This course was definitely a five star course. It was frustratingly interesting and complicatedly easy! Paul was a brilliant instructor and very engaging. I was impressed with his level of knowledge and industry experience.
A very good learning experience with lots of very good content. Paul [the instructor] clearly demonstrated his enormous expertise in identity management.
The course highlighted very well the strengths and weaknesses of Microsoft’s PAM solution.
Paul has been a great instructor, and he provided excellent explanations of areas where we needed clarification. Everything we learned will definitely help us with our production MIM implementation.
Fantastic! My only regret about this class is that I didn’t attend it sooner!
Great instructor, knows his stuff and is willing to explain until the student understands. Very helpful.
The course is laid out great, and John is a great instructor. I really like his teaching style and the way we built up the material from protocols all the way to implementing Azure solutions.
John was great in the way he taught the class, and his knowledge is excellent. The labs were so helpful to understanding the course material. Any other class I take in the future, I will hope to have John as the instructor.
The material covered is exactly what I needed to learn to be effective in my work. John really drives home the concepts and encourages active learning methods through hands-on exercises. His method of teaching and infinite patience make the learning experience worth the struggle that comes with absorbing new technology. Very happy to have been a part of this course. Hats off to OCG and John for brilliant execution.
The class is an extremely technical hands-on deep-dive into the internals of the Azure AD. (Is there a level 500?) Seriously… this is a great training class. Thank you so much for putting it together.
John’s knowledge is exceptional. Time well spent, and for people contemplating taking this course, highly recommended!
This course is a MUST for every person working with AD, ADFS, Azure and considering all SAML stuff. Thanks John!
This is an excellent course whether you are at entry level or advanced level. John takes his time to present logic and explanation from the basic then build the knowledge. He is very patient when it comes to troubleshooting. The class atmosphere is quite friendly due to John’s humor, and it helps build the class relationship.
Thank you very much, John, for such a delightful week during which I have learned a great deal of under-the-hood logic.
I would say John is probably the best trainer I have had in the past 16 years!
So nice to be able to revisit modules at my leisure without a classroom of people being held back.
Very happy. Studying online at my own pace really worked for me as I was able to do other tasks as well.
A very good experience!
The course materials are well thought out and provide just the right amount of guidance. The training ‘virtual environment’ was error free and easy to manipulate and, unlike most advanced courses did not require intervention from the instructor. The various network connections for both the course and user access, were stable and trouble free.
Paul the instructor just makes it look too easy! His knowledge of the subject matter and the products was second to none! He was willing to go the extra mile to find out answers he did not know right away, he even took the time to consult with other professionals at Oxford on a few questions. That was very impressive and added to the sense that Paul genuinely wanted us all to succeed.
Perhaps the highest praise I can offer is that Paul gave me the desire to continue my growth as a professional, with a newfound curiosity and passion, in the identity management space. Very thankful and highly recommended.
Excellent, very useful. I enjoyed the course and the material it covered. It filled in some knowledge gaps I had since we had installed FIM/MIM in our organization. With what I have learned I will be able to improve on our setup and expand what it can do.
More energy and engagement from the trainer than I have experienced on any other course. The subject matter was presented in a generally understandable way at the right level for the target audience.
The course experience was fascinating and the comments, labs and instructor really helped me to gather all the pieces together and get a very good picture of how things work. The guidance and the answers to my questions were 100% satisfied.
Excellent fast-paced course that covers just about every possibility of Microsoft authentication and authorization protocols. John is an excellent instructor with deep understanding of the material he is presenting. He interacts with the class in a professional, open manner that greatly facilitates learning in such a fast-paced course.
John, thank you for the class. I will certainly recommend this to folks in our company.
I thought it was a good course that required you to think and not just follow the steps in the book. John did a really good job of explaining the material and was quick to help when I hit a spot that caused me confusion. Labs were very helpful to understand the course material.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course, and feel I have so much to take back to what we do with Azure AD. I liked spending time on protocols and looking at it from an app dev perspective because it helps us ensure the applications implement the protocols the right way.
John is so knowledgeable, patient and extremely engaging. I am so glad I was able to attend this class.
Great course, anybody interested in doing IAM with Azure should do this class without a doubt.
The integration of tools and troubleshooting into the course really helps. The reasoning and mechanics did not take a back seat to the lab (how to) portions. The course touched on a lot of elements of Azure that are extremely relevant to my work in Azure, and had deep dives that really helps in discussions. Well put together, requires you to think more than other lab manuals.
Overall, the class had a lot of info and helped me connect the dots for concepts and terminology I had only a surface level understanding previously.
John was a great instructor, kept a good pace and could quickly answer any questions that came up. I would be interested in attending his courses in the future.
The labs were solid, but in the interest of time, some of the more repetitive aspects might be able to be trimmed back a bit in order to expand the breadth of focus (although, it’s arguable that the repetitive tasks might help with retaining the info more effectively).
The overall experience was wonderful. OCG took care of everything which allows students to focus on learning. John does a great job answering questions from the room, and is happy to discuss topics in depth.
