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Upgrade Courses Active Directory / Server 2008 R2? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello everyone,

     

    I have several years of experience with the the operating systems NT4, Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003, as well as with active directory on 2000 and 2003. On the client side I have worked with NT4, 2000 and XP.

     

    At work we will be going to Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Therefore I am looking for MOC courses on 2008 R2 and Active Directory on 2008R2. I have looked into the contents of a number of courses on the web but it seems that a lot of courses are beginners courses or are tuned towards 2008 and not R2. Is there something like an upgrade course from 2003 to 2008R2 for the server OS and AD? Which courses would you recommend?

     

    Thanks for your help!

    HarryH

    Friday, October 7, 2011 12:21 PM

Answers

  • Hi Harry-

    There are a number of changes in 2008 R2.  However, I imagine that the instructure will spend ample time on them.  In my opinion, there are more fundamental changes going from legacy operating systems to 2008 then there are going from 2008 to 2008 R2.  Based on the background you provided, you'll find a lot of value in the upgrade courses such as 6416.  Thereafter, you may decide that you want to supplement that with 6425C or 6426C (which are a bit more updated and focused on R2).

    Brian

    • Marked as answer by HarryNew Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:33 AM
    Monday, October 24, 2011 3:58 PM

All replies

  • If you're looking to earn one of the Microsoft Certifications, the best place to start is with their Learning site.  I'm providing the direct link to the Windows Server 2008 certifications.  Please note that the upgrade exams are only applicable if you've earned the MCSA or MCSE 2003.  Otherwise, you'll need to start from scratch.
    Friday, October 7, 2011 7:02 PM
    Answerer
  • For Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), both of these courses have been updated to cover R2:

    6425C - Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Course.aspx?ID=6425C

    6426C - Configuring and Troubleshooting Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server 2008 Active Directory

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Course.aspx?ID=6426C

     

    I'm sure many of the other MOC courses have been updated to cover R2 as well.  If you want the upgrade info from previous operating system versions, there are a ton of them.  See the link that Charles sent and perform a search.  Here are a couple that may interest you:

    6416C - Updating your Network Infrastructure and Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (this one provides knowledge for those familiar with 2000 and 2003)

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Course.aspx?ID=6416C&locale=en-us

     

    6419B - Configuring, Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008-based Servers

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Course.aspx?ID=6419B&Locale=en-us

     

    Brian

     

     

    Friday, October 7, 2011 9:33 PM
  • Hello Brian,

     

    thanks for your answer! I was on vacation for a few days, therefore this late reply. I guess the courses 6416 and 6419 are close matches even though it seems that at least 6416 covers 2008 and not that much 2008 R2. On the other hand there may not be that many changes from 2008 to 2008 R2 functionality-wise?

     

    Regards

    HarryH

    Monday, October 24, 2011 12:21 PM
  • Hi Harry-

    There are a number of changes in 2008 R2.  However, I imagine that the instructure will spend ample time on them.  In my opinion, there are more fundamental changes going from legacy operating systems to 2008 then there are going from 2008 to 2008 R2.  Based on the background you provided, you'll find a lot of value in the upgrade courses such as 6416.  Thereafter, you may decide that you want to supplement that with 6425C or 6426C (which are a bit more updated and focused on R2).

    Brian

    • Marked as answer by HarryNew Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:33 AM
    Monday, October 24, 2011 3:58 PM