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December 4 2017

AZURE SKILLS INITIATIVE AND SPECIAL OFFERS

Get the tools you need to advance your career and cloud skills with Azure!

Expand your career opportunities in the cloud with offers that combine training and industry-recognized Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications.

Prove to the world and your employers that you are ready to take advantage of the growing collection of integrated cloud services in Azure, as you gain the skills to develop solutions that can lower total cost and help improve scalability, security, and privacy. According to IDC, 38 percent of IT positions will be cloud related by 2021. By building your cloud skills for career growth, you become more visible in the job market, more involved in evaluating technology in your job, and more valuable to your company. Earning certifications provides benefits that advance your career.

Take advantage of these limited time offers to get the best value on your Azure training and certification. See list below for all of our Azure courses, boot camps and On-Demand training options.

1) Exam Certification Prep Bundle

Exam + full-price retake + practice test (Exam must be completed by June 30, 2018)

Full Price: $429.00

Bundled Price: $199.00

You save: $230.00!

2) Training Discounts

  • Receive 25% OFF any of our Azure On-Demand or live, instructor-led courses (excluding boot camps and bundles).
  • Must use promo code: AZSI

 

Here is a list of available courses:

10979:  Microsoft Azure Fundamentals 

10992:  Integrating On-Premises Core Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure

10993:  Integrating On-Premises Identity Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure

20487:  Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

20532:  Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

20533:  Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

 

April 26 2016

New MOC On-Demand Titles Available

Learn a little or a lot, anywhere, anytime with New MOC On-Demand

Now you can build Microsoft technical expertise while balancing the demands of your schedule. ISInc is now offering Microsoft Official Courses On-Demand (MOC On-Demand).

MOC On-Demand combines high-quality video, reading, live hands-on labs and knowledge checks in a self-paced format to help you build skills on Microsoft technologies as your schedule allows—all at once or five minutes at a time.

High-quality content, direct from the source. MOC On-Demand is brought to you by the people who write the software. The content is based on the same official courseware we use in our instructor-led training, and videos feature engaging experts hand-selected by Microsoft.

Live hands-on labs. Unlike other on-demand offerings that offer simulated labs, MOC On-Demand gives you a live, real-time environment for hands-on training. In fact, it’s the same Microsoft hands-on Labs environment used in the classroom.

Immediate feedback on mastery. MOC On-Demand’s modular course structure lets you control what order you follow while you learn at your own pace. You can concentrate on what you don’t know, or focus on what you need to know right now. Knowledge checks tell you whether you’ve mastered the content and are ready to move on.

If you don’t have time to attend a normal class, or you are in a remote location, MOC On-Demand might be a great fit for you.  You can contact our Subject Matter Experts through email if you have questions on labs, or we can customize an offering for your team to include live office hours online.  ISInc has years of experience helping assess organizational needs to create custom learning plans.

MOC On-Demand puts you in control of your learning experience, and it’s only available through certified Microsoft Learning Partners like ISInc.

Contact us to learn more or visit http://www.Microsoft-On-Demand.com to purchase your class now.

Current available titles:

10267 – Introduction to Web Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
10747 – Administering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
10748 – Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
10961 – Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell
10962 – Advanced Automated Administration with Windows PowerShell
10964 – Cloud & Datacenter Monitoring with System Center Operations Manager
10965 – IT Service Management with System Center Service Manager
10967 – Fundamentals of a Windows Server Infrastructure
10969 – Active Directory Services with Windows Server
10972 – Administering the Web Server (IIS) Role of Windows Server
10982 – Supporting and Troubleshooting Windows 10 in the Enterprise
10985 – Introduction to SQL Databases
10987 – Performance Tuning and Optimizing SQL Databases
20331 – Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
20332 – Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 – Administration
20334 – 20334 – Core Solutions of Microsoft Skype for Business 2015/a>
20341 – Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013
20342 – Advanced Solutions of Exchange Server 2013
20345-1 – Administering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
20345-2 – Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
20410 – Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
20411 – Administering Windows Server 2012
20412 – Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
20413 – Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
20417 – Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
20461 – Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2014
20462 – Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases
20463 – Implementing a Data Warehouse with SQL Server – SSIS
20480 – Programming in HTML5 with Javascript and CSS3
20483 – Programming in C#
20488 – Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
20533 – Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
20695 – Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps
20696 – Administering System Center Configuration Manager and Intune
20697-1 – Installing and Configuring Windows 10
20761 – Querying Data With Transact-SQL
20762 – Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases

March 11 2016

Microsoft Certification Booster Packs!
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We’re excited to introduce a new offer: Microsoft Certification Booster Packs!
The new Booster Packs give you more options and better odds at passing Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams: from practice tests to retake opportunities, they choose what you need to succeed. The Booster Pack offers are available for purchase through August 31, 2016.There are three choices:

  • Practice test + MCP exam voucher
    The practice test is accessible online and valid for 30 days after activation.
  • MCP exam voucher + 4 exam retakes
    With 4 retakes of the same exam, they’ll get plenty of chances at success.
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    Pull out all the stops and get every advantage. With a practice test they can spend quality time preparing, plus 4 extra retakes give them exam-day peace of mind.
Regardless of which option you choose, the odds are in your favor.
Please contact sales for more information.

