What training materials these days?

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  1. Sparky
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    Ok so back in the MCSE 2003 days it was MS Press books, lab repeat until I finally passed the 70-297 to get MCSE certified. :)

    Some of the MS Press books seem to be out of date and just don’t seem to be as good a read as what they were previously.

    Looking at other materials I didn’t even realise Trancender were now Kaplan and CBT seems to be subscription based.

    So what is everyone using these days? Training vids, books, technet?
     
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    At uni we have Lynda.com which for us is free. I tend not to be able to focus on one particular area as my role is very varied. However I will do stuff with Udemy, if you log on to them there are a lot of free courses. Theres a great Kali Linux one which was free. I use you tube a bit as well
     
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    In random order:

    Pluralsight
    CBT nuggets
    Technet, yt, blogs - if there's a topic I want to know better I use whatever I find
    Hands on labs, ms virtual academy

    Would love to have a bookshelf full of books (and time to read) but cert books seem rather expensive. Can't comment on quality, last one I bought was for windows 7...
     
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    Only CBTs for me now are Plurasight because work gives us unlimited access. Oh and I occasionally buy Udemy courses when on offer.
    I buy books based on Amazon reviews to be honest, and I'm buying less than I used to. I did love buying the huge 4 book set of MS books back in the day though, I felt smarter just having them on my desk ha ha

    I haven't bought any practice exams in ages so wouldn't even know where to begin, likely buying from the vendor if they did them. Boson I hear are very good though
     
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    I dont really go for certs, Im interested in doing a uni degree right now.. my main learning tools are edx, udemy and pluralsight.
     
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    From looking at the site this appears to be the case.. this type of offering isnt really that uncommon tbh. I guess it depends how good their material is.
     
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    For Microsoft exams:
    Press Book - This is mainly to get a loose hold on the objectives
    Technet - I don't know what technet was like back in the day, but technet is really all you need for any MS exam now. Everything is there.
    MeasureUp - I do use these, but I don't know how helpful they really are. They get you used to the exam format.. sort of, and might give you a couple of extra points in the exam. They can also throw you off, by testing on really extraneous information that definitely won't be in the exam
     

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