LearnSmart New Releases Update for September 2014

Explore the newest course releases added to LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries. These releases are courses that explore the intricacies to Windows Server 2012 services, Access database tools, as well as the new gadgets in Outlook. Dive into these courses to become a more-efficient professional, or become a certified system administrator.

Microsoft Access Series
Are you wondering what’s changed since Access 2010? Discover Access 2013’s new look and the new web apps feature. You will learn how to design and apply templates for the purpose of web app creation that can be shared with others. Step by step, you are taken through database management focusing on the tools and knowledge needed to design, implement, and sustain a database using Access 2013. Topics covered in this 5-course series will also aid in preparing you for the Microsoft Access Exam 77-424.

1:  Databases, Existing Data and Relational Databases
2:  Create Tables, Modify Fields and Manage Table Relationships
3:  Create, Enhance, Format and Navigate Forms
4:  Create, Modify, and Calculate Queries
5:  Reports and Database Maintenance

Microsoft Outlook Series
Find out how to use Outlook 2013 for all your communication and calendar planning needs. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the tools you can use to manage your life. Learn everything you need to know to work the tools and features of Outlook 2013 like the calendar and tasks mode. You’ll get into such topics as adding new contacts and groups, navigating between modes, configuring notifications and settings, as well as messaging. With a complete understanding of Outlook’s capabilities, you’ll save yourself time and energy. Furthermore, understanding these topics will prepare you for the Microsoft Outlook Exam 77-423.

1:  Getting Started in Outlook 2013
2:  Message and Contact Management
3:  Time and Task Management

Microsoft’s Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure (70-414) Series
The following courses will help prepare you for the Microsoft 70-414 exam, which is part of the MCSE certification. These courses teach the principles, techniques, and tools needed to successfully prepare for and pass the certification exam. This series contains four courses focusing on different aspects of a server infrastructure. The topics covered in these courses align with the exam objectives as published by Microsoft. All in all, you will gain a deeper understanding of the necessary details to planning, configuring, and managing the Windows Server 2012 services.

1:  Managing and Maintaining a Server Infrastructure
2:  Planning and Implementing a Highly Available Infrastructure
3:  Planning and Implementing a Server Virtualization Infrastructure
4:  Planning and Implementing Identity Access Solutions

To learn more about these video trainings and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact a LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

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LearnSmart New Releases Update for August 2014

Our newest releases include courses that introduce you to the 21st Century workforce, and prepare you to work with the diverse generations found in this workforce. All of these courses are available in our Knowledge Libraries. To learn more about these courses and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact your LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

Workforce Generations Series
In the workplace, there is a generational mix where each age group has specific attributes and attitudes. As a manager, it is your responsibility to bridge generational gaps and aid multi-generational teams or departments function cohesively. Explore each generation’s individuality and how to appropriately interact with them to unite the team. When you understand the basic distinctions of the workforce generations comprising your employed staff, you can begin reaping the benefits by putting that knowledge to good use. Each of these topics is covered over five courses:

1: Workforce Generations
At no other time in U.S. history has the workforce been as generationally diverse as it is currently, comprising four distinct age demographics across numerous ethnic and racial lines — the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Next. Workforce Generations will teach you about generational behavior in the workplace and how you can leverage the talents and skills of all four generational workforces to boost the motivation, morale, and job performance of everyone in your organization. Additionally, this course is the first course in the Workforce Generations series dedicated to understanding each generation represented in the workplace.

2: Leading Silents and Baby Boomers
For today’s managers, it is essential to understand the unique needs and work habits of the companies’ elder statesmen – the Silent Generation and baby boomers. In this course, you will look at the characteristics of, historical impacts on, and learning styles of both the Silent Generation and baby boomers. You will learn how best to interact with these generations as a means of developing business relationships, the importance of integrating older generations with other employees, and what the future may hold for these knowledgeable and vital contributors to America’s workforce. You will focus on the generational mix between the Silent Generation and the Baby Boomer Generation, as well as the attributes and attitudes that each generation brings into the workplace. This is the second course of the Workforce Generation series, which contains courses dedicated to understanding each generation’s different behaviors, attitudes, and priorities.

