Advice on learning Server stuff.

Someone may have already ask this and maybe several times; but here goes.
I want to move to the server team at my work and/or or move to a job where I can be in the server team.
What is the best way for studying server everything? What should I be studying and where or how? Please be specific. Step-by-step.
Should I go to a college and take up some classes?
Should I study on my own (I can comfortably do this, as I understand some people prefer the college thing; but I am interested in learning in the fastest way possible)
Where can I find sample lab environments?
Can I setup a full lab with VMware or even VirtualBox?
How about Backup/Storage? Maybe NetApp?
Any online programs you know about?
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Andrew LeniartFreelance Journalist & IT ConsultantCommented:
Hi PwrShell,
What is the best way for studying server everything?
That's a monster of a question you're asking. "Server everything" could mean SQL Server, Exchange Server, etc. etc.
What should I be studying and where or how?
I'd suggest starting somewhere like Microsoft Windows Server Training.
Please be specific. Step-by-step.
In all honesty, given the huge scope of your question, that's just not going to be possible.
Should I go to a college and take up some classes?
That's one good way to learn, yes.
Should I study on my own
That's another good way. See the link above. Which is best depends on how well you learn by yourself, or whether you do better in a classroom environment.
Where can I find sample lab environments?
There are some excellent online courses you can look at here.
Can I setup a full lab with VMware or even VirtualBox?
How about Backup/Storage? Maybe NetApp?
Any online programs you know about?
Sure. See the previous link I just gave you.

I'd reconsider how you asked this question. What it appears you want to do is learn a couple of lifetime's worth of knowledge in a short period of time. That's just not going to be possible. Decide what you want to specialise in and then focus in on that.

Hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew

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1st get server admin job as L1 (considering you are fresher or new comer) engineer, you will probably get engaged with L1 admin task or support calls, support calls are best way to learn technology
Same time keep learning from server videos such as CBT nuggets or from online courses available here or anywhere else to clear basic concepts, that's very important
Setup your lab and clear basic concepts by having hands on lab
Try to grab deployment / migration opportunities, this is purely luck
The kind of deployment / migration projects you get chance to work with define your expertise in specific server topics and then you can go for either freelancer consultant or can grab jobs as consultant / architect
U cannot be master in all server technologies
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Start by building your own lab, obtain experience, and later re-enforce this with a course, and maybe qualifications!

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Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Key here is you say "...the server team..." not "...a server team..."

Do your companies have any listed vacancies in the server team? Align your efforts to those skills
yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
I would take a boot camp to get a taste.

As others recommended build a lab. Does your place have old hardware?  If I was in your shoes I would ask. I manage a small team and I offer this to  them old servers and switches to build there labs. They do not take advantage of this. I wish I had an employee that had a goal like yours. This would show your boss that you have a serious interest in changing your job role.

I am not going to parrot anyone
nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
as if the world ends with windows severs...., there's a whole bunch of other types of server OS's available...
And for servers might be more common as well.
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