Our new releases include courses to help you configure connections on a network, begin mastering Windows Server 2012, and manage the human resources and procurement processes within your projects. All of these courses are available in our Knowledge Libraries.
CCNA Routing & Switching Series
Learn all the networking concepts involved in becoming a Cisco Certified Network Associate. The Routing and Switching series of seven courses prepares you for Cisco’s composite exam 200-120 as well as ICND1/ICND2. This certification assesses entry-level IT professionals with 1-3 years of networking experience in their ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot networks. In preparation, concentrate on the advances in networking knowledge and skills. In this series, you are provided with professional training that serves as a way to increase your understanding of switches and routers. You will study the skills required to plan, configure, verify, and troubleshoot switches and routers as they are implemented into networking solutions. When working with network connectivity, it’s important to know the difference between IPv4 and IPv6, WAN technologies and their functionality, how IP data networks operate, and the ways security is implemented. As a network administrator, you must also know basic network management techniques. Overall, you will strengthen your understanding of network connectivity and how to resolve connectivity issues.
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 is part of the Microsoft server family, and is the primary focus of the MCSE certification. 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 will cover each of these exams as a series of six courses closely detailing the concepts assessed within that certification exam. The recently released series focus on Microsoft’s 70-410 and 70-411 certification exams.
Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Series
Windows Server 2012 has many capabilities that will aid network administrators in managing networks. But before you can work with these new features, Server 2012 has to be installed and configured on the network. This series containing six courses focuses on the processes, components, and techniques used to install the server. One server component that you will study is Group Policy, its role in distributing permissions, and how to set it up. Along with Group Policy, you will learn about Active Directory focusing on its installation and administration to make accessing network resources even more simple and secure. It’s important to also solidify your knowledge of the crucial functions of server roles and features as in NTFS, the Print and Document Services role, and Remote Desktop. Using these functions will enable you to easily execute tasks across the network. Equally important for a network administrator to know about is virtualization, virtualized machines, and how to store files and folders in a virtualized environment. Deepen your understanding of how communication occurs across the network. You can cement those networking concepts by following discussions on core network services. With the knowledge you’ve gained in this course, you will be able to install, configure, and provide dynamic levels of administration for a Windows Server 2012 server.
Administering Windows Server 2012 Series
Prepare for your MCSE certification exam by exploring content from these six courses concentrated on the 70-411 exam. Learn how to manage Windows Server 2012 through the configuration of network access and services like DNS and Direct Access. Study the deployment, maintenance, and monitoring processes that are required when using Windows Server 2012 network infrastructure. Doing this will solidify that knowledge and develop a strong knowledge foundation in NPS and its different functionalities for a Remote Access infrastructure. You will go through the advanced File Services that are part of the File Server role. These services enable you to appropriately assign access rights to users, securely track access to resources, as well as provide up to date and efficient access to network resources. Active Directory Domain Services also plays a part in accessing network resources. AD DS is an important server role that serves as the foundation for the client/server domain model that the vast majority of organizations use. Branching from Active Directory, you will find Group Policy—the Microsoft implementation of configuration management in Active Directory—to be greatly impactful in applying individual settings. NPS, Active Directory, and Group Policy are all equally important to ongoing administration in Windows Server 2012 servers.
Project Human Resources Management Series
Within a project, project managers work at balancing time, cost, and quality to deliver the final project product under budget and on time. One element that can adversely impact each of those areas is improper staffing. LearnSmart’s Project Human Resources Management series offers two courses to help project managers learn the important skills and processes to manage human resources, while earning contact hours for their Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. Learn the essentials of effectively planning, developing, and managing human resources.
Planning Projects for Human Resources
As a project manager, you will take on a variety of activities to ensure the successful completion of the project. Among the most important activities that you will undertake is the management of project resources that are necessary to accomplish project tasks. Typically resources come in two forms: raw materials that are developed into components of a project and human resources that will perform the development work upon the raw materials. LearnSmart’s Planning Project Human Resources course will take you through the processes pertaining to the Project Human Resource Management knowledge area, which include the processes of identifying and detailing roles and responsibilities, skills, and relationships within the project.
Managing Projects for Human Resources
The strength of a project is dependent on the resources acquired. The Planning Process Group allows project managers to determine resource requirements for each activity within the project. It also ensures that the delivery of raw materials, along with the people to develop those raw materials, is sequenced according to project schedule timelines. These activities fall into the first two processes in the Human Resource Management Knowledge Area: Develop the Project Team and Manage the Project Team. LearnSmart’s Managing Projects for Human Resources covers the processes, inputs, and tools and techniques involved in developing and managing the project team. Furthermore, this course emphasizes the principles and best practices used by project managers to establish a solid team capable of producing project deliverables on time and within budget.
Project Procurement Management Series
During a project, project managers require raw materials and resources created internally and externally. While partnering with external suppliers, organizations utilize contracts to gain items from their suppliers. Study the important skills and processes that have proven to help project managers obtain the necessary goods and services to develop the final product in thevProject Procurement Management series. In these two courses, you’ll learn valuable procurement knowledge and earn contact hours applicable to your application for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam.
Planning Procurement for Your Project
As a project manager, your role will be to facilitate, or you might even say orchestrate, all activities that pertain to developing the final product of a project. In doing so, you’ll be gathering information, communicating with stakeholders and developing plans that the project team will use throughout the project lifecycle. Part of those plans and directions pertain to the purchase of goods and services needed within the project. This describes the Project Procurement Management knowledge area. Within Planning Procurement for Your Project, you will learn the definition of procurement and the value of procurement processes to project activities. You will also cover procurement contracts to understand the different types of contracts that exist, why there are different types of contracts, and who benefits by the stipulations inherent to a specific type of contract. Upon completion, students will be well-versed in procurement as it pertains to project management, along with the Plan Procurement Management processes identified within this knowledge area.
Managing Procurement during Your Project
Managing Procurement during Your Project course serves as a fundamental introduction to project procurement processing. It covers the process inputs relevant to managing procurements, conducting procurements, controlling procurement activities, and closing procurement work within a project. It also covers techniques for selecting sellers that will participate in project activities. It shows how a project manager can develop a pool of prospective sellers and illustrates activities based upon procurement scenarios. Some of the procurement tools and techniques covered include bitter conferences, proposal evaluations, independent estimates, advertising, and negotiation. Find details pertaining to procurement documentation and artifacts as in contracts between buyers and sellers that will be used to acquire both resources and raw materials to develop project components. Equally important to the contractual agreement and type of agreement that a project team would enter into, is the administration of the contract once the agreement has been reviewed, finalized, and approved. Students will gain a comprehensive foundation in managing procurement activities that pertain to project management in the Conduct Procurements process.
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