20411 Administering Windows Server 2012 Training Course


In this 5-day course, get hands-on instruction and practice administering Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2.  This course is part two in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment.

The three courses collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. Although there is some cross-over of skills and tasks across these courses, this course focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as configuring and troubleshooting name resolution, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Group Policy, implementing Remote Access solutions such as DirectAccess, VPNs and Web Application Proxy, implementing Network Policies and Network Access Protection, Data Security, deployment and maintenance of server images, as well as update management and monitoring of Windows Server 2012 environments.

This course maps directly to and is the preferred choice for hands-on preparation for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Exam 411: Administering Windows Server 2012, which is the second of three exams required for MCAS: Windows Server 2012 credential.

For upcoming class dates, as well as the full course outline, please click here.

Cheers from Solartech!


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New Windows 10 Training! Course 20697-1 Installing and Configuring Windows 10 Now Available!

20697-1 Installing and Configuring Windows 10This 5 day 20697-1 Installing and Configuring Windows 10 training course is designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows 10 desktops and devices in a Windows Server domain corporate environment. These skills include learning how to install and customize Windows 10 operating systems and apps, and configure local and remote network connectivity and storage. Students will also learn how to configure data security, device security, and network security, and maintain, update, and recover Windows 10.

For the full 20697-1 Installing and Configuring Windows 10 course outline and available class dates, please visit this link:http://solartech.us/Installing_and_Configuring_Windows_10


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System Center 2016 & Windows Server 2016: Rolling out the Upgrades

System Center 2016

Hi all! As you can see from the title of this blog, it’s all about System Center 2016 and Windows Server 2016. Versions 2012 are so last year! In the new and updated version we’ll see some cool enhancements.

For Windows Server 2016:

  • Upgrades for Hyper-V and Storage clusters will roll out, so updates and operating systems are implemented faster.
  • You’ll also get compute resiliency, so VM’s can continue running even if the compute cluster fabric service fails.
  • Finally, Storage Replica updates for synchronous storage replication for affordable backup and disaster recovery.

So in conclusion, while we can state that we have no idea what we have just said, we think we can safely say that these updates translate into:

  • We feel the need… the need for speed! (Thanks Tom Cruise)!
  • I got the Power! (hearing that 90’s tune in our head, while we dance in spandex).
  • Too much money spent on backup and disaster recovery — need more of that bling? Well here are some wise words from a very wise man:

“Money doesn’t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Ah, the simple things in life. (We know this made no sense, but it’s a pretty baller statement coming from DA TERMINATOR)!

I haven’t forgotten about System Center! This platform will also receive the following updates (we will translate of course):

  • Improved Linux Management, which includes DSC support, native SSH support, and improved LAMP stack monitoring.
  • Software Defined Datacenter management.
  • Cloud and workload management for Azure, Office 365, SQL, and Exchange.

Our Translation:

  • Support – we got support!
  • ?????
  • Cloud and workload management for Azure, Office 365, SQL, and Exchange.

Yep, we think it’s safe to say that we got the translations down pat (reading this, does anyone keep seeing the green webs from the Matrix? We keep seeing Keanu Reeves bending backwards).

However, if you want more info on all these new updates go here, here, here, or here, and read all about it! In addition, if you’re still using versions 2012, no worries. We offer some great training for System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Check us out! Our instructors are much smarter than the person writing this blog, and can get you to be the coolest IT person in your department! The ladies will love you, if not, your boss will!

Cheers from Solartech!

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New Windows 10 Training; 20697-2 Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services!

20697-2 Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services

Learn to plan and implement Windows 10 deployments in large organizations!

This 5 day 20697-2 Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services training course provides administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to deploy and manage Windows 10 desktops, devices, and applications in an enterprise environment. Students will also learn how to manage the Windows 10 installations after deployment to provide secure identity and data access using technologies related to Group Policy, Remote Access, and Device Registration. To support a variety of device and data management solutions, Microsoft Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Intune, and Microsoft Azure Rights Management are introduced. These services are part of the Enterprise Mobility Suite which provide identity and access management, cloud-based device, application, and update management, and secure data access to information stored both in the cloud and on any location within your corporate network.

For the full course outline for 20697-2 Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services as well as available course dates, please visit: http://solartech.us/20697-2-Deploying-and-Managing-Windows-10-Using-Enterprise-Services


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SQL Server 2016 is coming: What to Expect?

SQL 2016

Hello from Solartech on this wonderful sunny day in May (or depending on when and where you are reading this)!  It’s getting closer to that time of the year when vacations start and we get to have fun in the sun! But who cares about fun when you have SQL 2016 to prepare for? Ha! Just kidding… Kind of.

Ok, really SQL Server 2016 is coming soon so let’s talk about what new features we can expect.

