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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by hussainwadiwalla, May 27, 2010.

  1. hussainwadiwalla

    hussainwadiwalla Bit Poster

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    Hi all,

    Currently I am employed as a application analyst, but want to move into a windows system administrator role. I plan to firstly obtain CompTIA A+ and Server+. But thinking of the stage after this, would it be wise to go for MCSA/MCSE or MCITP.

    I am not sure about the real difference, they seem to have the same theme, i would like to know which is the more appropriate one, or even if its the right way to go to become a windows system admin.

    regards,

    Hussain
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+
  2. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Depending on your experience instead of Server+ I would do Network+ as it's a good cert for gaining knowledge. After that it's a difficult call as MCSA/MCSE is still much sought after by employers and Windows 2003 will be used for years to come by companies. Personally I like the newer exams better as they are more targeted at specific technologies. If push come to shove and I was in your shoes I would probably do what I did and get the MCSA and then move onto the newer certs in areas I was interested in like AD and Exchange.
     
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  3. hussainwadiwalla

    hussainwadiwalla Bit Poster

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    I see thanks for your reply.

    Is there a difference between MCSA and MCSE?

    Thanks.
     
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  4. tornado

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    An MCSA requires less exams than an MCSE.

    You can upgrade your MCSA to an MCSE.

    MCSE is considered better as it takes more exams to get it.

    I am currently working on my MCSA at the moment too.
     
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  5. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    MCSA is 4 exams and MCSE is 7 exams. I''m pretty sure that MCSE is all the exams in MCSA plus 3 more so in a sense you get an MCSA on your way to passing the MCSE. You can also use other exams like A+ and Network+ as an elective exam. Look on Microsoft's Learning website as it's pretty clear what you have to do for each cert.
     
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  6. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    Yeah but that would require him to do a google search instead of relying on someone else to do the work for him. :)
     
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  7. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Thats it exactly, if you pass your MCSE you also gain your MCSA (I certainly did). You can also use the Sec+ as an elective (again something I did).

    One thing that needs to be made clear, if you're new to Systems Admin work then you should perhaps wait for the MCSA, the consensus is that you need around 6 months exposure to the technology for the MCSA and 12 - 18 months for the MCSE (and certain MCITPs as well .. for example the EA and SA courses).
     
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