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A New Direction

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Jaron78, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

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    Good Morning All,

    In January, my Certification route was as follows:

    70-680, 70-686, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Linux+.

    Due to Unforseen circumstances (New Job which was totally out the blue, in a good way) and failing the 70-680 twice, I hopped over to the Network+ as Networking was an area I was struggling with on the 70-680.

    I now understand that the 70-680/686 will no longer award the MCTS and MCITP (I think that's correct) as of Autumn.

    I don't think I will have the time to complete the CompTIA Network+ in time to do both the 70-680 and 686. On that basis I need to look at a different route. I want to complete the Network+ then move on from there, but not really sure in what direction.

    I would like to do Server based work, but my current role is more Desktop.

    Any suggestions would be amazing. As I am at a bit of a Crossroads. I also want to update my White Board so I can set myself some targets :)
     
  2. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Well you could always look at the Server+ exam?
     
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    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  3. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

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    Thanks Simon, would that be the next step in your opinion?
    Server+ then perhaps move onto Windows Based Server Exams?

    The only concern I have with Server's is getting the hands on experience in a "Work" environment. Though I could just build my own Servers at home in a VM Environment.
     
  4. Dazzo

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    I would write Network+ on your whiteboard in big block capital letters! I am so glad I got mine under my belt as, like yourself I always struggled a bit with the networking side of things.

    Your move to servers will usually come from a new job role or extra responsibility rather then getting a certification. Server+ would be my suggestion when the Network+ is done and dusted and you can then review your work situation.

    I would also probably still look at Linux+. Looking at some server based job listings you see *Linux Skills Desireable* as most companies now tend not to stick to just one platform server wise.

    How do you see your job evolving? is it too early to tell?
     
    Certifications: A+, MOS: Master 2010, Network +
  5. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

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    Hi Dazzo,

    Much too early mate, I have only been here 3 weeks :)
    Basically, its me running our Tech Hub in London, while everyone else is up in Leeds or Gibraltar.

    I will keep Linux+ on my list as it is used within the Company and it will certainly be useful for future reference.

    Thanks Guys,

    Ron
     
  6. SimonD

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    I second the Linux+ or even up to LPIC1 although take your time, I would do the Server+ after the N+ just to give you that exposure.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  7. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Good on you for looking into this properly and asking for advice. I'd purse a 2012 MCSA if I were you, presuming you're not doing server work? 70-410, 411, 412
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  8. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

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    Thanks very much guys.

    I would rather get your input than go off and do some exams and future employers say why on earth have you gone that route?

    So just to clarify:
    Network+,
    Server+,
    Linux+ Followed by the MCSA 2012?

    Thanks chaps. Much appreciated as always.
     
  9. SimonD

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    I would probably do that, I am seeing a lot more Linux servers these days than Windows based ones.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  10. jk2447

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    Sounds like a plan mate and it must have been early, I meant to say assuming you DO server work at the moment. One thing to bear in mind I'd say is that if you take a reasonable amount of time to get the CompTIA certs, Microsoft might have moved on and 2012 might not be your best option at that point, but you can cross that bridge when you come to it and see what is available. We've spoken many times on here about it being best to certify in what you work with and not worry about the age really, if anything a slightly older cert projects that you've been in IT for longer. Anyone with an NT MCSE for instance has definitely been around the block :thisbig:
     
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  11. SimonD

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    Hell yeah :)
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  12. jk2447

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    I don't have one :( Despite 16 years in IT, I was massively late to the certification party :bored: a 2009 MCP was my first cert!
     
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  13. SimonD

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    Mate I got my first cert back in 1996/7 (Novell CNA in 96, Novell CNE in 97). Moved on to Microsoft after that.
     
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    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  14. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

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    When I was your age ;)
     
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    No worries mate, I knew where you were going :)
    I don't really have much Server work in the office, but it is something I can work on at home.

    Networking and Linux wise, I think it will be really useful in the current role, but then if they see me taking an interest in Server based work, hopefully that will be a little nudge ;)
     
  16. SimonD

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    Self improvement is a good thing with employers :)
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
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  17. jk2447

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    Before you start that MCSA definitely get some server experience mate or it's going to be tough going, potentially tough going I should say
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  18. SimonD

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    I will echo what Jim is saying, remember that the MCSA\MCSE requirements expect 12 - 24 months experience working with the technology.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  19. jk2447

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    Even still working on servers, the exams I've failed, I know it's because it wasn't something I'd do regularly as a server admin
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV

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