Courses for Microsoft Certified Systems Administrators

Find out about course requirements for earning your Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification. Read on for information about the degrees that might incorporate this and the various certifications that might be available. Schools offering Computer Systems Administration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Can I Learn in a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator Course?

Courses counting toward MCSA certification can be useful if you are either pursuing your initial certification or continuing education. Courses may cover topics from installing and configuring Windows client to implementing security and network infrastructure to data communications.

These courses help you develop necessary technical skills to implement, manage and maintain a computer network for companies of all sizes, as well as to establish and maintain security over that network. Courses include face-to-face or online instruction, lab work and simulated practice. All classes prepare you to pass the MCSA exams. Some of the courses needed for MCSA certification are as follows:

Network design

These classes cover network fundamentals including planning, installing and maintaining networks. You will also take a look at network security, different protocols, and required hardware.

Server configuration

Network servers must be configured for the roles they are to perform, such as printing, email, file services or web. Courses in server configuration show you how to set up user accounts, storage, security, and various network services.

Network administration

These courses explore what tools to use to manage network operation and troubleshoot problems. Other topics might include network performance issues and disaster recovery.

Network security

Network security includes not only local and wide area networks that are hard wired but also wireless networks. You could learn how to test for vulnerabilities in the network, what to do about them, and how to develop good security policies.

Network hardware

You might explore the nuts and bolts of network components, including switches, routers, cables, and storage devices. These classes also discuss how to work with fiber optic technology.

What Programs Offer These Courses?

Most local colleges offer courses as individual electives, CE credits or a class series intended to lead toward certification. You can also find courses through degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, such as the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Engineering Technology, B.S. in Computer Science or Master of Science in Internet Information Systems. The curricula in these programs can incorporate the knowledge and skills needed to help you pass your MCSA.

How Do Online Programs Work?

Online MCSA courses generally cover the same material as the in-class counterparts. You may need to obtain Microsoft manuals to take online courses, as well as hold certification in security, A+ and Network+. Most online network training can lead to an MCSA certification.

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