time to took you for MCSE

ilcram19ilcram19 Inactive Imported Users Posts: 206
i just would like to know wut is the average time for MCSE im just curious....
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  • sprkymrksprkymrk Member Posts: 4,884 ■■■□□□□□□□
    10 years and counting... icon_lol.gif
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  • royalroyal Member Posts: 3,353
    I would say each exam took me about 120-140 hours of concentrated study to complete. Some of the exams such as 293/297 don't take that long due to them being either a review off of some other exam with some added topics or having a different twist (design vs configuration).
    “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” - Harry F. Banks
  • ajs1976ajs1976 Member Posts: 1,945
    NT 4.0 track - 9 months
    2000 track - 6 1/2 years (got side tracked a couple of times)
    2003 track - ask me again in a few months
    Andy

    2017 Goals: 1 of 5 courses complete, 0 of 2 exams complete
  • ilcram19ilcram19 Inactive Imported Users Posts: 206
    dat pretty impresive royal i have a 2 months and counting.... icon_cool.gif
    hope one day to be mcse
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  • royalroyal Member Posts: 3,353
    Well how much time did you spend in those 2 months. Months really mean nothing when it comes to how long it takes to prepare for an exam. You could have spent 40 hours per week during those 2 months to study or 5 hours per week during those 2 months to study. For example, each exam took me about 1 month to complete but I spent 40-60 hours per week for an entire year to pass all my exams. I knew quite a bit before going into the exams as I have worked on AD prior to starting my MCSE as well as home labs I have built years ago, etc..
    “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” - Harry F. Banks
  • ilcram19ilcram19 Inactive Imported Users Posts: 206
    let said when ever i get a chance i spend 3-5 hous peer day studing and doing labs, so about
    30 housr peer week including saturday and sunday i try to test every month so so about 120 hous peer month....oh wow imaging if we were getting pay for studing lol jj,
    If you stop getting better, you cease being good
  • nickmak86nickmak86 Member Posts: 28 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I have till the end of this month to get my MCSE, so that's almost one exam a week... I've been cramming for the past 2 months and have got my MCSA and MCTS: SQL Server 2005 only just a few hours ago and I have say that experience in those systems are crucial to pass the exams.

    PS: I'm 20 yrs old by the way, going off to university in september, hence my deadline. Also if you guys are wondering where my experience came from... Well, I built my first server when I was 14, built my first AD when I was 15 and that's how it got started... and now I have to run a small datacenter of 10 servers for my dad's company... hehe...

    Cheers,
    Nick
  • BeaverC32BeaverC32 Member Posts: 671
    I have till the end of this month to get my MCSE, so that's almost one exam a week...
    Is that even possible?
    MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003, LPIC-1, MCP, MCTS: Vista Config, MCTS: SQL Server 2005, CCNA, A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, Linux+, BSCS (Information Systems)
  • MishraMishra Member Posts: 2,468 ■■■■□□□□□□
    My co-worker just did the MCSE in 2 weeks at bootcamp.
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  • LukeQuakeLukeQuake Member Posts: 579
    Mishra wrote:
    My co-worker just did the MCSE in 2 weeks at bootcamp.

    How much previous experiance did / does your co-worker have? Also, do you know what kind of study resources were used at this 'bootcamp' ..... ?
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  • jbaellojbaello Member Posts: 1,192
    I am finishing my MCSA 2003 including MCTS for SQL 2005, possibly 1 of each Network + and Security + My target date is before 2008, otherwise I failed, because I age again, each passing time is something I can never bring back not even the most advance science.

    I am trying to study as much as I can when I have downtime at work all I do is read and make sure I take notes and learn this precious things. So for me I set a timeframe, my time frame for MCSE remainders is 3 months in year 2008.

    So before I turn 30 I "MUST" have the following!!!

    MCSE 2003 / 2008
    MCTS SQL 2005
    Network +
    Security +

    Sun Certified System Administrator (SCSA)
    Sun Certified Network Administrator (SCNA)
    Sun Certified Security Administrator (SCSECA)

    CCNA

    So what the hell am I still doing here lol I'm running out of time, I gotta get back to my studies haha!
  • blargoeblargoe Self-Described Huguenot NC, USAMember Posts: 4,171 ■■■■■■■■■□
    This thread reminds me of my the MCSE isn't worth squat anymore
    IT guy since 12/00

    Recent: 11/2019 - RHCSA (RHEL 7); 2/2019 - Updated VCP to 6.5 (just a few days before VMware discontinued the re-cert policy...)
    Working on: RHCE/Ansible
    Future: Probably continued Red Hat Immersion, Possibly VCAP Design, or maybe a completely different path. Depends on job demands...
  • sprkymrksprkymrk Member Posts: 4,884 ■■■□□□□□□□
    blargoe wrote:
    This thread reminds me of my the MCSE isn't worth squat anymore

