Learning Windows server doesn’t have to be expensive

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You can enroll in schooling or university to learn how to deploy and use Windows Server and doing formal education is an excellent way to learn. It’s just sometimes you may have constraints (money, time, family, etc) that prevent you from doing education in the traditional manner.
I personally went to TAFE (which is like the Australian version of community college) and studied an Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering and I found it very useful and it taught me alot. Since then I have been working full time and have found many free resources to keep my IT knowledge up to date and also learn more things that help me with working in the IT field.

Youtube

Pretty much any thing you want to know is on youtube. People like Eli The Computer Guy, Jagvinder Thind and heresjaken(which is my channel) all have made series on videos on windows server.
There are many more videos in Windows Server on youtube, just search what you are tying to do and more than likely there will be a video on how to do it.

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Virtual Academy is made by Microsoft and is packed full of free training covering most products in the Microsoft ecosystem. I have gone through some of these courses and find them quite useful. The only downside is that they don’t have to much in depth practical classes that show you step by step how to configure the products.

Forums and Blogs

I am always reading through forums and blogs. I really recommend reading through Microsoft technet which has forums, blogs and wikis on Microsoft products. I also find spiceworks to be very good.

Free Windows Server

You can actually download Windows Server for free and use it on a 6 month demo license. This is really useful for testing different configurations and also testing out the latest server operating system before you actually use it in the real world.

All of these things are wonderful for learning and keeping your skills sharp. Which in our roles is essential for staying employed and getting promoted.

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Jake Gardner

Jake is an IT Consultant/Systems Engineer that works for a business that offers services to SMB clients. He runs his own business that delivers solutions geared towards online marketing and web design.

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  1. Jonathan Walker July 13, 2014 at 6:10 am

    With reference to downloading Windows Server, I think there sometimes misconceptions about requirements.
    You do not need a £$/5000 piece of hardware to use it. I have two little HP Proliant microservers with a 250GB hardrive each, which I have installed VMWare VSphere on one , and the other with Microsoft Hyper-V installed. I found all this easy to set up and it cost me under £400 (probably about $600), which give me 8+ server VMs and a couple client OS VMs.
    Just grab an old PC and start having a look around the GUI version.

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