LAN administration is an arduous task. The administrator's responsibilities often involve many different aspects...
and may include such tasks as planning for network capacity, technology and capabilities, maintenance, backup and storage, technical documentation, troubleshooting, security and virus prevention as well as managing users.
While the specific job description for LAN administrators will be slightly different for each organization, common responsibilities include:
(Clicking on the hyperlinks below will take you to a separate page where you'll find tips, advice and help for each particular task.)
Task 1: Install and configure servers and user workstations
Task 2: Perform and manage regular backups
Task 3: Provide technical documentation
Task 4: Manage users and provide user support
Task 5: Provide LAN management and troubleshooting assistance
Task 6: Manage and assist with network security and virus prevention strategy
This guide will help you with each step and responsibility. Refer back to it often when you have questions or need advice in each specific area.
Additional checklist – Critical items that may require steps 1-5
|Antivirus protection||Mail servers|
|Backups and data redundancy||Monitoring network traffic|
|Fax machines||Network security|
|File servers||Network switches/hubs|
|File sharing||Printer servers and printers|
|Help desk /Work order tracking||Software licenses|
|Internet connectivity||SQL servers|
|Internet security||Time clock servers|
|Internet servers||User accounts|
|inventory of hardware and software|