The Network: It's always been full of itself.
The Internet is the most documented collection of software on the planet.
The tie that binds as few as two computers which then comprise a network.
An on-line Ethernet Tutorial from the CIS department at the University of New Hampshire.
Network Magazine Tutorials:
Principles of System Administration
At Shields UP!, Anti-Online! and Privacy.net you can test your system's present time vulnerability to access from the internet. Then go on over to Zone Alarm and download the latest in personal firewall software. For Free.
Use Network-Tools.com to trace any computer on the Internet.
How fast is your connection? There's a page that'll test it at Navas Cable and another at Leslie's modem speed test page. CableModem.net and DSL Reports run test protocols for cable and DSL modems. For "the best broadband tweaks and patches on the net," click on Speedguide.net.
Systems Administration is provided by Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers who have completed a fairly rigorous battery of examinations. Many of them can be passed with a little "hands on" experience of the OS and help from these sites.
MCSE Study Links:
J. Helmig's FAQ:
Central Institute of
Technology's free online self-study IT courses from New
Zealand. This link is to the mirror site at the University of
From the folks who bring you Whatis.com, SysAdmins are targeted for specialized search support. Scroll to the bottom of that page for more tech specific search engines.
You can acquire The Comprehensive Resource On Digital Subscriber Line Technology online. Fill in the form and download the whole darn book. It's as comfortable to read in PDF format as a sharp stick in the eye... but it's free.
An Introduction to Incident Response and Handling in a Microsoft Environment:
A Primer for the Unprepared Administrator
Practically Networked: Plain language small networking.
The Cisco Knowledge
Fatkid.com offers free training labs on Cisco routers and switches, free practice questions, and a rack of equipement that you can rent time on.
The Second Most Popular NOS (Network Operating System) and still in serious competition with What's In First.
Tips for taking the CNE Tests
The IP Network
Design Guide is representative of the talent and
effort invested in the Red Books. And the best illustrated networking primer you'll ever find.
At Ponder This, you are cordially invited to match wits with some of the best minds in IBM Research. These are brain stretchers, not teasers. They make great warm-up exercises for a certifications marathon although most have nothing to do with computers.