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Next step on from A+ and N+

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Ddan, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    Hi Guys

    Once you have attained both A+ and N+ what logically would be an ideal certification to take server + mcitp? just a little unsure I would appreiate it if someone could give me their opinion thanks in advance.
     
  2. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster

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    What do you currently do as a job?
     
  3. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    Hi Thanks for your reply currently 1st line support.
     
  4. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster

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    What technologies do you use?

    If you support Windows 7, then the 70-680 and 70-685 are a good combo. Both are eminently do-able with the books (I suggest Don Poulton's book for the 680) and setting up labs to practice.
     
  5. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    Hi Ade1982

    Its software support but my ultimate aim is to support Windows. I want to learn server 2008/2012, AD, and generally learn more. have actually just finished watching CBT video tutorials for 70-680 Configuring, and I have just started 70-685. I plan to learn the following in order.

    70-686
    70-640
    70-642
    70-646
    70-432
    70-450
    70-643
    70-647

    what do you think?
     
  6. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    What do you guys think of this plan?
     
  7. B33 ENN

    B33 ENN Nibble Poster

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    Have you taken the 70-680 exam yet, or just gone throught the material? :huh

    I believe MCITP is obsolete now so 70-643/647 can be disregarded. Unless you are already experienced in the server technologies and sitting the exams is just a formality to you, I would skip 70-640/42/46 and aim for the MCSA Server 2012 package instead if you are just starting out. Much the same with the SQL related exams you listed.
     
    Certifications: ECDL, ECDL Expert | Cisco ITE | CompTIA Strata, A+ | Microsoft MTA Operating System, MTA Server Administration | CCNA Exploration
    WIP: CompTIA Network+ | Microsoft MCSA Windows 7, Server 2012 | Cisco CCENT, CCNA
  8. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    Hi thanks for your reply I have just gone through the material so far I have not actually taken the exam yet. What cert would you recommend for a beginner to AD?
     
  9. B33 ENN

    B33 ENN Nibble Poster

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    From your opening post, I presume you are qualified in A+ and N+ and well versed in that material. You also mentioned you have experience in 1st line support of specific software applications.

    If you feel you have also attained a good grounding in Windows desktop operating systems and peer-to-peer networking, your next priority should be sitting and passing the 70-680, before thinking too much further ahead.

    I would say AD/GP certification is not really intended for complete beginners to a NOS environment. My personal recommendation is that you have around a year of actual exposure to it before attempting to study for the certification.

    That said, up until now, Microsoft had the MCTS 70-640 Active Directory Configuration qualification (expires 31/1/14), which was conveniently the natural starting point certification for Server 2008. With the new revised MCSA 2008 and 2012 packages, there isn't a single exam award anymore, you'd have to pass the trio to get certified in that technology.
     
    Certifications: ECDL, ECDL Expert | Cisco ITE | CompTIA Strata, A+ | Microsoft MTA Operating System, MTA Server Administration | CCNA Exploration
    WIP: CompTIA Network+ | Microsoft MCSA Windows 7, Server 2012 | Cisco CCENT, CCNA

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