Archive for the ‘Certification’ Category

Learning is a never ending adventure

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

If you are lucky to have a company which will pay for professional training, count your blessings. All to often, there is little or no budget for such things. Add in the mentality of “if we train them, they will leave!” pretty well eliminates professional training.

To remain employed, you always have to stay current and read and play with new things as much as possible.

As the year is coming to the end, people start making predictions as to what will be the hot knowledge for the next year.

Such is the case with this blog entry. And of course, I have my viewpoints. 😉

Migration to the Cloud is going to remain the effort as the reduction of IT people seems to be on many peoples minds. Many will try to fight it. Having survived a couple of reduction efforts, I advise all to embrace it and get involved if at all possible. It doesn’t matter, it’s a leaky sieve in matters of security. Companies will attempt it and declare it a success no matter the result. I would like to get involved with the Cloud; however, at the moment I don’t have access.

As to Powershell;if you work in the windows world, you are are foolish not to know it. I have finally started playing with it and now wish I had started awhile ago. It’s fun and it makes life easier!

IPv6; we have heard about it for a long time. It’s will start appearing! Just recently, Microsoft announced it ran out of IPv4 addresses for Azure. I expect other companies to run into the same problem.

Security is a good thing to understand. I don’t know if we are changing to a security minded world as some of the hype is motivated by the recent examples of security failures. It may be the start of a trend or it could very well be the usual fad and get reduced in effort as events die down and security starts being a massive expense. The security world is a certain type of mindset. It would be good to talk to a few people before deciding this will get you a job as with the glut of IT workers awhile ago. Many people working but many didn’t have the aptitude.

Compliance is rather boring for me. Not something I would want a career.

Vmware and Hyper-V are are mentioned but I am wondering if virtualization is becoming one of those expected skills but will not do much for you. I have used vmware and am currently getting ready to play with a Hyper-V cluster.

Office 365 and Google apps are growing. I can see this being a good thing to know especially when I hear more and more arguments of why do volume license when you can basically rent what you need? I am considering looking into Google Apps certification.

Time to start reading and setting up test environments!

 

Windows Certification time

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

I dragged my feet for years on renewing MCSE. I wondered if it was really worth it? I have several training books and certification books which for all purposes are taking shelf space and gather dust.

I did ask around and found there are two basic arguments.

1) The main argument for getting MCSE for windows 2003 is HR and resume filtering. HR departments tend to be behind or simply don’t understand the IT field. Therefore, they look for catch phrases such as MSCE. It is also the last instance of Microsoft Certified Server Engineer.

The HR resume filtering argument is something to consider if you are starting your career.

If you like having the engineer label and it’s good for you to have a constant line of OS certs on your resume then by all means, get it.  Especially, if you are not worried about the cost and can pass it pretty quickly.

I am told however, the 2003 tests will retire this July.

2) The main argument against is the simple fact it’s old.  People are converting to 2008 so why bother?

A very valid consideration.  Especially, if you see your 2003 installs disappearing.  I learned long ago there is little value for being a master of a dead or dying Operating system.

Get an idea for how much 2003 is being used. Microsoft will keep the tests and certification around if the base is large. They tend to start retiring the tests and certifications about 10 or so years after the certification is introduced.

I am not concerned about 2003 anymore. I passed on obtaining the windows 2000 MSCE and found people weren’t bothered.  Probably, because I had converted a company from NT domains to Active Directory.

I have decided to “trail blaze” and go after the new certs for 2012.  Training material is limited and at this point in time. I have only found items for installing server 2012.

Some useful pages:

2008 or 2012

MCITP

Retired