MOS 0671 Data Systems Administrator

MOS 0671 Data Systems Administrator

MOS Description

Data Systems Administrators support a myriad of computer and Network Operating Systems (NOS) to include versions of Linux, Microsoft, and Unix, to enable command and control. Typical duties include active directory administration, Domain Name Service (DNS) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Warfighting Systems, Database administration and Unified Communications. Marines will be familiar with command line interface and tools (CLI), performance monitoring, client/server configuration, voice and video services, storage administration, virtualization, collaborative tools, and troubleshooting of hardware/software.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Computer Service Technician (CST) credential is for professionals who service hardware and provide systems software skills for personal computers. CSTs demonstrate knowledge in areas including, computer assembly/disassembly, motherboards, processor characteristics, system resources, buses, ports, peripheral devices, physical and electronic memory characteristics, secondary storage devices, and power concepts and supplies. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA A+ ce certification demonstrates competency as a computer support technician. The A+ ce certification is appropriate for entry-level technicians who perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. Security, safety and environmental issues, and communication and professionalism are also covered. It is recommended, although not required, that candidates have nine to twelve months of related hands-on experience as an IT professional.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Network Systems Technician (NST) certification is for a network professional who has knowledge of computer network basic concepts, which are applicable to all the various specialty areas of the computer industry. The NST demonstrates knowledge domains includeing, Computer Network Terminology, Network Administration, Wide Area Networks and Devices Used to Extend Networks, Network Architectures, Computer Network Topologies and Classifications, Network Services, Network Operations, and Network Standards. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Project+ is a certification for individuals who have fundamental project management skills. Project+ covers the entire project life cycle from initiation and planning through execution, acceptance, support and closure. Project+ demonstrates project managers have the skills necessary to complete projects on time and within budget, and create a common project management language among project team members. Project+ is appropriate for any managerial position across occupations. Although there are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam, one year of managing, directing or participating in small- to medium-scale projects is recommended.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Network+ ce is an intermediate skill level certification for IT technicians who can describe the features and functions of networking components and manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructure. In addition, certification holders have a basic understanding of enterprise technologies, including cloud and virtualization technologies. Network+ ce is appropriate for computer network technicians, engineers, analysts and administrators. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Network+ ce candidates have at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or academic training, along with a CompTIA A+ ce certification.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN) certification is for individuals responsible for installing, configuring, and securing Microsoft Windows clients and servers. Candidates should have the knowledge and skills needed to configure and manage the security of Microsoft operating systems and applications, including: PKI, IPSec, Group Policy, AppLocker, DNSSEC, PowerShell, and hardening Windows against malware and persistent adversaries. There are no formal education or experience requirements associated with this certification. Training is available but not required. Candidates must pass a written examination.
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The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) certification is an intermediate level credential that validates a practitioner's knowledge of the eight domains of cybersecurity knowledge as determined by (ISC)2. GISP certification holders will be able to demonstrate knowledge of asset security, communications and network security, identity and access management, security and risk management, security assessment and testing, security engineering, security operation, and software development security. There are no formal education or experience requirements associated with this certification. Training is available but not required. Candidates must pass a written examination.
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The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Security Essentials (GSEC) is an intermediate level certification that verifies a practitioner's knowledge of information security beyond basic terminology and concepts. GSECs are qualified to perform security-related hands-on IT systems roles. There are no prerequisites for the GSEC certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-1), Certified Network Computer Technician (NCT) is for the network professional who is knowledgeable about computer electronics basic concepts, Internet, and networking technology used in various parts of the computer industry. NCTs demonstrate the ability to operate, structure, function, file manage, diagnose, manage memory, install, configure/upgrade and troubleshoot operating systems and hardware (including motherboard and processors and printers). Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Broadband-Voice over Internet Protocol (B-VoIP) certification is an intermediate-level credential for B-VoIP technicians who install, maintain, repair and replace voice, data and video over Internet Protocol equipment. B-VoIP technicians connect B-VoIP equipment to local and wide area computer network systems, perform cable installation, replacement, modernization, and support interconnection between different cable types and wireless equipment; they also configure and provision B-VoIP equipment and transmission media. B-VoIP technicians have knowledge of protocols used for the telecommunications industry and are familiar with telecom industry acronyms and language. Though ETA-I does not require any specific training, education or experience for candidates of the B-VoIP certification, candidates are strongly encouraged to have the requisite knowledge and experience necessary to challenge the exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) certification is targeted to individuals with advanced-level security skills and knowledge. The CASP+ exam is designed to verify an applicant’s knowledge and skill in the areas of enterprise security, risk management, research and analysis, and the integration of computing, communications, and business disciplines. Although there are no required pre-requisites, the CASP+ certification is intended to follow the CompTIA Security+ certification as the next step in security certifications. A minimum of 10 years of experience in IT administration with at least 5 years in hands-on technical security experience is recommended.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is an entry-level certification designed to help individuals take the first step toward a career as an IT professional or developer. Students, those changing careers or just starting, or those exploring a technology career are best suited towards earning an MTA certification. The next step in the Microsoft certification path is Microsoft Technology Specialist (MCTS), which requires hands-on experience with the Microsoft technology platform. There are a number of MTA exams available in the area of IT infrastructure, database or developer. Passing one exam earns the MTA certification.

Note that individuals who already have an in-depth understanding of and hands-on experience with Microsoft technologies, might want to start with a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification or one of the Professional Series tracks. Please review the VA website to check which Microsoft exams in this certification track are eligible for GI Bill reimbursement.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 is a foundation level certification that validates an individual's mastery of the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills required to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value. Earning an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification qualifies an individual for a position as a network of computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist. Candidates must pass three exams related to installing, configuring, and administering Windows Server 2012. There are no experience or educational requirements that must be met prior to taking the exams, however, it is recommended that candidates have at least one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2012.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016 qualifies candidates for a position as a network or computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist, and it is the first step on the path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). Candidates must pass three exams: Installation, Storage, and Computer with Windows Server 2016 (740), Networking with Windows Server 2016 (741), and Identity with Windows Server 2016 (742). There are no prerequisites to sit for the exams.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification is an entry level certification for those beginning a career in the field of information technology (IT) or those in a field where a general knowledge of IT is necessary.  To earn the certification, candidates must pass one exam covering foundational IT concepts such as understanding the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use. There are no experience requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Certified Detection Analyst (GCDA) is an intermediate-level cyber security certification. Candidates for the GCDA collect, analyze, and tactically use network and endpoint data sources to detect malicious or unauthorized activity. Candidates for the GCDA use tools including Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and use tools to turn attacker strengths into attacker weaknesses. No specific training is required for any GIAC certification.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is an entry-level certification for associate-level jobs in the IT industry.  Updated in 2020, the CCNA program covers a broad range of fundamental concepts including network fundamentals, security, and automation and programmability.  Although there are no formal experience or education prerequisites, a candidate is recommended to have one or more years experience implementing and administering Cisco solutions as well as an understanding of basic IP addressing and network fundamentals.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Enterprise is an intermediate-level certification for networking professionals.  The CCNP Enterprise certification program is designed to validate skills in core enterprise technologies and provide an opportunity to select a focus on emerging and industry specific topics.  To earn the CCNA Enterprise certification, candidates must pass a core exam and a concentration exam of their choosing.  The core exam focuses on knowledge of enterprise infrastructure including architecture, visualization, network assurance, security and automation.  While there are no prerequisites, candidates are recommended to have three to five years of experience implementing enterprise networking solutions.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

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Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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