This morning I passed the Microsoft exam 70-417 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012, that is a composite of three standalone exams: 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412. Exam 70-417 validates skills related to core features and functionality of Windows Server 2012 R2, from the existing knowledge base of a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator for Windows Server 2008.

This exam measures the following skills:

EXAM 70-410

• Install and configure servers
• Configure server roles and features
• Configure Hyper-V
• Deploy and configure core network services
• Install and administer Active Directory

EXAM 70-411

• Deploy, manage, and maintain servers
• Configure network services and access
• Configure a network policy server infrastructure
• Configure and manage Active Directory
• Configure and manage Group Policy

EXAM 70-412

• Configure and manage high availability
• Configure file and storage solutions
• Implement business continuity and disaster recovery
• Configure network services
• Configure identity and access solutions

If you want to take that exam you should really be familiar with the products and solutions mentioned above. Otherwise, you will have a hard time passing the exam. To know more about the exam, check out this link: