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Which cert should I go for?

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by maplesyrup, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. maplesyrup

    maplesyrup New Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm a MCSA 2003 which I did back in 2007. Shortly thereafter I went into another field, ended up doing web development and related stuff as a contractor for all these years. I am now hoping to apply for sys admin positions now. Aside from the fact I need brush up on my Microsoft server skills, I'm contemplating a cert as well.

    Given my background and desire to land a sys admin role (like I used to be!), should I go for a MCSA 2012 to start off? Or is it worth exploring some other option? Will a certification really increase my chances to land a sys admin role?

    Thanks
     
    Certifications: MCSA 2003
  2. jhonssmi

    jhonssmi New Member

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    hello

    how are you? i suggest you to go with MCSA 2012. because you have all the basics done so it will be better for you to continue with MCSA. If you are not intreasted into the MCSA then you should choose some slimier certifications like, CCIE, CCNP, CCNA.
     
    Certifications: Microsoft System Engineer, CCNA, CCNP, CCIE, MCSE, MCSA
    WIP: CCNP, CCIE
  3. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    You do realise that there is a HUGE difference between the CCNP and CCIE and the MCSA, the CCNP is more akin to the MCSE whilst the CCIE is basically the pinnacle of the Cisco networking field?

    Suggesting someone wanting to get back into a Sys Admin role that they take a CCIE or CCNP is like suggesting a basic first aider do brain surgery.

    I would suggest in future that you understand the differences between the different certification offerings, perhaps having a look at my post here (http://www.certforums.com/forums/training-development/49085-entry-level-certifications-beyond.html) to get a better idea of what is on offer and when you should consider doing it).

    As to the OP, I would suggest looking at an individual exam rather than a full on MCSA, please remember that the MCSA\MCSE is there to prove your abilities on that technology, if you don't have the experience don't sit the full exam.

    Again the post I linked to above will be beneficial to you as well.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  4. Black Tortoise

    Black Tortoise Byte Poster

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    I very much doubt this fella has the certs listed in his sig. Sounds like another kob...*ahem* *coughs*

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    I very much doubt this "johnssmi" fella has the certs listed in his sig. Sounds like another kob...*ahem* *coughs*
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
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    WIP: A+ Security+ ITIL V3
  5. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    You don't think I have the certs listed in my sig?? Never mind mate, ignore the fact that I am one of the forum moderators, ignore the various posts highlighting various ways for people to improve their career prospects and ignore the fact that at 43 years of age I do have the experience and certifications to prove my abilities.

    I love it when people underestimate me :)

    Microsoft Transcript - https://mcp.microsoft.com/authenticate/validatemcp.aspx - Transcript ID (874141) and the Access Code (password)

    VCP 4 DCV - http://mylearn.vmware.com/eCert.cfm...987c-21b2064c5fbe&ccid=VMW-00629722W-00095864
    VCP 5 DCV - http://mylearn.vmware.com/eCert.cfm...92eb-faec1342be6b&ccid=VMW-00629722W-00095864
    VCA 5 DCV - http://mylearn.vmware.com/eCert.cfm...aa5b-cd1ffaa34a55&ccid=VMW-00629722W-00095864
    VCA 5 Cloud - http://mylearn.vmware.com/eCert.cfm...b066-9924dc61e8c3&ccid=VMW-00629722W-00095864

    Just some of my certifications!!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
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    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  6. Black Tortoise

    Black Tortoise Byte Poster

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    I was reffering to jhonssmi, apologies for the confusion.
     
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  7. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    No problems :) Apology accepted :) Just with you linking my post the natural thing is to think you were talking about me.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  8. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

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    Errrmmm I think his comment was actually aimed at jhonssmi mate....


    EDIT: damn you people post fast!
     
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