Selfstudy to become a sysadmin

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Dear experts, I ' d like to become a sysadmin but what fields should I focus on? Where are the best resources to selfstudy? Can you pls suggest? Many thanks.
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I would recommend picking a topic you enjoy. Windows servers, Vmware, Citrix, etc. Get some books or online videos. You can do CBT Nuggets or similar videos. A lot of people like the A+ exam to get started as well so check out that.
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What is your existing background?
Sysadmin is a jack of all trades.
Do you want to start with a platform specific Windows, Linux, virtualization VMware, hyper-v led, etc....
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I had CCNA, know a bit of MCSA, CEH, Vsphere 6.5
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So you did some network... What is an ideal job for you? What interests you?
Large/small company?
The question is too vague and broad to provide any useful advice.
Since you have CCNA, troubleshooting, problem solving is a skill you honed and developed?
Have a process to deal with issues, i.e. receive complaint, have a process/flow to identify/track ....

Application level familiarity is often a good thing to have to be in a position to in short order diagnose an issue that you can address or an Application related (DBA, etc.) needs to get involved.
Carlos IjalbaIT Systems Director
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If you want to carry on the VMware virtualisation route, then you couldn't do worse that take some of the superb courses present at VMware Hands On Labs:

Yo have virtualisation courses, with a hands-on environment, so you don't just read & watch videos, but you get to create, delete, clone, edit, and generally play with things as you go along. Covering a variety of themes like virtualisation, networking, security, performance.

Touching without being afraid of breaking something is the best way to learn and get up to speed in sysadmin. And this can only be done in laboratories or isolated environments, so, Enjoy.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems Administrator

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