Advice on Learning Track taught by Patrick

Hello Experts.

I decided to pursue Server 2016 MCSE for my path and I noticed there is a course on here given by Patrick.   I have printed out all 6 modules along with all the slides.   Has anyone watched this course and can anyone offer me any advice on how to best learn it?  I am very new to this and thought I could get some help as to how to pursue this or the best way to get the most out of the course.   Thank you as always in advance.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center EngineerAsked:
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James BunchSystems EngineerCommented:
Do you have any previous certifications like A/Network/Server+? The MCSE is about 3 tiers in from beginner and without some previous experience or prior certification training it will be difficult to understand some of the terminology and information that doesn't go into too much detail because it expects that you have had some previous education on those foundations.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center EngineerAuthor Commented:
I have 20 years of hands on experience never got certs this is my first one to be truthful.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
I used the Pluralsight course range when I certified
https://www.pluralsight.com/search?q=Server%202016%20MCSE
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Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center EngineerAuthor Commented:
@Shaun can you tell me about this site? Is it free? Is it any different than the course they offer here.   I want to learn this accurately so I can take the test once.   How does the site work?  Are there slides and training videos?  Do I need to have an environment setup?  Again I appreciate the help and I am trying to get as much help as I can .

I am doing this cert alone no one at work wants to do it with me so I have no one to bounce questions or ideas off of.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center EngineerAuthor Commented:
David Johnson, CDRetiredCommented:
Pluralsight is fee based and currently has a $100 off sale.
Personal Annual $199USD/Year
Personal Premium Annual $349USD/Year
https://www.pluralsight.com/offer/2019/june-eoq
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center EngineerAuthor Commented:
@David do you suggest the learning is better there than here?  Also what would I need just the annual personal?  Also what advantage do I have of going there?  Thanks as always.
David Johnson, CDRetiredCommented:
First go through the training here and fill in with Pluralsight, or Udemy or other online learning site ... Too bad Microsoft Virtual Academy was shutting down as of Today. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/ is another site.. That and of course, Youtube.

Helps a great deal if you have your own lab to practice on.
James BunchSystems EngineerCommented:
Pluralsight is a pretty decent place for training. LinkedIn Learning is also well. The issue I had with Pluralsight when trying for MCSE is it had plenty of content to learn from, was a little hard to follow which module I wanted because they came from different people and not one had all of them, and I didn't see any practice testing or knowledge checks so I just had to absorb and hope for the best. It may be different for different solutions, but this one didn't fit my needs.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center EngineerAuthor Commented:
James and David I see there is a boot camp for 6k$.  Can you explain how that works?  And how you can become an MCSE in 1 week of training?  I am considering it.  But I need to know first what to expect from going.
James BunchSystems EngineerCommented:
The boot camp is a barrage of knowledge for long periods of time many days in a row. The BootCamps will typically offer direct information to the tests and some of them even include the exam process at the end while the information is fresh on your mind.

Problem with Bootcamps is they saturate you with knowledge enough to pass an exam but it cannot prepare you for a lot of the real world applications you will find. A degree should only be as good as the knowledge you can apply from it. It looks good on paper lol.

Also, most BootCamps for higher education Certs like this would normally be more than 1 week. I would be really cautious of those and do extra research to make sure you aren't getting a flash training that is worthless.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center EngineerAuthor Commented:
James for someone who hasn't done this before what would you suggest best for learning and able to work in the field specific to this discipline.
James BunchSystems EngineerCommented:
I would suggest that finding the official supported books, MCSE has one from the vendor Pearson, make sure its the current one https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcse-certification.aspx

Once you have found the track you want to follow, look up online PDF versions of the book to make sure if you read some that you can follow along and it speaks to you. If so, I would buy the book and self study for a month or so. Then, if you think this is something you can retain when hearing and seeing it, look toward a premium guided training like Boot Camps, Pluralsight etc.

I wouldn't want to throw money at something I wasn't absolutely certain I was going to like learning.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center EngineerAuthor Commented:
I did buy the MCSA Server 2016 from IC2 written by William Panek he even helped me by sending me all the practice tests for 70-740 741 and 742 but then I started to do the training here and it was totally different so now I am unsure.   And you are absolutely right nothing is speaking to me.  

Looking at this link I will start and then see what I can do.  

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcsa-windows-server-2016-certification.aspx

When you mention the PDF's for this track.   Also now I have EE, IC2 book and the option of Boot camps and Pluralsight.  Its already overwhelming.
James BunchSystems EngineerCommented:
Good luck with it sir!

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Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center EngineerAuthor Commented:
Great assistance if I have any more questions I will post them.
James BunchSystems EngineerCommented:
I appreciate that, we will be here =)
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