June 17 2015

Looking to move to Office 365?

Get started with Office 365

Let ISInc start your organization with a free trial and get Office 365 up and running in your organization easily. The trial will let your users experience the value that Office 365 can bring to them.  Begin your Office 365 experience with helpful scenarios and how-to documentation for your users and IT professionals – all from within your own Office 365 environment.

Ask an ISInc representative for information on how Office 365 can save your organization on hardware and IT support costs!

August 29 2013

The best Windows 8 Start menu programs

 

There are plenty of third-party Windows 8 Start Menu programs. Here are two of the best–with very different approaches.

I haven’t tested either of these with Windows 8.1, which isn’t available in its final form as I write this. I figure that if these programs fail to work with the update, the problem will be fixed quickly.

Return of Windows 7

If you really miss the Windows 7 Start menu, StartIsBack should be your first choice. Aside from the shamrock icon in place of the traditional Start button, it looks almost identical to Microsoft’s last official Start menu. And if you don’t like the Shamrock, you can change it.

StartisBack behaves like the Windows 7 Start menu, too. Recent and pinned programs take their same place on the left panel, with recent file lists for each application. The Search field behaves as you’d expect.

And yes, you can launch Modern Interface programs from this Start menu. You’ll find them in All Programs’ App submenu.

StartIsBack offers extensive configuration options. Many of them–such as the choice to display Control Panel as a link, a menu, or not at all–will be familiar to Windows 7 veterans. But you can also control whether to boot Windows 8 to the Start screen or the desktop, and which key brings up which environment.

After a 30-day free trial, you can buy StartIsBack for a very reasonable $3.

A Start menu for Windows 8

Start Menu Reviver isn’t really a Windows 7 Start menu replacement. It’s more like what Microsoft might have created if they had decided to make a new Start menu for Windows 8.

Like the Metro Start screen, it displays big, rectangular tiles. In other words, it’s touch friendly.

By default, the two big tiles on the top are My Computer and Internet Explorer. You can change them. Another, even bigger tile brings you to the Start screen. Below that are 16 tiles which you can set to any installed program–desktop or Modern.

This is the Start menu I would use on a tablet. It does a better job of integrating the two environments than Microsoft ever even tried.

But that’s not saying much.

August 22 2012

Using dual monitors with Remote Desktop

One of the features of the Terminal Server/Remote Desktop Client in Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 is the support for multiple monitors.  If the machine running the TS-Client has a multi-monitor configuration that creates one logical rectangle, then the TS-Client can span over all the monitors, creating one virtual desktop of the combined size.

Specifically, the client needs the following for span mode to work correctly:
o Equal resolution monitors
o Total resolution of all monitors not exceeding 4096 x 2048
o Top-left monitor being the primary So, with this basic setup, let’s jump right in!

Step 1. Check the basics

Make sure both your monitors are using the same resolution and are oriented horizontally. Right click on the desktop. Click Properties.

In the Display Properties tab, make sure the monitors have the same resolution and are oriented horizontally. If not, adjust your monitor resolution and position so they are.

Step 2. Get the right version of Remote Desktop client

Check if you have the right version of Remote Desktop Connection client. You need at least version 6.0In the Start Menu > Run… dialog, type “mstsc” and hit enter.

The acronym “mstsc” stands for “Microsoft Terminal Services Client” – another name for Remote Desktop Connection client. You can also start it from Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection (or Accessories > Connections > Remote Desktop Connection)

The Remote Desktop Connection program should open up.

Click the monitor icon in the top-left corner of this dialog, and choose the “About” menu:

This will show the version of the Remote Desktop Connection client. It should be version 6.0 or higher:

If you have an older version, first download and install the newer version from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6E1EC93D-BDBD-4…

Step 3. Connect to remote computer in ‘span mode’

To have the Remote Desktop connection client use both your monitors, you need to start it in “span” mode. This is done by giving the following command in the Run dialog: mstsc /span

Open Start Menu, click Run. Then type in mstsc /span and hit Enter or Click OK


When the Remote Desktop client opens up, enter the remote computer name to which you are connecting, and click Connect.

