I am going to take MCSA cert exams starting this summer for Windows Server.  I am in a Win 2008 Server R2 environment.  That is what I know.  I have many resources (dvd's, books, lab manuals) on 2008 but none on 2012 or a server with 2012.  Is it a waste for me to get certified in 2008 when there is a newer cert out there?  Can I use any of the 2008 resources to study for 2012 or is that not a good idea?  Should I get all new material that pertains to 2012 to study for the 2012 exams if that is the way I want to go?  Also, is it a bad idea to take the 2008 exams because I am familiar with them and then take the 2012 upgrade exam and get certified in 2012?  Sorry for all the ?'s I'm just trying to do the best thing and not waste time.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
I'd recommend getting 2012 material and taking those exams. There I'd enough changed that you'd be studying a lot for the upgrade exam anyways. Skip the added cost and hassle.
mkramer777Author Commented:
Can I still use the 2008 books I own to study with or are they worthless to me if I take the 2012 exams?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
"Worthless" is too strong. A few basic concepts such as ntfs security and precedence and domains/trusts carry over. But much O the management has changed. You'll need 2012 books. And they'll cover the topics that haven't changed as well. So effectively I wouldn't bother with the 2008 content for now.

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