3: Leading Generations X and Next
Now that virtually every business has “gone digital,” we are even more reliant upon those who grew up with the technology, and can use it to do more – better and faster than we ever thought imaginable.  In this course, you will see how best to work with Generations X and Next, to establish a workplace environment that is conducive to bringing out the best that they have to offer. In many ways, you have access to tomorrow’s experts today, and that is an opportunity that should not go to waste. This is course 3 in the Workforce Generations series.

Keep your eye out for the last two titles in this series:

4: Cross-Generational Teams
Cross-generational teams, or those made up of members of different generations, have a unique set of benefits and challenges. Ultimately, as the manager, it is up to you to help ensure that team members…

5: Developing Generations
When you understand the basic distinctions of the workforce generations comprising your employed staff, you can begin reaping the benefits by putting that knowledge to good use. It only takes a little conscientious effort to bridge…

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Creating IT Futures through Training

LearnSmart partners with Ricoh in an effort to train veterans using LearnSmart courseware. LearnSmart supplied Ricoh with 200 licenses, valued at over $80,000 in products for IT training. The eLearning training included in the contract will be used by Ricoh to serve veterans through its veteran program.

Ricoh offers an Information Technology program aimed at taking participants through phases of development and equips them with skills and knowledge in areas such as Microsoft Office certifications; web design, cryptography, and mobile app development. Training offered through LearnSmart’s IT Knowledge library also provides real-world experience in leadership and project management. These skills enable veterans to increase their skillset, and thus become more attractive candidates for employment in the information technology industry.

“We have a history of serving veterans” says Jay Gandee, President of LearnSmart. “We’re thrilled to partner with Ricoh to give back to those who’ve served our country.” To support the effort, LearnSmart opened its complete IT library to veterans participating in the program. Director of Brand Development Mark Norris says, “It is extremely important to have access to the information and techniques foundational to your subject area of expertise and pivotal to advancing in your career. This is an excellent opportunity for veterans.”

About LearnSmart
LearnSmart is a worldwide leader in corporate eLearning solutions and offers a full line of IT, project management, HR / compliance, workplace safety, and management & leadership training. Our clients represent a broad range of Fortune 1000 companies, small and medium business, as well as universities, government institutions, and the armed forces. LearnSmart has been recognized with awards including Tampa Bay Fast 50, Innovation of the Year Finalist, and Small Business of the Year Finalist.

About Ricoh
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of approx. 21.7 billion USD.

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LearnSmart Connects With Local Youth Training Organization

For the second time in as many years, LearnSmart is supporting Computer Mentors Group in an effort to “Bridge the Digital Divide” by donating both cash and product. This year LearnSmart is donating over $10,000 in product, plus it is making a cash donation of $2,000. The donation will be used by Computer Mentors Group to support its summer version of the STEM Corps High School Program.

View press release:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/learnsmart-connects-with-local-youth-training-organization-264978901.html

STEM Corps High School Program is a unique Information Technology program that takes students through phases of development and provides them tools like Microsoft Office certification; skills in web design, videography and mobile app development; and real-world experience in leadership and project management. These skills make students attractive candidates for internships and employment in the Information Technology industry.

STEM Corps is offered as both an after-school and summer program, and has just completed enrollment for the summer program. The youth will use the LearnSmart eLearning system to assist them in obtaining Microsoft Office certifications. They will then continue using the eLearning system to enhance their skills that will be used to accomplish a summer project for other non-profit organizations in the area.  Last summer the projects included two websites, a phone app, a graphical project, and a video for five (5) different non-profit organizations. The program is free and works with youth ages 14 through 18 years of age.

“Supporting youth and the local non-profit community is a natural for us” says Jay Gandee, president of LearnSmart. “For this reason, LearnSmart proudly partners with Computer Mentors Group in their efforts to train the next generation of Information Technology professionals.”  To support the effort, LearnSmart has opened its complete library to the youth and employees of Computer Mentors Group.

“I want to personally thank LearnSmart for the donation” says Ralph Smith director of Computer Mentors Group. “As a non-profit we run a very lean organization and this donation of both eLearning and cash will assist us to be able to help more youth and other non-profit organizations.”

