A network systems administrator is responsible for maintaining/configuring a computer network. This can range from settings up new user accounts to exchanging servers in a rack. The network systems administrator makes sure that a network is running at peak performance 100% of the time, and exceeds user demand. To exceed user demand an administrator may have to install and or upgrade hardware/software, troubleshoot problems that may emerge when installing new hardware/software, provide technical support for staff, and train staff to use new hardware/software.Ever since around 2014 I’ve wanted to become a network systems administrator. It all started when my dad had given me my first server, it had an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 clocked at 2.93GHz and 4 gigabytes of DDR2 memory running at 667MHz. I started out running a Minecraft server for me and a few friends and after that, it just started to grow. I don’t quite remember how I branched out from just running Minecraft servers but eventually, I ran my own FTP (file transfer protocol) server, with this, you can upload and download files between a client and the server. Then I started to host VOIP (voice over IP) servers for guilds/clans. Eventually, I had to stop due to my internet connection being too slow. Shortly after though Google Fiber was offering plans in the Kansas City area. We had gotten the best plan they offered, 1 gigabit per second upload and download, after that my interest in server hosting peaked. I started hosting everything from game servers to websites.My first upgrade came when my dad had bought three Dell Poweredge 1950 generation III’s in 2015, they each had 32 gigabytes of DDR2 ECC (error-correcting code) memory running at 667MHz, and two Intel Xeon X5470 CPUs running at 3.33GHz. Not too long after I was introduced to the world of Linux. Linux is an open source operating system, it was released on September 17, 1991. Linux has many different ‘flavors’ or distributions; Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Arch Linux. The list goes on and on, there are literally thousands of different flavors of Linux. I started running Ubuntu server. I soon realised how difficult Linux was since it was just a terminal so I switched to Windows Server 2012 R2 to educate myself more on the subject. I figured out to truly learn how to use Linux I had to run virtual machines. Virtual machines are virtual computers running in a completely different environment, the virtual computer uses resources on the main computer to run.