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Need quick W2K3 server training without certification

By jmatheso ·
I am responsible for a State agency's 125 user LAN that has been a Novel shop. We must make a rapid conversion from Netware to Windows 2003 server and Active Directory. We will have a contractor help us with the conversion but then must be responsible for it. My partner and I are both very experienced with Windows desktops through XP and a bit with Windows 2000 as an application and IIS server but AD is new as well as MS networking and W2K3 server to us. I have a pretty fair training budget but not much time. I've considered attending an MCSE bootcamp but they seem SO focused on getting certified and that is not our focus right now. Getting the information fast is! Since we don't have a month each to go off site and take the full MCSE syllabus can anyone recommend a place to go to get the equivalent training FAST without wasting time preparing for all the tests "bootcamp style."? What we need is a fast update to our skills. We will worry about getting the MCSE later.
Thanks for any advice you can provide,
JohnThanks for any advice you can provide,

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by secure_lockdown In reply to Need quick W2K3 server tr ...

AD is quite a bit like NDS. directiry servies enabled blah blah. you will be fine. GPO's are quite different from the way ZEN works - but that doesn't take very long to figire out. just milk the consultant/contractor for as much info/training as you can get out of them.

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Check out TechNet's...

...Windows Server 2003 Technical Resources page.Here you'll find lots of good information that will help you get up and running with WS3.

Check out the Active Directory Webcast series:

And the Migration and Upgrade Resources page:

As well as the Virtual Lab:

You can take online courses at the Microsoft Learning center. Same courses as provided at MS Training centers, only self-paced. $350 a pop and 90-day access.

Good Luck!

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Thanks Greg!

by jmatheso In reply to Check out TechNet's...

Thanks for the excellent list of resources.

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Get This Book, take some training

by dryflies In reply to Need quick W2K3 server tr ...

I was hired into my IT position from being an out of work Software engineer. While I had plenty of unix and windows experience, I had nothing to prepare me for running an entire network and its servers. We are a small government shop with 75 users and 1.5 FTE in the IT dept So I had to hit the ground running. I bought "Mastering Windows Server 2003" by Minasi et al. (Sybex), signed up for TechRepublic, and took a three day Skillpath seminar on WinS2k3.

I struggled for a few months but eventually I learned my job duties and have made good progress evolving my systems into a secure, user friendly, environment.

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Thanks Dryfiles - Deja Vu all over again!

by jmatheso In reply to Get This Book, take some ...

Thanks, sounds like a very similar situation to ours. We are going to that same Skillpath seminar next month and bought that same book along with the several others. Also hitting a couple of Win2K classes in December so we should be good to start. Thanks again.

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