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Role of system administrator 10 years 3 months ago #16295

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hiya ,

ive jus started with my MCSE certification , kinda confused here :?:

As a system administrator do you need to have knowledge of the server hardware as well eg : dell or hp servers
the reason is ask is because the MCSE cert does not include this. so i googled this and found comptia's server+ , now is this exam absolutely necessary or are there alternatives.

any help on this is appreciated. thanks

Cheers,
Donovan
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Re: Role of system administrator 10 years 3 months ago #16309

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Hi donny
To get your MCSE all you'll need is to cover the syllabus. MCSE is all about the software/os really, although some of that does touch hardware related subjects such as disks. To do the job in the real world, however, youll need some hardware experience as well
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Re: Role of system administrator 10 years 3 months ago #16336

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yea , i thought so as well.

Any particular cert that you would recommend or is server+ a good enough exam.
I kinda know basic computer hardware , is that good enough.

Thanks for the reply bishop

Cheers,
Donovan
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Re: Role of system administrator 10 years 3 months ago #16345

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Hi donny,

The Bishop is having a well earned rest :shock:

However, as some people here already know. He has few actual IT Qualifications. He has learned most stuff by "playing" with the kit.

He is my mentor here at work. The only IT Qualification I have is an HNC is Business I.T. So, I rely on doing what the Bishop has done. I try and put a piece of kit into our test bench, and then "play" with it. If I'm still stuck I ask for help. Most people here at work, and on Firewall are very good at helping with problems.

So, I would say, stick with what your doing at the moment, and try and get some real time experience on anything else.

Cheers
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Re: Role of system administrator 10 years 3 months ago #16368

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For the hardware, I'd suggest getting A+ certified first. Half the cert is OS, half is hardware.
-Jeremy-
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Re: Role of system administrator 10 years 3 months ago #16378

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Rockape's nearly right - I have NO formal IT qualifications apart from a higher diploma in electrical & electronic engineering followed by 25 years experience. Truthi is, I HATE exams and spend a fair bit of time these days tring to persuade myself to go and do some. Always failed so far...
Anyway, A+ or server+ is a good place to start. After that, the areas you want to get exposure to are the areas where your Microsoft and other cets 'touch' the hardware - RAID controllers, disk mirrors and hard disk issues in general is an obvious one. But all hardware experience is valuable, particularly around fault diagnosis and correction
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