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Citrix training in the new, modular set-up

31st August 2016
by Isaac Meit

Citrix trainingThe Citrix training courses cover products in the area of Virtualization (XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer), Networking (NetScaler, NetScaler Gateway) and Mobility (XenMobile).

A frequent complaint among trainees is that the courses take too long or don’t offer the exact subjects one is interested in. This is especially the case when it concerns updates or new technologies.

There is good news: Citrix has taken these critiques to heart and has launched a complete new set-up of training curriculum in 2016. The courses have gotten a set-up that is highly modular. The courses in the area of Networking are already available in the new set-up. In the area of Virtualization new modules are also already added; there will be more titles coming out later this year.

Because the courses were renewed anyway the additional labs are also refreshed straightaway, resulting in assignments that will fit the practice better. Furthermore the explanation is improved (video’s with commentary by experts are now part of the courses, among other things,) and the lab performance is highly improved.

Changes in Citrix courses for Networking

I mentioned it before: the courses have gotten a set-up that is highly modular? What does that mean exactly?

Nowadays the 5-day courses CNS-220 and CNS-222 consists of a 3-day ‘base training’ and a 2-day ‘specialism’. There are 2 specialisms available:

The specialisms can only be followed after the 3-day base training of CNS-220 or CNS-222 has been taken or if the participant has taken a NetScaler training (CNS-205, CNS-207, CNS-220 or CNS-222) in the past.

The advantage? Instead of 10 days of training with overlap in subjects the participant is finished in only 7 days with a very broad orientation. Furthermore it won’t be necessary to take the courses consecutively which will make the planning more flexible.

The set-up of a real follow-up training (Citrix NetScaler 11 Advanced Implementation (CNS-301)) will be maintained. Moreover, also this training will be provided with new labs and content.

Changes in Citrix courses for Virtualization

For the sales channel Citrix has launched the ‘Long Term Service Release’ (LTSR). Customers who are satisfied with what they have waive the continuous flow of new (and often unused) functionalities and rather choose a version that is guaranteed not to be extended during the next 5 years. Alle Citrix Virtualization courses are based on the LTSR. At this time that is XenApp/XenDesktop versie 7.6.

The current range of courses consists of a 5-day entry level management training for daily managing (Managing App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 (CXD-203)) followed by a 5-day deployment training for the deploying of an enterprise-wide environment (Deploying App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 (CXD-300)). There is also a 5-day FastTrack Deploy and Manage Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 Fast Track (CMB-300), that is a compilation of the CXD-203 and the CXD-300.

For more depth these courses can be extended with 2-day add-on modules:

The goal is to provide the Virtualization courses with the same set-up as the current Networking courses: less lengthy courses that offer more extra subjects that can be taken modular.

Changes in Citrix courses for Mobility

At this time nothing will change in these courses.

Tip: keep an eye on our blog

Citrix will keep on implementing changes in the coming period. As soon as more is known about the actual details of these changes we will inform you through this blog. Do you have any questions in the meantime? Let me know. I will be happy to help!

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