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  • Question

  • I own a 3 person IT consulting business.  I have the Small Business Specialist certification.  I am now trying to decide which, if any, additional certification to pursue.  Do I go for MCSE and then the migration to MCITP?  Directly for the MCITP?  Neither?  Something else?

    As background for a frame of reference, I sold a similar company in a different geographic market and started this one when I moved.  The company is less than a year old.  I plan to grow it to 10+ employees.  I didn't personally need certification before because I had several MCSEs working for me and that got us our Certified Partner status.

    Any suggestions are welcomed.

    Thanks...  Dave
    Saturday, November 15, 2008 5:02 PM

Answers

  • Take a look at these:

    Seven Steps
    K + E = C

    The quick answer is that you should pursue the certification that matches your proficiency. If you have knowledge and experience in the Windows Server 2003 environment, including designing and securing the network; then an MCSE certification would display your proficiency.
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP, MCTS, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. End. Test. Evaluate.
    Saturday, November 15, 2008 5:46 PM
  • Hi there,

    I would strongly suggest you have a look at the ITIL v3 framework.  It is becoming the standard in Good Practice in delivering IT services, so would be helpful if the relevant parts were adopted in the services you offer your clients.  Once you are au fait with the workings of it you could then offer advice to your clients, but it is a huge area and there are now numerous companies that offer just ITIL implementation advice and consultancy.

    As above the MCSE path will always prove knowledge across the 2003 platform but SBS is a very different beast when it comes to configuration and installating, a 2003 Server engineer can become extremely lost if he does not follow the in-built SBS Server Manager routines as the individual MMC components do not behave as they do in a Server 2003 environment.  So I would also recommend the SBS Server exams.

    Cheers

    Lee
    MCSE Security & Messaging, CCNA, CCSA, NSA
    Monday, November 17, 2008 11:09 AM

All replies

  • Take a look at these:

    Seven Steps
    K + E = C

    The quick answer is that you should pursue the certification that matches your proficiency. If you have knowledge and experience in the Windows Server 2003 environment, including designing and securing the network; then an MCSE certification would display your proficiency.
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP, MCTS, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. End. Test. Evaluate.
    Saturday, November 15, 2008 5:46 PM
  • Hi there,

    I would strongly suggest you have a look at the ITIL v3 framework.  It is becoming the standard in Good Practice in delivering IT services, so would be helpful if the relevant parts were adopted in the services you offer your clients.  Once you are au fait with the workings of it you could then offer advice to your clients, but it is a huge area and there are now numerous companies that offer just ITIL implementation advice and consultancy.

    As above the MCSE path will always prove knowledge across the 2003 platform but SBS is a very different beast when it comes to configuration and installating, a 2003 Server engineer can become extremely lost if he does not follow the in-built SBS Server Manager routines as the individual MMC components do not behave as they do in a Server 2003 environment.  So I would also recommend the SBS Server exams.

    Cheers

    Lee
    MCSE Security & Messaging, CCNA, CCSA, NSA
    Monday, November 17, 2008 11:09 AM