One of the common question asked by a typical IT infrastructure student is that Which certification is better for me ? Cisco -Certification or Microsoft Certification ? and should I go for CompTIA ?
There is no point in directly comparing the Cisco and Microsoft certifications .
First of all , achieving the certification is the second step in your carrier plan. Before venturing to get certified , make sure that you get qualified.
Microsoft offer a certification path in networking and Cisco offer on in inter networking. What is the big difference ?
If networking is inter connection of two or more computers , then inter networking is inter connection of two or more networks. So it implies that to before you move to an inter -networking carrier path , make sure you are confident about networking .
Before you move on with your networking training , make sure that you have enough background in Basic IT infrastructure including Hardware skills and normal network implementation
Should I go for Certification from CompTIA for my basic hardware skills ?
For developing your basic hardware skills and get a deep insight in to the computing , the A plus certification material from CompTIA is the best. You can just follow the study program path from CompTIA but writing a CompTIA A + certification is not a good investment for your IT carrier. CompTIA is not offering any vendor specific certifications , so investing your hard earned money for a costly exam like A plus is not at all recommended. I repeat , the study path by CompTIA is the best for developing IT fundamentals but investing on certification from CompTIA is not at all a wise move .
Microsoft Certifications will be your first wise investment towards a better carrier in networking . Even if you are planning to move towards the Linux networking , the basic skill set with Microsoft products will always be an add on advantage for your resume . The MCITP enterprise admin track will be the one you should go for .
If you wish to move towards the Linux segment , collect at least the Active directory Service knowledge and basic Infrastructure skills from the ADS and Infra papers from Microsoft and move on with RHCE
Cisco Certification is not a basic certification in Networking . Even the CCNA program from Cisco is expecting your strong networking skills to qualify yourself to attend a CCNA exam.
So back to the point about if Cisco or Microsoft certification is better , you should go for both if you plan for a better carrier in Networking .