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  • Hi Mr. Wharty,

    I am recent networking graduate and currently looking for a job to get in to the IT industry. Most of the companies are only looking for Microsoft certified professionals. 

    I want to see my self as a network admin in the future, but I have no idea on where to start. I am in a dilemma whether to go for CISCO or Microsoft certifications. 

    Your help is really appreciated.

    Thanks a lot.

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:17 PM

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  • Hi,

    Being an Admin for Microsoft environments if different then working with Cisco Network equipment.


    With Microsoft Certification the entry level certification is MCSA on Windows Server 2012 where you will need to administer the Windows Server OS. After that you can specialize on a Microsoft products like Exchange, SharePoint, Remote Desktop Services, Lync and many more.


    With Cisco you will be working on the networking layers and network components. So it al depends what you would like to do in your daily job. Some employers might be looking for an overall administrator that will support their Network and Microsoft environment. Many larger company's have a separate department for Networking, this is what you might look for if you want to be a Network Admin.


     


    Danny van Dam, Citrix CCIA/CCEE Microsoft MCSE Server Infrastructure/MCSE Desktop Infrastructure/MCSA Server 2008, Cisco CCNA, VMware VCP 3/4/5 http://www.citrix-guru.com http://www.rds-support.eu

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:22 PM
    Answerer

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  • Hi,

    Being an Admin for Microsoft environments if different then working with Cisco Network equipment.


    With Microsoft Certification the entry level certification is MCSA on Windows Server 2012 where you will need to administer the Windows Server OS. After that you can specialize on a Microsoft products like Exchange, SharePoint, Remote Desktop Services, Lync and many more.


    With Cisco you will be working on the networking layers and network components. So it al depends what you would like to do in your daily job. Some employers might be looking for an overall administrator that will support their Network and Microsoft environment. Many larger company's have a separate department for Networking, this is what you might look for if you want to be a Network Admin.


     


    Danny van Dam, Citrix CCIA/CCEE Microsoft MCSE Server Infrastructure/MCSE Desktop Infrastructure/MCSA Server 2008, Cisco CCNA, VMware VCP 3/4/5 http://www.citrix-guru.com http://www.rds-support.eu

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:22 PM
    Answerer
  • There are also a range of Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications that you could look into as these are also recommended entry points into IT certification and job preparation.

    MTA IT infrastructure track—for those intending to build a career in desktop or server infrastructure or private cloud computing:


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    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 10:04 PM