Certification Programmes

MCSI Certification

MSAF - System Administration Fundamentals

This certification training teaches you how to professionally deploy and manage ICT systems.

Many technical cybersecurity roles require skills in supervising and protecting mission critical equipment located on-premise, in data centers and in the cloud.

This course is the ideal place to start if you've never received formal training in IT engineering and system administration.

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Intermediate Level MCSI Certification Beginner
ic-certificate Certification
ic-clock 200+ hours
cpe-points 104
ic-money US$450
No Expiry, No Renewals


MCSI Certifications are world-class. The content is cutting-edge, uniquely-designed, hands-on and challenging. Our exercises teach in-demand skills that are immediately applicable in the field. MCSI's unique approach helps students around the world advance their careers.

This Certification has no expiry date. It has no renewal fees, no hidden fees, and is accessible with no time limits.

MCSI - System Administration Fundamentals:

  • Deploy and manage virtual machines
  • Create network architecture diagrams
  • Harden Windows workstations and servers
  • Manage Windows networks using Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
  • Manage local and network firewalls
  • Install backup software and recover from incidents
  • Administer and protect Unix machines


Training Modules

  • Virtualization Fundamentals - 9 exercises
  • Networking Fundamentals - 4 exercises
  • Windows System Security and Administration - Part 1 - 7 exercises
  • Windows System Security and Administration - Part 2 - 9 exercises
  • Windows System Security and Administration - Part 3 - 8 exercises
  • Firewall Fundamentals - 6 exercises
  • System Security and Administration: Linux - 5 exercises
  • Backups and Recovery and Restoration 101 - 10 exercises
  • Introduction to Troubleshooting - 2 exercises
  • Linux Server 101 - General - 9 exercises
  • Linux Server 101 - Networking - 5 exercises
  • Linux Server 101 - Hardening - 8 exercises


  • Windows Server 101 - 12 exercises
  • Introduction to Exchange Server Administration - 10 exercises

Sample Exercises

Below are three (3) exercises from the 100+ exercises available in MSAF - System Administration Fundamentals:

Create A Firewall Rule To Allow And Deny Traffic To Specific Ports (Novice)


Share A Directory Over A Network Using NFS And Use The Local Firewall To Only Allow Whitelisted IP Addresses To Access IT (Novice)


Simulate A Real-World Server Migration By Converting A VMware Virtual Machine To An AWS EC2 Instance Using The Server Migration Service (Advanced Beginner)


Enrolment and Fees


US$450 (+ GST if you're based in Australia).

Practical exercises must be completed online using MCSI's Online Learning Platform.

How to enrol

  1. Login/Register for MCSI's Online Learning Platform
  2. Select `Shop` from the left-side menu
  3. Find the MSAF - System Administration Fundamentals, select `Buy` and proceed through the checkout process. You can purchase using a Credit Card or PayPal
  4. Once you have enrolled in the MSAF - System Administration Fundamentals, the curriculum unlocks immediately
  5. In the left-side menu of the platform, select `Training & Education` then `MCSI Curriculums`, and you will see the MSAF - System Administration Fundamentals listed
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Terms and Conditions

  • No discounts
  • No refunds
  • No transfers
  • No renewal fees
  • No hidden fees
  • No time limits

Cooling-Off Policy

Receive a full refund if you change your mind about a purchase within 24 hours. No questions asked.

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Student Testimonials

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Training Laptop Requirement

This course can be completed on a standard training laptop. Below are some specifications that guarantee you can complete this course with your machine:

  • 64-bit Intel i5/i7 2.0+ GHz processor or equivalent
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Ability to run at least (1) virtual machine using Virtual Box, or an equivalent virtualization software
  • Windows 10 or later, macOS 10 or later, or Linux
  • Local administrator privileges
Do you support older operating systems?

Yes. Many of the exercises can be completed on older OS versions. Several of our students are successfully using older equipment to learn cyber security.

Proficiency in the English language

Ability to comfortably read and understand IT documentation written in English. Ideally, an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent).

Note: You can register for this course without having undertaken an English test.

Professional Experience

No formal professional experience in IT required.

Technical Skills

Some basic skills that we recommend you obtain prior to attempting this course:

  • Ability to install and uninstall software
  • Ability to use search engines to research IT documentation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MCSI Method™?