About LearnSmart
LearnSmart is a worldwide leader in corporate eLearning solutions and offers a full line of IT, project management, HR/compliance, workplace safety, and management & leadership training. Our clients represent a broad range of Fortune 1000 companies, small and medium business, as well as universities, government institutions, and the armed forces. LearnSmart has been recognized with awards including Tampa Bay Fast 50, Innovation of the Year Finalist, and Small Business of the Year Finalist. More information about LearnSmart and our latest community involvement can be found at http://www.learnsmartsystems.com

About Computer Mentors Group
Computer Mentors Group, Inc. is a “digital divide” non-profit organization comprised of computer professionals, and others interested in the future job opportunities of disadvantaged youth.  The group’s flagship program is called the STEM Corps High School Program where youth provide service through technology projects for non-profit organizations as a way of learning the technology field.

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LearnSmart New Releases Update for June 2014

Our newest releases include courses on becoming a well-equipped leader, courses that review how to establish sexual-harassment-free workplaces, and courses on working with a multi-generational workforce represented in the 21st Century. All of these courses are available in our Knowledge Libraries.

Front-Line Leadership Series
Many of the driving forces behind today’s successful businesses exist there on the front lines. The aim of this series is to highlight those qualities attributed to front-line leaders and the company cultures they create. Be inspired as you observe how they overcome leadership challenges brought on by a rapidly evolving marketplace, incorporate change, energize their employees, and manage their company’s intellectual capital. In the end, you will come away with a solid understanding of the fundamental qualities all great leaders have developed in their corporate culture, as well as in themselves. Each of these topics is covered throughout these six courses:

1: Leadership Challenges
2: Changes in Corporate Culture
3: Keeping Employees Energized
4: Knowledge Management
5: Elements of Change
6: Leadership Dynamics

Sexual Harassment Prevention – Quick Refresh
Sexual harassment is one of the most litigated areas of the law. Virtually all major companies, government organizations, colleges and universities, and even the military, now have sexual harassment policies in place. Creating a supportive environment is one of the best ways to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Learn about sexual harassment prevention programs and other preventive actions you can take to eliminate harassing behavior in the workplace. Designed as a review to supplement a comprehensive sexual harassment prevention course, you are provided with an overview of certain topics. For the sake of brevity, some information has been omitted, summarized, or simplified.

Workforce Generations
At no other time in U.S. history has the workforce been as generationally diverse as it is currently, comprising four distinct age demographics across numerous ethnic and racial lines — the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Next. Workforce Generations will teach you about generational behavior in the workplace and how you can leverage the talents and skills of all four generational workforces to boost the motivation, morale, and job performance of everyone in your organization. Additionally, this course is the first course in the Workforce Generations series dedicated to understanding the generations represented in the workplace.

To learn more about these offerings and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact your LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

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LearnSmart New Releases Update for May 2014

Our Knowledge Libraries are expanding. We are continually adding new titles. The newest releases include titles focusing on preparing you to implement a successful execution culture, on learning more about OSHA standards to establish a safe workplace, on reviewing the ethics associated with doing business. To learn more about these video trainings and other courses in the LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact a LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

Introduction to OSHA
Many of the health and safety programs and procedures in this Health and Safety Guide are derived from federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Furthermore, this course provides you with some background information about OSHA and OSHA standards, inspections, citations, and penalties. At the end of this course, you will be able to distinguish between the role of OSHA and the role of the office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Overall, you will learn more about the role of OSHA in establishing a safe and secure work environment.

Fall Protection
Fall Protection provides you with a look at the work conditions that require the use of fall protection and the available options to protect employees from falls. By taking this course, you will be able to identify fall protection methods available for protecting employees; the basic conditions that trigger the use of fall protection for employees in the general industry; and the importance of good work practices and training. Implementing each of these elements in your workplace will ensure that employees are protected from fall hazards whether four feet or forty feet from the ground.

Safety and Health Programs 
Safety and Health Programs focuses on why organizations should implement safety and health programs, and what must be in place in order for these types of programs to be effective. By taking this course, you will recognize the benefits of an effective safety and health program and be able to list the key elements of these programs. Whether you are a business owner looking for ways to improve costs and workplace safety, or a worker interested in learning more about how a safety and health program can benefit you, this course will provide you with the information you need.

Personal Protective Equipment 
OSHA standards for Personal Protective Equipment takes a deeper look at using PPE controls in the workplace. This course describes the two primary means of protecting employees from workplace hazards before considering PPE; explains what should be included in PPE training; lists PPE that may be used for protection; and identifies hazards that are reduced or eliminated by using the appropriate PPE for eye, face, head, hearing, foot, hand, and body protection.

