Server Essentials

270 hours
18 weeks
15 hours
per week

Provides knowledge and skills needed to manage a server operating system; including practical and analytical skills needed to install, configure and ensure the operation of a server. Instruction is in both the Windows and Linux server environments and includes planning and installation of the appropriate operating systems, configuration of server components and computer virtualization platforms.

Topics include managing file systems, server applications, network configurations, and the use of administrative tools and the control panel. Learn command line processing; user accounts and permissions, and basic shell programming.

Students who successfully complete the program can use the skills learned in a variety of industries and jobs including network and computer systems administrator, computer support specialist and computer operator. Also serves as a foundation for additional training in information technology.

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Receive the Server Essentials certificate by completing two courses:

  • COMP 641 Linux Essentials
  • COMP 642 Server Admin Fundamentals
Class Class Number Status Room Type Hours per Week Dates Instructor Class Meetings Textbooks, Materials Fees Class Notes Class Description version

Information Technology Enrollment Process

  1. Read the enrollment instructions & class details. Once Summer 2024 enrollment opens on Monday, May 13th, please enroll promptly as some classes fill quickly.
  2. Meet with a Counselor to discuss your Educational Plan, understand the requirements for the courses, and map out your career path. To make an appointment with a counselor, call North City Campus at (619) 388-1800 or email .

Possible Career Paths

Examples of jobs you may be qualified for after completion of this program:

  • Computer User Support Specialists $16-27/hr.
  • Information Technology Specialist $16-25/hr

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