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Prove your mastery of Windows Server 2016

What is MCSA: Windows Server 2016?

The MCSA: Windows Server 2016 Certification allows students to learn about the administering, installation, implementation of storage solutions, and computer features on the 2016 Windows operating system. Students will also learn to comprehend key networking concepts, identifying features and techniques. This certification qualifies candidates as; Network Systems Administrator, Computer Systems Administrator or Computer Network Specialist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the typical median salary for IT professionals with the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 Certification in 2019 was $83,510/year with a steady growth rate of 4% (higher than average) per year. The needs for qualified candidates within this field is only growing as businesses adapt to the new “norm” for 2020.

What about Windows Server 2019?

Microsoft remains an industry powerhouse, dominating both OS (operating systems) and business server solution options worldwide. With the roll-out of Windows Server 2019 a lot of IT professionals wonder if their time is better spent foregoing the 2016 solution and focus their attention on the newer 2019 solution. As Depositphotos 13933090 l 2015mentioned in our previous blog, MCSA: SQL Server 2016 Database Development,  even with the introduction of Windows Server 2019, there has been a 28% increase in businesses utilizing the 2016 version. According to reports, the 2016 version offers users greater performance for advanced security measures with early detection and management of security threats. The 2016 version also offers more support for encryption of networks. Businesses are opting to continue to use or begin using the 2016 version over the 2019 solution as it allows for a greater degree of manageability over various computing environments, while streamlining the processes and making them more user friendly for productivity and cost savings. Needless to say, the continued loyalty and usage of the 2016 solution is not lost on IT professionals who still want to place that certification within their transcripts.

Why is the boot camp a better training option for me?

If you are in need of fast-paced, industry leading, custom built teaching then boot camps are for you. TechSherpas365 offers multiple learning methods for this certification with the most effectual method being the boot camp. By offering technology-focused, short termed accelerated learning programs this method has proven its efficiency in providing the necessary skills and requirements to obtaining certification. If you have any questions or need more information, please reach out here.

Take a few simple steps to earn an MCSA/MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Microsoft Certifications

Certified IT professionals, now more than ever, are being sought out by corporations to ensure they get qualified individuals to run their organizations more efficiently. The streamlined Microsoft Certifications were created with job roles in mind. Depending on the role an IT professional will have, there are certification pathways in place to get them the skills sets and qualifications they will need to fill their role.

Here, we will breakdown the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification tracks. There are four pathways to earn the MCSA, which is the first step in earning the MCSE.

 Microsoft Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Certification Pathway

  Microsoft Certifications:

  • MCSA Windows Server 2012,
  • MCSA Windows Server 2016
  • MCSA Linux on Azure (including LFCS)
  • MCSA Cloud Platform
  • MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure

Earning an MCSA requires you to take 2-3 courses/exams (depending on the certificate you are going for). Once you have earned any of the MCSA’s listed above, you only need to take 1 elective course/exam to earn the MCSE.

Target job roles:

  • MCSA level: Cloud administrator, network or computer systems administrator, computer network specialist, cloud specialist in Linux
  • MCSE level: Senior cloud administrator, cloud architect, cloud engineer in Linux, computer support specialist, information security analyst

You can earn an MCSA by taking a bootcamp, or purchasing a bundle. There are Live instructor-led options as well as On-Demand options – all created with you in mind, so there is something to fit every budget and schedule. Sign up today! Get certified!

Boot Camps


  • MCSA: Cloud Platform / MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure
  • MCSA: Linux on Azure / MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2016 / MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure

Have questions? Feel free to reach out to us! Our team is ready to guide you towards the right path to fit your learning goals, budget, and schedule.


Learn all at once or five minutes at a time, anywhere, anytime with New MOC On-Demand

Now you can build Microsoft technical expertise while balancing the demands of your schedule. TechSherpas , your Microsoft Gold Learning Partner, is now offering Microsoft Official Courses On-Demand (MOC On-Demand).

What is MOC-On-Demand
MOC On-Demand combines high-quality video, reading, live hands-on labs and knowledge checks in a self-paced format to help you build skills on Microsoft technologies as your schedule allows—all at once or five minutes at a time. Once purchased, students will have 24/7 access to the course and labs for 90-days. The students will have access to the digital courseware indefinitely.

High-quality content, direct from the source. MOC On-Demand is brought to you by the people who write the software. The content is based on the same official courseware we use in our instructor-led training, and videos feature engaging experts hand-selected by Microsoft. It’s quality content!

