Hopefully this makes some sort of sense being it's 5 AM now and I'm still semi-awake for no reason whatsoever.
As I've been applying for jobs (and getting no bites), I'm realizing there's a big hole in my learnings, and it needs to get remedied. It's not sexy at all, but the general office "computer guy" (or "computer lady" as the case may be) is pretty much exactly what I want to do, and it's what I have done in the past, as the junior member of a two-person team.
I'm very confident in my support skills and I've got tons of experience there, I've got a fair amount of experience in user/desktop admin, but I get to the server admin side of things and, while I can fake it decently for a while, I'm pretty much flailing.
On the Windows side: I have basically zero experience with Windows Server of any flavor and the same with Exchange, and I don't really have free range of anything running either. Can you guys recommend resources for learning about them?
Relatedly, if I'm going to be going about all this studying up on them, should I get an MS certification of some sort? I have a degree in CS, so I never thought I needed them to be perfectly honest, but... if I'm going to be doing the reading anyway, maybe I should just get the piece of paper. (Yow, the tests are expensive -- I'd never priced them out before.)
On the *nix side: I run Linux on my personal desktop and have for years, but I haven't played too much with things that are more critical for office life (how to set up/look after a mailserver, what logs to monitor for errors/warnings, etc). Obviously, as I run Linux, getting hands-on with pretty much anything isn't a problem for this side. Again, any recommendations for reading or playing around with?
Generally: Is there a good "best practices for sysadmins"-type document running around (and/or a "reasonable
practices for sysadmins"
)? Any other more generalized resources to recommend?
Thanks for help!
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