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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Chopperchand, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. Chopperchand

    Chopperchand Nibble Poster

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    Hello all

    I am new to this forum, and wanted to say hello!:D Also wanted some advise. I am split between network+ and security+. I want to do MCSA/MCSE. I am currently work on a helpdesk. I do basic network support as well.

    Which one should I do? or should I do both before MCSA/MCSE

    Thanks for any help
     
    WIP: MCSA Sql Server 2012
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi and welcome to CF :)

    Since you're currently doing helpdesk then I would recommend doing up to the MCSA level only until you progress to a higher position.

    And that doesn't mean 1 year at level 1 support.

    To be honest, if you do the Network+ you will find that it'll give you a good foundation for the 70-291 course/exam.

    If you can I would recommend doing the A+, Network+ and the MCDST first, but the decision is yours at the end of the day.

    Good luck with your studies.

    -ken
     
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  3. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF:biggrin
     
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  4. Alex Wright

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    Neither to begin with. Start with the A+, N+, MCDST, have a pint and then re-assess. :D
     
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  5. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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  6. Spilly

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    As @ wagnerk
    I agree since.......
    I just did the 291 classroom course and my N+ skills where an immense help, not only in understanding concepts but also completing the practice labs.

    I you are going down that route my advise is therefore do Network+ first.
     
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  7. Chopperchand

    Chopperchand Nibble Poster

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    Hi, Thanks for the reponses and welcome messages. It makes sense, as the mention certs will give me the foundation I need to do the MCSA 70-270, 70-291 & 70-290 exams and I will also have certs that I can use towards gaining MCSA status.

    I will continue studying the Network + as I have already started using Sybex books. OSI model chapter is abit diffcult to take in, But where there is a will there is a way!!!

    Does anyone know any good books/sites/providers I can get practice questions from.

    Will keep you posted on my progress:)
     
    WIP: MCSA Sql Server 2012
  8. Rafek

    Rafek Kilobyte Poster

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    Hello & Welcome
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+
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  9. Chopperchand

    Chopperchand Nibble Poster

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    Hi all,

    Just had an interesting turn of events at work, as we are looking to move to office 2007 and upgrading exchange to 2007 as well as other projects over the coming year. We are having an expansion in my department. There are two teams being created. I am in the Desktop support team. I have therefore been given the chance to do extra training at the companies expense. My Manager has recommended MCDST, As with my earlier post I have started N+. I haven't told him I am studying this in case they withdraw the training offer. I am therefore going to put N+ on hold and do MCDST before going back to N+. What do you think? such I give up on N+ and just do self study and get MCSA certified on completing of my MCDST. Also can you give me any pointers on the best way to study for MCDST certifcation.

    Finally training that the company is going to pay for result!!!!! lol 8)
     
    WIP: MCSA Sql Server 2012
  10. greenbrucelee
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    if you do the A+, N+ and MCDST then they count towards electives for MCSA.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
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  11. Chopperchand

    Chopperchand Nibble Poster

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    I have just checked microsoft's website and they say that MCDST counts towards the MCSA so I think I will do the MCDST via the company and then take MCSA. Thanks for your help Bruce
     
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  12. greenbrucelee
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    Remember the A+ and N+ do aswell having those three are electives that you don't need to do for the MCSA.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?

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