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  • Hello everyone

    No doubt this question has been asked a number of times, but I could really appreciate some insight from people who have been there.

    I am a professional technician who, like many others, has found myself unemployed after years of working. I have an opportunity, thanks to the local unemployment department, to take a Microsoft eLearning course at no charge. I have a pretty good working knowledge of computers and computer software; I build and repair photo/video workstations and small business systems on a freelance basis but am looking to improve my chances to get an IT support job.

    My question is; with one free pass, where should I start? I'd like to learn more about Windows Servers; what would be a good way to go for some kind of Microsoft certification or just to learn more about it? I was looking at the Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory(Exam 70-640) to burn the free ticket on, some kind of Windows 7 and A+ certification.

    Once I get my hands on stuff, I can figure it out, but I feel like I need some credentials to get my foot in the door.

    Any and all advice and insight is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks-Ron B

    Friday, November 26, 2010 12:37 AM

Answers

  • 70-640 does carry a lot of bang for the buck, compared to 70-680 (Win7) or CompTIA's A+.  Just make sure that you are familiar with how servers work and how clients (Win7/Vista/XP) use Active Directory to authenticate and connect to a domain.  
    Friday, November 26, 2010 1:06 AM
    Answerer

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  • 70-640 does carry a lot of bang for the buck, compared to 70-680 (Win7) or CompTIA's A+.  Just make sure that you are familiar with how servers work and how clients (Win7/Vista/XP) use Active Directory to authenticate and connect to a domain.  
    Friday, November 26, 2010 1:06 AM
    Answerer
  • Thanks Charles-I have real world experience with Windows and Linux servers, but I feel that with job competition being what it is, I need some formal certification. With one free class, I want to step beyond my current abilities, even if I don't get certified, I will learn about Server 2008.

    Thanks again for your response.

    Friday, November 26, 2010 7:18 PM