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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Athelstan, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Athelstan

    Athelstan New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Just joined certforums and I suspect I'm in a similar position to lots of newcomers in wondering where on earth to start with Microsoft certification, as MCSE (or related) seems to be a pre-requisite to most of the IT jobs in my area.

    I was an IT professional for 20 years - started out in tech support (mainly legacy mainframe, data storage and disaster recovery) but finished up in management for too long - and after a few months sabbatical I want to get back on the technical track again in something that's not based on 1980's technology :biggrin

    Anyway, self study is the way to go for me, but I'm not quite sure where (and at what level) to start.

    Time to start searching these forums!

    All the best,

    Ath.
     
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    Welcome!

    Not sure where to tell you to start... I guess a lot of it would depend on what jobs you'd like to aim for and what hands-on technical experience you've had despite being in management for so long. :) If you've got Windows server administration experience, then the MCSA/MCSE might be a fine place to start.
     
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  12. Athelstan

    Athelstan New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome :thumbleft

    Luckily the management side of things has only been for the last 5 years so I can still manage to find my way around Linux/Solaris/Windows servers and I've been free-lancing on PC fixes/rebuilds for a while for friends and family on a small scale to keep my hand in.

    However, everyone who's interested in IT knows that things change so rapidly that if you're off the pace for a year, you might as well be 5 years behind :(

    Just bought 3 books for the CompTIA A+/Network/Security exams for a refresher and it really shows just how much things have changed technologically, even though the concepts are still the same...

    Although, when did PS/2 mice and keyboards suddenly become classed as Mini-DIN?

    Good night all,

    Ath.
     

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