CCNA relation to MCSA/UNIX ???

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a lot of community college offer "Network adminstrator certification class" which teach people with basic network knowledge for example such as TCP/IP, window 2003 server and UNIX/LINUX , I might take that as my first step as entry level tech,and will continued to study either MCSA , CCNA or Unix, My ? is if I am looking for CCNA certification and does CCNA people need to know other parts of tech skill for example such as Unix or MCSA??, Do you think it is good to take basic Newtork class before any certification such as CCNA/MCSE, or should I go straight into CCNA/MCSE.

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It is always best to have as broad a knowledge as possible to be able to talk to others about issues and work closely with them on projects. I would absolutely recommend a basic Network class before going through the CCNA or MCSE tracks as both of those depend on a basic knowledge foundation of networking. I am in network and security administration myself but my path came through programming and system/server administration. By having a broad background and then focusing on a specialty, I am able to better serve the internal and external customers. It is easier to troubleshoot and isolate where problems are if you have a broad foundation from which to work. Being too focused can create issues when trying to see the “big picture”.

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