I am going over the various ways to get the certifications that I desire. Right now I am planing to go MCTP (Vista) > MCSA > MCSE > MCITP:EA. Because I already have my A+ I can still choose a CompTIA S+ or N+ certification to fullfil one test requirement.
I have read through a number of sources that N+ is simply a beginner's certification, like the A+ and is not worth the time or investment if you are experienced (I have 8 years of Sys Admin plus an additional 5 years of help desk and web dev). I have read some comments that the N+ 2009 exam seems to have shed some of it's outdated material, and I am wondering if it may carry some more weight in my certification push.
I know right now I am not ready for the CCENT or CCNA. I am way too rusty (10 years of certification hibernation).
Professionally I don't think I have hurt from the lack of modern certifications. I have always done well obtaining jobs when needed, but at a minimum this will satisfy some personal desire to quantify my experience, however many years I have under my belt already.
So N+ 2009 too basic for the seasoned IT person? Should I just focus on a standard MS elective test and go for something like MCSA + Messaging instead?