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Step 3: Make a Plan

Now that you’ve identified any gaps in your networking skills and knowledge, it’s time to get trained and certified. Training and certification will give you the skills and validation required to become a working Network Administrator.


Get Trained with E-Learning Courses

E-learning Courses are designed for self-motivated learners as a guided, self-directed, interactive learning experience. The Courses combine assessments, hands-on virtual labs, expert advice, and an interactive, non-linear approach that deliver an engaging and flexible learning experience.

  • Updating your Network Infrastructure Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008
    This collection provides the knowledge and skills to configure and maintain Windows Sever 2008 network infrastructure.  It covers Network Access Protection, Windows Deployment Services, Hyper-V etc.
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  • Updating your Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008
    This collection provides the knowledge and skills to configure and maintain an Active Directory environment in Windows Sever 2008.
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  • Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
    In 19 training segments this course provides skills and knowledge around configuring DNS for Active Directory, configuring active directory infrastructure, roles and services, creating and maintaining Active Directory objects and maintaining the environment.
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  • Implementing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure: Network Hosts
    This course is intended for systems administrators or systems engineers working with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that need to learn to implement and configure network hosts.
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View the Learning Bites

Learning Bites are short interactive trainings, presentations and videos about popular topics. Learning Bites require Microsoft Silverlight.

  • Implementing Network Access Protection in Windows Server 2008
    This Snack describes the benefits of implementing Network Access Protection (NAP) in Windows Server 2008.
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  • Green IT and Visualization
    This Learning Snack highlights how virtualization facilitates a Green IT environment. It describes the Hyper-V server role and the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) tool, which help create and support a virtualized infrastructure in Windows Server 2008.
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  • Introducing DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2
    This Snack explains the benefits and requirements of the DirectAccess feature available in Windows Server 2008 R2.
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  • Introducing BranchCache in Windows Server 2008 R2
    This Snack explains the BranchCache feature available in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. BranchCache is used for locally caching frequently-used content on the branch office computers.
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Get Certified to Validate Your Skills and Knowledge

There’s no better way to prove your skills as a Network Administrator than to earn one or more technology certifications. Certifications help you stand out from the crowd, and help IT Managers at NGOs quickly identify qualified candidates for a particular job. Certification exams typically map to specific e-learning courses, so be sure and consider your target certification when considering which e-learning courses to take. Network Administrator Certifications include:

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) This certification is for ICT professionals with two-plus years of experience. An MCITP certification validates skills in deploying, designing, and maintaining Microsoft technology. 

MCITP Server Administrator: Candidates validate their abilities to handle day-to-day management of the server operating system. They demonstrate they can manage software distribution and updates, build and configure servers, implement auditing policy, and monitor logs for firewalls and intrusion-detection systems.

MCITP Enterprise Desktop Administrator: This certification is designed for ICT professionals with a minimum of three years experience installing, configuring, and administering clients in a Windows networked environment in medium and large organizations.

Cisco Networking Certifications Cisco offers five levels of certification (Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert, and Architect) across eight paths, including network security and storage networking. Cisco provides preparation materials in the Cisco Learning Network. Access requires registration for a free Cisco account. Examples of certification provided by Cisco: 

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT): This entry-level certification shows someone has the skill to manage a small, enterprise branch network.

Cisco Certified Network Associate – Routing and Switching (CCNA): The CCNA certification is a stamp of approval for associate-level professionals interested in networking.

CompTIA Network+ For networking professionals with at least nine months of experience, the CompTIA Network+ exam covers managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, operating and configuring basic network infrastructure.



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