The Remote session should open up and cover both your monitors.

Once you have this working, you may want to launch the remote session in an easier way instead of typing the ‘mstsc /span’ command everytime.

The next section shows how you can create an “RDP file”, so you can launch a spanned remote desktop session by just double-clicking a file/shortcut.

Creating an RDP file to launch a spanned remote desktop session covering multiple monitors

Create the RDP file

Open Start Menu, click Run. Then type in mstsc /span and hit Enter or Click OK

When the Remote Desktop client opens up, enter the remote computer name to which you are connecting, and DON’T click Connect. Instead, click the Options button.

The window will open up to reveal more options:

Click the “Save As” button. A “Save As” dialog will open to save the connection settings to a file. Save the file to a known folder, and with a name like remoteserver.rdp. In this example, let’s say we saved it to C:\remoteserver.rdp

Now, close the Remote Desktop Connection program. We are done with this for now.

Editing the RDP file

Open Windows Explorer, and browse to the folder containing the file you just saved (C:\remoteserver.rdp). Right click the file > choose Open With… menu > Choose Program…

In the Open With dialog, choose Notepad to open the file. Remember to NOT check/enable the “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” option.

Click OK. The file should open up in Notepad. It is a file with many lines. We need to edit this and add one more line.

In the last line of the file, add the following command and hit Enter:
span monitors:i:1

The file should look something like this (note the last line added manually):

Save the file (File menu > Save) and exit Notepad.

Double click… and connect!

From now on, you can connect to the remote computer using both monitors (in span mode) by just double-clicking this file. To add a shortcut to your desktop, right click the file, and choose “Send To> Desktop (create shortcut)”. This will place a shortcut to this file on your desktop, and you can just double click the shortcut to remotely connect to the remote computer using multiple monitors in span mode.

August 7 2012

GroupWise to Exchange Migration Consulting

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ISInc is always one of the first in the industry to test and deploy new technologies. This gives us the opportunity to discover any potential gotchas and find solutions. ISInc has helped a number of organizations from stage one of their project proposals, to assessing, creating, testing, deploying, and training staff on the new technologies.

Having both the training and consulting ends covered, we are the regions premier one stop shop to get your project moving and completed in the most efficient manner possible. Our technical staff is also part of our training team. This enables them to communicate with the client and give them a sound understanding of the tasks being performed and why they are being performed.

ISInc, as a Gold Microsoft Partner, has demonstrated a mastery of Microsoft Best Practices in consulting. We are certified at the highest level for following Microsoft best practices for upgrades and migrations.

ISInc offers training and has extensive experience with Microsoft Project and the PMI “Body of Knowledge” courses and best practices. We follow current PMBOK guides and standards for all projects.

ISInc is a Microsoft Gold Certified Consulting Partner, with specializations in Advanced Network Infrastructure, Unified Communications Messaging and SharePoint. ISInc is part of a select few of Microsoft Partners that is invited to Redmond on an annual basis to learn of the new technologies from the experts.

ISInc also is a Microsoft Gold Learning Solutions Partner, providing the latest Microsoft Official Curriculum via our facility in Sacramento, CA, and also via our online learning platform. Our instructors are all certified by Microsoft, and are also consultants who bring their customer experiences into the classroom.

When new or updated versions of software applications are released, Innovative Solutions is typically the first to provide fully qualified training. Upgrades, of course, keep software technology on the leading edge. However, many upgrades change only a few features; therefore transition courses, which focus specifically on the features that change between software versions, without re-teaching the basics are regularly scheduled. These courses save our customers both time and money.

Case studies:

  • ISInc migrated clients 100+ mailboxes from GroupWise to Exchange 2010 in less than a week to fall under the necessary budget restrictions. ISInc designed and completed the migration process that provided zero downtime and end user disruption.
  • ISInc migrated client from Novell GroupWise 7.5 to Microsoft Exchange 2007. There were 600 mailboxes to be migrated to their new Exchange 2007 environment. Their environment also consisted of multiple mobile devices such as BlackBerry and Palm. ISInc completed this migration in half the time allotted for the project and with half the budget they expected to spend for completion.
  • Client had budget restrictions that we were able to work under to help migrate 1500+ mailboxes to Exchange 2007. As part of this migration, we also moved departmental file shares from Novell to Microsoft File Servers. ISInc moved 100 mailboxes as a proof of concept. We then trained the staff on the process that allowed them to move the remaining 1500+ mailboxes. We successfully designed a migration process and coexistence plan that provided minimal end user disruption. ISInc designed a completely fault tolerant Exchange deployment to handle the final load of 2000+ mailboxes. We configured and moved the AV, SPAM filtering gateway to Forefront Online Protection for Exchange. We designed the backup and restore process. ISInc provided additional support after the proof of concept to migrate additional mailboxes as the budget allowed. Once the staff was comfortable in the process, they moved the remaining county mailboxes.