Fire Safety and Prevention
Fire safety training is an important part of safety in the workplace. Employers must train employees about fire hazards that exist in the workplace, how to prevent fires, and what to do in the event one occurs. Through this course, you will learn how to identify fire hazards; know the proper way to evacuate safely in the event of a fire; and be able to identify fire extinguishers and how to use them properly.

Business Execution Series
Business execution is about taking ideas and turning them into reality. Discover how to make gradual changes to shift a lethargic organization to a thriving, effective one. This series walks you through the process of how to implement execution strategies and adopt an execution culture. You will explore how to inspire workplace excellence and eliminate those impediments to turning ideas into actions. In the end, these elements will aid you in creating a business execution culture that is energized, goal-oriented, and productive. Each of these topics are covered within three courses:

  1. Execution Strategies
  2. Inspiring Workplace Excellence
  3. Turning Ideas into Actions

Business Ethics – Quick Refresh
Designed as a review to supplement a comprehensive business ethics course, you’ll start out reviewing the definition of ethics and an understanding of how trust functions in our social interactions. We have an expectation of how others will behave towards us and how we will behave towards them. While engaging with each other, individuals behave unethically in ways that breach shared trust. You’ll also look at some of the thinking errors associated with unethical behavior. From there, you will find brief descriptions on the different rules defining business ethics. For the sake of brevity, some information has been omitted, summarized, or simplified.

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LearnSmart New Releases Update for April 2014

Our new releases are increasing the number of courses that are available in our Knowledge Libraries. To learn more about these offerings and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact a LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services Series
As mentioned in our previous blog on course releases, this series contains six courses that will provide you with a practical and theoretical basis from which you can effectively administer Windows Server 2012. The goal of these courses is to thoroughly prepare you to sit for Microsoft’s Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) exam. In this series, the remaining courses released include:

Configuring Identity and Access Solutions
The topics in this course represent some of the greatest capabilities to increase the overall level of security in a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure. You’ll begin with a look at the implementation of Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), which provide the foundation of a Public Key Infrastructure for organizations seeking to utilize digital certificates for the purposes of authentication and encryption.  The implementation of Active Directory Federation Services is introduced, which provides the ability to extend single sign-on capabilities outside of the organizational boundaries. Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) is introduced as another role available in Windows Server 2012 that increases the overall security of the organization and its data. This is course four of the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) series.

Configuring and Managing High Availability
Because network applications and services that are running on a Windows Server 2012 machine are extremely important, it is critical for network administrators to understand how to implement high availability for these technologies. This course covers the configuration and management of highly available Windows Server 2012 infrastructures. You’ll begin with a look at Network Load Balancing – its capabilities, the specific scenarios in which it is useful, the planning aspects of an NLB implementation, and deploying and configuring NLB. Failover clustering is introduced and the features and benefits are discussed, as well as the various components and steps involved in implementing them. You’ll be given an explanation and demonstration of failover clustering in Hyper-V, as well as configuring VMs in a failover clustering environment and available options in Hyper-V for managing virtual machine movement. This is the fifth course in the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) series.

Implementing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
When disaster strikes, network administrators are called upon to recover data and sometimes even entire operating systems. This course looks at implementing business continuity and disaster recovery in the Windows Server 2012 operating system. You’ll begin with a look at the process for configuring and managing backups of both servers and application data. This includes an overview of the concepts behind disaster recovery and the various processes which are involved. Recovering information using the Windows backup utility and implementing site level recovery to ensure business continuity in network infrastructures that utilize Windows Server 2012 is also covered. This is the final course in the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) series.

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Just In Time… Training

A few weeks ago, my Jeep had a flat tire. Just the thing I wanted to deal with on my Sunday afternoon [sarcastic tone]. As I am attempting to change the tire in the hot Florida sun, I realize that the tire wouldn’t come off of my Jeep. As several passer-bys came and gave advice as to how and why this had happened, we concluded that the tire was stuck because I had driven my Jeep on the beach while launching a kayak and the salt water must have rusted the wheel to the rotor. Several attempts of kicking and banging the wheel loose were unsuccessful, so I eventually turned to YouTube for advice. I quickly found a training video posted by a user that explained 3 different techniques to aid in loosening the well-attached wheel from the vehicle. The first two attempts were not successful but the last proved to be the ace I was looking for. The YouTube video suggested that I loosen the lug nuts slightly and drive the vehicle a few yards while swerving the steering wheel back and forth in an attempt to loosen the locked wheel. IT WORKED! After an hour and a half of sweating through this process, I found my much needed answer online as a tutorial video.

