Microsoft Windows Server Training

GBdirect offer both Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and 2008 courses. These links will take you to the list of courses:-

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2008


Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Why choose Microsoft Windows Server?

Why ensure your employees are trained or certified?

Why get certified?

Microsoft Windows Server Certifications

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is Microsoft's key product in providing an enterprise environment that spans applications, infrastructure and data, being designed to allow for the cloud optimisation of different sized businesses.

Windows Server 2012 focuses on delivering seven key capabilities; server virtualisation, storage, networking, server management & automation, web & application platform, access & information protection and a virtual desktop infrastructure. This latest iteration brings Microsoft's large scale cloud computing experience onto their server platform in addition to altering available services to keep up with the latest challenges in IT.

Microsoft's cloud solution seeks to answer the demands of three key trends in modern enterprise computing; new applications, device proliferation and big data. Microsoft's server technologies look to remove resources from actual hardware to provide a pool of resources that still allows for workload isolation. This enables organisations to maximise resource utilisation as well as providing the framework for delivery of applications and data to end users on a wide variety of devices regardless of their location. These developments aim to enhance productivity and opportunities for collaboration by allowing for the use of different devices, whilst still maintaining the availability of key applications via flexible service architectures that can either be deployed on site or in the cloud.

Datacentres face issues in terms of the sheer volume of data available from modern collection techniques, preventing traditional methods of storage and database querying. Windows Server is designed to allow for use of more economic cloud-computing models in datacentres that provide a higher level of service from pooled computing resources.

Why choose Microsoft Windows Server?

Microsoft Windows Server offers a range of potential benefits as a virtualisation and datacentre platform. Microsoft's wide experience with cloud technology results in Windows Server being a proven technology that can scale up to the largest of enterprise workloads, whilst still maintaining a range of recovery options. Many of the recovery and protection services can be automated allowing for cost-effective continuity with reduced downtime risk.

In terms of storage and networking options Windows Server is a leader in cost-effectiveness and simplicity. This technology can be applied to a wide range of industry standard hardware, whilst also having a large number of management tasks built-in to the platform itself. These features transfer across to the application distribution elements available within this technology. With Windows Azure and System Centre this provides the ability to deploy and scale applications to your organisations' needs rapidly as well as providing increased transferability between on-site environments and cloud IT services.

Windows Server also provides one of the best end-user experiences, without compromising on the level of control enjoyed by administrators and architects. Corporate resources can be made available on the user's device of choice, whilst ensuring your information remains secure. Both corporate and personal devices can be managed under a single framework, whilst users can be managed across the cloud and datacentre, allowing for remote access to be tailored to the users' identity, level of access, type of information and device being used.

Hyper-V also offers industry leading virtualisation allowing for mission critical workloads of the largest size and scale, with significant increases in maximum resource allocation over Windows Server 2008. This functionality can be used with the latest hardware, in addition to existing servers, allowing for rapid virtualisation on large numbers of virtual machines. Included in the management of these virtualised machines is the ability to shift a virtual machine across physical hardware without any downtime to allow for the maximum usage and efficiency of shared resources.

Why ensure your employees are trained or certified?

Whilst increased levels of automation in the latest iteration of Windows Server training is still key for attaining higher levels of productivity for network management staff. The deployment and management of Windows Server 2012 is still a complex operation for enterprise level systems, as such to take full advantage of the new features staff must have a high level of experience and technical knowledge. Training ensures that personnel are more familiar with the technologies they work with and can help speed up transition from older technologies and the deployment of new infrastructure. A better service should be available to end-users, with reduced downtime allowing for greater productivity in other elements of your organisation.

With more trained and experienced staff comes the ability to undertake larger scale infrastructure changes and projects in a more cost efficient manner. Better trained staff will be able to deploy and maintain more complex systems with greater speed and ease than would otherwise be possible.

Training allows employers to have confidence that their staff will be able to fulfil their roles in an efficient manner, without needing external contractors, lending a degree of credibility to individuals and teams as a whole in being able to deliver high level services. The knowledge that your staff can perform to the highest standards lends productivity and efficiency advantages over competitors, whilst making the transition to cloud computing as smooth as possible.

Why get certified?

As an IT professional training ultimately leads to the acquisition of certifications that recognise your technical expertise. This is the key to gaining visibility in the currently highly competitive marketplace for IT professionals, with certifications giving an edge over other candidates for positions involving the use of Windows Server. More details of the job markets for specific technologies or certifications can be seen at IT Jobs Watch.

