Welcome to The Network Engineer. When I first began as a Network Administrator I often found myself lost and bewildered. There were so many options, how could I possibly choose? What was most important to focus on? While standards such as the ITIL have helped to some extent, many of these standards are more theoretical than practical in nature. On this site I hope to delineate for new and experienced individuals in technical IT positions some theoretical guidelines but then fill these guidelines in with real life applications. The site will not attempt to be extensive in content, but rather complete and concise, dealing with topics in a manner that is useful to the (always) busy network administrator or engineer.