The goal of this course is to help you create your own Windows Server IT lab so you can gain experience at home using your own personal computer.
Believe it or not, experience gained at home is just as valuable as experience gained on the job. Many people struggle with the catch-22 of not being able to get an IT job because they don’t have experience, but also can’t get experience because they don’t have an IT job. This course will solve that problem for you the student.
How can I say that? Because this is exactly how I got my start in the IT field. In fact, my first employer substituted a 4-year degree because I had gained home experience and put it to practical use in some volunteer work that I did. This is all I had on my resume when I walked in and applied at this large, 40,000+ employee company of which I had no other advantage or inside connections to.
The sad truth is that our colleges are sending their students out with a heavy load of debt and very little practical experience. My mission is to provide affordable IT training that does prepare you for the IT workplace through valuable, practical experience.
Listed below are the hardware and software requirements you will need before starting this course:
A 64-bit processor is required to install Windows Server 2016 as taught in this course. If you cannot obtain a 64-bit processor, then your only other option is to install the 32-bit Windows Server 2012r2 which can be found here. If the link is dead, run a quick google search for “Windows Server 2012r2 Download” and download the ISO from Microsoft.com.
The 64-bit operating system is also required if you plan to install Windows Server 2016. As mentioned above, if you opt to go with the 32bit Windows Server 2012r2, you should have no issues following along with the course.
To create 64-bit VMs, you must enable virtualization in your BIOS. If you run into trouble when creating your VMs, you can assume that your virtualization is not enabled. For detailed instructions on how to enable virtualization, click here.
Paul is an IT Professional with over 9 years of experience currently working as a Network Administrator in contract support of various Federal Agencies in the United States.
Paul began his career by volunteering his computer skills at his local church at the age of 16. He identified a technology problem the church was having and designed a system to fix it . Other IT Professionals at the church encouraged Paul to continue utilizing his skills to gain experience, and emphasized that he should include it on his resume even though his experience wasn't paid. Based solely on the experience he gained volunteering, a large DoD contracting company hired Paul as an intern. As his career progressed, Paul moved on to another Large company to work full time.
Paul constantly pushes himself to increase the depth of his knowledge in the field of Information Technology and expand his skill-set, whether on the job or at home. Paul gratefully notes that he “had the blessing of working alongside highly motivated and talented professionals” who continually inspired and pushed him to take challenges head-on, and to make EVERYTHING you can out of opportunities that arise while on the job. His motto is "Any job is what you make of it. You write your own resume and paycheck by your drive to succeed."
Paul's goal on Udemy is to help YOU get an IT job by providing you a basic skill-set. The fact is that most entry level IT jobs (Help Desk) in the NCR are paying only 10k under the median HOUSE HOLD income from just ONE entry level job and a much higher potential to double or triple the median house hold income throughout one's career. The IT field is viewed as very difficult to enter, but if you have a good skill-set and determination to succeed, you WILL get hired!