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  1. BOBBY_TABLES RobertKaucher's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claymoore View Post
    Here were my goals for 2009:


    Microsoft Certified Master, Exchange 2010. This is more of a long term goal because I am not sure all the planets will align to allow me to attend next year. There are exams to take, experience to be gained and the expense of the training to be approved. Hopefully everything will fall into place to allow me to attend a rotation in the fall of 2010. If I get some early information that a Master rotation is possible, all of my training time will be dedicated to Exchange 2010 to prepare for the MCM.

    OMG, then what will we do!?!? A valuable member will become deified and none will be able to solicit his aid without the sacrifice of a virgin and the poring of much libation.

    And while on a geek forum virgins might be in greater supply, they are probably not the type that would please you.
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    Here are my plans:
    MCITP: DBA 2008 Upgrade Exam
    MCITP: Database Developer (Completed ~May)
    MCTS: SharePoint 2010 (Catch it while in Beta)
    MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer (Near End of Year)

    In late 2010 I intend on starting to search for new position. But that will depend on the market. I am trying hard to keep focused on SharePoint integration with BI stuff. Very hard with my ADD and so many beta exams having come out.
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    #28
    I would like to get Server+ and Convergence+ before the end of the year.

    In 2010 I want:

    CWNP:
    CWTS
    CWNA

    Microsoft:
    70-680
    70-686

    Cisco:
    CCENT
    CCNA

    I doubt I will get that much though but that's my goal.
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    MCSA: One exam left for this, 70-291. Want to finish this before the end of 2009.

    MCSE by Feb/March 2009

    CCENT/CCNA Most likely March/April for this. If I finish this early - I will be able to "test out" of my Cisco 2-4 classes.

    MCITP:EA: We'll be upgrading our current infrastructure slowly to 2008. I will get the ball rolling with this cert.


    May get some Sharepoint mixed in - since we use it heavily here. Also heard rumors of ITIL for me.

    Plus finishing up my Bachelors in Network Engineering. I will have a busy year in 2010.
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    The usual. Although I must say most perm opportunities that have come calling are not the least bit interested in supporting me finishing it. I guess they can buy the Gold partner status for very little money these days.
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    #31
    Quote Originally Posted by Turgon View Post
    The usual. Although I must say most perm opportunities that have come calling are not the least bit interested in supporting me finishing it. I guess they can buy the Gold partner status for very little money these days.
    Yeah I think thats true everywhere from what I've heard getting support for high level certs is gonna be on the back burner for most of next year I guess :-/

    For my cert plans:-

    CVoice by xmas
    Finish my CCVP by March

    Then probably move onto CCSP.

    Possibly CCIE Voice wrtten by end of the year.

    Of course that could all change depending on job situation.
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    As for 2010...

    I'm taking the 70-270 exam in December, so 2010 will be taken up with mostly MCSA/MCSE certs. I also wanted to obtain the Linux+ cert by the end of 2010.

    I really hope to fit in enough time with a wedding next year and my company's merger taking place, I will be busy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKaucher View Post
    OMG, then what will we do!?!? A valuable member will become deified and none will be able to solicit his aid without the sacrifice of a virgin and the poring of much libation.

    And while on a geek forum virgins might be in greater supply, they are probably not the type that would please you.
    I just want a few minions that I can direct to spend their nights and weekends migrating mailboxes so I don't have to. A few weeks ago my company responded to an RFI for a massive email migration project that had a 3 year timeline. While all the execs and sales guys were dreaming of billable hours and bonuses, I was having nightmares about spending at least 2 years of nights and weekends migrating mailboxes. Still, I would love a shot at designing that system...

    Blargoe brought this up in his post, but I also think I am done expanding my skillset for a while and would rather get better at what I already do. Achieving a Master certification would also align my certification goals with my career goal of being the top Exchange consultant in my company. I may have to travel a little more between doing dog-and-pony shows with the sales force and designing/auditing Exchange projects, but I shouldn't be gone as long. If the Master starts getting the recognition it deserves, I should also be able to continue to support my family with a single income while my wife pursues her dream of opening her own business. That would be worth the time and effort.
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    #34
    Wow, some great goals here.

    I just got my first MS certification on Friday and it was like taking Ecstasy for the first time (ex-raver here). My goal for 2010 is to continue towards the MCITP:EA path as it aligns very well with my job. After I complete that I will ask my employer what they think I should focus on and if I agree that will become my q3/q4 goals of 2010.

    I initially thought it would take until the end of 2010 to acquire the :EA but now I think August/September is feasible. I'm not too worried about what I attain in 2010 as long as I continue learning.
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    #35
    Nothing too exciting for me. I'd still love to pursue that RHCE but I'm not sure when I'll find the time to do it. Next year is most likely CCNA followed by MCITP:EMA in either 2007 or 2010 depending upon what the company decides to deploy. I'm excited about the Cisco stuff I just hope that the deal goes through. I also am hoping that we'll get on the 2010 bandwagon as it looks pretty exciting to me as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsutton View Post
    I just got my first MS certification on Friday and it was like taking Ecstasy for the first time (ex-raver here).
    There is no way we've taken the same exams...
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    I think I'll be focusing solely on the CCIE. I hope to have at least the Written done in 2010. A lab attempt would be nice as well.
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    #38
    Plans for 2010:

    Cisco
    640-816 = CCNA

    VmWare
    VCP

    Micro$oft
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    70-680
    70-649
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    Comptia
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claymoore View Post
    If the Master starts getting the recognition it deserves, I should also be able to continue to support my family with a single income while my wife pursues her dream of opening her own business. That would be worth the time and effort.
    Well, all I have to say is if you manage it you will not have to worry about getting the recognition YOU deserve. This will quite simply be huge for you. The certification is not highly sought because there are so few who have it. Once you put that on your resume you will be able to do some major leveraging on a salary negotiation.

