Windows Server 2008 or 2012

Hi, looking to upgrade my IT knowledge by doing MCSA.  Im a Desktop support Eng looking to move i have Windows XP 7 and 8 as well as Comptia.  My Question is shall i learn 2008 even though im not able to do the exams then 2012.  Looking at jobs regarding 2012 most of them are asking for 08 and 12. Any guys out there just done 2012 and found the market ok or are you having issues cause you dont have 2008.   My main goal is to my Mcsa then Vmware with storage. Thank you for everything
Jamie CHapmanAsked:
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Norm DickinsonGuruCommented:
One of the primary calls for people who understand Server 2012 is to migrate from Server 2003 or Server 2008. I would suggest learning everything you can about Microsoft servers in general if that is the field you wish to specialize in.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
My sense in here is that people who are migrating away from Server 2003 are going to Server 2012. We have done that for our clients and at one client taken a Server 2008 out of service because HP would not give us maintenance on it. So now everything is Server 2012.

I would learn Server 2012 well. If you can do that, you can manage Server 2008 as needed.
Joe MikaCommented:
The more you know the more marketable you are.  Even though you can't take tests on the older OS's I would learn them and the differences between them.  If you have a test lab environment, have fun installing a 2003 domain controller, then install a 2008 domain controller and migrate the rolls, then from 2008 to 2012 do the same.  The concepts and backend knowledge are nearly the same for all versions, Microsoft just likes to move around where the tools are to annoy administrators...I mean make it more user friendly.    Also, to be honest, as a hiring person I don't care as much if a person is certified in Windows xxx, my larger concern is that then know concepts and troubleshooting.  I can always get a person training on any operating system, what I can't easily teach is the ability to look at a issue, identify the problem, and find the solution to the problem.   Having a solid knowledge of fundamentals (including basic networking) is imperative.

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Jamie CHapmanAuthor Commented:
Im going to do MTA Windows server Administration and then do MCSA 2012. That way i should have some basic knowledge of 2008.  Once ive completed these exams im looking to do Vmware with Storage then who knows after that.
Norm DickinsonGuruCommented:
Keep up the great work - you will become successful if you study and learn all that you can relating to what you want to specialize in. On top of worrying about what an employer may want to see on your resume, you should focus on being able to complete the tasks that are assigned by having as much general knowledge as possible. There are so many resources available for free, as well as great paid programs or college classes, that you can study virtually any aspect of IT from the comfort of your own home. Pages like this make it easy:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update and good luck with your work.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Microsoft just likes to move around where the tools are to annoy administrators...I mean make it more user friendly   <--- They annoy everyone when they move the furniture to cause confusion. There is no long term benefit to what they do  (measuring from Windows 95 through Windows 10 and all servers in between).
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