Those who work in the Unix field don't usually benefit from Microsoft certification unless they work at an employer that runs a hybrid Unix-Windows environment. In fact, it's not that uncommon to find companies or organizations that use Unix servers but still run Windows on the desktop. In the purest sense, possession of Microsoft knowledge and skills is not as important for those who want to stay on the Unix side of the street, but...
in terms of finding work, a combination of the two will certainly increase your options -- although it may not increase your pay.
If you already know something about networking, Network+ is pretty elementary. On the other hand, MCSE is both pretty challenging and on its way to being replaced next year by new Windows Vista-based credentials. MCSE won't be passé for at least three more years after that, or around 2010. If you wanted to do more networking stuff, I'd advise pursuing the Novell CLE or perhaps the RHCT/RHCE credentials or perhaps even the Sun Solaris admin stuff rather than go down the Microsoft trail, unless you're convinced you want to straddle both sides of that divide.
Dig deeper on IT Career Development and Training
Related Q&A from Ed Tittel, Networking Career, Certification Expert
The cyber security skills shortage comes from an aging workforce and lack of interest in security among students. Emphasis must be put on education ...continue reading
Career expert Ed Tittel offers his thoughts on the value PRINCE2 has in today's IT job industry.continue reading
Career expert Ed Tittel explains how the value of VMware certs has changed since 2005.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.