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Network Administration I've worked as a computer system administrator for over five years. I've worked mostly with programs in a mixed Microsoft Windows NT and Novell Netware environment. I am a Novell Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) and now I'm a certified Novell GroupWise Administrator. I've taken courses in configuration of Cisco routers. In this informative article, I will explore the definition of a network administrator, the tasks and responsibilities of a network administrator and share a day in the life span of a community administrator. For documentation on my qualifications, I am including my certificate certificates. What's a Network Administrator? A network administrator is one who maintains and troubleshoots your personal computer systems. Based on the size of your organization and the complexity of your technologies, a network administrator's job can vary from ten hours per week to full time. There are some obvious network management tasks, like installing or updating system applications and managing user files and discs distance, so you likely have some idea of what an administrator does. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is a consortium of telecommunications companies worldwide who have, among other things, defined a series of recommendations that describe how a telecommunications management network (TMN) should be operated. The ITU members have adopted a model of management functions that I think is of interest to us because it gives a framework that we can use to understand the role of the network administrator. This function model is often referred to as the FCAPS model after the initials of each of the major functions it describes. TMN function Naive description Fault Management: Fixing what is broken. Configuration Management: Controlling the operational parameters of something so it works the way you desire. Accounting Management: Knowing who's using how much of what, and maybe billing them for it. Performance Management: Making sure it all works acceptably quickly. Security Management: Controlling who can do what. The notion is that just about any network management task can be said to belong to one of those management functions. For instance, plugging a patch-lead back in after it has fallen out is fault management, introducing a firewall onto your network is a security management t.. .