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MCSE or UNIX/Linux - What road to take?

By D9412 ·
I am a career changer at the age of 36 with over 10 plus years in the physical security industry. I previously posted a question earlier on BU or Clark University verses New Horizons and which school to attend for a MCSE certification. After talking to some close friends who are already MCSE's and reading answers on my previous question, there is a general consensus that the supply of paper MCSE's is greater than the demand.

My question to you is: "Is the MCSE certification still worthobtaining? or should I purse a certification in UNIX/Linux administration?" My friends tell me there is still a demand for UNIX people. Do you agree?
I still plan on getting the A+ and Net+ certifications anyway.

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by LEGJ1 In reply to MCSE or UNIX/Linux - What ...

MCSE Credentials are not worth what they were 2 yrs ago, but I think they are still one of the best certs to have. I am an MCSE/NT 4.0 and it has opened doors for me- professionally. The real dilemma is whether to go XP or Win2000... That is a tough one. Most of my peers do not seem too eager to jump to XP Pro. Example--we just upgraded to Win2000 6 months ago.

Even with an MCSE though, I would try to gain a good, strong understanding of Linux. Many companies can save lots of money byrunning Linux servers and escape the high costs of MS Licensing. I would not be too concerned with Linux on the desktops. They have a looong way to go to beat out Billy Boy.

Advice: MCSE on Windows 2000, but get a good understanding of Linuxas well. MS desktops don't mind communicating with Linux servers!

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by Joseph Moore In reply to MCSE or UNIX/Linux - What ...

I agree with the above answer. You would be more marketable with experience in more than one "discipline."
I finished my Win2K MCSE in April (yeah for me!), and now I am starting on Cisco certification (CCNP). I also want to start working with Solaris (it is used in my network).
Linux is getting to be so popular (Linux web servers especially) that Microsoft-trained folk should not ignore it, unless you take your career into a different direction. Personally, I want to move towards the networkinfrastructure (routers, switches, OSPF, RIP, etc) and get away from the admin side. So, I am not gonna get too heavy in Linux or Solaris. But I want to be able to boot into the shell as root and know what in the heck to do!
So, think about where you want your IT career to go towards. There are certs for most IT sections nowadays (security certs, project management certs, etc.)

hope this helps

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by djdaed In reply to MCSE or UNIX/Linux - What ...

It truely depends on what you want to do and where you want your career to take you. Also it helps if you know what you are good at.

If you are all about being a Jack of All Trades... suck it up and get MCSE 2000, Linux/UNIX, Cisco up to CCNP and security as well for good measure.

If you do alot of LAN work, focus on MCSE 2000, Linux/UNIX and Ciscos CCNA. There is alot of heterogenous networks of MS and Linux/UNIX, get to know both.

If WAN or Security, focus on Linux/UNIX, Cisco CCNP/CCDP and Cisco Security. There are network management tools that run on windows/unix but its not necessary to have an MCSE for that... perhaps look into the new MCSA (4 exams and Net+ counts as 1 exam)

Just my thoughts and experience out in the field.
Kevin

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by PENGUINSRULE In reply to MCSE or UNIX/Linux - What ...

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I would use your physical security background as a place to get started in the computer security field.

check out www.isc2.org and www.sans.org


for certification, training, options, etc.
Physical security is an important part of security and you can use this background to your advantage.
Good computer security people are hard to find and command a higher salary. MCSE's are a dime a dozen, and Unix people - we'll you have to compete against people who have YEARS of experience ..

Rick

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by D9412 In reply to MCSE or UNIX/Linux - What ...

Thank you for your answer and I have already contacted ISC2 for membership information.

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