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
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
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)
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.
No formal professional experience in IT required.
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™?
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?
If I can't solve the exercise where do I go for help?
We have an online forum where you can ask questions and our team of professional instructors will help you out.
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.
This certification successfully prepares you for the following
Training Curriculum and Certifications
Students unlock Certificates of Completion for every exercise they complete. Industry Certifications are unlocked upon achieving Skills Proficiency Milestones.
As an MCSI Certified System Administrator you will be fully capable of performing the following:
Deploy and manage virtual machines and networks
OSI and TCP/IP
Windows Security and Administration
Group Policy Objects
Users and Groups
Linux Security and Administration
Users and Groups
Why MCSI’s MSAF Certification is World Class
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.
Students who have obtained this Certification have demonstrated that they can deploy fundamental security controls on Windows and Linux machines.
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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