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Our consultants have a long history with Microsoft Windows, System Center, Virtualization and supporting management technologies. Our focus remains on delivering excellence, which is why we choose to use senior resources that have the ability to bring not only experience to the table, but also a network of people with knowledge throughout the industry.

Leading the consulting services team seven time MVP for Application Virtualization, Kevin Kaminski. As early as 1997, Kevin was researching and exploring enterprise IT packaging, administering Systems Management Server and automating system management through Windows NT.

A long time has passed since then, and Kevin has become sought after for his deep understanding of application and OS packaging as well as his involvement with the IT community.

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App-V 5.0 Masters Class

Our courseware is designed to go over many real world scenarios so the student can get a better understanding of what considerations need to be accounted for when packaging and delivering isolated applications using App-V 5.0.
Beginning at the conceptual level, the course quickly dives into the architecture and the administration of App-V applications. The course covers dozens of topics with many real-world scenarios.
With every course update the sequencing guide is made up of over 360 pages of information and detailed labs to make you an expert sequencer by going over many of the common scenarios found while using App-V 5. We believe we have the deepest coverage when it comes to App-V sequencing with the large breadth of subjects we present.
I’ve taken both the App-V 4 and App-V 5 master classes offered by Big Hat Group and what attracted me to this training was the focus on real world scenarios and labs that go beyond the simple demonstration of the features of App-V. The GridmasterTraining.com material dives into the unique behaviours of the product and how to effectively deal with scenarios that are buried in message boards and blogs across the internet. I found these courses to be essential in expanding my skill set to be not only competent with App-V but have deeper insights into how the technology functions.

Roderick MacCormack

Senior Infrastructure Consultant

App-V 5 Masters Class

10 half day sessions.

Monday, 11 January 2016 at 8:00 AM Friday, 22 January 2016 at 1:00 PM (MST)

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App-V 5 Masters Class

5 full day sessions.

Monday, 7 December 2015 at 8:00 AM Friday, 11 December 2015 at 5:00 PM (MST)

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