Microsoft Releases Microsoft Official Curriculum To Support Final Version of Windows 2000

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 9, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that new courses based on the final release of the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 operating system are now available at Microsoft Certified Technical Education Centers (Microsoft CTECs) worldwide. The Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) for Windows 2000 courses are designed to help both new and experienced IT professionals learn to deploy, support and administer Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server into their own network infrastructure and to meet the product demand of their customers. MOC Windows 2000 courses also prepare IT professionals for Microsoft Windows 2000 certifications by mapping one-to-one with Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams. Beta courses have been available with earlier versions of Windows 2000. Final courseware will be rolled out starting at the launch and will be available thereafter. A listing of classes can be found at .

MOC for Windows 2000 is being released to Microsoft CTECs to deliver training in the classroom and via the Web to enable IT professionals to deploy the final release of the product.
“For Windows 2000 to be the best operating system for the next generation of PC computing, Microsoft needs to ensure that customers are taking advantage of all of the product’s features and capabilities,”
said Deborah Willingham, vice president of Windows Marketing at Microsoft.
“Courses based on MOC give customers the fundamental knowledge and skills that they need to grow their business and maximize their investment in the operating system.”

Windows 2000 MOC Courses Featured at Launch Event

The e-learning curriculum for Windows 2000 will be featured at the official Windows 2000 launch in San Francisco on Feb. 17. Session participants will engage with Microsoft CTECs via audio, video and chat sessions over the Web and view simulated labs to learn how to implement features in Windows 2000. Sessions featured at the launch event will be based on two of the Windows 2000 MOC courses, and topics covered in sessions will range from
“Installing the Active Directory™ Service”
“Deploying Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional by Using Remote Installation Services.”
Microsoft CTECs delivering the training at launch event include Aris Corp., Infotec Commercial Systems, Information Management Group (IMG) Inc., Inc., Inc., SmartForce and Training Associates.

Microsoft CTECs and Customers React to Windows 2000 Courseware

Microsoft CTECs worldwide are enthusiastic about the opportunities Windows 2000 and the Windows 2000 MOC courseware will offer their businesses.
“E-learning curriculum developed by Microsoft and delivered by Aris Education, powered by Netcisive, is a great solution for our customers to get skilled on Microsoft technologies,”
said Steve Brugger, western director of Aris Education, a Microsoft CTEC.
“We can now offer Windows 2000 training to suit the learner’s preference. Whether it is in a classroom, at home or anywhere convenient for the student, it’s designed to meet their needs. Over time, MOC has become more steadily adaptable – with e-learning curriculum, Microsoft is making it easy for us to present customers with training in a variety of forms and options.”

IT professionals who have participated in courses using MOC are impressed with the material.
“The course was very good – it gave me a solid overview of Windows 2000 and how to install the product,”
said Denise Lawson, IT manager at The Datum Group Inc.
“We are always looking for technology that will keep us one step ahead of our competition.”

An IT professional typically selects a track of courses to take from a Microsoft CTEC; classes are combined to align with his or her career path. For example, if the goal is to broaden one’s skill set from being a support professional to being one who will plan or design a networking services infrastructure, then that IT professional should consider taking course 1560 with course 1562. If the IT professional is responsible for the security of a network, the recommended path is course 1560 followed by course 2150. More information about which tracks work together to get the most out of Windows 2000 can be found at .

MOC for IT Professionals New to Windows 2000

The Microsoft Windows 2000 MOC courses listed below are designed for IT professionals who are either new to the IT industry or currently supporting a different network operating system:

“Microsoft Windows 2000 First Look”

“Microsoft Windows 2000 Network and Operating System Essentials”

“Implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Server”

“Implementing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure”

“Implementing and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services”

MOC for Current Windows IT Professionals and Enterprise Architects

The following courses are designed for current Windows NT® 4.0 IT professionals and enterprise architects. Course 1560 will update the current Windows NT 4.0 IT professional’s skills to Windows 2000. The additional four courses are designed for the Windows

NT 4.0 IT professional who wants to grow into a new career as an architect responsible for planning and designing a network infrastructure, including directory services, networking services and security.

“Updating Support Skills From Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows 2000”

“Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure”

“Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Networking Services Infrastructure”

“Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Migration Strategy”

“Designing a Secure Microsoft Windows 2000-Based Network”

Microsoft Official Curriculum is available either online or via instructor-led courses at Microsoft CTECs. More information on MOC is available on the Microsoft Training and Certification Web site at .

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