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  1. Junior Member $hortCircuit's Avatar
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    Default Currenly working on CCNA, but want to pursue VCP5... Is this an odd to have?

    Just wondering if the CCNA and VCP5 is an odd couple of certifications to have on my resume? I love networking and also love the virtualization stuff. There seems to be plenty of opportunity in both VM and Cisco. Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this.

    Feel free to speak your mind. All input will help.
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    I wouldn't say so. Virtualization relies strongly on networking for storage as well as interconnectability. It will leave you not completely specialized and able to continue further down either road that you choose. You'll find that a lot of companies with smaller IT teams will really like that you have knowledge in both as well as a lot of management positions in larger companies.

    I'm actually doing the same thing in the opposite order. I just finished up VCP5 a few months ago and am starting on CCNA now.
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    Not odd at all, as you can see I have both. Knowing both will serve you well going forward.
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    I thought it wouldn't be a bad thing to have both. A professor in IT a local school told me not to waste my time with having both(sounded slightly fishy). Not sure if it was because they supported COMPTIA and Cisco. I found out that self studying was much cheaper than attending trade schools for certs(in most cases, not all). A little clarity from the people that actually work in the field is much more assuring about my goals for this year.
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    To be good in virtualization you need to understand virtualization, networking, guest OS/applications & storage.
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    It is not important what looks good or bad on a resume, it matters what you love to do - only then you are able to become an expert - no point in getting certs by looks. It might look bad though to put up a CCNA and Pigfarming Professional together though
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibbajabba View Post
    It is not important what looks good or bad on a resume, it matters what you love to do - only then you are able to become an expert - no point in getting certs by looks. It might look bad though to put up a CCNA and Pigfarming Professional together though
    I love both the virtualization and networking. I am quite the pig farmer. I got some big healthy hogs, so I can't exclude that from my resume!
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    I should probably put my chickens on there too then
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    As long as they are hand fed all natural with names and their own coupes.. Then it would be a plus
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    If you're ultimate goal is to design or support an entire virtualized infrastructure, you will need CCNA level networking knowledge and beyond.

    So no, it's not odd at all, I would expect most any VCP to have at least CCNA level knowledge.
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    Having my CCNA helped me in my studies for the VCP. Networking is get larger and larger in the virtual world.
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    Absolutely not! Go for it!

    Virtualization still relies on networking for communication. Truthfully, theres no IT operation out there that doesnt rely on networking as the backbone of operations. Having any networking experience at all is always a plus, and pairing that experience with a new and upcoming technology such as virtualization is a no brainer. Great decision. Good luck!
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    The CCNA is a great foundation for just about every role in IT, imo.
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