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I was wondering what path I should take for certifications.  I would consider myself right about intermediate level with hardware, networking, and desktop tech support.  I need to know if I should go the comptia route with A+ and Network+.  Or should I go the Microsoft way and get some certifications?  Also, what is the name of the Microsoft certification for basic support technician?  And what is the name of the Microsoft certification for basic level of networking and servers?
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Nothing beats on-hands experience but employers still look for a certain level of certification. I've always considered the Comptia A+ certification a must. This is the stepping stone into IT and as basic as some of the material may be, a lot of your day-to-day duties will come from that material. It's also a common certification that employers list as must have. Comptia Network+ is also a good certification to have. For me this is your basic level for networking. Completing these two exams will put you on the right track to passing Microsoft certifications. They also count as credit towards certain Microsoft certifications. In my opinion the basic level for support technician would be the Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification.

Here is a list of current Microsoft certifications:
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/view-by-name.aspx

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