Windows System/Network Administrator Learning Resources

Hello Experts,

Currently I am working as a Technical Support - I. I would like to enter into Windows Network/System Administration field. I'm completely novice in networking field. Can any one let me know the best learning path to accomplish my intensions?

Thank you.
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Mike KlineConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Take a look at this question I helped with about learning AD

To me the most important thing is to try and setup some sort of lab and practice and learn as you read the material

Also check out the blog list on my blog....the AD Team blog is a must read.

While the MCSE & MCITP have sorted been watered down over the years I'd still try and get some certs as they may help during keyword resume searches by recruiters.

SrinathSAuthor Commented:
Hi Mike,

Thanks for your quick responce. The link that you provided some advanced topics (AD etc.) I am interested in learning networking concepts like LAN/WAN, Protocols, IP etc. I want to BE EXPERT in these areas. :) Any further resources / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
SysExpertConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I would look at the CCIA CCIE training materials, since these can be obtained easily used or downloaded.

Technet has plenty of resources,.

To become expert , you will need to have a lab environment where you can build, test and troubleshoot various configurations.

I hope this helps !
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Mike KlineConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Ok if you are going for the networking side then I agree start with Cisco materials/study.   The CCIE is like Mt Everest :)   Start with the CCENT, CCNA, CCNP then years from now if you get to the CCIE then that means you have made it and hello six figures :)
Sigurdur HaraldssonConnect With a Mentor System AdministratorCommented:
Take a look at CBT Nuggets regarding CCENT, CCNA and CCNP. Testout is also good.

Nothing beats hands-on experience so put up a lab and practice, practice, practice.

Cisco's Packet Tracer is an excellent sim/lab - check it out here:
SrinathSAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all for good suggestions. I'm in the process of getting CCNA certification.
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