Hi there /g/
I'm currently in my second semester in college to become a computer systems technician.
Was wondering if any of you had any useful advice that a complete noob like me could take along with them?
Not really, I plan on doing something more specialised later on. I just haven't had any prior experience dealing with computer networks, and I learn a lot better in a classroom environment.
"Computer system technician"? Meaning a network admin?
If so I'm the same major. Just graduated with my associates in it actually. Going to 4 year next for bachelors in forensics/security.
Anyhow, for advice and tips, get very familiar with windows 7, 10, and windows Server 2008/2012. Associated with the server OS's, become familiar with active directory, setting up, running, and other wise maintaining virtual machines.
Learn the ins and outs of the various hardware involved in higher end servers. Hard drive differences, SCSI vs Sata raid controllers. The various hot swapping possibilities.
How to make local backups, network backups. How to image a PC and/or install an image to many PCs simultaneously over the network using WIM.
Know the difference between a switch and a router. The speed and distance limitations of different network cables. (Cat5, cat5e, cat6, etc)
If you feel confident with all that already, THEN start looking into linux in the server environment. As much as /g/ shills linux being God tier for servers, 9/10 places that I applied to/were hiring were using Windows Server based systems with heavy reliance on active directory.
Overall you have to be interested just a little in this stuff to pursue a career in it.
Actual sysadmin here.
Firstly for desktop infrastructure, LDAP, yes windows is huge, same with mail.
That being said, if you have a datacenter with anything more than 10 physical hosts, you will have endless amounts of linux machines.
The difference is linux admins don't typically leave their job, they setup an environment that ends up being rock solid and never ever ever leave.
5 years experience, got my BS during my first 4 years.
First 2 years I worked as a desktop support tech.
about 40% self taught, 40% mentorship from work, 20% from cert training.
>Notice that 0% came from my BS in information systems
I have done a bunch of cert training (MCSE, CCNA, VCP, LPIC, RHCE) but I haven't gotten a cert.
I am finally going back and getting the MCSE since I don't want to do networking, don't feel like spending the 3k for the vmware class, certs are not that important for linux. literally leaves me with MCSE actually.
I did all my training at pluralsight. Set aside 30 minutes a day at work and 30 minutes a day outside of work.
Soinds like you have a sweer deal going on. Good on you anon. Thanks for the insight. Good to know hands on experience is actually still worth something today.
My degree program is rather lack luster. 90% of what I know is from having computers as a hobby so I know what you're talking about. Im essentially in school for the piece of paper that says I went to school. Cant tell you the number of idiots with a master's in "xx" in the IT field that is a bumbling fucking idiot.
I started off as a contractor working at a firm that filled desktop support positions for the huge tech companies in silicon valley.
A lot of these companies would need 10+ techs for a short 1-6 month span for projects, no point in hiring them full time.
I started differentiating myself in the interviews by bringing up the home lab. A lot of these places like vmware and netapp would hold a group interview, where they would decide to rank and place the techs.
Literally no one else has a lab.
I started off with a ubuntu 10.04 lts server with vmware server 2. Talked about in an interview, one of the senior sysadmins, during the interview, started telling me about freenas and why it was better than what I was using. The hiring manager cut us off with "hey if you guys want to chat do it after this interview", not in an irritated way, but he wanted to get shit done.
After the project they decided they wanted to keep me (and only me) on.
Thats awesome. Yea I currently work a non IT related job albeit very well paying with great benefits but they pay for my schooling so I figured fuck it, go for a degree in what interests me as a backup plan.
What do you mean by lab? Computer(s) dedicated just to fucking around with? What was your setup? Surprised they actually cared about personal projects like that.
Personal projects show that this is what you love.
Well my first home lab was an athlon x2 5600+ with 4GB of ram and a 500GB disk. Ran ubuntu 10.04lts with vmware server 2. Had about 4-5 vms at any one point.
My current lab is a esx 6 box with a xeon e5 2680 with 128 GB of ram. it has 2TB of local storage, 1 isci connection on my nas and one nfs mount on my nas.
Your lab can be something like an old laptop, doesn't have to be much. The only reason my new lap is this monster is because I have a ton of money now.
btw I switched careers too, I was an early childhood educator for 7 years.