You can immediately determine if your workstations are ready for our onsite training by going to THIS PAGE and performing the connection test from a workstation in the classroom where the training will be held.
We employ two technologies to enable your students to truly experience SharePoint hands-on.
- The first is Remote Desktop Gateway. This enables your students to connect to our servers, where each student has his or her own complete SharePoint Server environment to work with.
- The second is Microsoft Virtual Server (we use the latest evolution of that, which is Microsoft Hyper-V R2), which makes it possible for multiple instances of an operating system to run concurrently on the same server. This is how we can give each student his or her own Windows Server/SharePoint implementation to use. Microsoft Hyper-V is employed on our servers, not on your workstations.
Through the use of these two technologies, all of the actual processing is done on our servers, not your workstations. You are simply sending your mouse clicks and keystrokes to our server, which passes back the screen images to your workstation. So very little “horsepower” is necessary. Here is the bare minimum we expect in terms of the specifications of your student workstations:
- They need to be running Windows 7 or 8, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1), or Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3).
- They need to be capable of running Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection software (previously called Terminal Server Client - this is built into Windows operating systems from XP forward.)
- They need to be able to get out from the classroom to the Internet, so that they can connect with the virtual machines on our servers to do the lab exercises. If you can get to an https site (SSL site), then your computers can reach our servers.
If you have any questions about whether your student workstations meet our qualifications, please feel free to call us at 615-515-0210 ext 2.