Chris Ward recently completed the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-414 course with R2 Updates. In 31 videos, he covers the advanced aspects of Server 2012 with R2, including designing and implementing enterprise solution, planning and implementing virtualization hosts and more. This training prepares you to take the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), exam in Server Infrastructure.
Chris was kind enough to talk to us about the course and his tips for conquering this technology.
Q: Why should companies train IT personnel in Server 2012 R2? Windows Server 2012 R2 has become one of the most popular operating systems on the planet. This is an area that you can be certified in and use, as it includes free virtualization software and tools to maintain almost any IT infrastructure. This technology has a lot of depth. You can unlock the potential for your business by training your employees on these technologies.
Q: Which was your favorite Nugget you created?Active Directory Rights Management Services. This topic is very dear to me as a Microsoft Office Specialist. Amber Barker, our new illustrator, helped to create a story about this technology which will resonate with all audiences.
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Start trainingQ: What obstacles did you encounter when creating this series on enterprise-wide server infrastructure? The problem is that you are not able to create virtualization within virtualization. Since I don’t have a Data Center at home, I had to be creative in order to show Virtual Machine Manager.
Q: What was your student perspective when creating this course? I am unapologetic in saying that this Nugget series focuses on the exam. It’s the last step to obtaining your MCSE Server Infrastructure. The exam is not about “How do I do this …”” vs. “Why would this technology or method be used?” This Nugget series will not help you understand the intricacies and nuances of AD FS or SC Operation Manager.
Q: Do you have any tips for students who want to get the most from their course? If you attempt to create a virtual lab, you’ll encounter my roadblock. You should learn how to use PowerShell to install HyperV roles on your virtual machines. You should also be comfortable thinking in Microsoft’s way more than usual.
Q: What is the one thing you hope learners will take away from this training program? I hope they realize that Windows Server 2012 R2 is an amazing server operating system, regardless of how much our industry mocks it. Windows Server 2012 R2 is packed with powerful technologies and incredible tools to make IT administrators’ lives easier.
Q: What is one real-world application that someone can expect to use? If you have never used System Center 2012 before, this course will show you how to set it up and how to plan for granting Self-Service capabilities to groups to fire up their own VMs by simply going on a website and clicking on it.
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