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Should I learn basic Windows Server administration?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by stevejock1, Feb 15, 2020 at 3:37 AM.

  1. stevejock1

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    Title. I'm a newcomer to the field and have spent almost all my time in Unix for server administration. Right now I'm focusing on AWS for cloud certs, but was wondering if it is wise to force myself to learn Windows Server as I haven't had any experience with AD, GPO, Exchange, etc.

    Basically just wondering if not having Windows experience will significantly harm my future.
     
  2. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Depends on where you want to focus your career. I have always been in the field of IT since I was a teen assembling IBM PC XT clones. I really dove into IT as a career when I got my MCSE. I eventually migrated into networking/data center infrastructure. While I have a decent understanding of AD, GPOs, etc, I am by no means an expert any more since my MCSE was back in the days of NT 4.0. Has this hurt me? No. IT is a really broad umbrella with many specialties. Even networking has a lot of silos which one can make a career out of such as routing, switching, wireless, security, VoIP, SDN, SD-WAN, etc. I have still kept my breath of IT knowledge broad enough where I was called a unicorn when I was interviewing for the company I am now working for. The hiring manager said from my resume it's rare that I've pretty much touched everything in the data center.
     
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