probably bad i even haveta ask lol. just wanted to get feedback from career IT pro's on:
Nothing wrong with asking a question. But do remember that people are generally much more willing to help someone who help's themselves. No sense starting a new thread for something that's an easy search via Google.
what OS to learn like the back of my hand in the next 6 months.
Well, for your MSCE, it depends. There are different MCSE certifications as each version of Windows server comes out. If you're planning on getting the cert soon, an MCSE 2003 is still a very valid certification, as I'm sure plenty of shops are using Windows Server 2003 (Hint, that's the OS you should use). If you're going to the latest MCSE, then get Windows Server 2008. No matter which one you get, set up a private server at home. It runs fine on standard hardware, so don't go plunk down serious cash for a real "server" when your old P4 will work just fine. You'd be hard pressed to learn all the ins and outs of a complex server OS, in addition to the installation, configuration, and administration of all the major network services (I'm thinking SQL, Exchange, ActiveDirectory, IIS, etc.)
what terms are mostly commonly used/employed.
I'm sure it's probably the same tech jargon we use here on teh forumz. (not those last couple words though.) I don't really get this question.
what software plugins/tools to make yourself an over night network admin?
If you're just starting out, being a network administrator takes trust from your company. Being the FNG, you'll most likely be delagated tedious and remedial tasks. If something unimportant needs fixing, your pager will go off. If something major is happening, you'll probably be the gopher (go for). As far as software goes, it will probably be a while before you're in a position to choose. You might not like Norton AV, but if your boss or supervisor tells you install it, shut up and start clicking.
There's really nothing you can do to become as good as a seasoned admin overnight. You've gotta do it. You can read about it, thinking about, even eat, sleep, and breath network administration, but until you land a job actually doing it, you won't be very good. This is pretty common with any job. I work on the night crew at a grocery store. I stock the shelves and such. Despite being a fairly easy job, it takes some getting used to. You aren't truly effective at that job until you've learned what to do, what not to do, and when on both counts. Same logic stands for any job.
what must i learn how to deploy to be a pro? software apps, security apps, etc?
Same as above. For your first while on the job as an admin, don't try to improve anything. Just do your job their way to the best of your abilities, and when you've already proven to them that you know what the hell you're talking about, then propose a change, or an idea.