When I was very young, my aunt passed away. My uncle, who collected on the insurance, purchased a PC. Until then, I had never heard of such a thing. I loved playing those text-based games with him and thought that noisy dot-matrix printer was amazing. I wanted a computer...and bad. My uncle started getting pretty good on his own machine and decided he wanted to build one. Mom and Dad funded the projected and together, my uncle and I built my first PC. So, right out of the gate, I had a great advantage and a vast knowledge of PCs. I've been doing it ever since. During high school, I spent my afternoons fixing computers for friends, family, and Office Max customers (where I worked). Then, it was off to college. I did a year and a half of programming and decided it wasn't for me. Prior to dropping out, I wanted more than anything to become a video game programmer. What I found out, though, is that the programmers don't necessarily have any input into what the game will be about or how it will function. They simply write code all day. I changed majors and earned an Associates degree in networking. Just before graduation, I earned my CNA (Certified Novell Administrator 5.0). My girlfriend and I were currently living in the country in Mississippi. I knew I wouldn't get a job there so we moved to New York. They ate me alive. We rode it out for a year, but I never could get a computer job and we were having trouble making ends meet. We wound up moving back to Mississippi, but this time, we came to the gulf coast. I finally landed an entry level IT job at a casino here in August of 03. I was in the process of getting a promotion when Katrina hit in August of 05. When I returned to work, I was no longer Night IT Operator, but now was Systems Technician. I was grateful for the promotion, but I really wanted the Network Administrator position. After all, that's what I got my degree in. The lady who use to do the networking, held the title Systems Specialist, not Network Administrator although that's really what she did. She didn't come back to us after the storm. Her position was eliminated. Can you imagine that we, a Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, don't have a Network Administrator? It's unreal! During the last two years, our old servers have started to fall apart. The lady who creates network accounts doesn't understand how rights get inherited. She can't use enough common sense either to know that the Director of a department should have access to the Managers folders, but not vice versa. In addition, our File Server has less than 3 GB of free space now and our Micros servers are worse. I've mentioned this to the boss who did, surprisingly order three new servers for us. Still, he isn't interested in making the Network Administrator position.
Now I'm stuck. I don't know what I should be doing. I only have a certification for Novell (which nobody around here uses any more...actually, I doubt anybody anywhere uses Novell). I can go get my MCSA or MCSE and try for the Network Administrator position with another company, or I could get in our Server Room and get to work hoping the boss will take notice of my hard work. I have a feeling, though, that I won't get a raise for working on these extra duties.
Where should I start?
Any and all information will be greatly appreciated.