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To My Students (Past and Present)
Thank you for attending.  I have really enjoyed having each of you in my classes.  As of 2013, my partnership with Oakland Community College has ended. As always, though, my door is always open.  Feel free to contact me with further questions or advice (either way).  Study guides, definitions, etc. are always welcome as well.  See you in the field. 

For those of your pursuing the Windows Server 2012 track, below is the latest guide from my last track at OCC.  You may also find usefull information in my Training Archive.  Best of luck! 
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Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Classes
MCSA Windows Server 2012 track
 
 
MCSA: Windows Server 2012 Track  Instructor: Steven Thode
Windows Server 2012 certification show that you have the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills, relevant across multiple solution areas in a business environment, to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value.  Earning an MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate): Windows Server 2012 certification will qualify you for a position as a network or computer systems administrator or a computer support specialist. 


*This is just a portion of the certification paths available from Microsoft.  To see the full list, click here.

For the 2014 track, we offered a curriculum designed to provide knowledge and experience in Windows Server 2012 in preparation for MCSA Server 2012 certification. Each course is directly mapped to a certification exam as described below. Students wishing to continue their training may consider pursuing the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) certification, however, we did have plans to offer those courses as part of this program.

Prerequisites: Before attending these courses, students should have an understanding of networking fundamentals and basic Active Directory concepts, and awareness and understanding of security best practices, basic knowledge of server/computer hardware, and experience configuring Windows operating systems.

MCSA: Windows Server 2012
Solutions Associate
 
Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (Exam 70-410)

Course 20410: (M/W - 5 weeks)  Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this 5-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. Although there is some cross-over of skills and tasks across these courses, this course primarily covers the initial implementation and configuration of core services, such as Networking, Storage, Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS), Group Policy, File and Print services, and Hyper-V.

Administering Windows Server 2012 (Exam 70-411)

Course 20411:  (M/W - 5 weeks)  Get hands-on instruction and practice administering Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this 5-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part two in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. Although there is some cross-over of skills and tasks across these courses, this course primarily covers the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as configuring and troubleshooting name resolution, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) and Group Policy, implementing Remote Access solutions such as DirectAccess, VPNs and Web Application Proxy, implementing Network Policies and Network Access Protection, Data Security, deployment and maintenance of server images, as well as update management and monitoring of Windows Server 2012 environments.

Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (Exam 70-412)

Course 20412:  (M/W - 5 weeks) Get hands-on instruction and practice configuring advanced Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, services in this 5-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part three in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. Although there is some cross-over of skills and tasks across these courses, this course primarily covers advanced configuration of services necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as advanced networking services, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS), Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), Network Load Balancing, Failover Clustering, business continuity and disaster recovery services as well as access and information provisioning and protection technologies such as Dynamic Access Control (DAC), and Web Application Proxy integration with ADFS and Workplace Join.

NOTE: Labs in this course are based on the General Availability release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.

Courses may be subject to change based on changes in Microsoft requirements for certification or course availability.  Any changes will be in the best interest of the students to ensure appropriate and desired training is received.
 
 
 
 
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