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Which Cert should I aquire?

By Jeroden ·
Hello all, I am at a point in my life where I would love to have some direction from colleagues.

I just hit 30, married with 1 child and 1 on the way. I now have a job as a Network Admin in a win2k3 server environment with a lot of ability to expand things budget wise.

I have just aquired a training budget and have found a company (New Horizons) that will train me to get a MCSA. I also see a company called Gatlin Educational services that will do the same thing, but it seems cheaper. I have no certs right now, but I do have a Bachleor's in CIS/IT Programming and a Masters degree in Business Admin/Management Emphasis. Which cert should I go for? If I go with New Horizons, it will exhaust my entire budget for one cert, plus some out of my pocket. If I go with Gatlin, I can do everything online, and not have to leave home for training, but I worry about online training sometimes.

Without training in any way, and starting cold on any network experience, I have become very competent with this environment, (as I am the only one at this company that can do this, so I MUST research to get things running) and feel like if I have the right training materials, I may be able to train myself. The problem is, I need the right material.

Any suggestions are welcome, as I will analyze every response.

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Just trying to catch

by Jeroden In reply to Which Cert should I aquir ...
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Try once more

by Jeroden In reply to Which Cert should I aquir ...

Bump Bump, Please Catch

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I don't know who to recommend

by Pringles86 In reply to Which Cert should I aquir ...

I saw this post without the bumps, but I was unsure if I should send you the information. I haven't tested this software/training yet so I'm not sure if I can recommend it. But, since you really want a reply, you can check out: http://www.youlearn.com/products/lk-products/C/certification_bundle/certification_bundle.html

It is a bundle of 12 certification training packets. You should go with your MCSA, or even go all the way with the MCSE. The CompTIA set are worth a bit also. MCSE/A, CCNA, Security+, Network+, A+, Server+, is the order I would go if I were a network admin I think.

Let me know what you think about that site.

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This looks Great

by Jeroden In reply to I don't know who to recom ...

For $2000 I get training material for 12 certs! This looks really good. The Sims look good too. I only wish someone has used it and let me know what they think of it.

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Yeah

by Pringles86 In reply to This looks Great

Same here. I will be purchasing it within the next few months once the budget gets approved for it. If you wanted to wait that long, we can keep in touch.

The sims do look worth it though, as long as all of the material is fairly up-to-date and accurate I think it would be a good study guide.

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Network admin or Sys admin

by laquangthong In reply to Which Cert should I aquir ...

Which certificate to get is depend on what you want to do next. I think MCSA / MCSE is kind of more for sys admin. Since you're a network admin, will a CCNA / CCNP / CCIE more helpful for your career? Well, it's all depend on what you want to do. Also, you can study those yourself if you want to save some money. Then use the budget to pay for the testing.

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Now I am a both

by Jeroden In reply to Network admin or Sys admi ...

Right now, I am a Sys Admin and a Network Admin, but I lean towards the Sys Admin part more because I love to research at it seems to be more geared for research than Network Admin.

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Study Materials

by Jeroden In reply to Network admin or Sys admi ...

Do you think that the Study Materials on the page that was recommended in this thread will help, or is there a cheaper method?

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