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And suddenly, *boom* you're an IT-oracle

Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:31 pm

Hi.


20 yrs old guy, living in Europe

My employment agency offered me a very unusual job, they did not really specify what exactly it was till I sat down with the boss of the other company. Apparently I was needed to write new policies, manage switches, networks, security, servers, come up with ideas, recommending purchases etc.

So here I am having a laptop and a Network+ study guide in front of my nose, learning stuff about networks. And I must say, I really like it :dance:.


The reason why I registered on this forum is to ask and receive advice from the experts, just today our 'motherswitch' died which was the backbone of them all. My heart really skipped a heartbeat when I saw 30 employees standing there, playing with their pens waiting till the problems gets resolved. Luckily I had an unused switch stored up in the server room, but it still was quite a shocker because I realized that I am not fully prepared for a rainy day, what if an esoteric problem pops up? What am I supposed if that kind of shit hits the fan? :thinking:

Anyways, I hope you guys can help a noob on his track to become a battle-hardened professional.
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This was my introduction, pardon é moi for grammar errors. :woohoo:

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Re: And suddenly, *boom* you're an IT-oracle

Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:32 pm

Welcome. Where in Europe?

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Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:07 pm

mellowd wrote:Welcome. Where in Europe?


Holland :boohoo:

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Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:28 pm

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Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:58 pm

Sounds like a fun day...

Holland? We shall call you the Dutch Oven.

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Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:05 pm

sly wrote:
mellowd wrote:Welcome. Where in Europe?


Holland :boohoo:

Welkom :-P
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Re: And suddenly, *boom* you're an IT-oracle

Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:20 pm

Welcome!

Sounds like you have a lot of catching up to do! My suggestion for moving forward is start reading on topics that you are weak at or need the most attention now. Also the best thing you can do to start learning is build up a lab and start playing. Try to replicate your production network as close as possible and then start running through situations you would normally see.

As long as you keep pushing forward with your knowledge and admit when your wrong or dont know something you will be fine.

Good luck dude!
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Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:01 pm

Welkom

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Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:29 pm

that1guy15 wrote:Welcome!

Sounds like you have a lot of catching up to do! My suggestion for moving forward is start reading on topics that you are weak at or need the most attention now. Also the best thing you can do to start learning is build up a lab and start playing. Try to replicate your production network as close as possible and then start running through situations you would normally see.

As long as you keep pushing forward with your knowledge and admit when your wrong or dont know something you will be fine.

Good luck dude!



Do you have any suggestions what sites I should check out to brush up my troubleshooting skills?

Also, can you name the top 3 (open source preferrably) software programs that a network admin can't live without? Just to get an idea of what I should be using for my new job.

And thanks everybuddy for the warm welcome, I appreciate it ^^ :thankyou:

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Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:40 pm

There is no real way to learn troubleshooting outside of hands on over time. playing with lab gear though will give you a good start.

There are tons of tools out there just depending on the job you are trying to do and what technologies you are working with. But for general use here are what comes to mind:
1) Putty (SSH/Telent/CLI access to Linux or network gear (Windows only)
2) VNC remote desktop for workstations/servers (For Windows servers use RDP)
3) MS Visio - Document, document, document!
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Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:58 pm

Groetjes :cheers:
Good Luck,

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Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:38 am

that1guy15 wrote:There is no real way to learn troubleshooting outside of hands on over time. playing with lab gear though will give you a good start.

There are tons of tools out there just depending on the job you are trying to do and what technologies you are working with. But for general use here are what comes to mind:
1) Putty (SSH/Telent/CLI access to Linux or network gear (Windows only)
2) VNC remote desktop for workstations/servers (For Windows servers use RDP)
3) MS Visio - Document, document, document!


I would add a good syslog server, helps to know what events are going on...
kiwi syslog is always good
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Re: And suddenly, *boom* you're an IT-oracle

Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:28 pm

Guys, this is helpful.

I will definately give this a shot.

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