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By croydon8 ·
Hi to everyone
I want to do MCSE Windows 2000 and server certifications. Can any one tell me how I can do it bits by bits due to shortage of money.
And also is it better to do CCNA or MCSE?

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by XpertDragon In reply to Certifications

My recommendation is to go with a well established learning center, such as New Horizons. Do your research on the wbe on them, and you will find they have many locations and a great reputation.....Yes, I currently take their courses.

Depending on your income level, living situation, you May be able to find yourself a government grant at the state or federal level that will pay for all of your certification classes, and tests.

Best places to look are your local employment angencies, state labor offices, or attending any free technical clubs in your area that meet at least once a month.

CCNA Vs. MCSE.....I would say that CCNA is probably more difficult to obtain, but it really just matters what you want to do....do you want to getinto the Cisco Router/Hub side of the business, and maybe get a job troubleshooting network closets and racks, then CCNA is for you....very hands on.

Just my two cents.

Paul

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Certifications

Well, this is how I have approach certifications. When I did my MCSE run for Win2K, I did the following:
1) Bought the Sybex books for each exam
2) Worked with Win2k Pro and Server at home (my laptop was my lab for a year!)
3) I am in the IT industry, so I work every day with Win2K
4) Used online resources like www.mcmcse.com

And just take it day by day. I read and studied and tinkered every day. The Sybex books were good for general, baseline knowledge, but their questions do not cover the WEIRD situations you see on the tests. There are just some freaked-out scenarios on those tests! But that was what some of the free online practice tests were helpful for. The website I mentioned has many links to other sites with free online practice exams. Take ALL of them!

So, get good books (I understand that the ExamCram books are good also), get your hands on what you are studying, and read, read, read.

Now, the MCSE vs Cisco certification debate does depend on what you are working with or what you WANT to work with, as XpertDragon said. Since I have always worked more on the server OS level, it made sense for me to get the MCSE.
But now that that is done, I am starting down the CCNP path; for myself, time for a new challenge. But you have to decide what you want to do, and then certify in that area.

Good luck.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Certifications

I'm currently taking an approach similar to what Joseph Moore suggested. Having my own little network at home is quite helpful, but finding the time to read, read, and then read some more - not to mention applying everything - is a real challenge.
I have the syngress set of books - MCSE Windows 2000 Core Four Boxed Set (Exams 70-210, 70-215, 70-216, 70-217)

http://btobsearch.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=1O98K74TOG&sourceid=0039356996&btob=Y&isbn=0072126159&itm=4
More study materials:

http://btobsearch.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?userid=1O98K74TOG&sourceid=0039356996&btob=Y&ath=Inc%2E+Syngress+Media

I especially like the tips provided at the following site:

http://www.certificationcorner.com

And a couple more:

http://www.mcmcse.com/

http://www.certificationsearch.com/

REMOVE SPACES from the pasted URLs.

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by Bristar In reply to Certifications

If you are trying to study for it, you might consider an online learning resource such as 1trainingcenter.com for help. They have an extensive (and inexpensive) course base to help you study.

If you are simply asking about the certification exams, you only take one exam at a time anyway. Each exam costs about $250 (last I checked) and can be taken at any authorized VUE or Prometric center in the country. Study for one exam at a time and take each one in sequence. If you want great tipson what sequence to take and the cheap way to certification, email me at info@bristar.com and I'll send you more info.

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