Is CCNA recommended if you want to pursue MCSA/E 2012?

RedGaiterRedGaiter Posts: 83Member ■■□□□□□□□□
I am planning on achieving MCSA/E 2012 in the near future, but I am wondering if it's at all beneficial to get the CCNA beforehand, or should I wait until afterwards.

I currently have CCENT, but I postponed my CCNA studying because of my current job. I'm in a helpdesk position for an app development company. The IT department is a 2 man job with my boss and I. We run two physical OS X servers which host a few Ubuntu and OS X VMs through Parallels. We are also transitioning to Cisco Meraki hardware (which doesn't really use Cisco CLI).

Ideally, I don't want to be in a Mac environment because I fear it will hurt my career path and experience gain.

Basically, I have 3 plans, and I'd like your guys' opinion.
  1. Finish CCNA, get MCSA, look for new job
  2. Finish CCNA, look for new job, get MCSA
  3. Get MCSA, look for new job, finish CCNA


  • iBrokeITiBrokeIT GXPN GPEN GWAPT GCIH GCFE GICSP GSEC eJPT Sec+ Posts: 1,243Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    You are already half way to the CCNA so you might as well finish it. The CCNA would be a huge benefit to your job search. There is minimal overlap between the CCNA and MCSA/E. It never hurts to start looking at job postings now to see what is out there.
  • joelsfoodjoelsfood Posts: 1,027Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Your CCNA will not really help you towards mcsa/mcse TESTs. but the knowledge will absolutely be useful when you go to actually use those certifications at a job. I've been at this for years, and I know I absolutely find my networking experience useful in my systems/storage job. My boss likes having someone with networking knowledge/experience around too.
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