Common Questions

  • Are solutions included in certifications and bundles?
    • No. Our method of teaching cyber security consists of challenging you with real-world problem statements that you're expected to research and solve by doing your own research. This is how you'll be expected to work in the field. When you fail an exercise, we provide you with constructive feedback to improve and try again.
  • Do the videos provides the answers to exercises?
    • No. The videos teach concepts, mindset, methodologies, procedures and professional skills such as report writing, interviewing and preparing proposals.
  • Do bundles, training content, or certificates ever expire? Am I expected to buy again in the future?
    • Once purchased, bundles and certificates are unlocked forever. They are no recurring or ongoing fees.
  • Do I need to buy the training and the certification separately?
    • No. The price provided covers both. You only pay once.
  • Do you offer any special offers and discounts?
    • No.
  • If I can't solve the exercise where do I go for help?
  • Who reviews and marks exercises?
    • Trained cyber security instructors that work for Mossé Cyber Security Institute.
  • We can't pay via credit card. Can you raise an invoice for international wire payment instead?
    • Yes. Send us the list of bundles and certifications you want to purchase at [email protected]
  • Can I access a trial/demo the certification programmes prior to enrolling?
    • We provide a free curriculum with 82 practical exercises you can try.
    • The Free Curriculum teaches Security Tools, Penetration Testing, Red Teaming, Threat Hunting, Cyber Defence, GRC and Windows Internals.
    • Try the Free Curriculum
  • What is an `Unofficial Curriculum`?
    • An `Unofficial Curriculum` contains MCSI's practical exercises aligned to a non-MCSI Industry Certification syllabus.
    • We offer unofficial curriculums for the OSCP, ISACA CISA, ISACA CISM, ISACA CRISC, CCT ICE, CCSAS, CCT ACE.
  • Do you provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits?
    • Yes. Every single exercise offers CPE credits. The number of credits earned depends on the difficulty of the exercise completed. Below are the CPE Credits achieve for an exercise in each difficulty:
    • Novice exercises = 1 CPE credits
    • Advanced Beginner exercises = 2 CPE credits
    • Competent exercises = 5 CPE credits
    • Proficient exercises= 8 CPE credits
    • Beyond Proficient exercises = 16 CPE credits
  • Are MCSI courses/certifications recognized and have value outside of Australia?
    • Yes. MCSI certifications have value worldwide and are recognized by employers looking for individuals with practical cyber security skills.
    • MCSI's training is 100% practical with real cybersecurity problems designed to teach immediately applicable skills in the field. To solve our practical exercises, students must do their own research and develop their own solutions.
    • While completing exercises, students also develop their own comprehensive cybersecurity portfolio of skills. Individuals use this portfolio to demonstrate their cybersecurity competencies to solve real industry problems to future employers or hiring managers.
  • Do I need to complete an exam to receive MCSI Certification?
    • No. MCSI Certifications are completed by solving practical cybersecurity exercises.

Career Outcomes

This certification successfully prepares you for the following roles:

  • Network Technician
  • System Administrator
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Training Curriculum and Certifications

Students unlock Certificates of Completion for every exercise they complete. Industry Certifications are unlocked upon achieving Skills Proficiency Milestones.




Obtain CPE points by solving exercises


Achieve multiple certifications


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MCSI's MSAF certification covers three (3) levels of the Australian Signals Directorate's Cyber Skills Framework. You will obtain a certificate upon reaching each level. Click here to learn more.

ASD Skills Proficiency Level Curriculum Completion Requirement Scenarios Completion Requirement
MCSI System Administration Learner Level 1 0% 0%
MCSI Novice System Administrator Level 2 50% 0%
MCSI System Administration Practitioner Level 3 80% 100%

As an MCSI Certified System Administrator you will be fully capable of performing the following:

  • Deploy and manage virtual machines and networks
    • Virtual Box
    • VMWare
    • AWS
    • Taking Snapshots
    • OSI and TCP/IP
    • Network Diagrams
  • Windows Security and Administration
    • Firewall
    • Windows Registry
    • Filesystem
    • UAC
    • Group Policy Objects
    • SMB
    • RDP
    • Users and Groups
  • Linux Security and Administration
    • CRON
    • Scripting
    • Filesystem
    • Squid
    • Permissions
    • Samba
    • SSH
    • Users and Groups

Why MCSI’s MSAF Certification is World Class

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100% Hands-On

Holders of the MSAF Certification have completed 100 practical online exercises thus demonstrating that they have the skills and knowledge required to deploy and manage production ICT systems.

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Security Focused

Students who have obtained this Certification have demonstrated that they can deploy fundamental security controls on Windows and Linux machines.

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Full Coverage

Covers technologies such as GCP, AWS, Azure, VMWare, VirtualBox, Group Policy Objects, Windows Registry, Firewalls, disk partitions, proxies, samba, SMB, SSH, RDP and Active Directory.

MCSI students have submitted over 13,000 practical online exercises since December 2018.

Information Security Professionals made a median salary of $103,590 in 2020. Cybersecurity roles are regularly ranked #1 jobs in the United States.

Invest $450, and in 5 weeks, you will be ready to apply for jobs with a salary of $75,000 to $150,000 per year.
Why spend between $10,000 to $45,000 on tuition to only get theoretical courses and wait for 2 to 4 years for piece of paper?
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