Get Into the Mix with the Mixed Networks Bootcamp, April 24-28, 2006

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The Bootcamp provides practical, hands-on instruction on the ins and outs of managing a multi-platform network. Many systems administrators can boast expertise in a certain platform, whether it be Unix-based, Microsoft, or Novell, but few have experience to traverse a range of platforms to effectively administer a secure and tightly functioning networked environment.

Get Into the Mix with the Mixed Networks Bootcamp, April 24-28, 2006. In its continuing mission to provide innovative, niche-oriented classes designed to fill targeted needs of the development and systems administration industries, the Big Nerd Ranch announces the Mixed Networks Bootcamp, April 24-28, 2006.

The Bootcamp, featuring instructor Nate Osborne, provides practical, hands-on instruction on the ins and outs of managing a multi-platform network. Many systems administrators can boast expertise in a certain platform, whether it be Unix-based, Microsoft, or Novell, but few have experience to traverse a range of platforms to effectively administer a secure and tightly functioning networked environment. As more companies begin to centralize competing systems or begin the migration from one operating system to another, finding an administrator with the skills to handle such tasks can be a daunting undertaking. The Mixed Networks Bootcamp is ideal for organizations and administrators seeking to make that transition cost-effective and with minimal disruption to workflow dynamics.

"Often what you'll see is a situation where a company decides to transition the network from one system to another and the administrator is left floundering trying to cram in as much information as possible to adequately handle the change-over," commented Mixed Network instructor, Nathan Osborne. "What this often translates into is unnecessary downtime, a mixed bag of glitches and errors along the way and end-user, or management dissatisfaction. The Mixed Networks Bootcamp is perfectly suited to administrators confronting this challenge. It will shorten the learning curve and help create a transition or integration free of bumps."

While the Bootcamp offers instruction to assist systems administrators in their ability to manage cross-platform networked environments, students attending the class should have prior experience with the basic Unix command line, basic administration of Mac, Unix or Windows, and basic networking concepts. The class focuses on Unix, Mac OS and Windows and the elements listed below are involved in the process of shifting from one of these operating systems to the other.

Students should be prepared to work hard in the five-day, intensive course where the key elements of the Bootcamp include:

  • File and printer sharing
  • Text-based and GUI-based remote logins
  • SSH tunneling
  • VPN Clients and Servers
  • Centralized authentication and Unix servers in a Windows domain
  • Utilizing ODBC for database administration
  • Exchange servers and non-Windows clients
  • Utilizing open source tools to eliminate Spam on Exchange
  • System Monitoring and cross-platform backups

Nate Osborne is a systems administrator and consultant with over eight years in the technology industry. He has supported and managed a range of systems from financial analytics to truck-fleet routing to the cutting edge world of e-commerce. In his personal life, Nate has translated his passion for cross-platform technology into the interactive home automation of lighting, appliances, and applications.

For more information on this class, please visit http://www.bignerdranch.com/classes/networks.shtml.

The Big Nerd Ranch incorporates intensive training classes for Unix and Mac OS X programmers in a retreat setting outside Atlanta, GA. Class price of $3500 includes lodging, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and transportation to and from the Atlanta airport. Students are encouraged to bring independent projects to class, allowing for input from classmates and individual instructor attention. For more information, call 678-595-6773 or visit http://www.bignerdranch.com.

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