Microsoft Technology: A Detailed Overview

3 Day Course
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The Windows Family (6 topics)

  • Microsoft Operating System Family.
  • The Corporate Desktop.
  • Windows Servers: NT, 2000 and 2003.
  • Terminal Server.
  • Clustering and Network Load Balancing.
  • BackOffice and Windows Server System. Comparison with S/390 (MVS), Unix and NetWare

Windows NT Domains (6 topics)

  • Microsoft Domains Operation.
  • Remote Access (RAS).
  • Account types.
  • User profiles.
  • Trusted Relationships.
  • Typical Domain Configurations

Windows Active Directory (6 topics)

  • Windows NT domains Vs Active Directory, Active Directory Logical Structure.
  • Active Directory Physical Structure.
  • Logging on and Kerberos.
  • Applying Group Policy Objects.
  • Flexible Single Master Operations.
  • Global Catalog

File and Print Services (7 topics)

  • Installation.
  • NTFS vs. FAT.
  • Windows 2000 Enhancements.
  • Sharing and accessing File and Printers.
  • Local and Network Access.
  • Permissions.
  • Printer Configurations

NetWare, Unix and IBM SNA Interoperability (6 topics)

  • NetWare in a Windows Environment.
  • NetWare Migration to Windows.
  • Novell Interoperability products.
  • Windows NT Services for UNIX.
  • Other UNIX Support.
  • IBM SNA and Microsoft Host Intergration Server.

Network Infrastructure (7 topics)

  • TCP/IP Protocols.
  • IP Addressing.
  • Routing.
  • DHCP Server.
  • TCP/IP Utilities.
  • DNS Server.
  • NetBIOS over TCP/IP and WINS.

SQL Server RDBMS (6 topics)

  • SQL Server architecture and Distributed Management Framework.
  • Operation.
  • Decision support versus OLTP.
  • Replication and Data warehousing.
  • Gateways.
  • SQL Server 2000 price/performance

System Management Server (SMS) (9 topics)

  • SMS Clients, Sites & Hierarchies.
  • Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM).
  • Hardware\Software Inventory.
  • Software Distribution.
  • Software Metering.
  • Remote Support.
  • Discovery.
  • Queries.
  • Status Messages and Log files

Internet and Intranet Technologies (9 topics)

  • Growth.
  • Typical Applications and Business Opportunities.
  • Core Services and standards.
  • Connecting to the Internet.
  • Web Servers and Browsers.
  • HTML.
  • Side and Client -side processing.
  • XML.
  • Secure transactions: Encryption, PKI, SSL, SET and Smart cards.

MS Internet and Web Products and Services (6 topics)

  • Internet Information Server (IIS).
  • Microsoft Authoring Tools.
  • Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server.
  • Commerce Server.
  • BizTalk Server.
  • SharePoint Portal Server.

Exchange Server (7 topics)

  • Exchange Architecture.
  • Outlook and Web Access clients.
  • MAPI.
  • Groupware.
  • Shared/Public folders.
  • Application design/development options.
  • Exchange Server 2000 Enhancements.

Software Development (6 topics)

  • Designing Distributed Systems.
  • Rapid Application Development (RAD).
  • Microsoft's Solutions Development Discipline (MSDD).
  • Business Object Modelling.
  • Components vs. Objects.
  • Testing Tools.

Components and MS DNA Architecture (5 topics)

  • What are components? Component Standards: COM/COM+, CORBA and JavaBeans.
  • 2-tier vs 3-tier applications.
  • Microsoft's DNA Architecture: Transactions, Scalability/Performance, Security and Integration.
  • Microsoft Message Queue Server (MSMQ).
  • Comparison with the J2EE solutions.

Microsoft .NET (7 topics)

  • Why do we need .NET? Software as a service.
  • What is .NET? The .NET Platform and Framework.
  • ASP.NET.
  • Web Forms.
  • Win Forms.
  • C# and VB.NET.
  • Web Services and the Service-Oriented Application model.


System architects, designers, analyst, developers, support managers and staff, programme and project managers, those with technical sales/pre-sales responsibilities or anyone wanting to understand the 'big picture' of Microsoft technology. This seminar is not intended for anyone who needs an in-depth understanding of specific Microsoft products A reasonable level of IT knowledge, including the use of Windows and LANs, is assumed.

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