Dan Rey left Microsoft to address a huge problem – how do you gain experience if you don’t have it in the first place? He spent two months perfecting a solution that addresses this difficult issue – a training program that advances you – the student, from learning, to networking (actually collaborating with fellow students), to assisting as a class proctor (coordinator or lead type experience) to trainer (if you are interested – I realize this isn’t for everyone). Out of this, DESA DRIVE (Delivering Relevant Information Via Experiences) was born.
DESA DRIVE is a complete solution for learning computer skills for the workplace. You start with an evaluation copy of either Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016 (depending on your learning profile) setup on a removable hard drive and 30 tasks to accomplish in your first month. The tasks are based on your goals and interests. You can choose from three tracks:
Service Desk Guru – supporting Windows and potentially Mac computers (learn either or both skills), getting users up and running quickly, fixing software issues, securing computers and devices, providing tips and tricks to keep users happy and always learning.
Office 365 Wizard – this isn’t just a demo environment. You will setup an Office 365 tenant from the ground up and learn how to administer it, add users, configure various aspects of Office 365 and support users with tools from their subscription like Skype for Business, OneNote, SharePoint and Exchange Online. You will gain knowledge of how to support all platforms (Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android to start) with real world experience
Server Superstar – this used to be another paradox – “how do I learn to be a server administrator without a server?” We have addressed that with a DESA DRIVE designed for you! You receive multiple evaluation copies of Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016. Your 30 tasks teach you how to setup a server from scratch and lots more!
Links to order your kit will be available shortly. The BEST part? Each 30 day course costs $299.00! You receive materials, downloads, online support sessions and work with others with measurable outcomes and an evaluation so that you have something besides “Read about supporting Windows 10”, “Played around with Office 365” or “Attended Server 2012 R2 Training”.