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Sorry in advance, I have questions and I know it might not fit in this side of the forum.

I was looking into reading a book and taking the A+ Certification test (I am in need of a job, and figured I could easily go to Geekhack and apply but I rather give FRYS a shot first). I went to a bookstore and noticed they sold the same A+ Certification book that I have from high school back in 2003. I walked out the store and went home, and decided to finally read the book (don't knock me, please). I didn't get far, because I realized I'm reading a book that was published for people inquiring to take the 2001 certification test. How far can I go reading this book? I really don't want to download a PDF, and I'm thankful to have a hard copy handy. Should I sell the book (on Amazon, or something) and buy a new A+ certification book or is this current one still valid in 2013?

EDIT; Just to keep my thread here, and for honest reasoning. I'd also like to look into becoming a DBA (Data Base Administrator). Would you mind forgiving me on not searching, and giving me some books to get me started?
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The exams are a bit different, but if you know your way around Windows XP and can make it through the older book you have, you should be able to pass.

As for the certifications on route to an administrator position, I'd go

-> A+
The entry level IT certification.

-> Linux+
In the server realm you will encounter Linux at least as much as Windows if not more frequently. Linux+ is a nice way to show a potential employer on a resume that you know how to deal with the system. As with most certifications, sometimes they are worthless and you just fall into a job based on knowing someone and already knowing the material.

-> (Network+) -> (CISSP) -> CCNA
The ones in parenthesis are optional, since Network+ material is covered by CCNA, though the exam is significantly harder. CCNA is the Cisco networking certification. Cisco equipment dominates the market in the enterprise realm and you will be dealing with it as an admin. If you really think you can pass the CCNA exam without Network+, an employer will totally ignore the fact you don't have it, since CCNA is arguably the most valuable IT certification out there. CISSP is a security certification and seems to be valuable, but doesn't directly relate to networking, Linux, or databases, which are your job descriptions as a DBA. It is nice to show on a resume though.

After you have those basic administrator certifications under your belt, you can choose a specialized certification in database languages. OCP is the Oracle certification and covers MySQL, which is arguably the most common database language. Microsoft, IBM and some others also have certifications related to databases and database management.
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I'm thankful for your response, and I'll continue reading!

I'm not so familiar with XP, but I did use it as an operating system for a couple years.

I will go ahead and get started on the general route, and make specializing into a field that interests myself my next goal.
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I used Professor Messer's free videos back in 2009 when I got my A+, Network+, and Security+, really helpful http://www.professormesser.com/
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I just got done taking my 220-802...Took the 220-801 last month...Passed both.

Be prepared to see some problems where they (for example) give you a picture of a standard MOBO and ask you to identify all the parts....

I read A+ Exam Cram book

Was a great book to refresh some of my weaker areas.

Also check out www.aiotestking.com

Click Comptia - 220-801 / 220-802... You can even look at the 701 and 702 questions they are still very relevant. You will be surprised how many of those questions are WORD FOR WORD on the actual test...Honestly...I would scrap your book from 2003...some of the standards are still the same...however there are several win 7/vista questions that wont be covered in your 2003 book.
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I used Professor Messer's free videos back in 2009 when I got my A+, Network+, and Security+, really helpful http://www.professormesser.com/

I appreciate the recommendation, XAsianX!
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I just got done taking my 220-802...Took the 220-801 last month...Passed both.

Be prepared to see some problems where they (for example) give you a picture of a standard MOBO and ask you to identify all the parts....

I read A+ Exam Cram book

Was a great book to refresh some of my weaker areas.

Also check out www.aiotestking.com

Click Comptia - 220-801 / 220-802... You can even look at the 701 and 702 questions they are still very relevant. You will be surprised how many of those questions are WORD FOR WORD on the actual test...Honestly...I would scrap your book from 2003...some of the standards are still the same...however there are several win 7/vista questions that wont be covered in your 2003 book.

Two amazing links, I am thankful that you chimed in my thread!
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