So In my journey to hopefully become a DBA I figure the first step is probably to start as a Windows System Administrator. Since Junior DBA positions aren't widely available.
What I have: B.S. in Computer Science and Experience working with CS Research Department on Tracing Algorithmns. What I do know: Pretty Advanced Knowledge in C++,C,HTML,PHP. Solid/Advanced Hardware Knowledge (I've built/repaired/maintained various computers). And Good Windows support/knowledge (I've done repairs on sooo many windows machines).
What I need to know?????? I compiled a small list of things I think I need to learn.
- Powershell (i've worked with bash, but....Powershell+Windows usually is together)
- MS SQL Server 2008 (Probably more of a side thing, but I'm spending my time learning it currently)
- Windows Server 2008 (I figure With good knowledge of most windows systems this should be easy to read about through books/practice)
- Active Directory (I know people that use it, and I dabbled with it a little, but picking up and reading a few books about it would be a good idea)
Any other suggestions? Things I'm missing? Do you think given my knowledge + What I'm going to learn in the next few months will make me applicable to the job market as a Windows System Admin?
Edit: I made small list of things/certs maybe to look into (or at least study for LIKE i was going to take them)
-Powershell -MS SQL Server 2008 -Windows Server 2008 -Active Directory -Microsoft Exchange Server 2010?
MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance MS SQL Server 2008-Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Installation and Maintenance
MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration Exam 70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration Exam 70-642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
(MCITP) (Next Phase)
MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 Exam 70-450: PRO: Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Server Infrastructure using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
MCITP: Server Administrator Exam 70-646: PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
How does that look?