The first stepping stone is becoming a "Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert" in Server Infrastructure. Although the MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification covers many topics, the practice tests and training material indicate that an extreme proficiency in PowerShell and IPv6 networking are required in Server 2012.
Although I am only using a handful of production Windows Server 2012 servers, I have grown to appreciate the changes that Microsoft has made. Server 2012 provides a healthy balance of GUI management tools and the ability for a lightweight "headless" platform.
I have scheduled the following exams:
- June 17th - Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
- June 26th - Administering Windows Server 2012
- July 10th - Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services