Let’s take a quick recap of SQL Server 2012 and 2014 (recent versions that have come out).

SQL Server 2012’s features included a set of options to improve database availability, contained databases which simplified the moving of databases between instances, programmability enhancements, metadata discovery, improved role management, etc.

SQL Server 2014 on the other hand, provided a new in-memory capability for tables that can fit entirely in memory (something called Hekaton?) Apparently this was a great feature?! And, this version of SQL also provided new hybrid disaster recovery and backup solutions with Windows Azure (training we also offer, of course!), which allowed customers to use existing skills with the on-premises version of SQL server to take advantage of Microsoft’s global datacenters – and you know a whole bunch of other IT stuff that makes my head spin – (I did not understand any of that, but if you did my friend, you are in the right field of work!)

Now, introducing SQL Server 2016! So what are the updates you can look forward to here!? Well say hello to Always Encrypted – a new feature which protects your data at rest and in motion! (I did not the laws of physics applied to data?) – and Stretch Database which lets you dynamically stretch your warm and cold transactional data to Microsoft Azure (once again, is there something that data does that we don’t know about?, I feel like I’m Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind and I should be seeing numbers and data figures floating around me!)

But if you want to know more about this version of SQL, click here to read all about this new upgrade courtesy of the team at Microsoft!

*Also just a selling point here: we will offer this training as well once it’s released, because you know, we’re cool and hip like that*

Ah, now that it’s Friday, and I’ve wracked my brain trying to comprehend all this information – once again courtesy of Microsoft articles – that you IT people do day-to-day, I’m going to sit back and relax and daydream about the Bahamas.

Cheers from Solartech and Enjoy SQL Server 2012, um 14, er… I mean 16!

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New Microsoft SQL Server Course! 55144 SQL Server 2014 Performance Tuning and Optimization

55144 SQL Server 2014 Performance Tuning and Optimization

Join us September 14th for 55144 SQL Server Performance Tuning & Optimization training!

This five day training course by Solartech is designed to give the right amount of Internals knowledge, and wealth of practical tuning and optimization techniques, that you can put into production. The course offers a comprehensive coverage of SQL Server architecture, indexing and statistics strategies, optimize transaction log operations, tempdb and data file configuration, transactions and isolation levels, and locking and blocking. The course also teaches how to create baselines and benchmark SQL Server performance, how to analyze workload and figure out where performance problems are, and how to fix them. Coverage of in-memory tables and stored procedures along with an introduction to this exciting new technology is included.

To view the full course outline please click here.

Attend in-person or online and Microsoft Software Assurance training Vouchers are accepted!

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M.E.C. – Try the Experience!


Microsoft experience center

Happy Friday everyone! It’s the end of a long week and I know some of us are ready to enjoy the weekend. Or at least sleep – you know, there’s a saying, “if sleep were a man, I’d marry him” (or woman, whatever your preference)… let me tell you something; I 100% agree!

Ok, now let’s talk about MEC! What is MEC you ask? MEC stands for MICROSOFT EXPERIENCE CENTER. It’s a totally awesome event that can help your company decide if Microsoft’s Office 365 is the right tool for your place of work. And you know, not to endorse them, or anything (I totally am by the way because I used to be a Mac lover – what was I thinking!), but I have been converted and it’s all thanks to the great applications within Office 365 that have allowed me to maximize my productivity at work!

So let’s get into how these MEC’s happen. Typically they’re funded by Microsoft themselves and as mentioned before, can be utilized for considering Office 365 for your company. They can also be used to learn more about Office 365 and how it compares to its largest competitors. The whole point is to really bring these applications together such as; Yammer, SharePoint, OneDrive, Office, etc., and to see how each can be used to its fullest capacity, knowing how to differentiate between them, and when to use them – (also used to put down and shame all competitors, ha!).

We all know Office has been around forever! But now Microsoft has taken it to a whole new level. Working together on documents, accessing documents online, it’s all been made so convenient! HOWEVER, “oh yeah, I’ve heard it through the grapevine… “(Marvin Gaye is in my head) a lot of you are opposed to “the cloud.” Which, you know is a legitimate concern, with there being security issues or whatnot at companies. But, all I can say is give the MEC a try and let us BLOW YOUR MIND!

Interested in scheduling a MEC? Great let’s get you signed up right now! The event can hold up to 10 people from your company (you’ll all be getting a hands-on experience with Office 365), and can take place at Microsoft’s New York Office or at your own place of work ( I’m whispering: it can even happen online ). See how appeasing we are?

Office 365 is so cool! And I’m not saying that because I have to (yes, I do), but if you want more information on this contact us and we’ll fill you in.

Cheers and enjoy the weekend!

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