hmmm....ok, so here's an interesting problem: I'm a Microsoft employee. My blog is hosted on Technet.com. And I'm pretty sure that there is a policy somewhere, which I'm unaware of, that addresses blog posts about 3rd party companies... But I've never really been one for following too many rules anyways, so here you go:
I wrote a post back in May about changes to our organizational structure for supporting AD internally at Microsoft. While I still think the re-org was a great thing to happen within IT, and we're making big progress on many things that had been stalled in the past (ADFS, smartcards, selective auth forest, etc...) - one thing that I noticed were all of the new faces who were going to be managing the DC's. Now, most people in the org have AD experience, but let's face it, there's a big difference between reviewing schema extensions and doing delegations; versus troubleshooting replication or a server on which lsass.exe is taking 90% of the CPU. Both can be difficult, but they are seperate skills. So, to make a long story short, (too late), I fired off an e-mail to Dean at MSETechnology to see if he could help us out with some training. Many people who have been around AD for a while know Dean (or at least "of" him), whether it's the random references in Joe's blog, his answers on ActiveDir.org, or from NetPro's Directory Experts Conference.
Anyways, after a bit of back-and-forth figuring out the logistical details, Dean came on-site here in Redmond and has spent the last week giving what can only be described as the most entertaining, in-depth training on AD that I've ever seen. Topics ranging from replication and topology, to sid history/filtering, to the most...ummm...."descriptive"...segment on the FILE replication service which I've ever sat through, I would have to say that if you're looking for some 300-400 level AD information (as opposed to someone standing up reading a book to you), then this was the class you want to be in.
There's no comparison to the quality of the content, but two things stood out most...and note, that I didn't even sit through the entire week, but was coming and going at random:
So if you're looking to bring in some custom (in-depth, not MOC based) training, and wondering what other people have done, then MSE Technology is worth a look.