Microsoft Courses Now Available Online

Microsoft makes seven titles targeting Windows 2003 training available via on-demand service.

The Microsoft Learning Group has recently made several Windows 2003 training courses available online in what appears to be an on-demand style service. The seven courses have been typically available only via instructor-led courses, often delivered at CTECs or IT Skills Academy partners. The courses target IT professionals who often find it difficult to attend training for long periods, which means long absences from work. But price might be another attractive feature.

At $199, "it's a bargain," says Carey Dodson, an IT manager at the Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence at East Mississippi Community College. Dodson prefers the dynamics of an instructor-led classroom environment, but says the prices are compelling enough that he plans to explore the new course offerings further for his own training later this year.

Microsoft currently offers the following courses:

  • 2208: Updating Support Skills from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003
  • 2274: Managing Windows Server 2003 Environment
  • 2275: Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment
  • 2276: Implementing a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure: Network Hosts
  • 2278: Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
  • 2279: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure

Courses are $199 for a 90-day subscription. As of this writing, Microsoft representatives weren't available for comment on whether other courses would be offered. For details go to

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Tue, Mar 30, 2004 Bill Anonymous

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Fri, Feb 13, 2004 Technical Editor Anonymous

Actually all the software *you need* is online as a part of the course vLabs. The price for each course is $199 and the only other thing you need is the PC you are using now! The price of $199 gives you 90 day access to each course.

Fri, Feb 13, 2004 Patrick Vermont

Each Course is only $99.00. However, on Microsofts Learing Page it states several software applications you will need on your pc to take each course. At a cost of almost $2,000.00. Excuse me? I've never heard of such a requirement to take online course's.

Thu, Feb 12, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

Nothing beats instructor-led training!

Thu, Feb 12, 2004 Chris UK

Seems like a good idea on paper for those of us who can't get the time off work or if your company won't support you financially. Be interested to see if the 90 day susbscription proves long enough if you are doing just a couple of hours a night though....

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