Windows remains the world’s most popular desktop operating system and the OS of choice for organizations worldwide. And with the recent end of free support for widely-used predecessor Windows 7, Windows 10 has taken over top spot — today, more than 60 percent of all Windows PCs are powered by Windows 10.
Microsoft remains an industry giant, dominating both the operating system (OS) and the business server solutions market worldwide. The result? IT professionals are well-served earning Microsoft certifications such as MCSA to both enhance day-to-day skills and increase their career earning potential.
Information technology professionals are in demand. It’s one of the few industries that have more jobs available than there are candidates to fill them. The IT industry is also one that can lead to a lucrative career for professionals who like to continually learn, staying up-to-date with technological advances, and those who have the right IT certifications. So, how do you get started? We have the answers you need. Below are five of the best entry-level IT jobs, their certification requirements, and salary expectations to help you take the first step toward the IT career you’re looking for.
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As the OS of choice for many businesses, Microsoft Windows houses the sensitive data of banks, hospitals and corporations. In fact, as one of the most prevalently used operating systems out there, malware authors have an affinity for attacking anything Windows—it’s their go-to playground. In order to properly defend Windows security, you’ll need to configure a lot more than just a firewall. You’ll need a myriad of tools, techniques and tricks to outsmart the bad guys and protect your Windows system. But no worries: our Microsoft Windows Security Essentials course will teach you just that.
When Windows 8 debuted, it brought along a completely new interface, updated platform, and transformed user experience.
Microsoft is expanding its available software to fast track its cloud benefits. In fact, the company’s plan is to offer the most cloud applications of any software company. Individuals who desire to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate will find a curriculum based heavily around the cloud, as the company moves to become the authority in the cloud computing industry. As a result, individuals and businesses will gain access to Microsoft’s new software programs, which include:
IT professionals preparing for the new MCSA certification will find a stronger emphasis on Active Directory. Microsoft Active Directory, or AD, is a database management system that can be replicated across logical network partitions called domains. The AD stores configuration information such as user login credentials and contains objects representing users, groups and computers. Administrators can group these objects into units according to business requirements and centrally manage them through group policy objects. They can also use AD to push software and desktop configuration updates to user systems. While AD has long been a central component of Windows Server, significant updates have expanded its role in the MCSA exams.
Microsoft has retooled its MCSE certification for IT professionals to include a major focus on the cloud. The company made the changes in response to the growing movement of IT resources to cloud-based solutions. According to Microsoft-sponsored research, cloud computing may create 14 million jobs and generate 1.1 trillion in revenue by 2015. The new MCSE certificate holder is expected to have more comprehensive knowledge of both on-premises and cloud resource technologies.