I graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in management information systems. I have been working in IT for almost 3 years, most of the time as the systems admin for a small business (10-15 computers, 2 servers). My boss told me last week to start looking into certifications I may want to get, money isn't an issue so I can do whatever training is needed, get the proper resources, and pay for the tests without issue. I probably have about a year to get whatever one's I want.
I haven't seriously looked at what certs are out there for about 2 years, until today. I hope some of the IT professionals here on TL can help point me in the right direction, or at least where I need to start. I plan to stay in the systems admin field.
From what I can tell, it's between these certs: Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, and International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.
I know that CompTIA recently changed their certs to last for 3 years instead of for life which isn't an issue per se, but I'd rather not have to take tests every 3 years :p
I think networking, server management, security, and areas similar to those are going to be the most important for me.
So what certs have you gotten? Are you happy with your choices of certs? What certs do you think would be 'best' for me?