    I honestly believe you will be above mere mortals!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claymoore View Post
    If the Master starts getting the recognition it deserves, I should also be able to continue to support my family with a single income while my wife pursues her dream of opening her own business. That would be worth the time and effort.
    A worthy goal. Are you paying for it out of pocket?
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    Certification Goals A+ 701(May) 702 (July)
    Network+(October)

    I put a huge time frame on the certifications because I work full time, and go to school part time.

    I failed the A+ last time, but this time I’m reading each chapter, doing the review questions, taking notes, and making note cards.

    Another goal I have is to find a volunteer or internship position before I finish my A.A.S in IT degree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    A worthy goal. Are you paying for it out of pocket?
    I heard he's using what he finds in his couch...
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    #43
    Wow, how time changes interests and needs. These were my goals for 2009:

    Certifications/Exams:

    GMAT (passed with score I was okay with)
    CEH (got it)
    CAPM (cancelled cause I hate PM theory and have no interest in PMP)
    RHCE (got it)
    CCDP (cancelled)
    SNIA SCSP (cancelled)
    ITIL v3 Foundations (got it)
    MCTS: Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 (got it)
    CCNA Voice (cancelled)
    6 MBA courses (of which I did complete 4)

    I think I came out pretty well overall, considering I got married and am buying a new house along with working 40+ hours/week.

    I typed this whole spiel up about stopping studying networking technologies for a while, then remembered for my Cisco partner account I have to do two certifications to get Small Business specialization. These are:

    SMB Solutions for Engineers (650-180)
    SMB Specialization for Account Managers (650-175)


    These are some of the other classes and certifications I probably will be getting in 2010 to Mid-2011. (paid for by Louisiana, woohoo!)

    RHCA (Red Hat Certified Architect)
    MCITP: SA (just the SA, we don't use EA technology)

    Bakbone - Netvault Certified Administrator

    IBM Bladecenter Fundamentals course

    I still want to go back for the SNIA SCSP to learn more about storage, but we'll see.
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    CISSP,GPEN,Sec+08 by feb then MIS. If i have time GPEN gold.
    2011 will be up to CCSP,GCIH or if i crack the schools I want mba.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik View Post
    I heard he's using what he finds in his couch...
    I never have enough change for it to fall out of my pockets
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    About 6 months ago, I decided to get back into the cert game. It was looking like my workload was going to shift a bit away from Linux/Unix into more of the Cisco realm, so I was planning on:

    • CCNA (Reinstatement)
    • CCNP

    Things ended up staying fairly Linux centric, so I finished up the CCNA, and got part way through the CCNP studies before taking a break from work related certs to get my Amateur Extra ticket. Lots of fun, and as a bonus, it was a nice refresher on the electronics concepts that I don't get a chance to work with regularly.

    For 2010, I'm looking at:
    • LPIC Level 1
    • Ubuntu Certified Professional
    • RHCE
    Lower on the priority scale, but also possible are:
    • Security+
    • CCNP
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnixGeek View Post
    Things ended up staying fairly Linux centric, so I finished up the CCNA, and got part way through the CCNP studies before taking a break from work related certs to get my Amateur Extra ticket. Lots of fun, and as a bonus, it was a nice refresher on the electronics concepts that I don't get a chance to work with regularly.
    As in Amateur Radio Extra?
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    SANS GCIH (Incident Handling)
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    Well, I missed some of my goals for 2009, but I did get my butt back in school and am now working full time, so I'm not so down over not getting all the certs I'd hope I'd get this year.

    As for 2010:
    - main focus is school. If I can do 3 classes this spring + work, then I'll be well on my way to my goal of graduating mid 2011.
    - finishing my MCSA. For this I "just" need the 291, but I've got woefully little experience with the topics on that exam, so that's more of a long term goal that will take some hands on practice and prolonged studying, with the more intense study sessions during breaks from school.
    - Security+: I might get work to foot the bill for this one. It's been submitted for approval, and I'm waiting to hear back.
    - CAPM: I know it's no PMP, but again, work might foot the bill for this one, including some insanely expensive multiple day training session. Sounds kinda like a mini boot camp to me, but I'd do reviewing outside of the training as well to round out the studies. Besides, I'm not certain I meet the training/experience requirements yet for PMP, so once I take a (required) project management course at school, then I might consider doing the "upgrade" to PMP.
    - mayyyybe CCNA, or perhaps just CCENT for the time being. Either way, I'd go the two exam route to make it a bit less stressful for me. I already have the Network+, so the CCENT wouldn't be too bad. For the second exam, if I can get my hands on some good sim software, then I'll consider doing that in late 2010.

    That's about it for me. I feel like I should be more ambitious, but I'll keep the list of certs to a minimum until I figure out how the work/school load is going to go next semester. I have a feeling I won't be getting a ton of sleep or having a lot of free time on my hands...
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    I missed most of my goals for this year, but i was able to finish an important one, now im CCNP. after setting an unrealistic set of goals last year i should probably think about this seriously cause i dont wanna miss it again.


    so i'll be back.....
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