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A CERTIFICATION Question

I am a Network Administrator in the military, so I am not really certified, just military trained. Now when I get out of the military I want to pursue this career and I need to be certified so please give me a list of good certifications that will get me the good money. I want to be a Systems and Network Administrator. I am currently taking MCSE courses, and pursuing a associates degree in IT computer science.

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Re: A CERTIFICATION Question

The CCIE is certainly one of the most respected. Take a look at the CCNA to get started on that track:

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/10/wwtraining/certprog/lan/programs/ccna.html

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Re: A CERTIFICATION Question

An MCSE is a great start. Not to discourage the earlier suggestion of a CCIE, but a Systems/Network admin is more focused on back-end systems integration and support (primarily NOS stuff and campus level infrastructure) while a CCIE's are typically network architects or consultants. In my experience, the following certifications in addition to your MCSE will make you a very well rounded and marketable high-end systems administrator or engineer and get you big $$$ (ofcourse you will still need experience with all the different technologies but that's a given):

#1 - Certified NetWare Engineer (CNE) Certification:

the exams you need to take are...

50-653 NetWare 5.1 Administration v2.0 (Course 560)

50-632 Networking Technologies (Course 565) - * You can waive this course with a MCSE certification *

50-654 NetWare 5.1 Advanced Administration (Course 570)

50-659 NDS Design & Implementation 2.0 (Course 575)

50-658 Service and Support (Course 580)

50-669 Integrating Novell eDirectory and Windows NT (Course 555)

Get more info on CNE @ http://www.gocertify.com/certification/CNE.shtml and http://technology.monster.com/articles/novellcert/

# 2 - Citrix Certified Adminsitrator (CCA) Certification:

Need to pass Citrix Certified Administrator for MetaFrame XP Exam

Get more info on CCA @ http://www.gocertify.com/certification/CCA.shtml , http://technology.monster.com/articles/citrix/ and http://certcities.com/editorial/features/story.asp?EditorialsID=37

(another good article is http://www.citrix.com/press/news/releases/20011031_salary.asp)

# 3 - Cisco Security Specialist 1 Certification:

The tests you need to pass are...

CCNA Exam 640-607

Managing Cisco Network Security (MCNS) (640-442)

Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced (CSPFA) (9E0-571)

Cisco Secure Intrusion Detection System (CSIDS) (9E0-558 or 9E0-572)

Cisco Secure VPN (CSVPN) (9E0-570)

Get more info on Security Specialist @ http://www.gocertify.com/certification/CiscoSecuritySpecialist1.shtml and http://technology.monster.com/articles/cisco/

# 4 - CompTIA IT Project+ Certification:

Must pass Exam #PK0-001-IT Project+

Get more info @ http://www.gocertify.com/certification/ITProjectplus.shtml

#5 (Optional) - any SAN related certification, here are two examples...

MASTER ACCREDITED SYSTEMS ENGINEER - SAN Architect Certification:

Microsoft MCSE or NetWare 5 CNE + ASE tests + MASE tests

(Details @ http://www.compaq.com/certification/na/mase_san.html)

Fibre Channel-SAN (FC-SAN) Certification (better, vendor nuetral):

Level 1 - Fibre Channel Storage Networking Professional

Level 2 - Fibre Channel Storage Networking Practitioner

Level 3 - Fibre Channel Storage Networking Specialist

Level 4 - Fibre Channel Storage Networking Expert

(more information @ http://www.ciscoworldmagazine.com/monthly/2001/10/snia.shtml and http://www.snia.org/education/certification/)

I think these certs will provide a good base for you to speacialize with and keep you very marketable for the next 3 - 4 years easily. Hope this helps.

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Re: A CERTIFICATION Question

i would highly recommend cisco courses if you intend to be a System and Network Administrator.

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Re: A CERTIFICATION Question

i would highly recommend cisco courses if you intend to be a System and Network Administrator. Starting with a CCNA course would not be that bad.

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Re: A CERTIFICATION Question

I think what the list above will produce is a well rounded, MARKETABLE, consultant. CCNA is a good cert...but there are WAY too many of them. It seems that everyone and thier mailman who wants a different job is getting the CCNA. Not a marketable cert at this point in time. It is getting to the point that security is going the same route. But I belive that anything SAN or IP Telephony will be something to have and I am working toward those.

John B. Grow

CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP, MCSE

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