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Where to go from here

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by michael78, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Did of advise or thoughts from you guys. Having finally getting my MCSA and not wanting to do my MCSE I wanted some input on if you thought this was a good way to go:

    1) MCTS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuration (Hyper-V)
    2) ITIL Zzzzzzzzz
    3) MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration
    4) CCA Citrix

    I have a free voucher to do the hyper-v exam but was thinking of doing this anyways. I have picked 3 areas to specialise in Hyper-v (might also do VMWARE), Citrix Zen Apps Administrator and Active Directory. Is this a good mix or should I stick to say one area? I want to try and get away from 2nd line support for my next job and thought these areas would give me a good chance of moving onto a good 3rd line role.

    Got to say after finishing my MCSA I'm kinda at a loss as to where to go from here :rolleyes:
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  2. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Deffo do the Hyper-V MCTS, you'll enjoy the material.

    All the others you spoke of look great on your CV so its up to you really. What I would say is make sure you get your ITIL Foundation V3 because more and more jobs specify it as being required regardless of the role.

    I think its good to have a broad skill set, especially if you end up as a jack of all trades like me. Obviously I don't know what you work with so I'm being general here.

    If you want a definitive answer tho I'd do Hyper-VMCTS 1st, ITIL v3 next (doesn't take long at all!) then do your upgrade to 2008 exam for your MCSA.

    Jim

    **Edit Why have you decided against getting your MCSE?
     
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    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  3. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Cheers Jim for the input. I suppose I am resisting doing the MCSE because of my interest levels were so low in doing the 70-291 exam (took me 2 years between my last MCSA exam and 70-291) I also don't like the old MS exams as the exams are too broad in what they test and I probably won't get much out of the MCSE in terms of knowledge. Do you think there is a big gain in having an MCSE over say MCTS exams in specified techs?
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  4. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I do mate. I think the design kinda level MCP exams (293,294,297,298 ) will give you a much better understanding of how everything is held together. I'm right with you on 291. It took all of my energy to pass that one and I avoided it myself after failing it in March. I only passed it in July I think.

    I think the main reward for you getting the MCSE will be that its still a very common search word used by recruitment people who basically search members of jobsite for keywords like MCSE, CCNA etc to help them whittle down the number of people they can put forward for jobs.

    The MCTS exams are really good because they enable you to show you are a specialist at something but they are also very specific. Something like an MCSE says "I can cover a lot of things" rather than just one like an MCTS IMHO.

    Its entirely up to you if you swerve the MCSE, I know a few who have gone the MCSA to 2008 upgrade route but for me personally, I couldn't let what could be MS's last MCSE slip past me . . . . :oops: I've heard those four letters so many times over the years I thought I'd see what all the fuss was about :lol: Fingers crossed I get mine in a month or two :D Jim
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  5. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Food for thought I think I will get my Hyper-V exam and ITIL out the way first and then have a think about the MCSE or another route.
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011

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