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Review: TrainSignal Exchange Server 2010 Training

Posted by danblog on November 22, 2010 in Reviews |

I was recently sent a copy of TrainSignal’s Exchange Server 2010 Training and asked for a “really honest review” as Exchange Server is one of the many things I want to learn more about, so I happily jumped at the chance!

Format:

trainsignal1The training series comes in a nice DVD case with 3 discs, these aren’t DVDs and instead run an auto-run exe once inserted which provides a basic navigation of the discs lessons and links to the instructors notes in PDF format which is the slides used in the video, which could help make notes for easy reference.

The lessons themselves open up in your web-browser and provides navigation links between lessons as well as some jump links which appear to try and use JavaScript to skip or seek to sections with in the video however this only works within Internet Explorer and doesn’t seem to function in Google Chrome or FireFox which is a little disappointing, although most likely unavoidable when using the Windows Media Player as the embedded player.

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I also had a few issues with the codec of the video, and admittedly I didn’t spot the help link on all the lesson pages which links to the website where you can download a small exe which which installs the required codec in seconds which was rather useful.

Content:

I was extremely impressed with how the tutorial is done as it clearly explains everything in a way which was easy to follow without any prior knowledge of Exchange Server, or even Active Directory & Windows Server and nicely explains the set-up procedure from start to finish.

Being as I haven’t had detailed experience with the Windows Server environments I was expecting to struggle a little following the tutorial however I was pleased to find this was not the case, while I tried to create a lab set-up (I ordered myself a nice rack server off eBay, but that’s another story) I wasn’t able to get anything running so there may be a post later when I get my lab set-up fully running, but thanks to this tutorial I am confident that I can set-up Exchange Server from a small office to a large international corporation.

Example Demo:

This is a great tutorial series if you are a newbie to Exchange Server or just new to Exchange Server 2010, definitely recommend for anyone looking to use Exchange Server 2010 – Check it out at: trainsignal.com/Exchange-Server-2010-Training.aspx

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