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Unix OR Linux Cert?

Hi,

I am an NT MCSE who has decided to abandon the MSCE Win2K path and take the UNIX/Linux Path.

But since I am very new to that field, I am not sure exactly what Certification I should get that would cover the biggest area of that field as possible. Not to mention if I should got with Linux or UNIX? Please keep in mind that I am trying to take Network and System Administration path!

1- Linux, there seems to be one of the following three:
A) CompTIA Linux+ (My favorate as I am already A+ and Network+, but it seems as it is still in the testing stages)
B) Sair Linux and GNU (Seems to be stright forward)
C) RedHat "RHCE"
D) LPI "Linux Professional Institute"


2- For Unix, I am not sure I have covered all resources and that is another reason why I am posting here. But it seems to be few Vendor related UNIX distribution such as Sun Solaris and others. Again, the question is, if I choose Unix, which would be the best that is most General and most wanted in the market.


Thanks for your help

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First of all, I don't think you should abandon you Win2K and MSFT expertise. Interoperabiity between UNIX-based systems and MSFT based systems are becoming more and more critical. Your expertise in both areas is very marketable and extremely useful.

As to 'picking one UNIX', if I had to pick one and only one, I would pick HPUX because HPUX is a hybrid UNIX and experts in HPUX get paid A LOT of money !!! Experts on Linux, BSD, etc do not command the salaries of HPUX experts in the US.

Second choice, SUN Microsystems. SUN worshippers also make 'the big bucks' Smilie

I started in HPUX and have working with just about every UNIX on the planet. However, I do not bill as a UNIX admin and work high-level architecture and policy for a living (it pays more, much more but is much less rewarding). Personally, I love Slackware/Linux but that love 'don't pay the bills and buy the groceries' Smilie

Guess you have to decide if your decision is based on $$$$ considerations or your personal interests. Often, unfortunately, they are not the same. Also running a home business or service is much different than working for a mega corporation.

Perhaps someone else can jump in and advise you as wellSmilie
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Here's some info.

I too am looking into a UNIX or Linux certification.

If you're going to go with a Linux certification I'd choose either the Sair Linux or the LPI. The reason for this is that both are vendor nuetral rather than being specific to one distribution. So you'll learn to administrate any distribution.

RHCE is specific to the RedHat distribution and won't help you out when you have to load software on a Debian box. Debian uses there own package manager rather than Redhats rpm system.

I'm going to do the Sair probably first. Then maybe the Sun cert. like Neo was talking about.

Sair course is about $1700.00 with New Horizons. Sun Certification is much more expensive. $5000.00 to get SCSA certified. I don't know about the prices for HP-UX or LPI yet.

Hope that helps.Smilie
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Computer One more thing...

check out www.brainbuzz.com if you havn't already.Smilie
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Neo,
Thanks. I guess I will take your advise and work on at least few of the MCP (Win2k Pro and Server) which will not be hard at all and at the same time work on polishing my Unix skills

I live in Portland and I found that PCC offer few classes that exactly do that.

Other than that, can you help me with where to find resources for the HPUX and their Certification? I checked HP site but it seems to be confusing and I would appreciate few links that can guide me around if you may. Thanks again

BrainFree,
Thanks a lot of the Link you posted. That actually was my whole evening reading for one night Smilie
I read all the articles posted there and then some ..

If you do get anything going (since we seems to be going for the same goal), please post here and let me know, it might help me to direct my effort the right way Smilie

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Glad to see you are interested in HP-UX! Smilie

http://www.hp.com/education/certific...structure.html

That link will take you to the HP-UX certification homepage, there are two paths, which are cummulative rather than dichotomous - in the sense that you will want to complete one (HP-UX certified IT professional) and then move onto the other (HP-UC advanced IT professional).

For most doing the first track is sufficient - it will take you through becoming a very competent HP-UX network and system administrator and for most employees that is more than enough. The advanced track will go into greater detail relating to HP-UX networking, operations, high availability and security. You might want to focus on just one or two aspects of this track, depending on where you interest lies, such as security (which is big nowadays) or high availability which has always been important in corporate (as well as other) environments.

http://www.hp.com/education/edu-cent...ters.html#ushp

Living as you do, in Portland, that link will show you the local HP education centres in the US where you can pursue a track in HP-UX certification. Sorry there don't seem to be centres in Oregon - but it's a good excuse to travel!

Hope this helps.

Regards.
alwayslearningunix
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alwayslearningunix,

Thanks a lot fo those couple sites, it helped a lot and gave me direction to find the sites that I would be looking for to get my HP-UX cert.

Since you live in portland and seems to know much more than I know about UNIX, do you know if there is any LUGS in portland Area for beginners?

I am also regestering with PCC for a UNIX class and I was wondering if you think that is a good start or if there is any other options?

Thanks again,

Ali
 

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