Microsoft Courses

Prepare for professional certification in information technology through Northwest Florida State College's Microsoft® IT Academy for the best in cutting edge training, materials and hands on experience. All, of course, provided by instructors who are trained and certified on the latest technologies and offered at Northwest Florida State College's regular low tuition.


Windows 7


CTS 2163C Windows 7 Client Operating System

This course addresses the implementation and desktop support needs of the MS client software, including installation, configuration and management of hardware and file systems, user profiles, remote users, and monitoring of resources and performance.Course prepares the student for Microsoft exam 70-680, a core requirement for the MCSA: Windows 7 certification.

Recommended level of knowledge: CompTIA A+
CTS 1156C Troubleshooting & Supporting Windows 7 In The Enterprise (Desktop Support)

Course introduces the helpdesk skills to troubleshoot software operation and application problems for end users on the desktop or client-side, based on the Windows 7 operating system. Course prepares the student for Microsoft exam 70-685, a core requirement for the MCSA: Windows 7 certification. Recommended level of knowledge: CompTIA A+ and Windows 7 client operating system.

Recommended level of knowledge: CompTIA A+ and Windows 7 client operating system

Windows 8


CTS New Course - Configuring Window 8

Course addresses the install and upgrade to Windows 8 and monitor and maintaining Windows 8 clients. Also includes configuring hardware and applications, network connectivity, access to resources, remote access and mobility, backup and recovery options. Course prepares the student for Microsoft exam 70-687, a core requirement for the MCSA: Windows 8 certification.

Recommended level of knowledge: CompTIA A+
CTS New Course - Managing And Maintaining Window 8

Course addresses the design and installation and application strategy of Window 8. Also includes maintaining resource access, maintaining Windows clients and devices, managing Windows 8 using cloud services and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). Course prepares the student for Microsoft exam 70-688, a core requirement for the MCSA: Windows 8 certification.

Recommended level of knowledge: CompTIA A+ and Configuring Windows 8

Windows Server Fundamentals


CTS 1383C Windows Server Administration Fundamentals

Course is designed to provide basic concepts of server administration in a Microsoft server environment. Introduction to server installation, server storage concepts, administering services, Active Directory infrastructure and configuration, server roles, remote access, troubleshooting and performance monitoring and maintenance. Course prepares the student for Microsoft exam MTA 98-365.

Recommended level of knowledge: CompTIA A+ and Windows 7 or 8 client

Windows Server 2008


CTS 1347C Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure

This course addresses the configuration of Windows Server network infrastructure. Topics covered include: routing and remote access, network access protection, network authentication, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing, DHCP, DNS, WINS, DFS, IPSec, and security. This course prepares the student for the MCTS 70-642 exam, a core requirement for MCSA: Server 2008 certification.

Recommended level of knowledge: CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and Windows 7 or 8
CTS 2302C Windows Server 2008 Active Directory

This course addresses configuring, managing, and supporting user and computer accounts, groups, DNS zones, and client settings; group policy objects; Lightweight directory service and Rights Management service; backup and recovery; and communication security. This course prepares the student for the MCTS 70-640 exam, a core requirement for MCSA: Server 2008 certification.

Recommended level of knowledge: CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and Windows 7 or 8
CTS 2346C Windows Server 2008 Administration

This course provides students with the skills required to administer a Windows server. It assumes a basic knowledge of networking and Active Directory services. Topics covered include: server deployment, installation of server roles, security, DFS, server backups and restores, and troubleshooting hardware, software and networking issues. This course prepares the student for the MCTS 70-646 exam, a core requirement for MCSA: Server 2008 certification.

Recommended level of knowledge: CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and Windows 7 or 8

Windows Server 2012


CTS 2390C Installing And Configuring Windows Server 2012

Course is the first of three courses which provide the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses in total collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. Course primarily covers the initial implementation and configuration of those core services, such as Active Directory Domain Services, networking services, and initial Hyper-V configuration and is preparation for exam 70-410.

Recommended level of knowledge:
Good Windows operating system knowledge and experience with
good hands-on Windows Client experience with Windows 7 or 8
CTS 2391C Administering Windows Server 2012

Course is the second of three courses which provide the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses in total will collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. Course will primarily cover the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as user and group management, network access and data security and is preparation for exam 70-411.

Recommended level of knowledge:
Hands-on experience working in a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 environment.
Knowledge equivalent to Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
CTS 2392C Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012

Course is the third of three courses which provide the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 Infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. Course will primarily cover advanced configuration and services tasks necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as identity management and identity federation, network load balancing, business continuity and disaster recovery, fault tolerance and rights management. This course is preparation for exam 70-412.

Recommended level of knowledge:
Experience in implementing, managing and maintaining a Windows Server 2008
or Windows Server 2012 environment