Live hands-on labs. Unlike other on-demand offerings that offer simulated labs, MOC On-Demand gives you a live, real-time environment for hands-on training. In fact, it’s the same Microsoft hands-on Labs environment used in the classroom. The best way to learn is by doing, right?

Immediate feedback on mastery. MOC On-Demand’s modular course structure lets you control what order you follow while you learn at your own pace. You can concentrate on what you don’t know, or focus on what you need to know right now. Knowledge checks tell you whether you’ve mastered the content and are ready to move on, or you need to review the information further.

To get additional details and read the FAQ, click here

 MOC On-Demand Purchase Options

 As we launch this new product, we are offering two options at which you can purchase:

1)      Reduced price when bundled with our live instructor-led course

2)      Purchase MOC On-Demand course as a standalone product (digital courseware is included)

When purchased with the live class, it serves as a great supplement to the live instructor-led training. You still have the advantages of being in a live class with instructors who can answer questions and also assist with labs, but you now have the opportunity to go back and listen to an instructor anytime you need, over the next 90 days.

How to MOC On-Demand

Using MOC On-Demand is simple, and can be done anywhere there is an internet connection. You can view the training from any device, but labs will need to be completed on a desktop or laptop, not one of your handheld devices. Training begins in three simple steps:

1) Purchase Course – Purchase your course with TechSherpas

2) Redeem the code provided to you by TechSherpas – Within 24 hours of purchase, you will receive a Code, and link with instructions on how to redeem

3) Start learning On-Demand

MOC On-Demand Courses

There are currently four Microsoft On-Demand courses available for purchase:

  • 10747 – Administering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  • 10961 – Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell
  • 20483 – Programming in C#
  • 20341B: Core Solutions of Microsoft® Exchange Server 2013

Additional courses will be released in the coming months.

Coming February 11th:

  • 20331 – Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • 20410 – Installing and Configuring Windows Server
  • 20412 – Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Coming February 25th:

  • 20411 – Administering Windows Server 2012
  • 20413 – Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
  • 10267 – Introduction to Web Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Coming March 3rd:

  • 20417 – Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
  • 20697-1B: Installing & Configuring Windows 10
  • 20480 B – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

MOC On-Demand puts you in control of your learning experience, and it’s only available through certified Microsoft Learning Partners, such as TechSherpas 365 . Click here to get started.

Choose YOUR OWN path towards Microsoft Certification

Why should you get Microsoft certified? This is a question that many students ponder. The truth is IT certifications are a great way to increase your credibility for the job. Employers are looking for candidates that have hands-on training, are officially certified, and can demonstrate they are ready for the job. Microsoft certifications prove to your employer that you have completed hands- on training, providing real life experience, and are knowledgeable about the technology. Certifications will help knock out the competition and increase your chances of employment. With a few certifications under your belt, your career can skyrocket to a new level!

Skyrocket Your Career with a Microsoft Certification!

Certifications are a great way to spice up your resumes and add an additional credential. With more employees entering the IT field, it’s important to stay on top of the game and increase your credibility in your career. A certification can be the deciding factor during your next job interview. Studies indicate that candidates who are officially certified receive more job offers in the IT field. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get certified!

Choose the certification path that’s right for you

TechSherpas is committed to helping you achieve your career goals, whether you desire to be a Project Manager or Security Engineer. We are proud to offer our Microsoft Certification Bundles that provide you with everything you need to get certified! Our discounted bundles include:

  • Official Microsoft courses and course material (Courses are live instructor-led with remote student capability)
  • Practice exams (180 days of access to practice tests and exam engines)
  • Official Microsoft exams

Students may choose from Windows Server 2012, SQL Server, Windows 7 & 8, SharePoint, Office 365, Exchange Server, Visual Studio, Lync Server, or System Center. Different levels of certification are also available – MTA, MCSA, MCSE, MCSD.

Looking for an accelerated path towards certification? Check out the Microsoft Certification Boot Camps.  This options is a faster pace and gets you certified in days.

There is no typical student. People choose to get trained and certified for different reasons. People have different learning styles. People have different schedules, flexibility, and budget. As a training company, we understand this and is why we have developed two different Microsoft certification paths – to appeal and accommodate a diverse client base. These options let the student choose the path that is right for them. What is holding you back from earning your certification?

Support for Windows Server 2003 ends July 2015 – Make Migration a Priority

Microsoft recently released a report on the risks that enterprises will face by not migrating to a new operating system. Migrating over to the new system should be a priority among all organizations still utilizing the legacy Windows Server 2003, as users will no longer have support. Learn the risks and recommendations on how to get migration to Windows Server 2012 & Azure going within your organization.

