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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    good work fella.

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    The irony that I have a qualification in an outdated client OS (XP), an outdated messaging system (Exchange 2003) and a soon to be replaced server OS (2003) is not lost on me. I will have to consider an upgrade when the courses and exams become widely available, but as my job has changed from a technical one to a more managerial one, it may be harder to get my employer to pay for it!

    It took me just over a year from starting to study (online via Thompson NetG - now Skillsoft, who I have to say that I cannot recommend) to taking the last exam.

    I know that there are those who place little value on the MS certifications (especially when obtained via a boot camp or as compared to experience) and I can certainly understand that POV as I have come across people with MCSEs who I would not trust to defrag my hard disk. Having said that, I learned quite a lot all in all. When your knowledge is gained by doing, it goes without saying that your knowledge will not really extend beyond what you actually do. Studying for the MS exams has filled in quite a few gaps here and there.

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    My experience was the same as yours. I Spent over a year doing my exams and it filled in gaps here and there. I dont regret doing them. As for being outdated, I was the same as you I just finished them just as 2003 server came out

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    @ajbritton

    Congrats mate! Was a bit surprised you didn't have something already.

    So how did you get into the IT lark then? Were you the only person in the office who didn't runway (like at the premier of the Lumier Brothers train film) when the BBC Micro beeped after POSTing

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    nice one ajbritton.

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    My experience was the same as yours.
    And mine sounds a bit the same (except having done NT since version 3.1 I did the exams relatively quickly). Decided a single demonstration of jumping through the MCSE hoop was likely enough and didn't bother with the 2K3 upgrade. Likely won't bother with any exams for 2K8 either, but I did sign up for the (currently freebie) MS E-learning course though and will work through that "as and when" looking for gaps to fill. See Collection 5934 link here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mc...owsserver2008/

    Whether I'll remember any useful fillers by the time 2K8 starts turning up in significant numbers is another matter.

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    Quote Originally Posted by ITWombat
    @ajbritton

    Congrats mate! Was a bit surprised you didn't have something already.

    So how did you get into the IT lark then? Were you the only person in the office who didn't runway (like at the premier of the Lumier Brothers train film) when the BBC Micro beeped after POSTing
    It's a long long long story. I started out on a Commodore PET at school, then got an Ohio Superboard and learned to code in BASIC and 6502 assembler. Moved up the BBC Micro Model B then Atari ST1024 and finally a PC. At the same time I went to Sheffield Uni to study Comp. Science, dropped out and got a job as a school Tech. Next step was schools IT for an LEA and now I'm in IT management for Children's Services.

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    Congrats ajbritton

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    Well Done m8,

    Wish i had the will power to do it.

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    I started studying for an MCSE about 10yrs ago, think it was NT4 then. Didn't get very far with the course, paid a lot for it and got little out, (no self disipline back then!) eventually gave it up and got a job at Halfords!

    3 yrs later, landed a network managers position at a school based purely on my experience outside my job. Moved on form there 2 years ago for a job in a larger school with less responsibility, and better pay.

    Thinking about studying again when server 2008 courses become more widely available, this time I'd actually get off my backside and do some work!!

    Mike.

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    Well done.

    I'm doing CCNA, ciscos network security course and their IP Telephony one too at uni. (CCNP later this year apparently). By the end of it i think i'll be needing this attached image
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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    lol! Yep, that's happened to me more than once!

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    got the 70-290 (managing and maintaining a windows 2003 server inviroment) booked for next wednesday.
    trying to find time to study between working and social life
    guna have to study hard this week

    phil

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    learn your backup types (normal, incremental, copy, differential)...

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    Re: Finally, after 20 year in IT I'm qualified!

    Quote Originally Posted by ajbritton
    learn your backup types (normal, incremental, copy, differential)...
    yeah cheers, there have been plenty of questions on backups in the practice questions iv been doing

    the thing with MCSE/MCSAs and similar qualifications, they are a good qualification to have, but cant be relied on too much, i think with experience, they are a good thing to have.

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