Certification can also translate directly into opportunities for career advancement, both in terms of qualifying for higher level positions but also as a way of gaining access to the community of certified Microsoft professionals, allowing you to make contact with potential employers and seek advice regarding future certification options.IT professionals also gain an average 9 per cent salary increase immediately after receiving certification, and 29 per cent over the long term, against those who are not certified. (CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, Jan 2011)

Microsoft Windows Server Certifications

Whether you are implementing, designing, managing or configuring a Microsoft Windows Server infrastructure or desktops and other devices in your organisation, you may want to consider obtaining either Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification.

Microsoft offers a wide range of certifications to approve individuals who have demonstrated their skills and experience of working with Windows Server products. The MCSA certification path demonstrates a wide set of basic Windows Server skills,providing the basis for a professional career with application in multiple business areas. The MCSE is a higher level certification, showing that you have reached Microsoft's "globally recognised standard for IT professionals", an MCSE is also a much more specialised certification relating to an area of application, rather than a product in general.

To view information & other resources for the certifications offered by Microsoft select from the options below:


Windows Server 2012 Public Scheduled and On-Site Courses (delivered on customer site)


Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the most advanced Windows Server operating system yet, designed to power the next generation of networks, applications, and Web services. With Windows Server 2008 you can develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications, provide a highly secure network infrastructure, and increase technological efficiency and value within your organization.

Windows Server 2008 builds on the success and strengths of its Windows Server predecessors while delivering valuable new functionality and powerful improvements to the base operating system. New Web tools, virtualization technologies, security enhancements, and management utilities help save time, reduce costs, and provide a solid foundation for your information technology (IT) infrastructure.

A Solid Foundation for Your Business

Windows Server 2008 provides a solid foundation for all of your server workload and application requirements while also being easy to deploy and manage. The all new Server Manager provides a unified management console that simplifies and streamlines server setup, configuration, and ongoing management. Windows PowerShell, a new command-line shell, helps enable administrators to automate routine system administration tasks across multiple servers. Windows Deployment Services provides a simplified, highly secure means of rapidly deploying the operating system via network-based installations. And Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering wizards, and full Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) support plus consolidated management of Network Load Balancing, make high availability easy to implement even by IT generalists.

The new Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008 allows for installation of server roles with only the necessary components and subsystems without a graphical user interface. Fewer roles and features means minimizing disk and service footprints while reducing attack surfaces. It also enables your IT staff to specialize according to the server roles they need to support.

Virtualization Built-in

Windows Server Hyper-V, the next-generation hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, allows you to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine. You can also efficiently run multiple operating systems - Windows, Linux, and others - in parallel on a single server. With Hyper-V and simple licensing policies, it's now easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization.

Applications can also be efficiently virtualized using Windows Server 2008 centralized application access technologies. Terminal Services Gateway and Terminal Services RemoteApp allow easy remote access to standard Windows-based programs from anywhere by running them on a terminal server instead of directly on a client computer - without the need for a complicated virtual private network (VPN).

Built for the Web

Windows Server 2008 comes with Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS 7.0), a Web server and security-enhanced, easy-to-manage platform for developing and reliably hosting Web applications and services. A major enhancement to the Windows Web platform, IIS 7.0 includes a componentized architecture for greater flexibility and control. IIS 7.0 also provides simplified management, powerful diagnostic and troubleshooting capabilities that save time, and comprehensive extensibility.

Internet Information Server IIS 7.0 together with the .NET Framework 3.0 provides a comprehensive platform for building applications that connect users and data, enabling them to visualize, share, and act on information. Additionally, IIS 7.0 plays a central role in unifying Microsoft's Web platform technologies - ASP.NET, Windows Communication Foundation Web services, and Windows SharePoint Services.

High Security

Windows Server 2008 is the most secure Windows Server yet. The operating system has been hardened to help protect against failure and several new technologies help prevent unauthorized connections to your networks, servers, data, and user accounts. Network Access Protection (NAP) helps ensure that computers that try to connect to your network comply with your organization's security policy. Technology integration and several enhancements make Active Directory services a potent unified and integrated Identity and Access (IDA) solution. And Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) and BitLocker Drive Encryption allow you to more securely deploy your AD database at branch office locations.

High Performance Computing

The benefits and cost savings of Windows Server 2008 extend to Windows HPC Server 2008 for your high performance computing (HPC) environment. Windows HPC Server 2008 is built on Windows Server 2008, x64-bit technology and can efficiently scale to thousands of processing cores with out-of-the-box functionality to improve the productivity, and reduce the complexity of your HPC environment. Windows HPC Server 2008 enables broader adoption by providing a rich and integrated end-user experience that scales from the desktop application to the clusters, and includes a comprehensive set of deployment, administration, and monitoring tools that are easy to deploy, manage, and integrate with your existing infrastructure.

Windows Server 2008 Public Scheduled and On-Site Courses (delivered on customer site)

On-Site Courses (only delivered on customer site)


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