Breaking into IT, what cert first? MCSE or Linux? or something else?

By pood.forums ·
I've been doing web developing (mostly css/html/some php) for a couple years now, kinda of getting more into serious developing (doing ruby right now, will have a cert by next summer).

I've been thinkin of switching to more of an IT role (I want to eventually do server administering, aka troubleshooting web servers, admin, uptime, and etc).

I've been hearing from ppl I should start off doing helpdesk since I have NO professional experience. I just got a 3 month contract doing helpdesk and some light admin (Active Directory).

I'd like to get a couple certificates, I'd like to in the next year or so, CCNA, MCSE, LPIC (I,II,II), and Linux +. Which certificate should I start off with? and then in what order?

I'm looking at jobs on craigslist and a lot of them like someone with an MCSE, should I start off in that, so it's easier for me to get an job for gaining experience then work on the Linux stuff? Or go straight for the LPIC because that's what (I think) I'd like to do, being a Linux Admin?

What learning suite should i get? LearnKey or TestOut? any other ones?


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by pood.forums In reply to Breaking into IT, what ce ...

bump for my thread.

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Linux+ & MCP

by kam In reply to Breaking into IT, what ce ...

Linux+ is not specifically Linux distribution specific and that is a good since it shows you know the base knowledge necessary to be safe configuring a Linux system. Linux+ does not say you know the particulars of SUSE or Redhat (the two leading commercial Linux distributions) or that you know anything about running a Linux distribution in an enterprise, RAID and LDAP configured environment. So... go for Linux+ and then decide later on a distribution specialty if that becomes necessary in the future.

Microsoft Certified Professional is your first step towards the MCSE. If you are aiming for server administration then your MCP title should be a server title, not XP or Vista. Be prepared for a tough test since any of the MCP titles really do mean you have a certain level of mastery concerning a particular function of a Windows (Active Directory) based network. As with the Linux titles you can decide what track to go forward with for your full MCSE title after the first test. For example, I never thought I would be and Exchange guy long ago when I attained my first MCSE but that is how it has worked out.

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