Boot Camp. More than 75 percent of readers gave Mountain View Systems' Windows Server 2003 MCSE Boot Camp the highest grade. Its popularity is partially due to instructor James Carrion, the Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine columnist who leads this 20-day training program. Boot camp graduates speak highly of Carrion. Daniel Schoening of Harley-Davidson notes that, "James was 100 percent knowledgeable of the subject matter, could answer any question, and lead me through to a successful MCSE. Totally the best training I have ever participated in." Boot camp graduates earn not only the MCSE certification but also the MCSE: Security, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MSCA), and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications.

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Instructor-Led Training. According to Windows IT Pro readers, Mountain View Systems offers the best instructor-led training. Besides offering the Windows Server 2003 MCSE Boot Camp (which won the Best Boot Camp award), Mountain View Systems offers instructor led training in a variety of other areas. The instructor-led training programs include a 6-day course on how to plan for and implement a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 system and a 7-day course to help attain the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. "The environment is well thought-out to provide the students with the absolute preeminent place to obtain your certification," says Thom Pritchett, CCNA course participant. "The instructors are certified professionals who sense the students' ability to absorb information and adjust the schedule accordingly."

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Computer-Based Training. Transcender's TranscenderCert practice exams and TransTrainer videos take the spotlight in the competition for the Best Computer-Based Training award. Because the TranscenderCert practice exams and TransTrainer videos are on CD-ROMs, you can train at your own pace on your own computer and view lessons in any sequence. The step-by-step explanations and concise diagrams can help you study for Microsoft, Cisco, and other certification exams when it's convenient for you. The Microsoft programs include training for the MCSE, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), and Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) certifications. You can obtain the TranscenderCert practice exams and TransTrainer videos together or separately.

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Web-Based Training. With nearly 60 percent of Windows IT Pro readers' votes, Transcender's TranscenderCert practice exams with e-Learning courses takes top honors in the Web-Based Training award competition. Transcender has partnered with Thomson NETg to deliver e-Learning courses to customers. Like the TranscenderCert practice exams, the e-Learning courses are self-paced and available when you have time to work on them. TranscenderCert practice exams with e-Learning courses are available for many certification areas, including the MCSE, MCSE: Messaging, MCSE: Security, and Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) certifications. If instructor-led, classroom-based training isn't feasible because of time or budget constraints, TranscenderCert practice exams with e-Learning courses is a practical alternative.

TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

Boot Camp
1st—Mountain View Systems Windows Server 2003 MCSE Boot Camp
http://www.mntview.com
2nd—Vigilar IntenseSchool MCSE 2003
http://www.vigilar.com
3rd—Vigilar IntenseSchool CCNA
http://www.vigilar.com

Computer-Based Training
1st—Transcender TranscenderCert Practice Exams and TransTrainer videos
http://www.transcender.com
2nd—ExamForce CramMaster
http://www.examforce.com
3rd—SelfTest Software Practice Tests
http://www.selftestsoftware.com

Instructor-Led Training
1st—Mountain View Systems Instructor-Led Training
http://www.mntview.com
2nd—Vigilar IntenseSchool
http://www.vigilar.com
3rd—Global Knowledge IT Training
http://www.globalknowledge.com

Web-Based Training
1st—Transcender TranscenderCert Practice Exams with e-Learning Courses
http://www.transcender.com
2nd—SelfTest Software Online Learning Courses
http://www.selftestsoftware.com
3rd—LearnKey OnlineExpert
http://www.onlineexpert.com