A company’s systems administrator would be the person in the organization that supports the servers and network, the tasks that he or she would do, would vary from one day to the next depending on the needs of the company and also external factors. On a daily basis they would be performing tasks such as backups, performance monitoring, ensuring that systems software and anti-virus are kept up to date and re-setting users passwords.
The system Admin would also work with the IT Manager to plan migrations, and implementation of new technologies, in some small and medium sized companies the system admin and the IT Manager roles could be performed by the same employee.
Many systems admins would work with Microsoft technologies, although some organizations use other technologies such as Linux. As most small/medium companies are using Microsoft servers, I’m going to concentrate on the Microsoft training and certification that is needed to become a sys admin.
When working with Microsoft servers, it is most likely that you will be using either Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 R2, although many companies still have legacy system such as Windows Server 2000.
If you are looking to ‘get into’ the IT industry as a sys admin, then it would be advisable to study the most recent version of Windows Server which is currently windows Server 2008 R2. So how do you become Microsoft Certified in Windows Server 2008 R2?
First of all let’s learn some Microsoft Acronyms that you will need to become familiar with if you wish to embark on the Microsoft Certification trail;
To be a MCSA – Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate the following exams need to be taken:
Step 1: Exam 70-640 – Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
Step 2: Exam 70-642 – Windows Server 2008 Networking Infrastructure, Configuring
Step 3: Exam 70-646 – Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator
The ultimate goal of a systems administrator would be to become a MCSE – Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, to reach this goal the following exams need to be taken.
There are official Microsoft courses available that will prepare the candidate for each MCTS exam;
Step1: MCSA: Windows Server 2008
Step 3: Exam 70-246 – Monitoring and Operation a private Cloud with System Center 2012
Once these are achieved you will become a MCSA and MCSE, which are ideal certifications to become a system/server admin.