At last ... and about time too, Microsoft at the Open University

Now this is where you may begin to see my ‘true colours’, yes I work with Linux technologies, yes I work in partnership with Cisco Systems but I also use (and abuse) Microsoft Server technologies.

As a member of the course team for Linux (T155) at the Open University, I am also a member of the TM128 Microsoft Server Technologies course, ready to start on the 1st of October 2010.

http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/tm128.htm

As a 30 point (or credit) course, it is split into three parts ...


Block 1: Networking and Server Fundamentals provides a sound grounding in the basic principles of computer networks and server technologies. Topics covered include protocol models and layering; IP addressing; basic network design; network devices; Windows server technology and operating systems.

 Block 2: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration comprises Microsoft online courses and associated texts that cover configuration of IP addressing, DNS, DHCP and NAP amongst others. This block aims to cover materials associated with, and to prepare you for, the Microsoft exam 70-642 (MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist).

 Block 3: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration comprises Microsoft online courses and associated texts that cover configuration of Active Directory services and policies. This block aims to cover materials associated with, and to prepare you for, the Microsoft exam 70-640 (MCTS).

If you are serious about career progression in the ICT industry, you do need to recognise that you need Microsoft as well as Linux skills to be an effective technologist. Some may not like this view, but alas for many this is the commercial reality.

Andrew Smith
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