MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure

By Don Jones on February 11, 2015

We recommend pursuing this credential if you are already in a predominantly Windows 8-based environment, especially if you have completed your MCSA credential for Windows 8.


The objective of this series is to solidify your knowledge of Windows 8 deployment and implementation, and application deployment and virtualization, and prepare for the MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification.

Target audience:

This series is designed for IT Professionals currently working in an environment based primarily on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Course sequence:

Course Duration
Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Infrastructure 3h 35m
Total 3h 35m


Microsoft's MCSE - Desktop Infrastructure is designed for IT professionals who want to demonstrate their proficiency in managing the client estate of an organization. Note that these exams weren't refreshed for the Windows 8.1 release. That could indicate that Microsoft didn't feel a refresh was necessary (Win8.1 being a somewhat minor release, technologically speaking), or that Microsoft plans to change the direction of this certification. You'll need to start by completing your MCSA in Windows Server 2012. That credential is a pre-requisite to any of the Windows-focused MCSE titles. From there, you'll move on to Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure, which covers the core skills for desktop deployment. Pluralsight is currently completing training for this exam's objectives; this series includes training that covers some of the objectives. After that, you'll move on to Implementing Desktop Application Environments, which covers application deployment and virtualization. Pluralsight is currently developing training for this exam's objectives. It should be noted that Pluralsight currently expects Microsoft to pivot somewhat on this credential, and we will be assessing its new direction, and preparing corresponding training programs, at that time.

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Don Jones

Don Jones' broad IT experience comes from 20 years in the business, with a strong focus on Microsoft server technologies. He's the author of more than 45 technology books, including titles on administration and software development, and writes monthly columns for the industry's leading periodicals. He's an in-demand speaker at technical conferences and symposia worldwide, and is widely recognized as one of the top trainers in the Microsoft sector.