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This is more of  a career question . I have more than 10 years of IT experience . recently re-certified my CCNA . I hold some other certs ( MCP , Security+ ,ITIL , etc)

now I am thinking about continuing toward my CCNP ... is that a good idea ? or it's better to switch the gears and renew my Microsoft stuff ?
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If you have the time and money, all that you can take.
It really depends on what you want to work on. Networking or Windows Products? if you are focusing on networks then continue in that direction. If you are working on Microsoft software heavily then that might be the direction you want to go. If you do both take both.
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You  have 10 years of IT experience. I think you should go directly ccie Routing Switching if you primary job role is networking. The more certificate you have the more you have chance to get high pay.



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i'd say it comes down to your career, prospects and direction - what do you want to do ?

Everything else can follow suit as long as you are doing something you are happy doing
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Thanks every one .. wonderful answers

I am in the category of "knowing a little of many subjects! " , more than 10 years of everything . but I started with Networking and I am good at it .
My current role includes  Networking , VOIP and Microsoft servers ( 2003- 2008 ) and VMware.
I have MCSE NT 4.0 ( yes!) and some 2003-based MCPs , security+ , EMC certs , ITIL and CCNA.

My main goal ? maintaining to get paid as a senior IT guy . ( like I do today) and become a solution architect in a few years.

CCNA was a big cert before but it's a usual cert these days.
probably should have added one more detail

the avenue you pursue has several caveats we already discussed
Goals
Financial remuneration
Interests
Direction of Industry

and

Locale

in some areas there is more demand for certain certs whereas other locations don't pay well for the 'premium' cert
one CCIE in Florida told me he got the same amount of money and consulting offers for his CCNP as he did when he obtained a CCIE
so check the salary sites for the cert your considering in your locale