My relevant skills (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
- General Computing Software/Hardware= Advanced
- General Networking= Intermediate
- Server Admin= Beginner
- Networking Admin= Beginner
The IT company set up my old 2003 R2 server. The server manages all the DNS looks up and it seems to be more efficient to let it continue to do so(?). I've been managing Active Directory and GPO, and it seems like setting this up on a new server should be easy enough, especially if a lot of it is just mimicking what's already done. I've handled all the Enterprise software without issues, except the various components of Watchguard which is quite a bit beyond my knowledge (it seems the trained IT staff has trouble with it from time to time, and it looks to be more complicated than other Firewall solutions). I'm resigned to the fact that I'll need outside help to do all of the Watchguard setup. The IT company also want's to purchase Vsphere Essentials to manage some of the Enterprise software. I don't know anything about visualization software or the benefits it would provide outside of the occasional troublesome Enterprise software issues and easy rebooting; it seems like we could do just as well without it as we have for the last three servers.
I've been trying to brush up on all the server lingo and things I should know. It seems like setting up the various server components shouldn't be too hard overall to figure out. But today I learned that CAL's are a thing and I'd need to buy licenses to cover all our devices and components to keeps the BSA auditor's happy should they ever come a knocking. These seemingly well-known facts that I was completely unaware of start to make me doubt that I'm going to have my T's crossed when deployment comes in 1-2 months.
Where's a good place to get a crash course on server administration? I've actually considered pursuing some of Microsoft's MSA server training courses, but I don't know if this is a valid use of time.
Just would appreciate general thoughts, opinions, and tips to the many server admin's out there. I pretty much have to remain in a Windows environment and I wouldn't be better off with another OS.