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

  • Virtualisation 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 - 7 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

Terms and Conditions

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

Career Outcomes

This certification successfully prepares you for the following roles:

  • Network Technician
  • System Administrator
Certification Detail

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


Receive help from instructors online

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:

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.


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