If it’s time to migrate your XP environments to Windows 7 but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, this course is for you. Microsoft’s free deployment tools are covered in great detail in this class along with System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr). When it comes to deployment most think about creating and deploying images, but there is much more. A successful deployment solution contains three stages: Planning, Choosing the Right Tool (or combination of tools) and Creating, Managing and Deploying OS images, and of course there are unique tools for each stage. This class covers in detail the three stages. As an added bonus, this class also helps attendees prepare for the MS exam 70-681. The 70-681 is a new requirement for Microsoft Partner companies (Gold and Silver competency). Therefore, if your company is a Microsoft Gold or Silver Partner, you can send them to this class in order to help fulfill a requirement to maintain that status.
Windows 7 Training in Maryland, Washington D.C. or Northern Virginia
The Windows 7 Class Instructor Bio
This class is taught by Microsoft MVP Rhonda Layfield. Rhonda is a well known and closely followed Windows deployment SME. Rhonda speaks at many of the annual major conferences.
For over 30 years, Rhonda has helped people securely deploy, protect, and streamline their IT resources. She began her career in the US Navy where she spent 7 years as a communications specialist with a top secret clearance. Later as a Sr. Security Analyst for an electrical utility company operating nuclear power plants she discovered serious security flaws in software. She also consults for small, medium and large customers showing how to quickly and cheaply roll out Windows 7 desktops and Server OSs.
Rhonda has a passion for learning products at the packet level and sharing that knowledge in her classes. She is an NT, 2000 & 2003 MCSE, 5 time Setup and Deployment MVP and Desktop Deployment Product Specialist (DDPS). Along with teaching she presents at International conferences such as Tech Ed US, Tech Ed Europe, Dubai, Australia and New Zealand.
Windows 7 Deployment Training Course Description
Hardware and software compatibility issues should be fully resolved prior to deployment. To this end the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) assists with application and web site testing and the Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool (MAP) identifies hardware that needs to be upgraded or replaced. Existing user data and settings can be migrated using the User State Migration Tool (USMT). But, USMT is command line driven – knowing the syntax and when to use hardlinks is essential. Learning the setup engine will take you a long way to understand how the OS gets installed and where you can tweak the process to fit your needs.
Choose the Right Deployment Tool
Knowing which deployment tool is right for your environment can be daunting especially when deciding which tools you’ll need to integrate together to get the perfect deployment solution for you. So will it be Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK), Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), Windows Deployment Service (WDS) or System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)?
Create, Manage and Deploy
The Windows AIK is a set of tools used by all the other tools. From creating unattend xml files to automate your deployments (Windows SIM) and Sysprep to ready a machine for image creation (ImageX) to managing those images using the Deployment Image Servicing Management (DISM) tool. Knowing the Windows AIK tools will make you a deployment guru capable of troubleshooting the most intense deployment issues. The MDT 2010 provides you with friendly wizard pages to create, manage and deploy OS images to machines that are well connected to your network (network deployments), not so well connected (Linked Deployment Shares) and not connected at all (Media). MDT also has a database feature to create a deployment solution you can live with for years. Upgrading MDT from 2010 to 2012 is a snap but setting up some of the new tools are not very intuitive. You’ll learn all about MDT 2012’s monitoring, remote control and UEFI support. WDS also provides network deployments and could not be more different from MDT. WDS provides PXE booting and multicast capabilities. Also get your first look at Server 8 WDS. ConfigMgr is the only paid for tool in this course but it does offer zero touch installations (ZTI). Even though ZTIs are supported you can also set ConfigMgr up to perform lite touch installations (LTI) like the other tools. But ConfigMgr offers a ton of options for deployment so you’ll need to know them all. Lastly knowing ConfigMgr 2007 R3 is nice but you’ll also get a sneak peek at ConfigMgr 2012 and operating system deployments.
Windows 7 Class Details
Our Windows 7 training class is a five day, 40 hour class.
Before taking this course, students should already have some knowledge of computers and Windows 7.
Windows 7 Training Course Pricing
$2,700 Per Enrollment
*Government and Military Please Ask for the Gov Discount
**Traveling in for this class? Ask about our travel package.
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