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Hi all! Glad I stumbled across this forum!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by GeeJay, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. GeeJay

    GeeJay Bit Poster

    Just thought I'd say a quick 'Hello' to you all and introduce myself!

    My name's Garry, and I'm 21 years old with just over 4 years experience in IT and am just about to start a self-study MCSE.

    I started my career as a laptop hardware repair guy at the age of 17, with a few college courses under my belt and an AS level in Computing, having a keen interest in IT and technology. I then applied for a design job due to my personal web/graphic design projects/experience, and got an interview. At the interview, the first thing they said was they were interviewing me for a different position - IT Technician/Network Admin. Having little experience in Network Administration, I thought it'd be a good opportunity to broaden my base so to speak.

    4 Years on, my boss has left, and I have been 'taking the reigns' for the last 8 months. I am currently looking after a small network of 50 workstations and a handful of servers. Since being here, I've been on a few evening classes on networking (I think they were N+ courses, but i never did take the exam...I wasn't aware there was one at the time!) And have since achieved a HNc in Computing (are they really worth the paper they are written on in the 'real' world?)

    I have just purchased my first 4 MCSE Self Teaching books from Amazon 70-290/291/293/294 and am hoping to dedicate a few hours a day to working towards my full MCSE.

    This is going to be my chosen path, and i was wondering if you guys/gals would a) Agree that I'm at the right stage, with experience and position, to be doing my MCSE and b) this is a good route to take in terms of courses/order.

    70-290 Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment
    70-291 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
    70-620 TS: Windows Vista, Configuring
    70-431 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Implementation and Maintenance

    70-298 Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network
    70-293 Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
    70-294 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure

    I've chosen this route because the first 4 will give me my MCSA, then the following 3 will boost it to an MCSE. Also, 620 & 431 are MCTS courses also.

    I'm not too sure of the route after that, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it i think. As i say, I feel personally I've got the experience and confidence to tackle an MCSE. I will obviously learn things I never knew which will be good, and also I'll have qualifications to match my experience and to show what I can do. Luckily i have a company who actively support CPD and are behind me with whatever I need to complete an MCSE.

    I suppose ultimately only I will know when I am ready to take on Microsoft Courses, and I feel that I am. So I suppose I've answered my own question :P

    Thanks for reading! Advice welcome/wanted!

    Certifications: MCSA 2003, 70-294
    WIP: 70-298
  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    Hi and welcome to CF!

    I won't comment on the Microsoft certs, as there are others here more expert than I on that.

    But I will suggest that you do the Network+ exam. By the sound of it you should breeze it, and will give you some general background on networking.

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

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Hi there and welcome 8)
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  4. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

    Welcome to the forum…
    I agree with Harry regarding the N+ cert. Conquer it and add it to your accomplishments.
  5. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Yep, I'll also recommend the Network+ before proceeding to the Microsoft certifications.

    If you've got 6-12 months of experience with server administration, then you're likely ready for the MCSA. Microsoft recommends 6-12 months administering a multi-server, multi-site, 250+ user environment... but if you've been doing this for a while in a smaller environment, you should be able to add the "difficult stuff" on without too much head scratching. :)
    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!
  6. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

  7. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    Welcome to CF:)
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  8. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
  9. GeeJay

    GeeJay Bit Poster

    Many thanks for all the welcomes and advice! I think I'll look into taking the N+ exam as recommended by all.

    Particular thanks to Michael for the advice on MS recommendations. I've been administering for 4 years now, and have been 'in charge' for 8 months, so given what you've mentioned, I think i'm ready :) "Starter Pack" should be deliverd today, so I can get cracking over the weekend!

    Cheers again guys!
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, 70-294
    WIP: 70-298

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