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    Helo,

    I am a windows administrator by profession. I know, this is a silly question to ask but I want to put it in front of experts to receive their valuable feedback/comments.

    "How to keep myself upto date on windows technologies?"

    Many people wants to keep themselfs upto date and they will have their own way of doing it. You might ask if I have my own way, why I am putting this question here. Reason is simple..."after seeing experts valuable comments for my questions in this community, I felt that I am lagging and really missing best ways". What really makes a person upto date in the technology? is it the handson experience or following some sites/blogs? or may be both. .

    I subscribed to few communities/blogs and reading them weekly or so to see the latest news. But I don't think that it is the really good way and I seek the experts here to help me with their suggestions for keeping myself upto date.

    Also I requests the members to put their best practice in this aspect.

    Looking forward for your responce.

    Thanks,

  • #2
    Re: how keep myself upto date?

    Study for the exams, practice a lot in VM's, don't scare away for though issues.
    Personally I learn the quickest when doing hands-on experience.

    Oh and keep reading and posting on this forum
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    • #3
      Re: how keep myself upto date?

      Not possible. The more you learn the more you realize you don't know shit.

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      • #4
        Re: how keep myself upto date?

        LImit yourself - you can't know it all
        For example, I stick to Server, Exchange and SQL Server and don't venture into technologies I am not comfortable with (*nix, cisco etc)

        Keep "Jack of all trades, but master of none" firmly in mind
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        • #5
          Re: how keep myself upto date?

          I'm pretty much the same, Server, Exchange and to a lesser extent ISA. You can't know everything, outside the Microsoft world there are so many other apps and bits of hardware that make up a network that it's impossible for one person to specialise in all of it.

          I "keep up to date" by reading forums like this, MS Technet and some IT websites. I think it's important to be aware of what's out there, but there's no reason (IMO) to learn for the sake of learning. If you have a business need then go out and investigate new products.
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          • #6
            Re: how keep myself upto date?

            Throw yourself at it, and be prepared to not let something go.. that's the best way I think.

            Experiment - jump on betas and try them. Use VMs and Test Labs,m that way you don't break live systems.
            Readforums - and I mean, Read them. everything that's there, take it all in. Even if you think that, for instance, knowing how to configure a Cisco Router isn't relevant to your job as an exchange administrator (for instance)

            Then, little things start to fall into place, like parts of a puzzle.. something you read 3 months ago wil lmake something fall into place..

            Read your event logs - anything you don't recognise, google it.. find out what it's about, even if it's benign.. at least then you know about it.


            This is how I was able to explain to my newer members of my team in my old job that I could ignore given messages in event logs - I knew what thye were, and that they weren't relevant to the particular issue.

            REad books. Read magazines.. talk to peer groups..


            But experimenting is the big one ! Exams are great at proving knowledge for an employer.. but hands on experience is hte best way to actually get yourself ahead, for yourself
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            • #7
              Re: how keep myself upto date?

              Originally posted by Ossian View Post
              LImit yourself - you can't know it all
              For example, I stick to Server, Exchange and SQL Server and don't venture into technologies I am not comfortable with (*nix, cisco etc)

              Keep "Jack of all trades, but master of none" firmly in mind
              I'm the opposite in most situations - if i don't know about something, then I try to find out about it where it's relevant or it matters..
              For instance - I've never known much about SQL, but i'm slowly teaching parts to myself where need be..
              I'm not comfortable with SQL, but I'll venture in there, cause that's the only way I'll ever become comfortable.


              Part of the reason I left my old job is because I wanted a broader array of skills - the only way to get any further in that organisation was to pigeonhole into a skill, and I didn't want to do that.
              (equally, that's what I love about my current role - I get everything.. I'm taking ownership of the entire infrastructure, and handling it, one way or the other)
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              • #8
                Re: how keep myself upto date?

                I focus on the technology that's relevant to my job. I don't work with Cisco gear so I don't focus on Cisco studies or certifications. Same with several MS technologies like Sharepoint, ISA, etc. IMHO having a cert with none of the underlying experience or understanding is pointless and frankly I wouldn't hire a guy with a Cisco cert and no experience but I would hire a guy with Cisco experience and no cert. It's a bit of a double-edged sword though as many companies have been misled into believing that a cert is one of the major factors they should look for when they're hiring.

                I often find that there are many cases where somebody has been in IT twice as long as me and knows half as much and there are cases where somebody else has been in IT half as long as me and knows twice as much.

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                • #9
                  Re: how keep myself upto date?

                  Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
                  I focus on the technology that's relevant to my job. I don't work with Cisco gear so I don't focus on Cisco studies or certifications. Same with several MS technologies like Sharepoint, ISA, etc. IMHO having a cert with none of the underlying experience or understanding is pointless and frankly I wouldn't hire a guy with a Cisco cert and no experience but I would hire a guy with Cisco experience and no cert. It's a bit of a double-edged sword though as many companies have been misled into believing that a cert is one of the major factors they should look for when they're hiring.

                  I often find that there are many cases where somebody has been in IT twice as long as me and knows half as much and there are cases where somebody else has been in IT half as long as me and knows twice as much.
                  Pretty much my sentiments.

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