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System Administration and Me What is system administration System administration is basically adding and configuring new workstations setting up user accounts installing system-wide software performing procedures to prevent the spread of viruses and allocating mass storage type While there are a lot more things that make up the job description of most system administrators these are the ones that Ill be touching on in this report But before getting into what that stuff means lets talk a little bit about whats required for a system administration position Many things are needed First and foremost you should have some knowledge in hardware If you know what the difference between a scanner and a monitor thats a good start But there is a lot more than that Some good things to learn are the difference between a server and a workstation routers hubs cables the difference between a NIC Network Interface Card and a modem and firewalls There are many more pieces of hardware that make up a computer network Also knowing how to troubleshoot replace or even fix hardware will come in quite handy Once you have a good grasp on hardware then you should look into software The main software of a network is the OS Operating System that the network is based on Some of the main operating systems that run networks are Windows NT Unix and Linux These are the main programs that all the other programs run off of Its not very likely that one can completely master all or even one of these operating systems There is a lot of knowledge pent-up in operating systems and to be considered a master in one of them would take a while But luckily you dont have to know everything about them A good solid foundation in an operating system is usually enough If you know all of the commands or know where to find them you should be fine When you get
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