So You Want to be a Network Engineer?

Find out which IT certification is right for you with these sample lessons. From beginner to advanced.
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  • Lectures 45
  • Length 9.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

If you are looking to make a career change into IT or get ahead in your current IT role you need to get certified. But which career path is for you? Network support, desktop support, core router and switch support, voice networking, security engineer...the choice is overwhelming.

This series of taster lessons will let you dip your toes into a large number of courses to see which one you like the best. The courses take you from beginner level (A+ to up advanced with Cisco CCNP).

What are the requirements?

  • None
  • Understand how to use a PC
  • Have an interest in networking

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Work out which IT path you prefer
  • Get a basic understanding of various networking technologies

Who is the target audience?

  • People who want to make a career change into IT
  • Anyone trying to work out which IT path they want to follow

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: CompTIA A+ - PC Engineer

A very high level overview of computers.


A core topic for the A+ exam.


Troubleshooting is a major exam topic and skill for computer and network engineers.

Section 2: CompTIA Network+ - Network Engineer

A gentle introduction to networking terms and theory.


The entire internet works on TCP/IP. You need a solid grasp in order to do your job.


Routing allows information to be passed across the network and internet. We cover dynamic routing here.

Section 3: CompTIA Security+ - Network Security Engineer

An introduction to network security.


You need a good understanding of networking concepts, even though you are taking the security route.

Risk Management - Penetration Testing
Section 4: Microsoft MTA - Operating System Fundamentals

First lesson from the MTA OS course. Here we look at the control panel.


Virtualization is a very important subject for any network engineer. We cover some basics in this lecture.


You must keep your OS up-to-date with upgrades and patches. Here is how you do it.

Section 5: Microsoft MTA - Windows Server Administration Fundamentals

A favorite exam topic. Drivers allow hardware to interface with your server and PC.


All network engineers will want to use remote access to save long journeys and support time.


AD is the cornerstone of Windows networking so you can expect to be grilled on it in the exam and in real life.

Section 6: Microsoft MCSA - Windows Server 2012

A quick overview of Windows Server 2012 dashboard.

Managing Computer Accounts

Another look at virtualization, in Windows software.

Section 7: Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching

An overview of how Cisco view networking.


Switches allow your host devices to connect to the network. We examine this important subject here.


ACLs work on your network to permit or deny traffic in and out. You can expect to be grilled on this subject in the exam in great detail.

Section 8: Cisco CCNA Security

We take a look at how Cisco view network security and how the topics are linked.


Privilege levels allow different users to have different levels of access on your network and network devices.


Firewalls can be hardware or software based and are a core line of defence in your network.

Section 9: Cisco CCNA Voice

A welcome to the world of Cisco voice networking.


DHCP server is a core networking and voice topic.


Cisco Unity Express offers integrated messaging, voicemail, fax, and other features on the Integrated Services. It's a core CCNA Voice topic.

Section 10: Juniper Networks Certified Associate Junos - JNCIA-Junos

Welcome to the world of Juniper networking.


The JUNOS command line is very different to that of Cisco so will take some getting used to.


More hands on time with the JUNOS command line.

Section 11: Juniper Enterprise Routing and Switching, Specialist - JNCIS-ENT

Switching and VLANs are a core topic for any networking exam. Here is the Juniper perspective.


OSPF is a dynamic routing protocol used on many enterprise networks. You will need a good grasp of it as a network engineer.


Tunneling is another core exam topic. We look at what it is and does here.

Section 12: Juniper Security Specialist - JNCIS-SEC

An introduction to network security from a Juniper perspective.


Security configurations and installations all stem from our security policies. We look at these here.


AntiSpam is a core security topic for the JNCIS-SEC exam.

Section 13: Junior Level Linux Certification - LPIC1

A gentle introduction to the world of Linux.


Mass storage devices in Linux.


A look at GRUB.

Section 14: Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator - RHCSA

Red Hat are a market leader in Linux networking and support. We take a look at Red Hat linux here.


Installing Red Hat linux.


Managing users in Red Hat linux.

Section 15: Wireshark Certified Network Analyst - WCNA

Wireshark are a market leader in network analysis software. I highly recommend you learn how to use it.


How to set preferences in Wireshark.


The main use for Wireshark is troubleshooting network performance issues. Here is how you do it.

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Instructor Biography

Paul Browning, Cisco Engineer and Internet Entrepreneur

I worked in the police in the UK for 12 years as a patrol officer and detective. While I was in the job I helped teach the new e-mail system to other officers. I took a few IT exams and then left for a career in IT in June 2000.

I took a few more exams with vendors such as Cisco and Microsoft and got a job working for Cisco for two years. I then started an IT training company teaching Cisco and computer networking courses. I built the business until it had several offices in the UK and then sold it.

I now run a publishing business and several websites teaching IT related subjects. I've learned how to build a successful company and how to make it in the world of IT. I hope what I've learned helps you too.

Paul Browning - December 2014

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