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).
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.
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.
An introduction to network security.
You need a good understanding of networking concepts, even though you are taking the security route.
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.
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.
A quick overview of Windows Server 2012 dashboard.
Another look at virtualization, in Windows software.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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