of the following exams:

After successfully completing these exams, you qualify for the title “Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server 2016”.


If you’re already MCSA certified on Windows Server 2008 or 2012, there will be an upgrade path through “70-743 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2016

Formal study material for these exams will not be available for some time, normally you’ll see a release date a little after the release date of the actual exams. To be able to┬áprepare for your exams you might want to check out the following resources, they cover almost all topics of the new exams, but make sure to put some time in hands-on (lab-) work with the new Operating System and its’ features.

Server 2016 Training material

Study Guide 70-743 by Marius Sandbu

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Introduction booklet by Microsoft

Microsoft TechNet information

Windows Server Technical Preview (TP) 5 bits

Productkeys needed for installation:

  • Standard Key: MFY9F-XBN2F-TYFMP-CCV49-RMYVH
  • Datacenter Key: 6XBNX-4JQGW-QX6QG-74P76-72V67

Microsoft Official Curriculum Courses:

20740A – Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016

20741A – Networking with Windows Server 2016

20742A – Identity with Windows Server 2016

20743A – Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2016

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