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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by BARRY666, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. BARRY666

    BARRY666 New Member

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    Hi everyone..... joined the forum today and looking for advice.....i'm thinking of doing a MCDST course and wondered if anyone can give me some advice about what the course is like ? I don't work in the IT industry at the moment but looking for a career change.
     
  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    What direction do you see your career going? We would be better able to advise when we know a little more about you! :biggrin

    Harry.
     
    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
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  3. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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  4. dominoe

    dominoe Nibble Poster

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    welcome aboard :D, I have not got the MCDST my self but I here its not too bad to start with. But the COMPTIA A+ is a very good broad ranging cert to start with if you want to get a better understanding of all things computers not just microsoft
     
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  5. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Hi welcopme, I too dont work in IT at the mo I will be doing the A+:D
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Welcome!
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  7. BARRY666

    BARRY666 New Member

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    Hi Harry

    Well i'm looking at becoming a database administrator..i haven't got any IT qualifications but been using a pc for a few years,i know myself around the operating systems.I have been told i need to get a MCDST. Was wondering if this was the way forward...?
     
  8. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Well - a DBA role is certainly a worthwhile one.

    But I don't really see that a MCDST is the required starter for it!

    If you were an Oracle DBA then it would be fairly irrelevant!

    However - a good appreciation of how computers work is a fundamental for a DBA. You have to know about disk performance etc. You would also need to know some networking these days.

    I'd suggest that your foundation certs should be vendor neutral, unless you want to be a DBA specificaly for SQL-Server, for example.

    Starter vendor neutral certs would be A+ and Network+ from CompTIA. However, I have to say that the DBAs that I work with wouldn't really count these as 'useful'. Nor would they count a MCDST as useful either - but then we work with Suns!

    What made you choose the DBA role?

    Harry.
     
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  9. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Hello Barry and Welcome to CF

    I concur with Harry although I am interested to know who told you to do MCDST?


    The A+ offers a good starting point in computers, it gives you a greater understanding of how hardware and software work in the PC.

    Good luck:biggrin
     
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  10. BARRY666

    BARRY666 New Member

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    Hi

    Thanks for your replies so far...i was told by a guy from computeach that i need a MCDST if i wanted to go into DBA..is this true and also a MCDBA has well...i don't know if he was just telling the truth or trying to get more money out of me...
     
  11. wizard

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    Go the self study route and save yourself tons of money, sounds like he's trying to get some more money out of you.
     
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  12. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Welcome to Certforums :)
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
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  13. supag33k

    supag33k Kilobyte Poster

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    Well it comes down to learning to walk before you learn to run.

    I would suggest initally the MCDST then the relevant work experience, as it is possible to be overcertified and still not be employable due to lack of work experience.
     
    Certifications: MCSE (NT4/2000/2003/Messaging), MCDBA
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  14. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Welcome to CF!:)
     
    Certifications: A+, MCP, MCDST, AutoCAD
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  15. Headache

    Headache Gigabyte Poster

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    Good to meet ya.
     
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  16. stuPeas

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    Hello and Welcome Barry. :)
     
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    Hi and welcome
     
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  18. BARRY666

    BARRY666 New Member

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    Thanks for the advice so far guys...i have decided i'm going to look into doing a comptia A+...has anyone got any ideas where would be the best place to get myself the course from..?
     
  19. Morne Louw

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    hi barry and welcome
     
    Certifications: ECDL, OCN Level 2 HTML, A+,MCDST,70-270
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  20. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    You don't need an official course. Get Mike Meyers A+ All-in-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition and James Pyles PC Technician Street Smarts.
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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