Risks & Recommendations
Some of the problems and risks that IT Departments will realize are:

Compromised business applications that open the door for theft and other security concerns
Applications that don’t operate properly and display error messages constantly because the old system is just not compatible with the other systems and errors with the old system cannot be corrected
Regulatory & Compliance requirements
Leaders of these Organizations who are unaware of the risks, will still be liable for issues that will arise.
The recommendations include:

The IT department should create a report that outlines all the risks and downfalls that staying on Windows Server 2003 will mean to your company.
This report needs to be provided to the team leaders so that they can understand the risks, ask questions, and be prepared to talk to the decision makers for support of the migration to get funding.
Do these as soon as possible so that migration is completed before July of 2015. Problems that arise with Windows Server 2003 will not be supported, causing more issues with the organization’s business processes.
You don’t have to go through a Windows Server migration alone
Migration does not have to be a scary feat. Get educated on the risks and the migration process. Get a game plan together. There is support for you. In addition, there are in-depth Microsoft Server training courses available for your IT professionals and staff. The training courses listed below are interactive and hands- on, so students not only learn about Windows Server, but actually work within the Windows Server environment. Get the training while migration is on-going so once implemented your staff is up to date with the new technology.

  • 20410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • 20411: Administering Windows Server 2012
  • 20412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • 20694: Virtualizing Enterprise Desktops and Apps
  • 20346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services
  • 10968: Designing for Office 365 Infrastructure
  • 20532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • 20533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
  • 10979: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  • 20487: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services
  • 20695: Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps
  • 20696: Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps using System Center Configuration Manager

Windows Server migration needs to be at the top of the “To-Do” list if you‘re still on Windows Server 2003. To learn more about migration visit Microsoft.

To download the complete report, click here.

Windows Server 2008 Training – Manage, Maintain, and Secure Your Networks

Windows Group Policy is a great tool that every IT Pro should utilize. In order to get the most out of what it has to offer, education on its various functionalities and solutions is important. IT Systems Administrators are faced with the complex challenges of managing and maintaining an organization’s IT infrastructure. This includes, but is not limited to, task such as:

  • Installing, supporting and maintaining servers or other computer systems
  • Planning for and responding to service outages and other infrastructure problems
  • Scripting or light programming
  • Project management for systems-related projects
  • Supervising or training computer operators
  • Being the consultant for computer problems beyond the knowledge of technical support staff.

To perform his or her job well, a system administrator must demonstrate a blend of technical skills and responsibility. As an administrator, Group Policy is one way to  increase your productivity on the job. It’s the infrastructure that allows administrators to implement change quickly and affect large numbers of users and computers on the object level through Active Directory.


Windows Server 2008 Group Policy makes things simpler

Group Policy is a feature of the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems that control the working environment of user accounts and computer accounts. It provides the centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications, and users’ settings in an Active Directory environment. System administrators rely on it to secure and lock down their Windows environment. Understanding how to implement and manage group policy can certainly make life easier, from deploying new software, to setting printer defaults, there are so many options to simplify IT infrastructure management tasks. By using Group Policy, businesses can:

  • Reduce costs
  • Control configurations
  • Keep users productive and happy
  • Harden security

Does this sound like a solution for your business? Do you want to learn more about using Windows group policies?

 Why should you take Microsoft class #50255?

Microsoft Official Course (MOC) 50255: Managing, Maintaining, and Securing Your Networks Through Group Policy, is a 4 day course where you will discover how to consolidate the administration of an enterprise IT infrastructure with Group Policy. In this course, you will learn to control and manage computer systems and domain users running Windows Server 2003, Server 2008, XP, and Vista. You will learn to create Group Policies, implement administrative and security templates, and determine best practices when deploying software packages. Walk away with the experience and tools needed to optimize your enterprise systems and networks.

 After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Design and deploy security policies for all your Windows 2003/2008 servers, workstations, member servers, XP, and Vista clients
  • Delegate Administrative Control of Group Policies
  • Back up and restore Group Policy Objects (GPOs) through Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)
  • Easily roll out selected software updates and operating system patches from your network environment
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Upcoming Windows Server Group Policy Training Classes

MOC 50255 is on our upcoming schedule, running July 8th – July 11th. There is still time to register for this class, so visit our website or contact your TechSherpas Rep. Other class dates are available.

We also offer a list of other Windows Server classes, including: