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What should I get next - MCSE or MCITP?

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What should I get next - MCSE or MCITP?

stelye
I signed up for PrepLogic.com's unlimited program (you get to use all of the training they have for any exam you want), and I need help deciding what to get next. I've already used it to get my Network+ 2009 certification, and then I passed SQL Server 2005 (70-431). I'm trying to decide which way to go from here: MCSE or MCITP? What are the pros/cons of each?
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    CharlieSpencer

    Boy, this smells like spam, but I'll let someone else make the call.

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    NotSoChiGuy

    However, there isn't a specific solicitation.

    I'd err on the side of free speech. If pricing, specials or the like get mentioned subsequently, then I'd say hit the button.

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    KSoniat

    At least it is a bit more subtle than the usual.

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    CharlieSpencer

    He's dumped this 'question' out there to draw attention to the first shilling sentence. He doesn't care what we think he should do with his career because has no plans to get any certification other than from Hormel. Even his car is blue with yellow lettering, and he has to open the door with a turn-key.

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    KSoniat

    Are you telling me you know the colors of the spam can?!?

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    CharlieSpencer

    "Young woman, how is it you do not?"

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    KSoniat

    My sister went away to girl scout camp and asked my mom to get this really cool food they had there. Turns out it was spam "fried".

    Skeptically my mom got some and fried it up.

    Seems when you are outside all day and at camp just about anything tastes good. It's a whole 'nuther story when you get home.

    The closest I get to spam is on the old Monty Python CD's on the telly.

    Tammy flashes a view of it up some weeks too.

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    stelye

    Woman. Hi, I'm Linda.
    Is everyone around here so cynical? =/

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    CharlieSpencer

    We frequently get new 'members' who's only purpose is the unsolicited advertisement of their products. Your post opened with a specific URL and high praises for a company previously unknown to the general membership, along with an alphabet soup of certifications. This is pretty close to the pattern demonstrated by those pushing their canned pork.

    Unlike them, you've returned to continue your discussion. I see you've also been active in some of the other threads. Based on this evidence, please accept my apology for misjudging you. I do not deserve the honor of welcoming you to TR, but I hope you'll overlook my boorishness and continue exploring this corner of the web.

    As to your original question, I'm still sticking with my flippant but heart-felt answer. Are you chasing certs or do you also have a job? While the membership here is divided on the subject, I'm in the camp that considers experience at least as important as certification.

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    stelye

    I'm working in a jack-of-all-trades position ("office manager") for a small company. To keep costs down, my responsibilities are starting to include taking care of a lot of the tech aspects of the business. I have some experience in IT, but until now not much formal training. Our servers are going to be more or less my responsibility, and with our company growing as it is, I wanted to plan for now and for the future (both the company's and my own!)
    I just wanted advice on which way to go: MCSE or MCITP?

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    LarryD4

    Linda,
    The MCITP is more of a cert that covers the Microsoft client OS from the ground up. Personally, MCSE is a better cert to have for two reasons for me.

    1. It covers the MCITP cert within the MCSE certification.

    2. The MCSE is the cert that shows that you can design, implement, and manage a Microsoft network.

    Granted the MCSE is harder, but the rewards in the end make up for it.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Boy, this smells like spam, but I'll let someone else make the call.

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    NotSoChiGuy

    However, there isn't a specific solicitation.

    I'd err on the side of free speech. If pricing, specials or the like get mentioned subsequently, then I'd say hit the button.

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    KSoniat

    At least it is a bit more subtle than the usual.

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    CharlieSpencer

    He's dumped this 'question' out there to draw attention to the first shilling sentence. He doesn't care what we think he should do with his career because has no plans to get any certification other than from Hormel. Even his car is blue with yellow lettering, and he has to open the door with a turn-key.

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    KSoniat

    Are you telling me you know the colors of the spam can?!?

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    CharlieSpencer

    "Young woman, how is it you do not?"

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    KSoniat

    My sister went away to girl scout camp and asked my mom to get this really cool food they had there. Turns out it was spam "fried".

    Skeptically my mom got some and fried it up.

    Seems when you are outside all day and at camp just about anything tastes good. It's a whole 'nuther story when you get home.

    The closest I get to spam is on the old Monty Python CD's on the telly.

    Tammy flashes a view of it up some weeks too.

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    stelye

    Woman. Hi, I'm Linda.
    Is everyone around here so cynical? =/

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    CharlieSpencer

    We frequently get new 'members' who's only purpose is the unsolicited advertisement of their products. Your post opened with a specific URL and high praises for a company previously unknown to the general membership, along with an alphabet soup of certifications. This is pretty close to the pattern demonstrated by those pushing their canned pork.

    Unlike them, you've returned to continue your discussion. I see you've also been active in some of the other threads. Based on this evidence, please accept my apology for misjudging you. I do not deserve the honor of welcoming you to TR, but I hope you'll overlook my boorishness and continue exploring this corner of the web.

    As to your original question, I'm still sticking with my flippant but heart-felt answer. Are you chasing certs or do you also have a job? While the membership here is divided on the subject, I'm in the camp that considers experience at least as important as certification.

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    stelye

    I'm working in a jack-of-all-trades position ("office manager") for a small company. To keep costs down, my responsibilities are starting to include taking care of a lot of the tech aspects of the business. I have some experience in IT, but until now not much formal training. Our servers are going to be more or less my responsibility, and with our company growing as it is, I wanted to plan for now and for the future (both the company's and my own!)
    I just wanted advice on which way to go: MCSE or MCITP?

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    LarryD4

    Linda,
    The MCITP is more of a cert that covers the Microsoft client OS from the ground up. Personally, MCSE is a better cert to have for two reasons for me.

    1. It covers the MCITP cert within the MCSE certification.

    2. The MCSE is the cert that shows that you can design, implement, and manage a Microsoft network.

    Granted the MCSE is harder, but the rewards in the end make up for it.