Next Session Wednesday 14th November

3pm, SB222 – Penrhyn Road Campus

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Students of the KUCGS Ms Course

Kingston University Computer Geeks Society is proud to announce the latest addition to the KUCGS portfolio: a whole series of authorised Microsoft Courses that we are going to be running independently through the society, enabling us to get our members Microsoft Certified. This latest development is exciting stuff for us!

Achieving a Microsoft Certification helps provide you with the relevant skills that can lead you to a fulfilling career, while giving you access to valuable Microsoft Certification Programme benefits. These benefits include access to the member site and a vast, global network of other certified professionals as well as becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional, which is recognised worldwide.

How it will work

MS CourseWe will be running a weekly 3-hour session over the course of a couple of 24 weeks(much like a normal course module). 90% of the work will be done in these sessions, with a tiny bit of homework, but not enough that it will detract from your uni commitments.

How is it assessed? Is it a proper qualification?

Yep! It is absolutely a proper qualification – recognised worldwide and required in a lot of IT jobs. Even in non-IT jobs, this is a qualification that will put you way ahead of the crowd. It is assessed through one final exam, which you sit at a Microsoft Test Centre, of which there are many in London. We will do practice exams for you beforehand and ensure all the prep is covered so you feel as confident as possible. We want you to pass! There is a fee to sit the exam: it will be between £50 and £100 depending on where and when you sit it, although KUCGS are working on a discount for all students who sit the exam. Remember, you are still saving over £800 at this point though!

What is the course about?

The course is designed for those who are interested in doing the MCIP Course: Windows 7 Desktop Administrators, who want to update their current certification credentials to improve their knowledge and experience with Windows 7. As a desktop administrator, you have at least three years of experience installing, configuring, and administering clients in a medium to very large Windows network environment. You are likely responsible for deploying operating systems and applications, and should be familiar with the client administration capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2, By doing this course, you will learn how to do the following:

Plan and manage a client life cycle strategy.

Preparing to Deploy Windows 7

The CoruseAn example of a process could be designing image files that will be deployed though the company’s Network this will save time because you are pulling the
image from the server. We will learn more about this in chapter “Creating and Managing System Images.” For a small network, administrators can address easily
issues such as how many images to create and of what type. Factors affecting these decisions, such as the number of client roles required, are manageable,
and all of the people involved in the imaging process are likely to be available for consultation.

For Enterprises Company the process is different due to amount of workstations. Image process can be enormously complex. A company with thousands of users and
dozens of offices around the world might require hundreds of image files that support a great many client roles, each in multiple languages. The team needed
to create and manage these image files could be far larger than the entire deployment team for a small company. Lesson 1 of this chapter examines the entire Windows
7 deployment process, from planning to execution to retirement. Lesson 2 discusses how to gather the information you might need at the commencement of such a process.

Designing a Client Lift Cycle

When designing a client life cycle, you should ensure that your plan reduces the amount of time you have to spend maintaining parts of that life cycle. Your
aims can include reducing the amount of time you spend managing operating system activation, configuring the operating system so that the installation is easily
transferrable to another computer, and minimizing the amount of time it takes to move data from an older computer to its replacement.

Although it is not a problem to enter a unique product key when you perform a traditional installation of Windows 7 on a small number of computers, a simple
operation that takes a minute or so becomes problematic when you have to perform the same operation on several thousand. Microsoft offers enterprise customers
an alternative way of ensuring that the workstation are properly licensed without consuming an inordinate amount of time. The name for this method is volume activation.

Designing and Managing a Licensing Strategy

The licensing strategy that you choose depends on the circumstances of your Windows 7 deployment. When you are determining which strategy to pursue, you
must take into account factors such as client connectivity to the Microsoft activation servers on the Internet, the number of clients that you need to activate,
and the editions of Windows 7 that you have chosen to deploy. In this lesson, you learn about the licensing and activation options that are available to volume
licensing customers and how these differ from the licensing and activation options available to normal retail customers.

Designing a Client Hardware Platform

In this chapter, you will learn the different ways on how Windows 7 is deployed. You most make sure that the hardware meets the minimum hardware requirements.
Although it is unusual today to find new hardware that would not meet the Windows 7 requirements, you might encounter problems when you attempt to install Windows
7 on older computers that had previous operating systems installed, such as Windows XP.

Important dates

17/10/2012 Course Information Day
31/10/2012 Course Introduction
07/11/2012 Learning the Different types of Hardware
14/11/2012 Preparing to Deploy Windows 7 & Designing and Managing a Licensing Strategy
21/11/2012 Gathering Upgrade Information
28/11/2012 Designing a Client Life Cycle
05/12/2012 Designing and Managing a Licensing Strategy
12/12/2012 Designing a Client Hardware Platform
19/12/2012 Migrating User Profiles
17th December till 21 Jan 2013 Christmas Holidays & Exams
30/01/2013 Creating and Managing System Images
06/02/2013 Configuring Clients
13/02/2013 Mid – Course Test
20/02/2013 Configuring Security and Internet Explorer
27/02/2013 Designing a Windows 7 Client Deployment Strategy
07/03/2013 Designing Lite-Touch and Zero-Touch Deployments
13/03/2013 Planning a Windows 7 Client Update Strategy
20/03/2013 Deploying Applications
27/03/2013 Using Application Deployment Tools
03/04/2013 Troubleshooting Internet Explorer and Group Policy Issues
10/04/2013 Troubleshooting Networking and Authentication-Authorization Issues
03/04/2013 Troubleshooting Internet Explorer and Group Policy Issues
17/04/2013 Final Exam!

The course is free, but you must be a member of KUCGS to do it. Membership to KUCGS is only £3 – so essentially, even if you’re not a member, you get to do an £1000 course for a mere £3!

To join KUCGS, all you need to do is go to and click join on the KUCGS page!

Once you’ve enrolled and received your confirmation email, you can join this dedicated space on Facebook for all members of this particular course (only registered members will be approved)