Training Week

As ICT professionals, we should always keep ourselves updated with the latest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) trends and technologies. Never to be complacent with our stock knowledge especially when existing technologies are forever in a fast-pace development, and new technologies keep on emerging and becoming necessities as we speak.

It is therefore recommended that we should keep on learning to keep ourselves productive and efficient.

However, on the job, self-study learning strategies doesn’t always work so sometimes we should cater to instructor-led training programs as well.

I recently attended a Microsoft-certified curriculum training on Active Directory administration at the DB Wizards training center located in Makati City. The course was specifically entitled “Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services”.  Here are some photos during the 4-day training program.

Basically, Active Directory (AD) is a technology created to offer network services including LDAP directory services, DNS naming and Kerberos based authentication services. Developed for MS windows server platform, AD allows the IT administrators to implement the organizational structure in a logical way.

Working with Windows AD can be complex without the right guidance and preparation. Through this AD training program, the staff received information about this Windows technology that is highly beneficial to effectively work with AD.

The AD provides a central location for network administration and security. It authenticates and authorizes all users and computers in a Windows domain type network—assigning and enforcing security policies for all computers and installing or updating software. For example, when a user logs into a computer that is part of a Windows domain, AD verifies the password and specifies whether the user is a system administrator or normal user.

AD is used by systems administrators to manage end user accounts, computer software packages, files and other network resources on medium to large-sized organizations. AD help save significant time and cost by eliminating the need to visit each computer individually to perform routine maintenance or upgrades.

Front lobby of DB Wizards – DB stands for Database.

The training center is located at the28th floor of 88 Corporate Center.

dB Wizards, Inc.
Unit 2801 88 Corporate Center
Sedeno Corner Valero Sts.
Salcedo Village, Makati City PHILS 1227
T. + 632 757 4889
F. + 632 757 4890

The website is:

http://www.wizardsgroup.com

Our room was named Sharepoint. The rest of the rooms were also named after a software product.

The computers were not state-of-the line, and were quite slow during the training…but we managed to prevail.

There was supposed to be a Microsoft certified curriculum book and workbook along with a TechNet subscription, but these were only available during the last day of the training program, and not everyone got their copies. Apparently, they don’t have the books on stock, and have to order them abroad and would take days before it finally arrives. So in short, to follow.

The instructor was an MCI, or Microsoft Certified Instructor whose name was Michael Concepcion. He was well-versed with the topic and had plenty of other information to share with us. What was bad was he had to compress the supposed to be five-day course into four because of a holiday in between the training schedule.

Breakfast, lunch and merienda were served during the training. The food were catered and were good enough to satisfy our hunger. There was also coffee, instant and not brewed (too bad), available anytime even during class hours.

A meal would be composed of two viands, soup and rice, plus either juice, coffee or water. Wow, no softdrinks.

Here are my classmates during the “graduation” day – the last day of the training program.

More pictures from the cameras of my classmates:

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