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Would like to get back into the Certs again

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by drum_dude, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. drum_dude

    drum_dude Gigabyte Poster

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    Hi Guys,

    After many years out of the certification path - 4 years all in all - I have decided that I want to get back on track. I have been doing a lot with regards to technologies and feel that this time round I am better prepared to understand what I'll be studying. Unfortunately, I'm a little out of touch with what is out there at the moment but do want to get the foundations sorted.

    So the one thing that has always been on my mind is the CCNA, again I think it will be very useful for me to get this sorted out plus I have also aquired a rather shiny new Cisco ADSL Router. Can't remember what it is called but it retails at over 300 quid and is recommended by my Cisco books - update books that is.

    The other thing I want to get sorted is the MS side of the fence. I never finished my MCSE in 2000 and only got as far as doing 5 MCPs of which one of them was 70-270. AD design and Exchange was never taken by myself.

    So my question is what do you guys recommend on the MS front? I am reluctant to take the 2003 route as it does seem quite old now so am looking more to 2008 with Exchange too. However, am I correct in saying that there is no MCSE in 2008? Also, I'd like to do something related to a 2008 SBS product - if one exists of course.

    So there you go, time to pull my finger out and crack on, but your advice would be most welcome. This will all be self-study of course and financed by yours truly.

    Cheers Guys!
     
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  2. craigie

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    With the 2008 track you have the MCITP, which is broken down into a few areas.

    The MCITP: Server Administrator consists of three exams and is kinda like the old MCSA, I use the words kinda loosley.

    You then have the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator which consists of five exams and is kinda like the old MCSE.

    You can find out more information here

    In relation to the SBS 2003, there is an exam exclusively for this which is the 70-653, more information here
     
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  3. craigie

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    Also, I would recommend having a look at the CCENT, and then the CCNA.

    Pretty much, you have a choice of one exam being the 640-802 to get the CCNA only or you can do the 640-822 for the CCENT and then the 640-816 for the CCNA.

    I'm currently working towards the CCENT, and have the Official Exam Certification Guide by Wendell Odom and the CBT Nuggets which are awesome.
     
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  4. drum_dude

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    Thanks for the info their craigie! The CCNA kit I have starts with the CCENT.
     
    Certifications: MCSA , N+, A+ ,ITIL V2, MCTS
    WIP: MCITP 2008 Ent Admin, Server Admin, Exchange 2010, Lync 2010, CCNA & VCP5
  5. BosonMichael
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    You might think that Server 2003 is "too old", but many companies are still using 2000 Server, and Server 2008 hasn't gained widespread use yet. Plus, you'll be able to pick up the 2008 certs for many, many years to come. If nothing else, getting the MCSE on 2003 will make you look like you've "been around longer". ;)
     
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  6. drum_dude

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    Cheers BM, I have the Server 2003 MS Press book already. Would you advise that I pursue the 2003 MCSE? I have worked alot with the product so it may be a good start.
     
    Certifications: MCSA , N+, A+ ,ITIL V2, MCTS
    WIP: MCITP 2008 Ent Admin, Server Admin, Exchange 2010, Lync 2010, CCNA & VCP5
  7. Sparky
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    I would go for that mate, having the MCSE on your CV should compliment your commercial experience nicely. 8)
     
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  8. onoski

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    Yep! would definately recommend finishing or starting MCSE 2003 and take it from there. I would be sitting the 70-291 exam sometime in July and progress from there onwards, done two exams so far on the MCSE 2003 track.
     
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  9. drum_dude

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    Thanks Sparky and Onoski! I will get cracking with that then! Sort of getting excited now!
     
    Certifications: MCSA , N+, A+ ,ITIL V2, MCTS
    WIP: MCITP 2008 Ent Admin, Server Admin, Exchange 2010, Lync 2010, CCNA & VCP5
  10. BosonMichael
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    Ab-so-lutely! :thumbleft
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!

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