Chapter 1

Help Wanted: Job Description for a Network Administrator

In This Chapter

arrow Deciphering the many jobs of the network administrator

arrow Dusting, vacuuming, and mopping

arrow Managing the network users

arrow Choosing the right tools

arrow Getting certified

Help wanted. Network administrator to help small business get control of a network run amok. Must have sound organizational and management skills. Only moderate computer experience required. Part-time only.

Does this ad sound like one that your company should run? Every network needs a network administrator, whether the network has 2 computers or 200. Of course, managing a 200-computer network is a full-time job, whereas managing a 2-computer network isn’t. At least, it shouldn’t be.

This chapter introduces you to the boring job of network administration. Oops … you’re probably reading this chapter because you’ve been elected to be the network manager, so I’d better rephrase that: This chapter introduces you to the wonderful, exciting world of ...

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