I've been in IT for nearly 15 years now. I am mostly a software developer, but have a love of all things IT. I've decided that I might want to get certified and I'm wondering what certifcations any of you may recommend. There is so much out there, I wonder which is most useful from a business sense (making money) and a technical sense (gaining adequate knowledge). I guess I could just get MCP for the things I like, rather than getting the full certification like MCSE. Some questions:
1. If I decide to go down the MCSA track, are there exams that you take on that track that you can use towards an MCSE?
2. If I go down the MCSE track, what is the best test to take first? I'm thinking it's Administering a Windows Server, but comments would be welcome.
3. Are these certification still worth something? ( I see everywhere that people pass them using "braindumps". They memorize all the questions and answers, which is stupid, but people do it anyway.)
4. MCSA, MCSE, MCSD, MCIPT, Security+, A+, MCTS, MCPD...arghhh!