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Another Hello Thread

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by blanch, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. blanch

    blanch Bit Poster

    Hi everyone - being registered a while now but have being moving house so things have being on hold.

    I'm looking to do an MCSE self study - i've got the determination to do self study as i have before.

    Bit of background 1st, i have a BSc(Hons) Computing (2:1) which i believe gives me a base to start on, i also have a Masters in Business Studies but i've now decided i don't want to go down the Business route (it's always good to have though!)

    More importantly - i have 2 years experience working 1st & 2nd Line support in an ITIL 'stylee' company - we mainly supported XP / Office and the usual suspects - as well as client specific software. I was heavily involved in Hardware support & less so in Exchange & Networking - although i do have some experience in the latter two. I've worked 8 months as an IT bod for a GP Surgery - but it was boring work, and i'm now working for the Council in an IT support role - but it is restricted as they have contracted out part of their IT support.

    I'm looking to get through my MCSE 1st - and then go on after that to get my A+ & N+. I know this is really the wrong way round but i feel confident enough to go for my MCSE first.

    So it's a hello to everyone - i'm sure i'll be popping up with plenty of questions and i'll try to help people myself.

    Certifications: MCDST, 70-270, 70-290, MCTS
    WIP: N+, 70-291
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    I would strongly recommend you doing the A+ & Network+ first before going for the MCSE. I have seen lots of people fail MS exams, especially the 70-291, and they work at level 3.

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  3. blanch

    blanch Bit Poster

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks for the Welcome.

    I know you can't really answer this question - but how long 'could' it take to get through the A+ & N+ if i were determined and worked hard to get through them quickly?

    Certifications: MCDST, 70-270, 70-290, MCTS
    WIP: N+, 70-291
  4. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    Hi and welcome.

    As you say, not easy to answer this question. However - I managed it in about 3 months using my commute as the study time.

    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  5. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Hi there and welcome 8)

    You will be the only one that will know how long it will take you.
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  6. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    Hi and welcome to CF David, to be honest if you set yourself a strict time frame with determination, focus, perisistence and hard work it can be done. Lastly, you truly can gauge your own ability and take it from there. Cheerio:)
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  7. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Hi Welcome to CF

    I agree with the others, especially Ken you should do the A+ and N+ first when you have and only when you have around a years experience in an appropriate job should you attempt the MCSE.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  8. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

    If you have the experience that you indicate, getting the A+ and N+ certifications shouldn't be too difficult. As others have said, only you can determine the time frame, but you could easily get them within a few months if you studied hard and have previous experience. That being said, I wouldn't recommend rushing through them just to get them done fast. What I would recommend is to buy a book and perhaps spend a month or so studying up for the A+ Essentials exam, then take it. Whether you pass or not, you'll get a good indication of whether the amount of time you spent studying was adequate.
  9. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    It 'could' take you no time at all... I didn't study any, but I:

    1) took the exams on my employer's dollar, and at my employer's request...
    2) I didn't need to pass... and
    3) I already had many years of IT experience by the time I took them.

    So how long could it take you? Anywhere from 0 days to 5+ years. But as Josh stated, it shouldn't take you all that long if you have a couple of years of experience. :) It's certainly worth doing!!

    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  10. blanch

    blanch Bit Poster

    Thanks for the welcome and the advice guy's.

    I think following a browse round the forum and from what you have all said i might just do my A+ and N+ 1st - i'm in no big rush to get my MCSE and i'd rather have the best knowledge base i can prior to starting it.

    Those two will give me a good indication of how disciplined i'm going to be too!
    Certifications: MCDST, 70-270, 70-290, MCTS
    WIP: N+, 70-291

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