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Everything you Need to Know about MCSA: Windows Server 2012


In 2013, Microsoft will be updating all of their major platforms and with this change you will need to update your skills to keep up with this paradigm shift into the cloud so you are not left behind. Even with its detractors ‘The Cloud’ is here to stay and when it is inevitably implemented into your organization it will affect everything. With all of these new technologies, how do you know which is the right step to take in your career?

The Windows Server 2012 MCSA is becoming the most popular certification because it helps pave the way for 6 more higher level certifications (MCSE: Server Infrastructure, Desktop Infrastructure, Messaging, Communication, SharePoint, and Private Cloud). It is the foundation for all of these certifications and you will only have to take two additional exams to begin the next step in becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

Windows Server MCSA is the launching pad for many more certification paths and will be beneficial for your career if you are willing to invest the time to further your knowledge. Windows Server 2012 is not just another server release, it goes into the cloud and takes a leadership position. The shift toward the cloud is higher than anyone could have predicted. Windows Server 2012 focuses in four key areas that you should know:

  • Beyond Virtualization – Dynamic, multi-tenant infrastructure that provides maximum flexibility for delivering cloud services
  • Power of Many Servers with the Simplicity of One – It is an easy to manage multiple server platform
  • Every App, Every Cloud – Flexibility to build and deploy Apps on premise, in the cloud, and in a hybrid environment
  • Modern Work Style – Flexible access to data and applications anywhere

The certification path is a simple one, you will have to take three courses and three exams and upon passing all three you will officially be a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Windows Server 2012:


What if you already hold a certification for the previous version of Windows Server? Don’t worry you won’t have to go through the entire certification process again. Microsoft Learning has released just one class that you will need to upgrade.  20417: Upgrading your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 along with passing the accompanying exam is all you will need to upgrade your certification to Windows Server 2012.

If you do not pass your test, you don’t have to worry. With the Second Shot offer customers get a free second chance to pass their certification exam. Ask your Learning Solutions Specialist on how to get a ‘Second Shot’ when you register for an exam.

Start your path on becoming an MCSA with Solartech and become a more valuable asset to your organization. Taking all three courses and passing the related exams is your first step in the future of cloud computing:


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Featured Class: Windows 7 Help Desk Training

ImageWindows 7 currently takes up 35% of the desktop operating system market share trailing only Windows XP, according to With Windows XP becoming obsolete Windows 7 will soon be the undisputed leader in the operating system market, which is the perfect reason to take one of our Windows 7 training courses. Whether you are a developer, a technician or on the end user side Solartech has the training you need.

With the growing popularity of Windows 7 one of the most important jobs in your company will be the help desk positions. Many organizations are finally adopting Windows 7 and you do not want to be left behind because your staff lacks the proper training. We offer several training courses however, our most popular Windows 7 help desk course is 6293: Troubleshooting and Supporting Windows 7 in the Enterprise. This course will help you prepare for Exam 70-685, the final requirement for the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician professional credit.  Course: 6293 is designed for Information Technology professionals who have experience with Windows XP and Windows Vista who work as Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technicians in Tier 2 support environments.  Students will be exposed to various troubleshooting tools and techniques that enable them to address the following issues: Startup, group policy, performance, security and applications.

Course Highlights:

  • Describe the processes of establishing and using a troubleshooting methodology, and define the EDST job role and responsibilities.
  • Troubleshoot hardware device, device driver, and performance issues.
  • Troubleshoot network connectivity issues.
  • Troubleshoot remote connectivity issues.
  • Troubleshoot operating system and applications issues


Feel free to contact 1 877-SOLARTECH with any questions. Are next scheduled class is 2/8-2/10, we hope to see you soon!

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Featured Training Class: Windows PowerShell

Windows Powershell Training

It’s time to learn
PowerShell if you haven’t started yet. PowerShell 2.0 is now a built in part of Windows and is no longer being offered as an optional extra, so it is an even more useful tool than before. What most people don’t realize is that even as an amateur, you can get started easily and you will soon be creating stimulating scripts. No other scripting language is so easy for the newcomer, yet offers so much complexity for the experienced script writer. The perfect reasons to take this course!
Course 10325: Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell 2.0 provides students with the knowledge and skills to utilize Windows PowerShell for administering and automating administration of Windows based servers. This course is intended for IT Professionals already experienced in general Windows Server and Windows Client administration, including Active Directory administration. No prior experience with any version of Windows PowerShell, or any scripting language, is assumed.

