system/network/windows administrator guide/direction
Posted on 2009-04-21
Did you ever see the Simpsons episode where Homer quit the nuclear plant and worked at the bowling alley? He loved his job but his boss told him that business needed to pick up or he was going to get let go. There's a great montage of him reading a book called Advanced Marketing...then Marketing...then Marketing for Dummies...followed by the Dictionary. Well, that's how I feel right now.
I've got about 12 years general IT Support experience...desktop mostly, with a little citrix, windows server, network stuff. I've always been a generalist. I tell people that I'm good at my job because I know how to google, that and I'm stubborn about solving a problem.
Well recently I got a new job where my boss decided to take a chance on me becase we got along personally...and now I find myself in a little over my head with the title of Sys/Net/Win Admin. (I'm getting to the question...just bare with me)
So I find myself the administrator of win2k3 domain with a citrix farm with about 16 sattelite sites connected over a bunch of sonicwalls. So for all the professionals that actually know their job my question is this. If you got the chance to go back to the beginning, what order would you learn things in?
IE..learn Active Directory, GPO, Citrix, Sonicwalls in that order? would you read books, take classes, build a test environment at home, jump in front of a moving bus, go in to a different career?
The day to day stuff I've got a handle on because I have a general idea of what I'm doing, I can find answers to specific problems and get them resolved. I'd like to get to a point where I feel comfortable with "my" domain and setting it up the way I like for me...
So just curious what you would tell a rookie admin, where to go...make fun of....