James Conrad just completed his Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-412 with R2 Updates course. In 50 videos he covers the latest version of Server 2012 R2, including an exploration of each objective in the 70-412 R2 exam, and topics like Advanced Network Services, Advanced File Services, Dynamic Access Control, Network Load Balancing, and much more. This training also prepares you for the 70-412 exam, which counts as credit toward the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications in Windows Server 2012 R2.
We recently talked to James to find out a bit more about what this course has to offer and his tips for conquering this technology.
What was your favorite Nugget to create? I really like the “Virtual Machine Movement – Clusterless” and “Virtual Machine Movement – Clustered” videos. I think it’s very cool how you can move a running VM with virtually no disruption to the user experience.
What roadblocks did you come across when creating this training and how did you overcome them? Most of the roadblocks were in regard to complex setup. All the clustering and Hyper-V had quite a lot of moving parts and just setting up the demos and technical details to perform the demos took quite a lot of prep time. Inevitably, I’d make a human error in the most obscure part of a setup and chase my tail for long hours trying to figure out what I did wrong.
From a student-perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course? Because this is an advanced course, it’s inherently more complex. So I really tried to explain things clearly with good background. I’ve heard people explain things starting from the “middle” of the discussion and without any context, it is really hard to follow. Hopefully, when people watch this course it will be clear and enlightening.
Any outside-of-the-box tips for students to get the most out of your course? Students can just watch if they want to, but as is the case with most of my courses, I strongly recommend creating a virtual lab of your own and trying to duplicate my demos.
What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course? Besides all the clustering info, which is critical to today’s business environment, I’d say the Certificate Authority videos will be very useful. A lot of people are a little intimidated by CAs because they are so important to security. Hopefully people will learn from this course and see that they can effectively implement CAs of their own.
What are you waiting for? Start watching this course now!