Our recent article on Windows 2000training started an e-mail frenzy. As the article stated, some training companies are already offering courses based on Beta 3. Others are prepared to bide their time till there’s some real demand, not just industry hype.

IT trainers worldwide posted comments galore with their opinions and views on current W2K training. Although we could not print all the comments, read on to find out what your peers are doing to prepare for Windows 2000.

Warning: The opinions expressed by your peers and printed below may differ from your views. Chime in with your thoughts by posting a comment at the end of this article.

Lights, camera, action: Windows 2000, at a training center near you
Take one: Joshua, MCSE+I, MCT, MSS, PSE wrote:
“I have been teaching Windows 2000 since August 1998. It was not until the last three months that I saw a huge push by training centers and Microsoft. Since then I can’t stop people from asking me to teach the famed 1579 course, an accelerated version of the 10-day course for MCSEs updating their skills. It’s best to get in early and get in now—this is a whole new playing field. What you learn in 3x/4x of NT will server little purpose in Windows 2000.”

Take two: Mark, MCSE, MCT, MCP+I said:
“We’re on an aggressive advance to Windows 2000 training and are giving the courses now. There are MCT exams to pass for the 1560 and 1561 courses, right now, and our company is gearing up fast to be on the leading edge. We’ve seen these cycles before, and it’s best to be ready when the demand is the highest, right now to a year after product release. Those who chose to stick to NT 4.0 are fighting the evidence, but that’s fine with us. It’s a nice clear view when you’re in front of the pack.”

Take three: Mike stated:
“This is the first time I have seen anything written on the subject of NT 4 versus Win 2000 training. I know, because Wave is an IT training company also trying to look into the Magic Eight Ball for the answers. Right now for many it says, ‘Too early to tell.’ But a lot of our customers who have to plan 12 to 18 months out keep asking us, ’Tell me about your Win2000 training?’

“We see the demand and will answer with Windows 2000 training—both self-study and classroom training. We also expect a stall in NT 4 training between now and Jan. 1, 2000. So we need to develop the right products at the right time.

“Questions like ’Y2K, are we ready?’ and ’Is Microsoft ready with W2K?’ are at the top of my customers list. My questions look more to Y3K. What can I do between Jan. 1, 2000, and Jan. 1, 3000 (Y3K) for my customers?”

We’re waiting for the box office results
Take one: Shiwei said:
“A majority of IT staff will get W2K training only after their companies have decided to implement W2K. Because of Y2K concerns and concerns of bugs in the newly released W2K, don’t expect many companies with NT 4.0 platform to jump on the W2K wagon before the end of year 2000.

“Moreover, NT 4.0 is a mature and stable system. There will not be much incentive for people to move from NT 4.0 to W2K any time soon. Moving from NT 4.0 to W2K is no easy task, especially for large companies with multiple domains.

“Assuming Microsoft can keep its promise this time and formally release W2K in October 1999, I only see people from pilot programs of larger companies and companies who’ve decided to move to NT platform from other platforms to take the W2K training. My guess is that NT 4.0 will continue being the dominant platform for at least two years after W2K’s formal release, and there may not be much demand for W2K training by the end of Y2K.”

Take two: Robert wrote:
“I don’t listen to hype. When the need arises I’ll learn it. I am not about to seed the knowledge for me to deploy Windows 2000. I’ve got enough on my plate. I have to know VPN’s NetWare 5, Linux, and Internet technologies. I’m thinking the new word for product hype should be nothing less than propaganda.

“Analysis should tell me when to change desktops or anything else for that matter, not product hype.”

Take three: Christopher commented:
“Does ANYONE actually use a first iteration (public release) of a Microsoft product? Apart from the really brave and the really gullible, most IT professionals that I’ve talked to spit at the mention of W2K. Yes, there is some interest in knowing how the new OS works and the significant differences between it and NT 4.0, but that seems to be about it. My standard question of ’Will you be using Win2K?’ has an almost standard reply of ’If we go, we’ll wait for SP1!’

“We still have high demand for training in 95 and 98 with new MCSE candidates inevitably doing the NT4 strand (there being no future in 3.51 and there being no significant availability of NT5, oh sorry, W2K yet). Yes, we’ll install it and mess with it, take the courses and prepare to teach them. However, my suspicion is that real demand isn’t going to surface until about three to six months after the public release. I even had a request for a 3.11 course not so long ago.”
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