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  • I am changing professions, once again.  I have no computer background, other than using software programs, surfing internet, email.  What is a good place to start the learning process, moving toward certifications.  I'm leaning toward the networking and security aspects.  I apologize if this is too broad of a question, but any help, information, suggestions,... would be greatly appreciated.

    As far as my capabilities.....I am logical and have always been able to sit down at the computer and learn software programs on my own.  I am detail-oriented and quite the nerd.....GPA 4.0 in college and 145 IQ.  I believe I have the capacity to learn various aspects of the computer/tech industry....just not sure where to start.

    Thanks again.  Have a wonderful day!!!

    Reg
    Wednesday, June 11, 2008 2:06 PM

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  • Well if network and security is where you would want ot begin I'll recommend a couple of different routes. While I reccomend you look into the Windows Server 2003 or 2008 tracks I would also recommend for starters you take a look at CompTIA's Security+ and Network+. (The Security+ can even be used as an elective for the MCSA on Server 2003 as you move forward in your profeciencies.

    Some places to find good information.

    Windows Server 2003
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcse/default.mspx

    Windows Server 2008
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/windowsserver/2008/default.mspx

    CompTIA Network+ / Security+
    http://certification.comptia.org/network/
    http://certification.comptia.org/security/

    I would also look into Microsoft Certifications in security related products like ForeFront and ISA Server 2006. Let us know if you need any more information, and good luck on the career move and welcome to the IT community!

    Stephen Charles Rea [MCT] askthemct.com
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