Windows System Administration

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Year 2014! “I’m a system Administrator” I have been hearing this right from the time I have been going for interviews. Is everyone around me a System Administrator? I didn’t know this till the time I dug deep into this. I’m from Bangalore, India and in IT profession from quite some time, close to 7 years.

What shocked me was people working in Level 1 support are applying for System Admin positions here in India. Yes, you heard that right. Well, I’m not here to criticize anyone but I had applied to System Admin position too, having worked in Helpdesk (Level 2). But I had hardly any clue what I should be preparing when I was going for interviews.

So what is System Administration? Well, if you would have asked this question 10 years ago, it would have been a totally different story with very less System Admins and highly qualified people but now I still wonder what System Administration is. I can definitely say that the term here in India is used very frequently even when someone is not doing that work. According to me, System Administrators are highly qualified people who know almost everything in terms of Systems Administration.

Let me talk more about Windows system Administration here a little bit. What does Windows System Administrators do and what do they need to know? The question seems a one liner but I can tell you that the answer is NOT. DNS, DHCP, Clustering, IIS, Windows roles and features, Windows internal fundamentals, Active directory… and the list goes on. Oh forgot to mention, these concepts in depth. And guess what, I guarantee you that some of these roles like Clustering, Active Directory has multiple divisions. Example, an ADFS deployment expert is a separate role these days, an Active Directory Administrator is a separate role in 2014.

Preparation: My best bet is if someone wants to be a system Admin in this era, he has to know more than just Windows System Administration. He needs to know some concepts of other technologies too like Linux, Citrix, Exchange, SharePoint, etc., that is, atleast 30% including the usual Windows System Administration and then chose something of their own interest. So make sure you are an expert in one but still know 30% of all other involved technologies.



Iam a Microsoft Certified IT Professional with certifications in Active Directory, Network Infrastructure and Server 2008. Apart from passion for learning new technologies, I speak German and very much interested in sharing my knowledge, whether it is German or Information Technology.

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  1. Santhosh November 24, 2014 at 12:17 am

    A crisp introductory article. I now have a better idea about system administrator from India. What was worth mentoring is the know other Technologies too..

  2. Jake Gardner November 24, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I have been working in the field for three years and have experience in all the standard windows server roles ADDS, DNS, DHCP, hyper-v, file services, etc. on top of that I’m trained in document management and antivirus planning and deployment(for business not home users) On top of this I also have experience in VoIP, Office365, linux(only basic stuff for servers), Cisco networking and more stuff that isn’t on the top of my head.
    I think if you want to be a good sys admin you need to be well rounded and know more than just a couple of things, you also need to be able to diagnose faults just knowing how to configure things is not enough, you NEED to know how to troubleshoot and research issues to be able to resolve them in a timely matter.

  3. saddavi November 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Information Ram.

    @Jake 3 years and you have learned / mastered all that! Very Impressive indeed. Well done 🙂

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