Update: This page was completely updated in January 2016. Links were fixed, and new links were added.

Scope and overview

Inspired by Don Jones‘ excellent “Don’t Get Stuck in Your Job” blog post, I’ve taken some time to compile a bunch of online IT training to help people diversify their IT knowledge, for free.

This post covers a selection of free IT training that I’ve found on my travels. Topics are diverse, and include areas like: Virtualization and Cloud, Networking, Security, Linux, Storage systems, PowerShell, to Programming and Database fundamentals.

I believe that as IT Professionals, the more aspects of IT that we understand and appreciate, the better we’re able to meet the needs of business. I’d really like this to evolve into a community resource for anyone who wants to diversify their IT knowledge. If you’ve found other free IT training or resources that aren’t mentioned here, please feel free to mention it in the comments and I’ll endeavour to add it (I’m particularly interested in official training from vendors).

If you’re left wondering where on earth you’re going to get time to study all this, remember that it only takes about 20 hours to pick up a subject/skill, and that’s merely a month of Lunch-times!


Virtualization and Cloud

VMware

Full list of Free self-paced learning from VMware

EMC

Hyper-V

OpenStack

Multi-technology Virtualization

Docker (Containers)

PowerShell

Linux

Programming and Databases

General Programming

Python

Databases

DevOps

Configuration Management/Automation

Very useful for keeping IT systems configuration in sync with internal standards, as well as automation of routine tasks/etc.

Puppet

Networking

General

Cisco

Security

Storage Systems/Arrays

NetApp

NetApp have an incredible range of Web-Based courses available for free, but you will need to register for an account (Choose a Guest account if you’re not a customer). Also, be careful with “free email addresses”. NetApp seem to verify your account and if it comes from a hotmail or gmail account, will not allow it access. I find this a slight aberration, as they allow access for Guests who don’t have NetApp systems, who could be future paying customers. I had success with an @outlook.com account, but your mileage may vary.

Some highlights:

EMC

Full list here. But some of these are only available to customers and partners! Anything I list below is available to anyone (i.e. non-customers) for free.

Backup and Recovery

Microsoft Client, Server and Office

Server 2012

Windows 8

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012

Active Directory

OneNote

Want more?

Update log

2016-01-18: Added a link to Docker training, via  @aaronbuley
2016-01-14:
Added a link to EMC Isilon training. Fixed some more broken links, everything should be fully up to date now.
2016-01-04:
Fixed a bunch of broken VMware links; Added a link to Eric’s site, and to Class-Central (thanks to @cody_bunch)
2014-10-23:
Added EMC Hybrid Cloud with VMware Fundamentals e-Learning, with thanks to Christopher Kusek
2014-07-31:
Added Puppet Workshop Course Library, and a new section for Configuration Management/Automation, with thanks to Brian Trainor.
2014-07-26:
Added a note about signing up for a NetApp account
2014-07-20:
Added: Understanding TCP/IP from Cisco Learning to Networking section. SCCM 2012, Active directory, and upskill from Server 2008 to 2012 courses to Microsoft section.
2014-07-16
: Added a link to a compiled list of Couch to OpenStack sessions, thanks to Nick Marshall for compiling!
2014-07-14: Added Security, Networking and Windows Server courses by itmaster.edu.au. Added Linux resources: Introduction to Linux Course, by eDX and some videos from the Linux Foundation.

Written by Phil Wiffen

Phil is an IT Professional working in Cambridge, England. He generally blogs about useful solutions that he comes across in his work/play.

7 Comments

Andrew Paiti

Just wanted to say thanks for the list!
Cheers,
Andrew
PS- You should visit the Cook Islands (Rarotonga, Aitutaki). – Just throwing that out there.

Phil Wiffen

No problem at all Andrew! Hope you find it useful 🙂

PS: Those islands look stunning! One for the wishlist 🙂

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