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Newsletter: September 2013

September was a huge month at CBT Nuggets! Read on to learn about all the exciting happenings, from a website redesign to a new contest.

Microsoft MCSA Windows 8 70-688 with James Conrad
This 28-video course covers the latest version of Windows. Topics include Windows to Go, IPv6 and wireless, designing a recovery solution, and more.

This course also prepares you for the 70-688 exam, which, along with passing the 70-687 exam, is required for MCSA Windows 8 certification. CBT Nuggets offers a MCSA Windows 8 certification playlist and 70-687 and 70-688 practice exams.

Cisco R&S Troubleshooting Mastery with Keith Barker and Anthony Sequeira

During this 20-video course, Keith and Anthony cover the ins and outs of troubleshooting various Cisco routing and switching technologies. Here’s a sample of the topics they discuss and explain: VLAN troubleshooting, solving EIGRP adjacency failures, and routing redistribution.

Apache Hadoop with Garth Schulte

In this 20-video course, Garth covers Hadoop, which he dubs THE leading Big Data platform. He’ll teach you all about the open-source software framework, including how to install Hadoop, develop with Pig (Hadoop’s data-flow scripting language), and how to configure Hadoop in a cloud.

Website Gets an Upgradesite-update-email

The biggest news this month was the launch of our upgraded website. Here are the main changes:

  • Improved logged-in experience: Current subscribers can access their training quicker. Training features, such as Transcender practice exams, MP3 downloads and supplementary files, are linked directly from the course pages.

  • Navigation: A drop-down menu is available on every page, making navigation more convenient.

  • Updated certification page: Figuring out the right training path has never been easier, because we’ve added more detailed certification path outlines.

  • Playlists updated: Users can now watch videos directly from the playlists page. Current subscribers can add individual videos and/or full courses to their custom playlists.

These changes were based on user feedback. We hope they enhance your training experience with CBT Nuggets.

Contest: IT horror stories
Gory server room disasters. Jaw-dropping security mistakes. Spine-tingling command errors.

We want to hear your IT horror stories! Whether it was something you had to fix or something caused by your “friend,” share your tale on our blog starting Oct. 1 and you could win a Kindle!

The contest ends Oct. 31, but community voting determines the winners — so the earlier you enter, the longer you have to collect votes!

Be sure to check the blog soon for more details.

Practice Exam Updateexam-prep-image (1)

In September, we added two Transcender practice exams that are tied to Microsoft certification paths:

The Microsoft SQL Server 2012 70-463 practice exam is associated with the MCSA SQL Server 2012 certification path, and the Microsoft MCSA Windows 8 70-688 practice exam is associated with the MCSA Windows 8 certification path. These practice exams and many more can be found on our Transcender Practice Exams page.

Introducing Glen Stephens

CBT Nuggets is pleased to announce the course debut of trainer Glen Stephens, who is creating a “Photoshop for Developers” course.

An Arizona resident, Glen has many years of experience working with graphics and video. One of his current gigs includes teaching videography classes at Arizona State University. Check out his in-progress course today!

More Closed-Captioned Coursesclosed-captions

We’ve added closed captioning to more video training courses! We now offer 62 courses with closed captions. Here’s a link to the complete list.

To use the closed caption feature, simply click on the “CC” icon located at the upper right-corner of the video screen. To turn off closed captioning, click the icon again.

Nuggets in the News

Our trainers were called upon to share their expertise for a number of press outlets this month:

Check us out on InstagramCBT-instagram-300x300

Follow CBT Nuggets on Instagram (@cbtnuggets)! See CBT Nuggets through the eyes of the people who work there. Go behind the scenes at Nugget HQ, from the views from our patio to special events like Trainerpalooza.

We love seeing your photos of server rooms, cable tangles, and study spaces. Share your best shots by tagging us, or use #cbtnuggets in the description.

Project Management in the Real World

Help trainer Steve Caseley create a new “real world” project management course!

Project Management in the Real World is a user-directed course, meaning Steve is using feedback from viewers to develop the content. Watch the first video, then take this survey to let Steve know what you want to see and learn in future videos.

Maybe you want Steve to focus on the project life cycle or share some of his project management pet peeves. Or would you prefer him to walk you through a model project from start to finish? Let him know!

Don, Greg, and Jason at TechMentor

A trio of CBT Nuggets trainers — Don Jones, Greg Shields, and new trainer Jason Helmick — will present at this year’s TechMentor conference, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, in Las Vegas. They’ll be sharing their expertise on topics such as PowerShell and virtualization. If you’re planning to attend the event, catch these trainers in action!


CBT Nuggets raised $8,450 for our local Muscular Dystrophy Chapter during the month of August. For September, we partnered with Parenting Now!, a nonprofit that provides support to parents of young children through classes, support groups, and more.IMG_4867

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