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Old 11-23-2012, 01:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All,

I am Marshall and I'm a Help Desk Support Technician. I would love to move over to Network Administration however. I am looking for an opportunity to learn all that I can and look forward to reading everyone's thoughts.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello, and welcome! Nice to see another Californian!
Are you going to take the N+ exam?
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, eventually. My plan is to finish my A+ and then move to PDI + and then my N+. But I am not certain the exact path for Network Admin.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, I don't think you'd jump to admin, probably network technician first.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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And that would be fine. My biggest concern is that I do not want to take any certs that would not contribute to my career goal.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would take N+ and then take PDI+ as a suppliment. Then, get your MCSA.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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What about Security + and Server +? Are those needed certs for a Network Technician?
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Last time I checked, you're going to need 3 CompTIA+ accreditations to qualify for a Microsoft Accreditation. So it's your pick- take more than needed, or less. Remember, you need to get Continuing Education credits (CE's) every 3 years per certification
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I've heard about CE's but never really understood them. What are they and how do I obtain them?
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Continuing Education

This should help. My mom does them for medicine, they're basically a certain number of assignments you have to complete. Could be different though.
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