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What All Network Administrators Know

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ISBN-13: 978-0974463001
ISBN-10: 0974463000
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From the Publisher

This is the first computer book that prepares its readers what to expect once they have gotten a job, what kind of software they should know, and how to deal with everyday real world situations that are never addressed. Douglas Chick is the author and creator of the popular, computer professional Website, The Network Administrator, and has turned all of the questions that have been asked by beginners and professionals into What All Network Administrators Know. Like the Website, Doug is informative, direct, and uses humor to get the point across. If you are considering a career as a network administrator, or already are one--this book is for you.

This book will teach you:
What Software You Are Expected to Know
What a Network Administrator Does
The Truth About Certifications
How to Identify The Gear in a Server Room

This book is in response to the daily e-mails I receive from my website TheNetworkAdministrator, that ask the question; "What do I need to know to become a network administrator?" Some of you reading this book might find that you have all the qualifications needed, while others may become easily discouraged. Don't be discouraged. Nothing long lasting or worth having such as a professional career can happen overnight. As an experienced network administrator and a computer professional I can help you avoid the pitfalls that I see many new computer people encounter and help you realize your objective by making you more employable, by knowing what you can expect as a network administrator and the types of programs you will be expected to know. The problem with most books on computers and networking is they are thick with trivial data that either doesn't help you get a job or doesn't tell you what to do once you have one. What All Network Administrators Know is a short book that is to the point from a network manager's perspective. All the books that you've read about computers and networking before this one addressed configurations, program usage and enough acronyms to fill a popular vegetable soup can. This book addresses what you should know before you interview and what you should expect once you have the job.

From the Author

The author, Douglas Chick, is a seasoned Network Administrator / IT Director that manages a network that spans across 20 states. What All Network Administrators Know, gives advice on "Getting A Job With No Experience", helps answer the question of "What Do Network Administrators Make" and explains all the equipment in a typical server room. In addition to technical questions this book gives valuable insight on Company Politics, How to Work with Computer Users, and How to Interact with Computer End-users. If you are considering a career in computers or you are already in computers and want to know what else you should know to become a network administrator, this $11.99 purchase is worth every penny.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: (July 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974463000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974463001
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,914,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Douglas Chick is a computer network engineer, and creator of the computer website: He began as a computer tech, to network administrator, to router engineer to IT Director, and now is the Vice President of Technology for a national healthcare company.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Water Rabbit on December 29, 2006
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If someone were to actually follow the advice given in this book, he would be quickly out of a job. Modern business does not put up with the attitude presented by the author. In the conclusion, he actually writes, "To be a good network administrator is to have your end users love you. To be a great network administrator is to have your users too scared to ask you for help". A person with this attitude would not make it past the first interview in any organization I have worked for.

In other words, this is a book on how to make yourself useless to your organization.

This is such an outdated mode of thinking. The modern IT department is an internal customer service organization (and if it is not it will soon be outsourced); not an adversarial IT guy versus end user organization.

There is only about two paragraphs of useful knowledge in this book (under "The know your servers" and "Know the server room" headings).

This author proves the old adage "Those who can't do teach". I would recommend a pass on this title.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Keating on September 12, 2003
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Finally, I found a book that tells me what you really need to know to become a Network Administrator. No other book I have found is as informative and interesting, with it's to the point writing style and witt thrown on top. I have looked high and low for a book like this, and it is finally here. I think the resume section and what to say in your interviews is extremely valuable to a newly graduated student like myself. I would highly recomend this book to all computer professionals.
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I was promoted from desktop tech supporting 250+ users to NetAdmin supporting 1300+ users and 23 servers. In the first month I realized I was in over my head unless I got some help. I went looking for a good book and found this one.

While his knowledge of the position and industry are obvious, Chick's sense of humor worked for me for a few pages then got old. I also stumbled over the typo's. Dougie, you gotta get a different editor next time! A typo every 2-3 pages in a book this size is unacceptable and distracts from the subject at hand. The book was a great attempt at self-publishing except for that one issue. I will read the first chapter of the new book at Borders or B&N; if the editing isn't any better it will stay on the shelf.

Overall, it's a good read for the target audience, including wannabe-netadmin's who are interested in NA - I still refer back to this book from time to time as it covers some good basic ground on NA.
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I`ve just read this book and i think it's not the big thing. If you're new in SA or NA or you just want to know what other network administrators do and compare it with your current tasks, you should buy this book. But, if you have been a SA or NA for about 1 year this book is not going to be representative and you will note that you`re already doing at least 95% of the book recommendations.

The book has an informal writing that make it easy to read... you will invest 12 bucks and use about 2-4 hours in reading the entirely book... so you will not lost to much.
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By Jermaine Harpp on December 29, 2006
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Well I'm certainly not a professional in the field but I can recommend for those who are to read this book and keep it handy. I would suggest for any beginners in the field to start learning the basics of networking and obtaining a little hands on experience before reading this book. Over all though, its a pretty good book.
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