So You Want to be a Network Engineer?
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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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Created by Paul Browning
Last updated 8/2014
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Price: Free
  • 9.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Work out which IT path you prefer
  • Get a basic understanding of various networking technologies
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  • Understand how to use a PC
  • Have an interest in networking

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).

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
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45 Lectures
CompTIA A+ - PC Engineer
3 Lectures 45:09

A very high level overview of computers.

The Computer - An Overview

A core topic for the A+ exam.

Motherboards – Chipsets and Buses

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

Troubleshooting Windows - Troubleshooting Tools
CompTIA Network+ - Network Engineer
3 Lectures 47:59

A gentle introduction to networking terms and theory.

Basic Network Theory and Terminology

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

TCP/IP Tools and Commands

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

Dynamic Routing and Protocols
CompTIA Security+ - Network Security Engineer
3 Lectures 29:26

An introduction to network security.

Security Fundamentals - Information Security

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

Network Security - Network Devices

Risk Management - Penetration Testing
Microsoft MTA - Operating System Fundamentals
3 Lectures 20:43

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

The Control Panel

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

Installation and Virtualization

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

Maintenance and Updates
Microsoft MTA - Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
3 Lectures 27:43

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

Device Drivers

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

Remote Access

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

Active Directory Infrastructure
Microsoft MCSA - Windows Server 2012
3 Lectures 47:00

A quick overview of Windows Server 2012 dashboard.

Server Dashboard Quick Look

Managing Computer Accounts

Another look at virtualization, in Windows software.

Overview of Virtualization Technologies
Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching
3 Lectures 35:26

An overview of how Cisco view networking.

Introduction to Cisco Networking

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

Introduction to switching

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.

Access Control Lists
Cisco CCNA Security
3 Lectures 39:16

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

Introduction to Network Security

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

Understanding Privilege Levels

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

Introduction to Firewalls
Cisco CCNA Voice
3 Lectures 31:54

A welcome to the world of Cisco voice networking.

Course Introduction

DHCP server is a core networking and voice topic.

IOS DHCP Server Configuration

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

A Quick Glimpse at CUE
Juniper Networks Certified Associate Junos - JNCIA-Junos
3 Lectures 32:03

Welcome to the world of Juniper networking.

Introduction to JUNOS

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

First Lab - Introduction to Junos OS

More hands on time with the JUNOS command line.

Junos OS CLI - The Basics
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About the Instructor
Paul Browning
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59,450 Students
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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