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IT Certifications - Which one first? Net+ or MCITP Desktop Support

By raid0 ·
Currently a system admin for a smaller company and they are going to pay for me to become certified. I've decided on the Net+, MCITP Desktop Support, and MCITP Server Administrator.

I've just purchased the Net+ and the Desktop Support material and can't decide which to pursue first. Net+ is definatley going to be harder. The desktop support should be alot easier (for me at least). I've been supporting users and performing maintenance and installs for some time now.

So which one first? Get the easy one out of the way or tackle the hard one first?

Opinions welcome!


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To Be Honest

by michmoor In reply to IT Certifications - Which ...

Pick the cert in which YOU deem to have long term value for yourself and your company. If you are a small shop with about 5-15 end users or maybe even 30-50 users then I suggest Comptia exams. They cover broad range of technolgoies for the chosen exam. CCNA or MCSA are great entry level exams for those chosen companies that allow you to learn more either about networking (more so than the Network +) or creating a more secure diverse Microsoft topology. In the end, it really depends on you..Where do you see yourself in 5 years.
Example, I work in a enterprise enviroment. Having a speciality skill in inportant hence i choose to follow the Cisco route. Now I am CCIE (written). There is no point to go deeper if I was working for a company with 10 end users...

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by raid0 In reply to To Be Honest

After posting I did exactly that. I took a step back and looked at the big picture. The return on investment with the microsoft certifications would be immediate. I'm currently in a smaller office (35 employees) with a basic microsoft environment (2003, xp, winmo devices). My ultimate career path though is networking and security. I trust that the microsoft curriculum covers enough to handle basic networking for my current role, however the Cisco (amongst others) will help me achieve future goals.

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