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    I'm planning on finish my CCNA by Thanksgiving, and planning on starting my CCNP, with the idea of finish by the Spring of 2011. I'd also love to take a stab and either Voice or Security (Cisco), but figured NP is the most in demand of the the three. I might even take a stab at knocking out some MS exams and wireless (CWNA)?, as even though I'm not responsible for administration per se, among the duties of my current position, I am responsible for troubleshooting wireless barcode scanners, printers, and other devices.
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    CCNA Security
    CCNP Security

    Non-Cert: Practice more Nagios / iCinga


    I plan on studying other technologies such as penetration testing, deeper understanding of packet analysis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MentholMoose View Post
    Right now I'm still focused on 2010. I want to have MCSA Security done this month (two exams), and MCSE Security next month (two more exams). After that I'm thinking Citrix; I have three exams to go for the CCEE, which should take me into early 2011. Beyond that, I don't know any specifics. Overall in 2011, I'd like to do RHCE, VCAP-DCA, and finish the masters degree I started and put on hold a few years ago (6 classes remaining). I will adapt based on changes in certifications. For example, if vSphere 5 gets released then I will want to do the VCP 5.
    Looking back at my 2010 plan, I did OK. I finished the VCP 4, and 3x CCAs. On the downside, the VCP took longer than I predicted, and I didn't start on the RHCE. On the upside, I did the MCITP: VA, I'm on track to finish the MCSE 2003 Security by year end, and hopefully I can make further progress toward the CCEE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Essendon View Post
    The issue I have with certification plans is that I can never stick to them! Work and family commitments always play a part in how well I can go by my plans. But the good thing is, if I have a plan I make that extra bit of effort to get closer to my goals. I may not get to all my goals, but setting them is a motivation in itself.
    I had the same problem until I had to remind myself that this game is a marathon, not a sprint. That's why the only thing on the schedule for this year was the CCIP. I've tried to make sure I give myself plenty of padding for each exam so that when life happens, it doesn't throw my plans too badly.

    I used to have the grand notions of getting 5 different certifications in a year on 5 different subjects, but it just never worked out well for me. I either procrastinate or my retention of what went before ends up sucking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Essendon View Post

    For 2011 >>

    1. MCITP : EMA 2010 (a certainty)
    Anyone else have done this cert or planning to do it ?
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    I'll be finishing up the MS this year and so next year will be all about the certs. Given that I only have 70-270, 271, and 272 under my belt I'm considering just blowing by the MCSA altogether and pursuing the MCITP:EA. I've got several vouchers purchased via prometric's bundle deal so that will give me some time to work on them should I be unemployed for a while, which I will be starting Wednesday.
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    well i planned on at least my CCNP but have now decided to finish my masters in advanced networking.

    So

    primary goal: Masters degree (full time)

    Secondary goals (possibly): Route exam; CCNA:S; JNCIA-ER

    we'll see. it all depends on whats happening in my life as my social life is as hectic as my work / uni life. I like a good balance otherwise i would be able to crack through stuff alot faster. but im at the age where i like wasting my weekend playing drinking games such as pub golf, ring of fire, coinage and wheel of fortune
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    Cert goals:

    Q4 2010: Finish CCNA.
    Q1 2011: Security+
    Q2,3,4: GSEC, maybe CCNP, maybe Juniper due to work requirements

    Non-cert goals:

    Learn python/perl
    Learn how to use Wireshark
    Find a better paid job and preferably a more Networking/Security focused role

    This will no doubt change before 2011
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    My next exam for 2010 is scheduled for the 30th of October. I am not very well prepared for it yet, but I am putting in the hours, so I hope it will not be too bad. That's the 71-506 , MCTS on Silverlight. I have only been working with it for about 2 going on 3 months. But what it can do for SharePoint and SQL Server BI is really cool.

    I hope to then crush the MCTS for SQL Server Developer and try to fit in the SQL Server BI in either December 2010 or very early 2011. But I have said all this in another thread, so no need to go into great detail here. Once I'm done with those I'll start looking at SharePoint certs and a basic Dev cert like 70-536. Or if I fail the Silverlight beta exam, I may end up taking it once it comes out of beta.
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    Looking at the list of exams I have written out as interested in I would be doing the following:
    VCP
    MCITP:EA
    CCENT
    CCNA

    That was made earlier this year (May to be exact) so I don't know if it really holds up to what I'm interested in now and that I think I will be able to afford next year.

    A more realistic list is:
    MCITP:EA
    MCITP: Sharepoint Administrator 2010

    I've burned myself out this year so I am only planning four tests so far. I still have at least two test this year, possibly three if I decide to do the MCSE:S. At my current job we use Sharepoint Services 3.0 extensively and are looking to upgrade so it could help me to have knowledge and credentials in the upgrade paths. I'm also considering looking into the MCTS for SQL.
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    I'll do a Juniper cert or two this year since I'll be working with them more and more. Have the voucher for the JNCIA-Junos, just haven't gotten around to scheduling the exam.

