Why bother with it? Do you want to make *real* money and have a *real* career in technology or do you want to insert Processor A into Socket B and add ram C for Joe Blow for the rest of your existence?
Stick with software development and programming. I've gone the certification route, and it is pretty much worthless. Luckily I didn't have to pay for it since I got it all my tests paid for by a grant.
(MCSE NT 4.0, upgraded to MCSE 2k, then quit)
Desktop machine: 2 x Opteron 246, Asus K8N-DL, 2GB PC3200 ECC Reg., XFX GeForce 6600GT, 74gb WD Raptor, 2 x 19\" LCDs, Windows XP x64
Server machine: Intel P4 3.0GHz 2MB EM64T, ECS i865pe, 1GB PC3200, 36gb WD Raptor, Windows Server 2003
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