Where should I start my network administration career?

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Network administration
Network management
As I am a newbie in this field. The problem is that this field seems to consist of many skill ranging from maintenance LAN, WAN; network security; other numerical system rather that decimal; even programing is taken in to account. I am wondering myself that where I should start? And what should I study? CCNA or ACNA? Is there any university in Australia good at this field?

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Hello C,
If you are new and trying to come up to speed and have absolutely no idea of where to start,
then begin your career by going to a library where you can borrow the network related books for free. Start with the basic TCP books as suggested, but then progress to the books called: A+ , Network+ , then CCNA, then CCNP.
At some point you will need to start classes. There is a Network+ class, then take the CCNA class., etc… What you are pursuing is very challenging and interesting. Best of Luck.

I’m from Western Australia and Im an IT Co-Ordinator for a large mining group in Africa. I interview for guys often and they say the same when they are new to the industry. I think its important to have a basic understanding of network fundimentals especially TCP/IP.

In Western Australia you have several REALLY great Uni’s starting with Curtin Uni.
also look at Murdoch Introduction to Networking.

Look at understanding the folowing:
Fundamental Network Characteristics
Types and Sizes of Networks
Network Performance Issues and Concepts
Network Standards and Standards Organizations
Backgrounder: Data Representation and the Mathematics of Computing

There are some great sites on the web so much info can be FREE. I’ve listed some below but search away and you’ll see.

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  • Wrobinson
    I agree, that the best start for a budding network administrator is understanding TCP/IP. You can develop a great understanding of it by reading "Internetworking with TCP/IP: Principles, Protocols and Architecture" http://www.amazon.com/Internetworking-TCP-IP-Vol-5th/dp/0131876716.
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  • Bhargrave
    Another major thing to do when trying to learn about networking is to work next to someone who is in the field. It's great to read the documentation and study the literature, but you need to work with someone at the same time so they can show you things that are confusing in your studies. Google will provide you with all the networking information in the world, but its good to have a live person who can work with you and show you some ins and outs. But take your time and remember that mostly anything that's broke can be fixed......even if you have to reformat ! lol. good luck.
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  • Chipbu
    Thanks for the help of you guys. Besides, when looking at some course in the universities listed above, I found it confusing. They present some course like "Informatics system" or "Business Informatics". Do they have anything to do with "Network Administration"? As I am a student in England, the language is a bit different between Australia and England. Oh, can you make it clearer by the book called "A+".
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