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August 2 2012

Windows XP End of Life April 8, 2014

Are you still running Windows XP on your desktops in your organization?  The End of Extended Support for Windows XP is coming up quick. So what does this mean to you? On April 8, 2014, security patches and hotfixes for all versions of Windows XP will no longer be available. So bottom line, PC’s running Windows XP will be vulnerable to security threats. Furthermore, many third party software providers are not planning to extend support for their applications running on Windows XP, which translates to even more complexity, security risks, and ultimately, added management costs for your IT department if you’re still managing Windows XP environments.

ISInc has provided consulting to many organizations looking to move to Windows 7 and provided training to their end users to ease the transition to the new operating system and Office applications.  Please contact us at 916-920-1700, or [email protected], to see how ISInc can assist your organization update the IT infrastructure to supported platforms.  We can even show you a preview of Windows 8 and Office 2013 as well!

July 27 2012

Remote Training Connection Test

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If you are planning on attending one of ISInc’s classes remotely, connect to our test conference to ensure connectivity.

1. Click on the following link to start:

Join online meeting

2. Download plugin that it tells you to install

3. You will be Joined into a conference looking similar to the following screen shot:

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5. This concludes this portion of the test; please click the “Exit Meeting” button in upper right hand corner.

July 23 2012

Three Reasons You Should Switch to Office 365

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Office 2013 will soon be here, along with a new and improved version of the cloud-based Office 365. If you’re looking to upgrade, you have to decide whether the traditional desktop version of Office is the way to go, or if Office 365 is a better fit for your needs.

Office 2013 is impressive, but Office 365 is a better value in most cases.

1. Cost
Microsoft hasn’t yet shared what the price tag will be for the new Office 2013. But, unless it follows the same bold path laid out in offering Windows 8 for a mere $40, history suggests the new productivity suite will start somewhere in the $150 neighborhood.

Office 365 plans start at $4 per month. Small businesses can get access to Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync in addition to the core Office productivity applications for only $6 per month. Larger businesses that want to take advantage of Active Directory integration can do so for $8 per user per month.

Breaking those down, it takes more than three years to reach $150 based on the $4 per month plan, and more than 18 months under the $8 per month plan. The 18 months is less time than a business typically gets out of an investment in the desktop Office software, but it also comes with more than the software itself.

Of course, those are the current subscription prices and plans for Office 365, so those figures are subject to change as well.

2. Updates and Maintenance
What else do you get with your Office 365 subscription? An IT department. Sure, you can set up your own Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Lync infrastructure. You can manage and maintain the desktop Microsoft Office software, and install the patches and updates every month yourself. How much will that cost?

Consider that implementing the same capabilities in-house requires servers, and network infrastructure, and IT personnel to install, manage, update, and maintain it all. Plus, you still have to buy and maintain the Office software itself.

With Office 365, Microsoft takes care of all the dirty work so you don’t have to. Updates, patches, and upgrades just happen in the background without you needing to worry about it. When the server crashes, its Microsoft’s problem. When a hard drive needs to be replaced, Microsoft will handle it. You get the benefits of using Office without any of the headaches of updating and maintaining it all.

3. Accessibility
Office 365 lives in the cloud. That means you have access to Word, Excel, Outlook, and other Microsoft Office tools from anywhere you can get a Web connection, and from virtually any device–Windows or Mac desktops and laptops, Android devices, iPhones, iPads, and other smartphones and tablets.

Office Web Apps provide basic features and functions for free.This isn’t quite the selling point it once was for a couple reasons. First, even with the desktop Office 2013 suite Microsoft is pushing users to save files to the cloud-based SkyDrive, or to a SharePoint server by default. So, there’s no reason the data can’t be accessible regardless of whether you choose Office 2013 or Office 365.

The second reason it may not be all that compelling is that Office Web Apps are already available for free from the SkyDrive site. So, even without Office 365 users can create, view, and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files from the Web.

For businesses, though, SharePoint, Active Directory, and other elements of Office 365 that go beyond simply creating and editing Office documents still make Office 365 a better value.

Your mileage will vary of course. There are a number of factors involved in calculating the cost of purchasing, installing, configuring, updating, and maintaining Microsoft Office and the accompanying back-end services versus the ongoing subscription costs associated with Office 365. Office 365 is a solid service providing tremendous bang for the buck, though, so it won’t be easy to beat the value it brings to the table.