According to a recent research survey, 44% of Enterprises are going to migrate to Exchange Server 2010 in the next few months. Also, professionals possessing Microsoft Exchange 2010 experience or certification can easily find employment with salaries of over $80,000 per year.
The newest Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is not just a simple email platform. Rather, it is a full featured Unified Communication solution offering integrated enterprise telephony (VoIP), voice mail, security-enhanced email distribution, calendaring, conferencing, instant messaging and many more. This means that in order to tame the beast called Exchange Server 2010 you will need an excellent training course. And this applies to experienced I.T professionals as well.
Microsoft has introduced also a certification associated with Exchange 2010. It is called MCTS Exchange Server 2010, Configuration. To get this certification you need to pass exam number 70-662. So, the question that arises here is: Shall I get a training course which will teach me all the details of the Exchange 2010 platform or a training course to help me pass the 70-662 exam ? The answer to this is: “why don’t you get a single training course that will offer you both Exchange 2010 training plus 70-662 exam coverage".
There are two training companies that offer such a course. These are CBT Nuggets and Trainsignal. These two companies are the two most trusted and successful in the area of computer based training (CBT). The video trainings produced by these two companies have helped thousands of certification candidates to pass their exams and also thousands of I.T professionals to master their chosen technology topic. A video training course is also an excellent option for students. It offers a combination of “teacher based" training which you can follow on your own pace and time without having to pay thousands of dollars to attend a training classroom.
In this article my intention is to give you a side-by-side comparison of the two training courses for Exchange 2010 offered by CBT Nuggets and Trainsignal. Remember also that both training packages will help you achieve two goals:
- Get a high standard and solid training to learn the details of Exchange Server 2010 from two highly experienced teachers.
- Cover the objectives and pass the 70-662 exam.
The table below illustrates the characteristics and features of the two courses:
|Training Package Features||Train Signal||CBT Nuggets|
|Video Training Duration||20 hours||7 hours|
|Number of Videos Included||40 videos||20 videos|
|Video Format||AVI and WMV||WMV or Goldrush Streaming|
|What’s Included in Package||
3 DVDs with40 Training Videos
40 iPod Video Files
40 MP3 Audio Files
PDF Instructor Notes
1 Transcender 70-662 Practice Exam
Instant access to all Videos in the “My Online Training” Section
|A CD with 20 Videos|
|Guarantee||90-Days Total Experience Guarantee||No Money Back Guarantee (only replacement guarantee for defective media)|
|Instructor||J. Peter Bruzzese||Greg Shields|
|Instructor Qualifications||Triple-MCSE, MCT, MCSA, MCITP:Messaging, CAN, CCNA, CIW Master, CIW Instructor.||Microsoft MVP, MCSE, VMware vExpert, Citrix CCEA|
|Practice Tests Included||Free Full Version of Transcender 70-662 Practice Exam.||Optional SelfTest Software Practice Exam package (Extra $69 price)|
|Prerequisites||This course is suitable for both beginners and experts to Exchange Server software.||No prerequisite experience needed to follow the course.|
|Product Delivery||3 DVDs shipped to your home PLUS Instant Video Streaming Access to Training||
– Goldrush Streaming (Stream Directly from CBT Nuggets)– Electronic Delivery (Download zip file)
– Physical CD shipped to your home
|Click Links to Visit Sites||Train Signal WebSite||CBT Nuggets WebSite|
From a first glance on the side-by-side comparison table above, you can easily observe that the TrainSignal package option offers a more comprehensive and in-depth training value. The key differences that make Trainsignal Exchange 2010 Training a better value for money are the 20 hours of training (compared to 7 hours with the CBT Nuggets course) and the free extra Transcender Practice Exam together with the 90-Days Total Experience Guarantee (something that is not available with the CBT Nuggets option). Of course the CBT Nuggets price is $299 compared to $397 of the Trainsignal package so its completely up to you to decide which company’s package to choose.
You can visit the two training companies below for getting more information if you want.