James Conrad just completed his “Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-417 with R2 Updates” training course! Consisting of 19 hours of training, this course aims to get you up to speed on updates to Server 2012 technology and prepare you for the 70-417 exam. This course is especially aimed at IT pros who want to upgrade their Server 2008 skills to Server 2012.
Q: What was your favorite Nugget to create?
I really like “Virtual Machine Movement: Clustered” because I think it’s just cool that you can move a running virtual machine to another node with no loss of service.
Q: What roadblocks did you come across when creating this training and how did you overcome them?
There are several topics that are extraordinarily technical and involve complex setup in order to teach. Much of the clustering sections took more time to configure than I’d like to admit. Also, there were personal obstacles with three family members sent to the ER on separate occasions and my mother being hospitalized twice. So my training had a lot of gaps in progress and it was sometimes hard to get momentum going again.
Q: From a student perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course?
This course is mainly for admins who are somewhat experienced, but most admins don’t have level experience in all topics. So I approached it as if the admin had only surface knowledge or was “rusty” on the topic.
Q: Any outside-of-the-box tips for students to get the most out of your course?
The accompanying download file (NuggetLab) will be very useful. Many PowerShell and command line instructions are included and those are often the hardest to remember. Also, students should really try to duplicate all my demos on their own to get the best hands-on experience. I made every effort to show each step without omission.
Q: What’s the ONE thing you hope learners take away from this training?
It’s so important to stay ahead of the curve in today’s work environment. Most companies don’t have much use for an “average” administrator. So I hope that students can gain a level of advanced Server 2012 R2 knowledge that allows them to intelligently discuss any topic.
Q: What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course?
I’d say it’s pretty hard-core server administration using some of the most advanced features of Server 2012 R2.
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