    What do you mean? The MCSE is worth different things to different people in different situations.
    A PhD in chemistry isn't going to do a coal miner or garbage collecter any good. But to say the PhD itself isn't worth squat is incorrect.
    All things are possible, only believe.
  • blargoeblargoe Self-Described Huguenot NC, USAMember Posts: 4,171 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I should have said that it is generally worth less than it used to be.
    IT guy since 12/00

    Recent: 11/2019 - RHCSA (RHEL 7); 2/2019 - Updated VCP to 6.5 (just a few days before VMware discontinued the re-cert policy...)
    Working on: RHCE/Ansible
    Future: Probably continued Red Hat Immersion, Possibly VCAP Design, or maybe a completely different path. Depends on job demands...
  • sprkymrksprkymrk Member Posts: 4,884 ■■■□□□□□□□
    blargoe wrote:
    I should have said that it is generally worth less than it used to be.

    Really? I haven't noticed that, unless you mean from the early NT days before the dotcom bust.
    However, I can only speak for myself and my own personal experience. Thanks for clarifying.
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  • jbaellojbaello Member Posts: 1,192
    blargoe wrote:
    I should have said that it is generally worth less than it used to be.

    Your confusing me o.O!
  • bowulfbowulf Member Posts: 19 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I skipped the NT4 track, so I can only speak from 2000 track and upgrade 2003 exams.

    Windows 2000 - 5 months (the core tests were done every 2 weeks after taking a month to read the MS Press books -- I had already worked with the technology for 2 years at that point)

    Windows 2003 - within a month of the 292/296 release

    As for how much the MCSE is or is not worth, my company still requires "engineer" certification (CNE/MCSE/RHCE) for all new administrators or probation if they don't have it. It might not mean as much due to the prevalence in the market as a differentiator between two opposing candidates, but that does not lessen its importance to have in my eyes. In interviewing people, not having one immediately brings to question commitment to education and self-improvement. So while one might not get hired because they have one, they might not get hired if they don't.
    Kent A.
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  • slinuxuzerslinuxuzer Member Posts: 665 ■■■■□□□□□□
    blargoe wrote:
    This thread reminds me of my the MCSE isn't worth squat anymore

    Well what this means to me (or at least my take on the worth of an mcse) Is you have literally millions of Hr managers who put Mcse on a job that should have no more than A+ on it and the job pays 10/hr.

    What I see to be the problem is that people see Mcse as the answer to all the problems they have career wise. So you get all the people that use ****, don't do hands on, obtain an Mcse before that have a job doing anything, and serveral people that just flat lie and say they have the cert, because alot of employers never check.

    So you Start hearing stuff like I gotta get it in one month, take a test a week. Come on what happened to knowing the technology, if you don't have any more respect for the trade or take any pride in the fact that you really are good at what you do and have to rely on a cert to make you think you are good, then maybe you should consider a career move.

    Heres a thought, you can learn to drive a **** truck in about a month, provided you get hands on go try that.

    Personally I am 4 tests away and after next week I hope that number to be 3. I worked LONG and Hard at this and will continue to do so, its now been 1.5 years since I passed my client exam, in that time I have been working with Ad, group policy, dns, minor cisco, medium sql and hope that I never feel paper certified in anything.

    I guess my final thought is I wish Microsoft would go to a all lab final test or something similar to the ccie. From the stories I have heard, a ccie interview doesn't have near the Technical drilling that an Mcse interview does. I have not had an interview yet as a Microsoft admin where I wasn't drilled for atleast thirty minutes.

    Sorry to rant, but I feel that the market being saturated with paper certs hurts legit peoples income and this is something that burns me.
  • jbaellojbaello Member Posts: 1,192
    bowulf wrote:
    I skipped the NT4 track, so I can only speak from 2000 track and upgrade 2003 exams.

    Windows 2000 - 5 months (the core tests were done every 2 weeks after taking a month to read the MS Press books -- I had already worked with the technology for 2 years at that point)

    Windows 2003 - within a month of the 292/296 release

    As for how much the MCSE is or is not worth, my company still requires "engineer" certification (CNE/MCSE/RHCE) for all new administrators or probation if they don't have it. It might not mean as much due to the prevalence in the market as a differentiator between two opposing candidates, but that does not lessen its importance to have in my eyes. In interviewing people, not having one immediately brings to question commitment to education and self-improvement. So while one might not get hired because they have one, they might not get hired if they don't.

    I think it just all depends on the company one of our jr. System Administrator doesn't have jack except MCP and a degree the other jr. System Administrator just got 270 and 290, I never had one until July of 2007 but I've been in the field for 5 years, some companies wants you to be an all around tech jobs and will try to pay you retarded salary, our company actually has different spot and specialty for each technology unix|network|windows|desktop support.

    I guess whatever you have network + or just CCNA it's up to you to make it happen.

    my 2 cents
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