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Newsletter: July 2012

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New Microsoft Windows 8 First Look Series — FREE!

Windows 8 isn’t out yet, but you can get an early look at it in the new “Microsoft Windows 8: First Look” series.

The entire series is available on the CBT Nuggets YouTube channel for FREE, along with several Windows 8 MicroNuggets. Current customers can also stream the Windows 8 First Look series in the CBT Nuggets video player on our website.

Renowned trainer and MVP Don Jones takes you on a whirlwind tour of the changes and improvements in Windows 8. Don delves into what’s new and different, including the new Metro user interface and desktop, full-immersion Internet Explorer, Windows To Go, and touch features.

This series is just the first of several we’re making on Microsoft’s new products. A sneak peek of Don’s next series, “Microsoft Server 2012 First Look,” is coming soon! Also, the CBT Nuggets stable of outstanding Microsoft trainers – James Conrad, Timothy Warner, Greg Shields, and Jones – are currently creating training series for all of the new announced Microsoft exams.

Hangout with trainers Garth Schulte and Keith Barker

We’re thrilled to have two trainers visiting! Garth Schulte and Keith Barker will be at CBT Nuggets headquarters Monday, July 30 — and you can talk to them! We’re hosting a Google+ Hangout with Garth and Keith at 1:30 p.m. Pacific, Monday, July 30.

Not only can you ask these two training dynamos questions, you’ll also get to hear about their upcoming series and have the chance to win some Nugget gear!

Make sure to add us to your Google+ circle, and join us from 1:30-2:00 p.m. Monday. There are a limited number of spaces, so get there early.

If you aren’t able to get into the Hangout, you’ll be able to see a recording of the event on our YouTube channel.

New release: Citrix Xenapp 6.5 CCA A20

Introducing “Citrix XenApp 6.5 CCA A20,” a new training series from CBT Nuggets.

This short series will show you all you need to know about XenApp’s 6.5 update. Veteran CBT Nuggets trainer Greg Shields covers new features like Instant App Access, Pre-Launch, Linger, Dynamic Data Center Provisioning, and Receiver Storefront.

Greg also reviews the objectives of the new 1Y0-A20 exam. If you’ve already completed the CBT Nuggets XenApp 6 A18 series, you’re most of the way there for understanding what you need to know for the A20 exam. Greg’s brief 6.5 “study guide” will get you up to speed for the A20 exam, and show you how to successfully manage your XenApp 6.5 infrastructure.

Citrix XenApp 6.5 CCA A20 is available for StreamOne purchase at just $99. Other formats, including electronic downloads, NAS downloads, and DVDs, will be available soon.

Greg Shields and Don Jones at TechMentor 2012

Two fantastic CBT Nuggets trainers, Don Jones and Greg Shields, are speaking at TechMentor 2012. Both are co-chairs of the event, which runs August 20-24 at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. If you’re planning to attend, don’t miss the following sessions:

Greg’s sessions: 

  • Automatically Migrating User Profiles During an OS Refresh
  • Completely Automating Software Installation, the Ridiculously Easy Way
  • Completely Automating Windows Deployment in Seventeen Steps (or Less!) (half-day workshop)
  • Using Free Tools to Resolve (Almost) any Application Compatibility

Don’s sessions:

  • Don Jones’ No-Scripting, No-Programming PowerShell Crash Course
  • Learn PowerShell in a Day (full-day workshop)
  • Managing SQL Server for the Reluctant DBA
  • PowerShell Remoting in Depth + Troubleshooting

Project Management Institute (PMI)® approves Scrum Certification series

CBT Nuggets is excited to announce the latest training series that has been approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Users can now receive Category A PDUs/Contact Hours for our Scrum Certification series. The Scrum Certification provides a comprehensive review of Scrum processes and the necessary material to become Certified Scrum Master. Visit the CBT Nuggets PMI REP FAQ page on our forum for a complete list of the PMI approved training and the PDUs/Contact Hours associated.

For a complete listing of CBT Nuggets Project Management training, visit our PM Library.

New Project Management Video

CBT Nuggets recently completed an exciting new video about Project Management starring CBT Nuggets trainer and Project Management expert Steve Caseley.

Steve was recently a featured speaker at the Better Software Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, and we were fortunate to have the opportunity to interview him at the event and capture some behind-the-scenes footage as part of the video production process. The video, titled “CBT Nuggets: The Best Way to Learn Project Management,” addresses the challenges in Project Management today, the increased focus on successful Project Management to support businesses, and delivering projects successfully for traditional and Agile projects.


Last month, we asked “What time of the day do you train?” and 23.1% of you said you train “Early morning, before everyone else gets out of bed” while another 23.1% said “Whenever I can.” This month we ask, “How important is it to have closed captioning in our training videos?


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