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Difference between network engineering and network administration

What exactly is the difference between network engineering and network administration.

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Dear Wilson:
The engineering side of things tends to deal more with planning, design, and technical specifications, whereas the administration side of things deals mostly with day-to-day maintenance, management, and troubleshooting topics. Engineers tend to plans, design, and build numerous networks over time, and to get involved in prior projects when growth or expansion needs require redesign, extension, or enhancements. Administrators tend to oversee rather fewer networks, but to work with them quite closely on an everyday basis.
HTH,
--Ed--

This was first published in January 2003

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