There’s an IT certification for pretty much anything these days. Originally there were very few and all these certifications were made by equipment or software manufacturers specifically for their products. CompTia was the fist to come in and offer vendor neutral certifications that applied to many hardware and software manufacturers. The biggest problem with the certifications made by the vendors is the answers always prefer the vendor who created the exam. For example when taking a Cisco exam and you receive the question what is the best routing protocol to use for a company with 15 or more routers. In the real world the answer would be OSPF since its open source and works on all routers but you would be wrong because Cisco considers their own proprietary routing protocol EIGRP to be the best even though it is not. Cisco was one of the first and only vendors to offer certifications originally partially because their equipment can be very complicated to set up and it helps sell their products. Think about it your the network engineer for a company and you are Cisco trained / certified why even consider purchasing anything else. They also offer one of the most prestigious certification the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert often referred to the PHD of computer networking. To obtain this certification you must pass seven written exams and then go in front of a panel of other CCIE holders to perform a hands on lab test. Basically the test taker is given a list of a fake businesses network requirements and then using the lab equipment you must set up a fully functional network according to the specifications provided. This test is crucial because you get a lot of people who can memorize the answers and pass the written exams but have no clue what they are doing. With the hands on lab test however you actually need to know how to achieve these things with the actual equipment. If that’s not enough they also require the test taker work in the IT field for a minimum of two years, so its next to impossible to cheat or fake your way through the CCIE which really adds to its credibility. Microsoft plays the same games if they were to ask you what is he best way of setting up a VPN to connect two or more offices in different locations together. In the real world the answer would be ether using OpenVPN, routers, firewalls, or UTMs but Microsoft is looking for the answer involving their products in this case RAS servers. This would be a very cumbersome way of doing this considering the VPN feature is already built in to routers, firewalls, UTMs, and etc.  Toset up a bunch of windows server to accomplish something you already have the equipment for is a waste of resources. Not to mention Microsoft isn’t exactly known for having the tightest security and a VPN that is compromised or improperly configured could allow a remote user to access everything on your internal network since its internet facing.

CompTia Certifications:







•Project Management+

Microsoft Certifications:
•Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)

•Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

•Microsoft Certified Solutions Engineer (MCSE)

VMware Certifications:
•VMware Certified Associate (VCA)

•VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

Cisco Certifications:
•Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

•Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

•Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

•Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)