    Still not sure if I'll have the time and motivation to go for the CCIE. I guess I'll see how it goes though.
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    Hopefully by end of 2010 I will be MCSE and for the start I will head towards the security side. Starting off with Sec+ and getting MCSE: Security by probably March 2011
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    Given that I started the thread in the security forum just get my list there
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbgree00 View Post
    A more realistic list is:
    MCITP:EA
    MCITP: Sharepoint Administrator 2010

    I've burned myself out this year so I am only planning four tests so far. I still have at least two test this year, possibly three if I decide to do the MCSE:S. At my current job we use Sharepoint Services 3.0 extensively and are looking to upgrade so it could help me to have knowledge and credentials in the upgrade paths. I'm also considering looking into the MCTS for SQL.
    Of course the MCTS on SQL would be good to have with this as a professional plan. And another of course, I really like this idea!

    Do you guys actually have any plans on the upgrade? Or is it just something for "the future?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKaucher View Post
    Of course the MCTS on SQL would be good to have with this as a professional plan. And another of course, I really like this idea!

    Do you guys actually have any plans on the upgrade? Or is it just something for "the future?"
    My current project is to research the benefits, drawbacks, requirements, and process to do the upgrade from Services to at least Foundation. It will become part of a budget proposal. I would hope to be done with upgrades by next year but in reality it's just a "future" project. We use services as a big backbone of our day to day business so I may be able to make a case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbgree00 View Post
    My current project is to research the benefits, drawbacks, requirements, and process to do the upgrade from Services to at least Foundation. It will become part of a budget proposal. I would hope to be done with upgrades by next year but in reality it's just a "future" project. We use services as a big backbone of our day to day business so I may be able to make a case.

    The inclusion of the BCS in Foundation makes it worth it in my opinion. Also the integration with SQL Server REporting Services has been improved.

    The ability to view reports and dashboards is just excellent. With BCS you get the ability to view realtime data from your ERP or whatever business system you might use as if it were a SharePoint list. It has it's limitations but, but for most organizations it is perfect.

    You add in stuff like a Silverlight web part that uses the PivotViewer control (PivotViewer | Features | Microsoft Silverlight) and your bosses will literally poo their pants with the wow factor.
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    2011? I'm not quite done with 2010 yet! Left for this year, I have:

    70-291 (taking it this week or next)
    70-293 (planned for late October)
    70-294 (planned for early November)

    70-299 (planned for late November)
    70-298 (planned for early December)

    If I manage to work extra time into my schedule, I might try to learn some Linux+ as well. I'll also have one MS voucher left to use, so there might be another MS test in there, time permitting.

    That'll wrap up my year with both the MCSA and the MCSE with a Security specialization.

    For 2011, my mantra is going to be Security, Security, Security. I'll be pursuing my Information Security degree... and my plan is to make every certification I do relate to my goal of taking the CISSP by July of next year. I'd love to work in CCNA Security, CEH, and all sorts of other acronyms... but we'll see how that goes.

    I wish I could work in a VCP, but I have no equipment to set it up on... and I don't like to cert without getting hands-on experience.
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    I always have big plans for certifications but never actually finish them
    for 2011:

    WCNA, GSEC, SSCP, CEH, eCPPT, SCNP.

    If I actually get any one of those next year it will be a miracle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscamaro68 View Post
    I always have big plans for certifications but never actually finish them
    for 2011:

    WCNA, GSEC, SSCP, CEH, eCPPT, SCNA.

    If I actually get any one of those next year it will be a miracle.
    Is that SCNA like Sun certified network admin?

    Cool man! Looks like we have another person for the WCNA. Awesome.
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    Is that SCNA like Sun certified network admin?

    Cool man! Looks like we have another person for the WCNA. Awesome.
    Sorry meant SCNP: Security Certified Program - SCNP
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    2011 Find me a Rich Wife, Retire.
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    2011 Find me a Rich Wife, Retire.


    That's the ultimate goal for us I think
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    A REALLY good goal
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    I've got some plans for Q4 of 2010 still in the works:
    • CCDA
    • Polish off the remaining three MCSE exams I've been studying for on and off for the last two years.
    As for 2011, I'm going to try for two things:
    • Upgrade to MCITP: Enterprise Administrator
    • Get at least one, hopefully more, CCNP exams done
    It should be an interesting year, considering that I'm doing mostly self-study right now but I'm set to be taking 13 units of classes in spring, at least 5 over the summer, and another 12 or 13 in the fall. Good thing I have my liquor-cabinet fully stocked.

    Oh, and I'm also doing my good deed for the decade and helping out a classmate that's interested in doing IT work and possibly picking up a job at my old company. He has some experience tinkering with computers and setting up his home network. Since he showed an interest in general IT, I've got him on the Slowhand-Bootcamp* regiment to get A+, Network+, and possibly even Security+ certified before the end of the year. So far, he's making excellent progress.

    *(The process by which he reads books, watches CBT Nuggets videos, and does lab-work with my old computers and network equipment while I wear boots to kick him in the @$$ with for proper motivation.)
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    Finishing my Masters this semester and HDI-SCTL in a few weeks (maybe).

    So 2011 will include:

    1. Debating starting a PhD
    2. Getting a better paying job
    3. Get certifications that are related to whatever I am doing at the time
    4. Probably starting the PhD

    My psychologist thinks I have masochistic tendencies, but I seem to drawn toward learning...it's a vicious cycle.
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