In this series of 8 classes, over 26 hours of material, Microsoft technology expert John Savill will walk you through eight key technology areas. You’ll come away with not only a solid Microsoft technical foundation but also the skills needed to architect and manage a well-designed datacenter using the latest technologies.
Administrators face a hideous battle today with more demands on technology from the business and an ever increasing number of technologies. This series will give you the edge to stay ahead of the curve. You’ll gain the expertise needed to take your datacenter and your organization’s entire IT approach into 2013 and beyond with confidence.
Each Master Class builds on the previous one, giving you the opportunity to put into practice skills learned before building on that knowledge with the next unit. With nearly a full weeks’ worth of content you’ll gain a huge amount of knowledge in easy-to-absorb units to ensure you gain the most benefit. It’s time to invest in yourself and give yourself the edge you need.
Part 1: Windows 101
This first class in the Master Series will give you a quick level set of key Windows technologies and principles before we dive into key security, deployment, and management best practices for Windows desktop and server deployments.
Part 2: Active Directory & Group Policy
In this class, we’ll explore the full capabilities of Active Directory and how to architect and manage Active Directory to meet your organization’s needs. Group Policy provides very advanced policy capabilities for Windows clients. We’ll provide best practices for application of Group Policy and discuss when to use Group Policy and when not to.
Part 3: Hyper-V
Windows Server 2008 R2 and SP1 turned Hyper-V into one of the three big machine virtualization solutions. Windows Server 2012 takes Hyper-V even further. In this class, we’ll explore Hyper-V from a capability, scalability, and implementation view and compare Hyper-V with other hypervisors and complete management solutions.
Part 4: Implementing a Private Cloud for Your Organization
It’s impossible not to use the word “cloud” in any conversation about future initiatives with any C-level executive today. The private cloud is a hot topic but what exactly is it and what is the benefit? In this class, we’ll compare private cloud public cloud solutions and look at how you can get your very own private cloud.
Part 5: Become a PowerShell Master
To automate the management of large environments IT departments must move past graphical interfaces and instead look at scripting and automation capabilities. PowerShell has gone from strength to strength and should be the scripting and automation solution of choice for all IT administrators. This class will show you how to use PowerShell effectively in your organization and automate many of the tasks that are done manually today.
Part 6: Backups, Disaster Recovery, Failover Clusters, and Protection for Your Infrastructure
As an organization’s IT infrastructure grows and becomes distributed over many locations the need for protection and the ability to continue offering services—even with the loss of a site—becomes critical. This class will focus on technologies that enable services to scale and become highly available, even across locations.
Part 7: Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 promises to be a major release for Windows Server—not only for internal use by IT organizations but also to become THE cloud platform for private and public cloud services. In addition to sporting a brand new version of Hyper-V that has a vast number of new capabilities, Windows Server 2012 also brings major changes throughout the operating system and a completely new approach to managing Windows Server. In this class, we’ll explore all the major features and show you how to manage Windows Server 2012.
Part 8: Windows 8
In this class, we’ll shift our focus from the back-end datacenter and core infrastructure to the client platform, Windows 8. We’ll look at changes in the Windows 8 interface, the new touch capabilities, and the new Metro application model. We’ll also cover other Windows 8 features, including enterprise-specific features and complementary technologies like the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack.