Background: I made the decision last spring to quit teaching. I felt like politics were getting in the way of education, and for the sake of my blood pressure, I resigned my position. I really loved doing tech stuff in my spare time so I decide to pursue that as a career. I checked out books from the public library and read up and passed the 801 and 802 to get my A+ certification. A month later I passed the Microsoft Technology Associate Certification in Networking Fundamentals. I was still having trouble finding a job though because I didn't have experience. At the end of October I started at a training facility in my area (I drive ~140 miles a day round trip) it is a four-month course. I am a week away from finishing the IT Admin track. I then have a Security+ course and a Cisco course, and if I pass the exams I will have those certs as well. Now: I have learned all this cool tech suff, and will continue to be learning, so I was curious if there were any folks on Skial that enjoy these subjects, or are maybe also learning these things. Outside of class, I really don't have a lot of people that I can talk to about this stuff. So I would be excited to find another group of people to talk tech stuff with. In our IT Admin track we are dealing strictly with Microsoft Server 2008 R2. We are using their RRAS even though we know in the real world most places use Cisco. The idea is to learn how it works with what we have now, and our apply that to the 3rd party hardware later. We have mostly being building on virtual machines, it hasn't been until this past week and a half that they have given us about 25 machines to install servers and build our infrastructure. If there is anyone interested in this I can talk about out our project, it is a hotel corporation, with the corporate domain as the parent, two regional child domains (East and West) and a two-way trusted forest with an International Domain. Subjects we have to cover in our presentation: Active Directory, DNS, WINS, DHCP, RRAS w/VPN, Relay Agents, IPSEC, RDC, OUs and OU delegation, Batch files and scripting, GPOs, Backup, File/Print Servers, Disk Quotas, IP Address scheme, RAID, Trusts, Forests, Naming of Objects, Home folders, Shadow Copy, Firewall. My subjects are: AD, OUs, Scripting and Home Directory. Because I wrote the scripts and batch files that create the OUs and enter the Users by looping through a CSV in Powershell. The script also designates the user's home directory, so I will talk about that, and throw in Roaming Profiles too because why not? tl:dr I am learning Help Desk/Sys Admin type stuff and love it, looking for people to talk about it with.