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Why I Use CBT Nuggets Training – Part 2 – the Format!

November 25, 2016 at 11:54 am

Businessmen and Clock

It seems like more than ever, there just isn’t enough time in the day for all that we want to accomplish! That is another reason I use CBT Nuggets. I crave the Nugget format!

It turns out that in the past, Nuggets were permitted to be quite long – some running as much as 60 minutes in length! This is no longer permitted for instructors. Whew.

I really love checking in to my course and learning something quickly and efficiently. I also like to be very focused on the topic at hand. So if I am in a Cisco Networking course, for example, I will not be watching 60 minutes on Layer 2 Technologies. Instead, I will be spending 10 minutes on an Introduction to Spanning-Tree Protocol. This normally fits my schedule much better, not to mention my attention span.

What is the time length of Nuggets these days? 7 to 13 minutes is what you will experience with new content. So perfect for that inevitable wait at the Dentist office.

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Why I Use CBT Nuggets Training – Part 1 – the Trainer Matters!

November 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm

When I was a kid, there was a commercial I was subjected to again and again. It was the Hair Club for Men. The nice young man indicated that he was not just the president of the Hair Club for Men, but also a client.

CBT NuggetsToday, I know how he feels, even though I possess mainly a full head of hair.

You see, I am not only a trainer at CBT Nuggets, but I am also a learner! I use CBT Nuggets almost every day in order to learn a new (or old) IT technology. Why?

Reason number 1 is that I have become extremely picky when it comes to my online trainer. If he or she is not engaging, I AM OUT! It is not enough to be a master of the content. You must capture my attention, you must draw me in, you must get me excited about learning.

This is extremely rare to find in online trainers of IT. Just try YouTube on a tech topic and you will quickly see the issues that arise with many trying to teach in this field. At CBT Nuggets, I know I am going to be in the virtual classroom of an expert and an incredible trainer.

One of my all time favorites? Keith Barker. Keith makes learning the most complex topics in IT simple, and fun!

At CBT Nuggets, you will not find dozens of trainers, only a few of the very best.

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Volume Activitation of Windows 10

November 23, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Windows 10 Volume Activation

It really isn’t an option for a large enterprise to visit each Windows 10 machine and manually activate it. Thankfully, Windows Server 2016 provides several volume activation model technologies including:

  • Volume Activation Services server role: This role enables you to automate and simplify the issuance and management of Microsoft software volume licenses for a variety of scenarios and environments. With the Volume Activation Services role, you can install and configure the Key Management Service (KMS) and enable Active Directory-based Activation.
  • Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA): This technology allows you to install virtual machines on a properly activated Windows server without having to manage product keys for each individual virtual machine, even in disconnected environments. The virtual machine is activated and continues to work even when it is migrated across an array of virtualization servers. This provides benefits such as activating virtual machines in remote locations; activating virtual machines with or without an internet connection; and tracking virtual machine usage and licenses from the virtualization server, without requiring any access rights on the virtualized systems.
  • Key Management Service (KMS): This is a role service that allows you to activate systems within your network from a server where a KMS host has been installed. With KMS, you can complete activations on the local network, eliminating the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft for product activation. By default, volume editions of Windows clients and server operating systems connect to a system that hosts the KMS service to request activation. No action is required from the end user.
  • Active Directory-based Activation: This is a role service that allows you to use Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) to store activation objects. These can further simplify the task of maintaining volume activation services for a network. With Active Directory-based Activation, no additional host server is needed, and activation requests are processed during computer startup. Any computers running a client or server operating system with a Generic Volume License Key (GVLK) that are connected to the domain will activate automatically and transparently. They will stay activated if they remain members of the domain and maintain periodic contact with a domain controller. Activation takes place after the licensing service starts.

This is an except from my upcoming book – 70-740 Installation, Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016 Certification Guide.
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Point-to-Point Protocol Simulation

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November 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm

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