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Old 03-11-2010, 04:53 AM   #1
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Default IT Professionals (or non professional)

What certs do you have?

What did you study to get them?
*Book or online websites

Did you attend boot camps?
*What company?
*Cost?


I know what I want and how to get them. I am just looking for study material (I could find myself too, but I am lazy. I also think feedback is important)

If you have no certs, which company do you work for? (please do not include BestBuy's Geek Squad)
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:28 AM   #2
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MCSE, VCP4, CCNA.

I use test king. The VCP 4 requires 4 days of class.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:12 AM   #3
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Net+ & A+ is all I have.. I'm a field service technician for a healthcare organization. I need to get some more, think I'll just take some windows 7 cert and that will give me the MCP at least

I'm required to have the A+ & net + for my job, I've had the A+ since 1999, just got the net + in 2008.

IMO these 2 sites are all you need

www.visualcertexam.com

www.examcollection.com
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:10 AM   #4
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CISSP, Juniper VPNs/FWs, and working on CCIE routing/switching.
Security jerk.
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I am contemplating getting my VCP here in the near future. VMware is a good place to be right now.
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Security jerk.
Not a bad place to be these days...
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Not a bad place to be these days...
I am always fighting with mine. The simple truth is we don't have the staff to manage all the things he wants to do. It's not even that I disagree with his ideas.

VCP is somewhat easy, but you have to take the class and you want vSphere (VCP4)
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I am always fighting with mine. The simple truth is we don't have the staff to manage all the things he wants to do. It's not even that I disagree with his ideas.

VCP is somewhat easy, but you have to take the class and you want vSphere (VCP4)
We fight the battle with our Security group as well. I spend half of my time trying to teach them how to be a Sysadmin because they come up with these hair brained ideas that have absolutely no bearing on our environment.

All I'm saying is Security is a good place to be these days in terms of job opportunities.
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MCSE, VCP4, CCNA.

I use test king. The VCP 4 requires 4 days of class.
I have heard of Test King.. Not sure where though. MCSE and CCNA are both certs I want to get within the year, not sure how likely that will be. I am quite busy these days with work and pursuing my Bachelors.

I also have goals to get A+, Net+, Server+ for CompTIA. (Yeah yeah, A+ is worthless, I just want to show some progression)

As for VCP, we just started using this in our shop, though I probably will not get a chance to use it as much as others will. I want to play around with it, hopefully I'll gain some experience.
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There is a serious disconnect between front-line IT people and security people in a lot of places these days.
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Net+ & A+ is all I have.. I'm a field service technician for a healthcare organization. I need to get some more, think I'll just take some windows 7 cert and that will give me the MCP at least

I'm required to have the A+ & net + for my job, I've had the A+ since 1999, just got the net + in 2008.

IMO these 2 sites are all you need

www.visualcertexam.com

www.examcollection.com
Cool sites.

If you don't mind me asking, how much do you make? I am just getting feelers, just in case I hit the open market.
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If anyone is going for any CompTIA certs, get it done this year. After 2010 the certs don't give you certification for life and will have to be renewed every 3 years.

http://www.preplogic-training.com/in...ecurity-twice/
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I am always fighting with mine. The simple truth is we don't have the staff to manage all the things he wants to do. It's not even that I disagree with his ideas.

VCP is somewhat easy, but you have to take the class and you want vSphere (VCP4)
I will have to look into this class. How much is it?
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If anyone is going for any CompTIA certs, get it done this year. After 2010 the certs don't give you certification for life and will have to be renewed every 3 years.

http://www.preplogic-training.com/in...ecurity-twice/
Totally. I read about this not too long ago. I am glad I have my Sec+, but I need to get the other ones out of the way now.
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Yes there is.
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I will have to look into this class. How much is it?
3k for the class and the test was like 100 or something. My company paid for it.
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Totally. I read about this not too long ago. I am glad I have my Sec+, but I need to get the other ones out of the way now.
I have an aplus from Comptia from about 10 years ago. I'll bet much hasn't changed, but it was helpful.
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3k for the class and the test was like 100 or something. My company paid for it.
A company paying for stuff!? I'd like that place.

My squadron is broke, I'll be paying for all my certs.
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CCNA and most the way to a CCIE before I changed positions into Application Development.

My companies official strategy was to deliberately not hire MCSE, since the MCSE people tended to be droids.
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I am contemplating getting my VCP here in the near future. VMware is a good place to be right now.
Absolutely, it's everywhere now. If you don't know it, you better learn it if you are at all involved with any flavor of servers.

Problem is, that cert is very expensive since it requires the official VMWare training. If you can get your employer to pay for it, jump on it - they are getting you your next higher paying job.

I currently have:

A+, N+, Server+ <---worthless, btw.
MCSE 2000, 2003, MCITP:EA, CCNA

There is really no need for training if you are already in the industry working. Read some books, set up a lab, and get Test King. Cert's aren't what are going to help you know what you are doing - experience will. But the certs can help you get the experience.

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My companies official strategy was to deliberately not hire MCSE, since the MCSE people tended to be droids.
I agree, but I think you're talking about people with MCSE's that work help desk or something. I do nothing but work with Windows Server in a 2000+ server environment, and you could probably ask a person 5-10 questions and know whether they know their **** or not.
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I have no idea when it comes to certs, but I can tell you that we have a really difficult time hiring Linux sys-admins. Particularly anyone who can competently handle intelligently setting up federated systems.

We've also had trouble finding anyone who is competent with document store DB's (we use Cassandra).
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