Course Highlights:
• Using Windows PowerShell as an Interactive Command-Line Shell
• Using the Core Cmdlets
• Windows Management Instrumentation
• Writing Windows PowerShell scripts
• Background Jobs and Remote Administration
• Automating Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration
• Writing your own Windows PowerShell scripts

Feel free to contact us with any questions, we enjoy your feedback. Our next scheduled class is on 12/5-12/9, so hurry and book soon.

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A Blended Learning Environment

Blended Learning

One of the best attributes of a blended learning class is giving the student the option to choose their learning environment.  Before online learning had become a staple in today’s training classes you could only go to a traditional classroom or have to head to the library and start reading.  Now with online training you can literally attend your class from anywhere with an internet connection.  Every student can truly create their most efficient personal learning environment with the option of a blended learning training class.

One of our students here at Solartech said she wasn’t sure if training Live Online would be a good option for her.  After a couple of days she came back saying how much more focused she was training in a no distractions environment.  Training online helped to increase her retention and productivity, where in a traditional classroom she might have come across some initial distractions that might have taken away from her learning experience.  The best part is you still can positively connect with your instructor and other students.  Training Industry Inc. states that “participants in a live collaborative learning event share the same important bond with their instructors and colleagues as they would in an in-person setting. That connection translates into performance gains.”

The Live Online classroom mimics an in-person class as in you will see the same instructors’ screens and access the same hands-on labs as the other students in the class.  We launched our LivE online learning platform with the intent to offer a more flexible training option to a larger demographic of IT professionals.   Now over 40% of our clients attend our training LivE online.   With technology only speeding up, the blended learning environment has become a necessity to facilitate technology training to the modern-day IT professional.


Jason Rosoff| Learning Solutions Specialist | | |

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Technology Training Ease

Do you know the two main excuses I hear when I ask an IT professionals about their training needs? There’s either not enough hours in the day or not enough money in the budget.  Now these really aren’t the worst excuses ever, but training is a necessity for IT Pro’s to keep up with today’s advancements.

The modern day professional does not have time for a 2 hour commute to a training facility or even worse to another state for 3-5 days. Todays’ IT folks are intensely aware of their time constraints and feel more open to virtual training because it allows them more control and freedom.

We provide online training through our LivE learning platform. LivE brings online, interactive, instructor led training to anywhere that is best for you to learn whether it be: Home, work, the library, Starbucks, a different Starbucks, or anywhere else that has WiFi   This can enable you to maneuver your daily schedule around your training class.

Beyond that, your course book and labs are all accessible through your laptop, so there is no need to have that flashback of a that hefty backpack in middle school…or is that just me? Technology training should never be a burden, but more of a great opportunity for your career.   Simply put, Live Online training can help with the comfort and convenience of your next training session.

  Jason Rosoff| Learning Solutions Specialist | | |

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Budget, Budget, BUDGET!

In these current economic times you can’t escape this buzz word.  At the same time we can’t slow down advances in technology and the need for IT professionals to keep up with these new platforms/ applications/ programs.   Training becomes a necessity to for pro’s to advance their skills more efficiently.  The only thing is your boss reminded you that the 2nd “Budget” of those 3 “Budgets” is for travel costs.  This is where LivE web based training saves the day.

Companies of all size are taking advantage of cost effective benefits of Web Based training. Training Industry Inc. recently stated that “as much as 40 cents of every dollar spent on in-person training goes to travel and lodging costs”.   I’m no mathematician, but that seems like large expense that can be easily avoided. 

Live Web Based training is bringing dramatic cost savings to companies all over the world while providing an effective informal learning environment for their employees to succeed.   We here at Solartech have seen this learning trend from afar and have adapted our business mission around it. Over 80% of our clients participate in our training Live online.  With that they are able to watch an instructor demonstration live, ask questions, receive live answers and remote control our live labs.  Engage your training initiatives live online and see your accounting department smile.




Jason Rosoff| Learning Solutions Specialist | | |

Solartech is a Microsoft managed and award winning Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solutions. Solartech is leading the training industry with our innovative LivE online learning solutions for Microsoft technologies. With our eco friendly distance learning practice, we help thousands of our corporate clients go green with us by participating in live training right from their homes or offices. Our goal is to reduce the carbon footprint with green training solutions.

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