CBT Nuggets trainer Garth Schulte recently completed his Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 70-411 R2 course, giving you a robust learning experience that incorporates hands-on virtual labs. Garth’s 70-411 course picks up where 70-410 left off, continuing your preparation for the next exam leading to the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.
In this 34-video course, Garth guides you, step by step, through system administration-related functions, including deploying, managing, and maintaining servers, configuring file and print services, configuring network services and access, configuring NPS infrastructure, configuring and managing active directory, and configuring and managing group policy. The course maps directly to Microsoft’s 70-411 exam objectives, giving you the preparation you need for certification success, as well as skills for real-world application.
We asked Garth about his new course and what you can expect during your CBT Nuggets Learning Experience.
Q: Why should companies train their IT professionals and end users using this Windows Server 2012 70-411 course? What value does mastery of Windows Server 2012 bring to an organization?
A: It will empower a company’s IT staff to implement the advanced services of Windows Server 2012, which will improve the efficiency of their infrastructure and the productivity of their users.
Q: How does mastery of Windows Server 2012 improve a learner’s career opportunities?
A: Mastering Server 2012 immediately opens the doors to many opportunities in the administration and networking fields, while giving you a solid baseline for moving into virtually any field in IT. Server 2012 is so prevalent across the industry, that it’s a solid resume builder and it’s a foundation to launch other related training and learning — not to mention certifications.
Q: From a learner perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course?
A: We put a huge focus on hands-on learning in my 70-411 course! Nearly every video Nugget has its own dedicated virtual lab! We also aimed for total coverage by following Microsoft’s objective-based exam blueprint.
Q: Any out-of-the-box tips for learners to get the most out of your course?
A: Follow along with me in each virtual lab to complete the task or tasks associated with each Nugget. Then try it again for practice, but entirely on your own. Make time to play around and try to break a few things so you can practice troubleshooting and fixing things too.
Q: What was your favorite Nugget to create in this course?
A: I really enjoyed the pair of Nuggets on Windows Deployment Services (Install and Configure Windows Deployment Services (WDS) and Deploy and Manage Server Images). There’s just something about deploying an operating system over the network that makes you feel like a total bad [dude]*! *Editor’s note: Garth used slightly more colorful language here, but we felt obligated to clean it up!
Q: What’s the most important thing you hope learners take away from this course?
A: Learners will come away from this course with the ability and confidence to conquer the 70-411 exam, along with some highly desired and useful skills for the real world.
Q: What course(s) or certification(s) should learners complete before diving into your Windows Server 2012 70-411 course?
A: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-410 all the way! My 70-411 course goes just a bit deeper into many of topics from the 70-410 and introduces you to a few new ones along the way.
Q: What course(s) or certification(s) should learners look to jump into after they complete your Windows Server 2012 70-411 course?
A: Learners can take the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-412 course to complete their preparation for the final exam for the MCSA: Server 2012 certification.
Q: With the launch of Windows Server 2016, why should learners continue to train on Server 2012?
A: Server 2012 will be relevant in the data center for a long time to come. It’s one of Microsoft’s best products, so having Server 2012 experience and certification makes you a hot commodity. Also, having the MCSA: Server 2012 certification as a line item on your Microsoft transcript proves to employers that you’re a veteran of Windows Server. In most cases, someone with both an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 and MCSA: Windows Server 2016 will have an edge over someone with just a Server 2016 certification.
Q: Microsoft seems to have a whole new attitude toward open source these days. How should that impact learners’ training and certification plans?
A: Be prepared to broaden your skill set and go outside of your comfort zone as Microsoft implements and integrates support for open source software. There’s even a new MCSA: Linux on Azure certification and a Linux objective or two in the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification.
Q: How can learners optimize the virtual lab experience as they learn?
A: Use multiple monitors or devices, one for watching my video Nuggets and one for labbing so you get the complete hands-on learning experience.
Q: There’s a lot of debate out there that the 70-410 is the hardest exam in the trio for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification. How does 70-411 measure up against the 70-410?
A: 70-410 is a big, broad beast and it’s the MCSA: Server 2012 entry point, so most of its difficulty lies in the sheer number of technologies that are thrown at you. The 70-411 will feel much easier because 70-410 provided you with a solid foundation for many of the 70-411 topics.
Q: What can learners do to sustain their motivation and training momentum when they run into training obstacles as they work toward earning their MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 certification?
A: Mix up your routine by trying different training styles, methods, and even schedules. I also find it helps to keep the end game in the front of your mind!