Global Knowledge Offers MCITP and MCTS Certification and Skills-Building Courses for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Product Suite

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Global Knowledge, the worldwide leader in IT and Business training, has launched a portfolio of certification-based Microsoft Boot Camps and skills-building courses for IT professionals seeking training on transitioning to Microsoft Windows Server 2008. Boot Camp enhancements, courses with expanded hands-on labs, and instructors with current real-world experience are among the IT training differentiators that will help students and enterprises with the migration to the latest Microsoft products. The Boot Camps, in particular, are designed to provide continuity from one generation of Microsoft certifications to the next.

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For the employer, the in-depth training helps ensure that their Server 2008 enterprise migration goals are met.

    "Each of the Windows Server 2008 certification Boot Camps are intensive exam preparation courses in which students will engage in focused, topical and lab-based study, and take simulated exams using Transcender(R), the industry-leading test preparation product," said John Voorhees, Vice President, Product Management, at Global Knowledge. "The Boot Camps include all the exams needed to become certified, along with one free retake voucher for each exam, if needed."

The instructors focus on helping students understand the structure of the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exams, offering effective test-taking strategies, and identifying strengths and weaknesses prior to taking the exams. As a final component to preparation, instructors guide students through a concentrated, rapid-fire exam review session called a power hour.

The Windows Server 2008 Boot Camps include:

-- MCITP: Windows Server 2008 Administrator Boot Camp: prepares qualified Microsoft professionals to earn the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator certification for Windows Server 2008.

-- MCITP: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator Upgrade Boot Camp prepares Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrators on Windows Server 2008 to upgrade to the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certification for Windows Server 2008.

-- MCITP: Windows Server 2008 Combo Boot Camp prepares qualified Microsoft professionals to earn the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator and MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certifications for Server 2008.

-- MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Upgrade Boot Camp prepares qualified Microsoft professionals to upgrade Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows Server 2003 to the MCTS certifications for Windows Server 2008.

"Our customers count on us to be proactive in providing certification preparation and skills-building training for current and emerging Microsoft technologies," said Global Knowledge Senior Vice President Michael Fox. "We're pleased to be a member of Microsoft's 'Heroes Happen Here' group and we are committed to offering a variety of hands-on courses that will enable rapid skills development for customers who will be taking full advantage of the Windows Server 2008 product suite to help ensure a more secure, reliable, and robust server environment."

Individual Windows Server 2008 Skills-Building Courses

-- Migrating to Windows Server 2008

-- Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008

-- SQL Server 2008 (coming soon)

-- Updating Your Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (Beta 3)

-- Updating Your Application Platform Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (Beta 3)

-- Updating Your Network Infrastructure Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (Beta 3)

Whether seeking certification or skills-building, the curriculum will enable students to learn how to use the improved administration and diagnostics, development and application tools, discover how the built-in server virtualization technology helps reduce cost and improve server availability, realize the benefits of the hardened operating system and security innovations, and master the Server Core, PowerShell, Windows Deployment Services, and enhanced clustering technologies.

"Microsoft is pleased to be working with Global Knowledge to expand the training offerings for Windows Server 2008 customers," said Ward Ralston, Group Technical Product Manager for Windows Server Marketing at Microsoft Corp. "Our industry partners play an essential role in helping to ensure that our customers have the best training for successful deployment and Global Knowledge helps deliver valuable training and technologies to our joint customers."

"All of our Microsoft instructors have extensive experience in training and consulting on Microsoft technologies. They bring real-world skills and examples into the classroom that help students apply their new skills as soon as they are back on the job," said Voorhees. "For the employer, the in-depth training helps ensure that their Server 2008 enterprise migration goals are met."

Global Knowledge is the premier Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (CPLS) in the US, Canada, and EMEA. The company is also one of a handful of industry partners involved in a multitude of training activities associated with the suite of Windows Server 2008 products, including participation in various Launch Wave events.

Complete course descriptions and schedules for the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 courses are available at http://www.globalknowledge.com/Microsoft, as well as white papers, web seminars, and podcasts. Specific Server 2008 Launch Wave events may also be found on our web site.

About Global Knowledge

Global Knowledge is the worldwide leader in IT and business training. We deliver via training centers, private facilities, and the Internet, enabling our customers to choose when, where, and how they want to receive training programs and learning services. Our core training is focused on Cisco, Microsoft, Nortel, and Project Management. Our IT courses include networking, programming, operating systems, security, and telephony. Our business courses feature project management, professional skills, and business process curriculum, including ITIL. Our more than 700 courses span foundational and specialized training and certifications. Our OnDemand Software division provides enterprise application training software solutions that enable rapid user adoption and accelerate the return on investment for enterprise application implementations. Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge employs more than 1,500 people worldwide and is headquartered in Cary, N.C. The company is owned by New York-based investment firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe.

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