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All! Below are the Windows 2003 courses that I have actually trained,
however I am comfortable to train courses which are a variation on these MOC*
numbers. For example, there is an increasing tendency to 'mix and match',
to choose elements from different course to make custom course but based on
existing modules (Lessons).
Here are the Windows 2003 MOC numbers that I have trained:
2274,5,6,7 also 2209 and 2210.
*MOC = Microsoft Official Curriculum
When I started training Server 2003 I thought it would be a trivial upgrade
over Windows 2000 - I was wrong. Firstly, all those rough edges of Windows
2000 have been smoothed off, secondly, all
those little things that should have been in Windows 2000 are now there.
However, from the training perspective, the courses have been transformed
with crisper lessons and more regular practical exercises. Best of all
you can feel your skill level rising as you study.
In practical terms the theme is now Lesson, Instructor Demo, Hands-on Labs
and Review Questions. What the delegates rave over is the new Labs. The old
labs used to be like following a recipe, yes they worked but delegates used to
scratch their heads and say: "So what" or "Precisely what did we learn there".
Now they are saying, "That really made me think".
Be careful when you choose your MOC course there are even more numbers than
before, the only way is to check the outlines, or better still phone your
nearest centre and ask to speak to an instructor. (I am not on commission
My first message for Windows 2000 is 'this is a huge product'. One
training course is unlikely to make anyone an expert. The modern training
trend is to select just the modules you need, so if you are a delegate or
selling courses do take the time to check all the courses available. I
train the full range of Windows 2000 courses and am at present looking at the
.NET products. As a trainer I welcome special requests, the easiest and
most satisfying people to train are those who know just what they want.
- Upgrade courses from NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 (Intermediate)
- Networking essentials and Windows 2000 (Foundation)
- Features of Windows 2000 Server and Professional (Intermediate)
- Specialist courses, for example: Active Directory, Migration (Advanced)
Exchange 2000 has changed radically from Exchange 5.5. The biggest
difference is integration with Active Directory. However there are
numerous improvement to scalability, performance and reliability. What
many people want is strategies and ideas on upgrading their Exchange 5.5 systems
to Exchange 2000.
Windows Exchange 2003 is a big product in its own right. I have been
training Exchange since version 5.5.
Best course 2400.
I find SQL a fascinating product, at present I just train how to manage and
configure the SQL 2000 servers them selves. Also I cover how to
troubleshoot and monitor the SQL servers in the Windows 2000 environment.
SQL course 2071 and 2072 (not 2073)
Straight forward course for those who know NT4.0 workstation or Windows 2000
Courses 2272 and 2285.
SharePoint Portal server
product with a future? This is a wonderful extension of Office XP which provides
dedicated document management and versioning.
- Not just knowledge of one course but also anecdotes and analogies from 10 years
in the classroom
- Not just experience of training but also real world experience through consultancy
- Not just a trainer but also a host, technical resource and facilitator
In my view, a good technical trainer is more than just a charismatic
- Host: Keen to welcome the delegates. Happy take the delegates to lunch.
Available to speak with delegates before the course. Gives after sales
- Technical resource: Provides answers to real life IT problems.
- Coach: Motivates delegates in the practical labs.
- Facilitator: Creates the learning atmosphere. Gives delegates time
to try out ideas.
I hear - I forget
I see - I remember
I do - I understand
This ancient proverb reflects my own learning experience. So
this is why I make sure that the courses are as practical as possible. I sense that what
delegates want most of all is the chance to experiment. For many, their greatest
pleasure is to take a component to pieces and then put it back together
again. For a trainer this is a high risk high reward strategy.
Just as with public speaking, the art of training
is to read your audience even better than your notes. So I switch
my style to suit my audience. I am
willing to try a more open ended approach for experienced techies; whereas for beginners I
switch to a more structured approach.