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An Integrated Certification Plan

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Are certifications a dying breed? They appear to be out of touch because of the problems with the current state of IT certification and the overwhelming confusion in the training and certification market. After more than 15 years in IT, Warren Wyrostek addresses the problem with his program called the Master of Integrated Networking. He discusses why this program could breathe new life into the certification market and satisfy a lot of the current problems and shortfalls in the current strategy.

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The Program

The program leading to the Master of Integrated Networking designation will include the following:

Course

Assessment

Introduction to Directory Services

Covers eDirectory, NDS, ADS, LDAP, X.500, and more

Computer-based cognitive exam

Novell OES Administration

Novell CNA Exam

Microsoft—Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment

(or the appropriate Microsoft Server exam for your area)

Microsoft MCP

Microsoft—TS: Microsoft Windows Vista, Configuring

(or the equivalent Microsoft Client exam for your area)

Microsoft MCTS

Linux Server Administration

LPI Level 1

Introduction to Cisco Routing and Switching

Cisco CCNA

Introduction to E-Mail Systems

(Exchange, GroupWise, Notes, Sendmail, Postfix, or whatever the industry in your geographic area is using in the enterprise)

Vendor exam or equivalent

Introduction to Enterprise Services—Apache, IIS, DNS, DHCP, NAT, and Virtualization

Project: On a single virtual server, install, configure and deploy and populate a Web Server; and deploy a DNS, DHCP, and NAT solution.

Security 101—Firewalls, Packet Filtering, Access Control Lists, Directory Service Security, File System Security

Either CompTIA’s Security+, SCNP certification or a security certification from Microsoft or Cisco, depending on geographic demand

SQL 101

Either the MS TS toward SQL 2005 or the MySQL CMA certification

Wireless 101—optional

CWNA certification

Final Project/Capstone Course—Master of Integrated Networking

4-credit/60-hour Master’s course

Design, install, configure, administer, secure, use, troubleshoot and evaluate an Enterprise environment using geographically relevant platforms and skills

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