Hardware Module....My weakest Link...

Posted on 2005-05-09
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
I am studying for my MCP class license.  Currently, Im taking a course in Networking/PC repair. But my weakest point is the Hardware Module.

When working in the feild as a Network Admin. or as a Security Administrator, DO I HAVE TO crack open PCs and fix them? (Like swapping out motherboards, CPUs, RAM, etc....)???

Im kinda worried.

My strongest point are Security and Networking Administation.

My question is, what are the odds that in the feild I have to open up computers and actually repairing them when working as a Security Admin or Networking Admin.?

Question by:jslayton01
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    It's rare...primarily you will work at a CLI (command line interface) via console or telnet/ssh or a web browser session. TYpically you don't need to repair or upgrade PC's and servers in that line of work, but I'm one who believes that a well-rounded set of skills is a valuable thing to have. Don't assume that there will always be work in the networking or security may need to fall back on PC repair.

    Besides, real techies like to learn everything about should have that desire to learn and grow or you won't get far in technology. It moves too fast for anyone not interested in learning...

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    Yes I agree, two in one is the way to go. And most companies dont wanna spend the extra budget to hire a "repair" tech. But like I said, Its not really my interest and to be honest, its boring. Networking is alot more fun in my opinion.

    Interesting enough, most of the students in my class like the hardware module. To them, its more fun.

    Thanks for your advise and I will try my best to accomplish this area. Like they say....Get it over with...

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    I always ask myself....hmmm, I wonder how that works? That attitude has gotten me far in technology, and kept my interest up. I don't think anything in technology is boring in itself...just dig deeper. The surface stuff may be boring, but just dig a bit deeper, and you'll be amazed at how all the parts work together.

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    When I was a kid, I used to take electronic things apart like calculators, radio scanners, AND EVEN microwaves...But in the work feild its different, because your doing it for clients and you have to concentrate at it....

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    You probably wont but like everyone above said it will be an asset an to your advantege if you do know about hardware. Dont be intimidated by having to crack open a pc either, it really isnt that dificult to trouble shoot hardware issues or replace and repair components. Remeber you learn from your mistakes.

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