Welcome to The Network Engineer. When I first began as a Network Administrator I oftentimes found myself lost and bewildered. There were so many options, how could I possibly choose? What was most important to focus on? While standards such as the ITIL have helped to some extent, many of these standards are more theoretical than practical in nature. On this site I hope to delineate for new and experienced network engineers some theoretical guidelines but then fill these guidelines in with real life applications. The site will not attempt to be extensive in content, but rather complete and concise, dealing with topics in a manner that is useful to the (always) busy network administrator or engineer.
Below you will find a guide taking you from computer technician to skilled network engineer. You are welcome to pursue this course in an ad hoc manner, but I certainly wish someone had set out for me the different knowledge elements in an ordered fashion.
- Become a Computer Technician: You should not embark on systems administration until you have become a competent computer technician. To cover this process is outside the scope of this site, though we have provided a few resources to point you in the right direction here.
- Become a Systems/Network Administrator.
- Become a Network Engineer/Network Architect.