This is a long winded story to introduce one of the most exciting and useful “Technology Trends Your Company Can’t Ignore” – “Just-in-Time Training.” It is just what it sounds like. Consider this scenario:

“Suppose your IT staff has to install some new hardware at all your company’s office locations. The hardware is brand new, complex, and requires special installation procedures. Rather than taking your IT staff out of work and putting them in a training course, you keep them on site without the specific training. Then, when they have to install the hardware or troubleshoot it, they can receive the training on how to do so in real time via their mobile device as they are installing or servicing the hardware.” – Daniel Burrus, 3 Technology Trends Your Company Can’t Ignore, LinkedIn.

LearnSmart excels in this area already! With the LearnSmart iPad app and soon-to-be-released Android app, your support staff can pull up training videos and tutorials on the fly. The LearnSmart apps allow users to access eLearning courses and videos through WiFi access or through the convenience of offline access, which gives the flexibility to be on the most remote job and still have the safety net of LearnSmart video to back them up – when WiFi, Internet, or even cellular signals just aren’t available.

According to LinkedIn influencer, Daniel Burrus, “using cloud-based technology for just-in-time services goes way beyond installation and repair. It could be used to train people on new software, train salespeople on product upgrades, instruct employees on new policies and procedures, etc. And it’s different and better than a standard tutorial, because the training can be accessed via any device, anywhere, and at anytime…”

With this kind of accessibility, training is always just under your fingertips. It’s an exciting time to be in the eLearning industry as the availability of technology and cloud-based services are combining to bring usability and flexibility to a whole new plane.

See Burrus’ full story title, “3 Technology Trends Your Company Can’t Ignore” here: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140320165004-48342529-3-technology-trends-your-company-can-t-ignore.

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Top 5 Certifications for Network Engineers in 2014

Based on CNN Money’s research on IT network engineers, individuals on this career path, at the highest level, are banking $100,000 or more. Network engineers are responsible for implementing and maintaining the server network. It’s a hands-on type of job that sometimes has odd working hours; but overall, they’re the ones ensuring network communications remain constant and consistent. To become a network engineer, you need to gain the knowledge and experience  through education and application on how to successfully administer and troubleshoot a network. Once you’ve gained that knowledge and experience, certifications are the way to prove you have what it takes to be a successful network engineer. Below are the top five certifications you can earn in network engineering in 2014.

MCSE: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert
The MCSE certification exam is Microsoft’s server exam based on Windows Server 2012. This certification is for new and experienced IT professionals who are looking to increase their skills and knowledge on cloud technology. It encompasses a number of exams depending on the certification type that is pursued. But first, there are three foundational exams that all administrators must take to begin: 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412. LearnSmart covers each of these exams as a series of six courses closely detailing the concepts assessed within that certification exam. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find in the Windows Server 2012 Installation and Configuration (70-412) Series:

1: Configuring File and Storage Solutions in Windows Server 2012
2: Configuring Network Services in Windows Server 2012
3: Configuring the Active Directory Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012
4: Configuring Identify and Access Solutions in Windows Server 2012
5: Configuring and Managing High Availability in Windows Server 2012
6: Planning and Deploying a Server Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012

CCNP: Cisco Certified Network Professional
With a CCNP certification, you’re proving that you have a thorough understanding of switches and routers, and how to properly implement and manage them over a network. To earn this certification, you must successfully complete these three CCNP exams: SWITCH (642-813), ROUTE (642-902), and TSHOOT (642-832). These three exams are the focal point. But before you can sit for them, you must have your Cisco Certified Network Associate certification in Routing and Switching. We covered the exam objectives for CCNA Routing and Switching certification through a series of courses. So if you’re looking to get started with your CCNP make sure you have study the fundamentals of CCNA Routing and Switching with these courses:

1: Operation of IP Data Networks
2: LAN Switching and WAN Technologies
3: IPv4 and IPv6
4: System and Network Management
5: IP Routing Technologies
6: IP Services and Security
7: Troubleshooting Routers and Switches

RHCE: Red Hat Certified Engineer
This certification enables you to confidently say that you have the skills of a veteran system administrator. This is not an entry-level certification; therefore, the prerequisite for taking the EX300 RHCE certification exam is obtaining your RHSCA certification. You can earn your RHCE certification on different Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions, as long as you have your RHSCA certification on that version. As a network administrator, the RHCE certification is valuable because it ensures that you have the skills needed to operate a Linux-supported network on a daily basis.

