If you know relatively close to nothing or have been in\nthe industry say less than 6 months...YES, A+ is good.\nBiggest criticism I have is that these 2 exams are\nexpensive and are likely the easiest exams in the IT\nindustry. For a seasoned professional, I think A+ is a\nwaste of money.\n\nPass a Microsoft exam and get MCP status. I think this\nhas the potential to reflect the level of knowledge A+\ncredential has and then some. Say MCP with either a pass\nin 07-210 Win2K-Pro or 270 WinXP-Pro and I believe you are\ndemonstrating knowledge of greater depth than the A+\nshows. Be clear - Depth, but not breadth. A+ is very\nbroad IT knowledge and is not vendor specific. Because it\nis so broad, it tends to be superficial and simplistic.\nIn my opinion, it is for this reason that I think A+ is a\nwaste of time if you have years of experience and other\ncredentials.\n\nAfter A+ and / or MCP, I vote working on Network+ and / or\nMCSA. If your long term goal is MCSE, then I think MCSA\nhas higher priority. If you are working for the man, then\nNetwork+. One exam, study at home, not too hard and it is\nworthwhile for just about any IT job situation.\n\nCCNA may get your attention if you are looking to work on\nany CISCO equipment or routers / switches / networks.\nThis credential is valid for just 3 years. Bit rough.\nI'd rather the credential was "CCNA 2003" or similar.\n\nMCSE or MCDBA are the premier Microsoft credentials. Both\nare tough to get and reflect dedication to study and\nlikely a small to medium investment in cash. Do MCSE and\nthen the two SQL exams for MCDBA. DO 214 and 227 (done\n220?) and get MCSE:Security.\n\nWhere to now? Server+ for those MCSEs working with lots\nof servers to work with. This exam is tough because the\nanswers will make your mind scream "This can't be\nright?!?" Stuff like "What is the least likely cause of\nsudden, unexplained whirring noise you can hear coming\nfrom the server?"\na/ CPU\nb/ Power Supply\nc/ Hard Disk\nd/ RAID Controller\n\nAnswer at the end... I admire anybody who passes this\nexam and says it was easy. And means it.\n\nSO...you are A+, Network+, MCP, MCSA, CCNA, MCSE, MCDBA,\nServer+ - where to now? MCT of course. That's where the\nbig bucks are too.\n\nI'd be interested to hear if anyone else has mapped out a\ncertification path like I have?\n\nAll the best\n\nMarko\n\n\n\nNow...the answer. LEAST LIKELY: Knock out c/ cause that\nwould be stupid. Hard drives fail all the time and cause\nnoises all the time that could be described as whirring.\nYou wouldn't hear the CPU Fan over all the other noise,\nbut it could make a noise (ever heard a cable against a\nfan?). Power supply fan - definitely a chance to make a\nnoise. RAID controller - highly unlikely that it has a\nfan or any moving parts. Answer - d/.