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How to pursue a Microsoft Server Career RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi All,

      I'm a Junior Sysadmin working, in the last 2 years, in Unix/Linux environment.
    Lately, I found out the server version of Windows and I also found an interest in AD.

    That said, what is the best way to learn this part of the IT world that interests me?

    Thanks for all your inputs and have a good day :)


    • Edited by Cisco88 Monday, October 7, 2013 8:29 AM
    Monday, October 7, 2013 8:21 AM

Answers

  • There are two ways to learn about Windows Server: You can enroll in one or more training courses, or you can study on your own, by reading books or on-line materials and practicing on a virtualized environment.

    If you want to follow a course, visit www.microsoft.com/learning, and click on "Find Training". You can also find free online courses at the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA): http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com

    You may prefer to buy some books (do a search on the Internet -- there are plenty of available titles), and then practice in a virtualized environment. Install several VMs in a computer with lots of RAM (Use Hyper-V, or VMware, or any other suitable virtualization technology), create a virtual network among them, and configure a couple of servers with AD and one or more clients to access them.

    There are also some Virtual Labs that you can follow online, without having to create the virtual machines yourself:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/hh968267(v=msdn.10).aspx

    Monday, October 7, 2013 9:26 AM

All replies

  • There are two ways to learn about Windows Server: You can enroll in one or more training courses, or you can study on your own, by reading books or on-line materials and practicing on a virtualized environment.

    If you want to follow a course, visit www.microsoft.com/learning, and click on "Find Training". You can also find free online courses at the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA): http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com

    You may prefer to buy some books (do a search on the Internet -- there are plenty of available titles), and then practice in a virtualized environment. Install several VMs in a computer with lots of RAM (Use Hyper-V, or VMware, or any other suitable virtualization technology), create a virtual network among them, and configure a couple of servers with AD and one or more clients to access them.

    There are also some Virtual Labs that you can follow online, without having to create the virtual machines yourself:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/hh968267(v=msdn.10).aspx

    Monday, October 7, 2013 9:26 AM
  • Thanks for your tip.

    On my own a created yesterday A Windows 2008 R2 DC with a Win7 and 2 Win Xp client (All on Vmware).

    Books of Sams editor are good enough?

    Monday, October 7, 2013 9:54 AM
  • Books of Sams editor are good enough?

    I don't recall having read anything published by Sams, so I can't attest as to how good they are. Myself, I tend to read mostly books from Microsoft Press, and I've been generally satisfied with them. If you are considering buying a specific book, I suggest going into an online library, such as Amazon.com and reading the reviews left by other readers. This should give you an idea as to how good the book is.

    Monday, October 7, 2013 10:16 AM
  • I found out that Sams' Windows Server 2012 Unleashed is interesting.

    That's why I was asking that 

    Monday, October 7, 2013 11:45 AM