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  • Question

  • 12 yers now I have been doing desktop. Have my MCP, MCDST but lost my job in September and haven't been able to find anything in that area since. Some have suggested just upgrading to Windows 7 but I wonder at 42 years old is that a good idea or is it time to move on to MCITP on Server?

    With very little server experience will just getting certified really do the trick? I don't see how I can just transition with 'just' certifications.  So I am kind of stuck trying to figure out what to do. I don't know many 65 year old Desktop support techs so I need to do something or I will be phazed out of the field completely if I am not already.

    Any impute or suggestions would be greatly appreciated from you guys. Sorry to vent or dump on here but I know many of you guys have been in the industry for a long time and know the trends.

    Friday, January 21, 2011 5:44 PM

Answers

  • Desktop technicians are certainly relevant and will continue to be so in the future.  I would work on getting your Windows 7 certification.  If you have a desire to be a server admin then i would certainly move on to getting an MCITP in the server area, but you can get an MCITP and be an Enterprise Desktop Administrator, and move on to being an Architect in that area if you certainly want to.  It's what I do...

    If being in desktop is your forte, I would attempt to expand your horizon and delve into desktop virtualization and application virtualization because those are the current and future frontiers in the end user world.  Having knowledge of those areas will help.

    r/
    john

     


    John Wildes | Senior Enterprise Architect | United Airlines | Desktop Engineering
    Friday, January 21, 2011 6:30 PM

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  • Desktop technicians are certainly relevant and will continue to be so in the future.  I would work on getting your Windows 7 certification.  If you have a desire to be a server admin then i would certainly move on to getting an MCITP in the server area, but you can get an MCITP and be an Enterprise Desktop Administrator, and move on to being an Architect in that area if you certainly want to.  It's what I do...

    If being in desktop is your forte, I would attempt to expand your horizon and delve into desktop virtualization and application virtualization because those are the current and future frontiers in the end user world.  Having knowledge of those areas will help.

    r/
    john

     


    John Wildes | Senior Enterprise Architect | United Airlines | Desktop Engineering
    Friday, January 21, 2011 6:30 PM
  • John, thank you. Can you give some more insight to where I can get info on Desktop and application virtualization.  I am just hoping they don't want to punt kick me or discriminate due to age  :-(
    Friday, January 21, 2011 6:55 PM
  • I would start here for the Microsoft Flavor of this virtualization...

    http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/products-desktop.aspx

    Check out all the links here and where they follow...

    Here's the APP-V Blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/appv/

    I would also check Microsoft Events for online webcasts / live or recorded on Virtualization here's one example
    https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032352798&CountryCode=US

    There's plenty of information out there...Bing and go ! :)

    r/
    john


    John Wildes | Senior Enterprise Architect | United Airlines | Desktop Engineering
    Friday, January 21, 2011 7:45 PM