CompTIA Network+
To become a certified Network+ technician, you must successfully pass the N10-005 exam, which covers a range of networking topics. To successfully pass this exam, applicants must have a firm understanding of how to manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure a basic network infrastructure; describe networking technologies; and have a grasp on basic design principles. To solidify these skills, we designed a series of courses for you that covers all these crucial skills. The courses included in this series are:

1: Introduction to Network+ Certification Exam
2: OSI & IP Addressing, VLANs & DNS
3: Virtual Desktops, Media & Connectors, WAN & 802 Standards
4: Installing & Configuring Routers, Switches & Wireless Networks
5: Troubleshooting Routers, Switches, Media, Wireless & Software Problems
6: Security Threats & Authentication, Network Level Security & Firewall Installation

CWNA: Certified Wireless Network Administrator
The CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator certification exam, PW0-105, assesses administrators’ understanding of the wireless LAN infrastructure. Previously, network administrators would find themselves working with mostly wired networks. But times are changing, and if you’re an IT professional looking to advance into network administration, this certification is an important one, as today’s networks are primarily built using wireless technologies. With this certification, you’re ensuring that you have the necessary skills to install, maintain, and troubleshoot enterprise Wi-Fi networks.

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LearnSmart New Releases Update for March 2014

Our new releases include courses to help you begin mastering Windows Server 2012, and properly handle hazardous materials. All of these courses are available in our Knowledge Libraries.

Microsoft 70-412 Series
Going through these six courses will provide you with a practical and theoretical basis from which you can effectively administer Windows Server 2012. With the knowledge gained through each course discussions, you will be ready to sit for the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) exam. This certification is for new and experienced IT professionals who are looking to increase their skills and knowledge on cloud technology. Learn everything you need to know to become a certified Windows Server 2012 administrator.

Configuring File and Storage Solutions in Windows Server 2012
There are many advanced file services and features available in Windows Server 2012.  This course provides you with a closer look at the File Server Resource Manager role service to classify files for special handling, data de-duplication, features on demand, the use of BranchCache to minimize WAN link utilization, and the implementation of Dynamic Access Control, which is new to the Windows Server 2012 operating system. All of these components provide enhanced capabilities in Windows Server 2012 to manage file servers and are extremely important to network administrators. Focusing on these topics will aid in preparing you for the Microsoft 70-412 exam.

Configuring Network Services in Windows Server 2012
Core network services are imperative to any network administrator planning to implement Windows Server 2012, and can be applied to organizations of all sizes.  This course provides a look at the deployment of DHCP servers throughout the enterprise, as well as some of the more advanced configurations for DHCP. This includes some of the new high availability options in this version of the operating system. Various DNS implementation techniques are identified, in addition to ways in which you can increase security for your DNS infrastructure.  IPAM, or IP Address Management, is a new Windows Server 2012 and is defined and discussed in detail in order for network administrators to understand its organizational benefits. This is course 2 of the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) series.

Configuring Network Services in Windows Server 2012
It’s critical for a network administrator to understand how to implement Active Directory in an environment of any size. This course begins with a discussion of distributed environments that use Active Directory as a directory service in order to better understand some of the reasons behind setting up a distributed environment. Network administrators must also be familiar with the various components in both the logical and physical infrastructure of Active Directory. The implementation of replication for the Active Directory database involves a discussion around the physical components of the Active Directory infrastructure, primarily sites and site links. The methods which can be used to optimize the process of replicating changes to the Active Directory database are identified and demonstrated. This is course 3 in this series dedicated to preparing you for the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) exam.

Hazardous Materials
The storage and disposal of hazardous materials can be a serious threat to the environment. The improper storage and disposal of hazardous material is also a critical safety and health problem that continues to endanger both human and animal life. As part of the OSHA series of workplace safety courses, Hazardous Materials focuses on OSHA’s requirements for hazardous materials and hazardous waste operations; the requirements for emergency response at uncontrolled hazardous worksites and treatment, storage and disposal facilities; and the steps an employer must take to protect the health and safety of employees in these environments.

To learn more about these offerings and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact your LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

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