The class is taught assuming you have a base knowledge of Active Directory and other identity solutions, this is great, since there is no time wasted teaching the basics. Having a full personal virtual environment ready for us to set up through the course of the class (and after) is extremely useful. The labs do a good job of explaining a configuration or concept in depth once and then trusting a student to remember how to do this later; this helps re-enforce concepts.
John is incredibly knowledgeable and joyfully answers questions throughout the course. The content was very well organized and well presented. Its structure was well suited to the learning of the concepts, which necessitate revisiting some topics multiple times, building understanding each time.
John does an excellent job. He’s not afraid to point out any “gotchas” within technologies he covers, and again, he is very willing to engage with the attendees, answering questions that may or may not deviate a bit from the intended content. He was very generous with additional supplementary resources, and tool recommendations. And was sure to clarify any examples that were included for “demonstration” purposes only, making sure one of us didn’t naively use insecure or incomplete solutions.
The hands-on labs were excellent! The environment was prepared very nicely. John clearly went to great lengths to preserve tasks that were instrumental to learning, and limiting tedious provisioning. Very thoughtful! Bonus – the HTML5 resources were great!
Very happy with the course. Training materials are clear and well articulated and support I had from the training team (Moth, Andi, et al) was fabulous. They answered every question, query and request I had and very swiftly at that. Thanks!
Excellent course. The tutor was very friendly and helpful. I benefited from his wealth of knowledge.
Excellent course that greatly helped me fill in the gaps of my knowledge on MIM. I’ve been self-taught on many concepts, but Paul [the tutor] gave me the skills I need to manage the MIM implementation my company uses and that I inherited.
Fantastic overview of MIM concepts that required only minimal amount of coding and script to achieve creative solutions. Tutor was excellent.
The course provided a thorough introduction to MIM fundamentals. Now, I feel empowered to train my peers on how to perform operational work in the MIM environment so that I can reclaim my time to address additional identity-related challenges.
The course materials and lab environment worked well together to properly train me in the essentials of MIM operation. It is unlikely that we will implement the portal features of MIM at this time, but the training will greatly aid in the event we choose to do so, particularly if we pursue the PAM aspect of MIM.
Paul, the instructor, was efficient and thorough in providing the training. He did an excellent job keeping the class engaged despite the MIM material being somewhat “dry”!
The MIM training was excellent – very useful, interesting and enjoyable. The trainer was friendly, approachable, very helpful whenever I was unsure and put me at my ease.
Having just inherited FIM/MIM after a co-worker left the organization, this excellent course helped me feel more comfortable about supporting this application.
It was great. Best instructor I have had for a long while. The knowledge I gained will be very useful for implementing our identity management system.
The course was well structured, with the labs providing excellent practical experience to supplement the theory. The course material was exceptionally good, providing a great learning experience & a brilliant reference for my future work in the identity management arena. Course support was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this course to my colleagues.
Very informative. Excellent instructor. This course does what is says on the tin – a solid foundation of the principles of MIM.
The instructor, Paul, was great. Very informative. Our morning ‘Brain Storms’ were good. Well structured labs with loads of information. Sometimes too much at one go to retain, but the lab work helped in retaining this knowledge. Best way of learning.
The lessons were well explained and easy to understand. I did enjoy the labs and the lab manual was very good at explaining not just how but why the labs were done a certain way.
I have taken many courses online over the years and this has been one of the better ones. I really appreciate how quickly your customer support contacted me when I had an issue getting registered for the class.
The VMs worked great and were configured so that I could get right to the task at hand. Well done.
Being able to study at my own pace helped me take the the course in manageable chunks. The explanations and diagrams in the materials booklet helped me visualize the complex mechanics of MIM and what was going on. The instructor was clear and precise. The labs were helpful too in that I could experiment with various configurations.
A great course for those who haven’t looked at MIM before. You get a great overview at your own pace.
The Masterclass easily met all my expectations. John’s very good – I’ve come into contact with him before with his courses and books.
The course covers pretty much exactly what we need – it’s hitting the sweet spot. There’s three of us from the same organization here, but we’re not all doing the same role. One is a developer and it’s all new to him – he needs to know this stuff as we’re looking to move to Azure-based apps so the course content is all relevant. And another is our directory and FIM person, so it’s extremely relevant. Very useful!
Paul has been able to teach a very complicated product and explain things clearly and in a fun way. Great job!
This course is excellent. I learned a lot because the instructor is very professional and has great knowledge of MIM. He provided a very joyful and exciting class which was my first experience in MIM. I did enjoy this class and would recommend it to both non and experienced MIM administrators.
It was great to learn from an expert, and to play with implementing and troubleshooting hands-on. It has equipped us with the knowledge to design and implement our own system, and ensure that we can support it in the future.
The hands-on labs were excellent, and even included issues and errors for us to troubleshoot so that it wasn’t just a ‘click by numbers’ exercise.
Everyone on the course was well prepared for the material. John started at a fairly deep level and all the students were up for it. Having the virtual machines and cloud instances available for a time after the class will be helpful to review and retest the things we learned. John brought extensive experience with him and he freely shared that vast knowledge with all of us!
Absolutely brilliant course! Learning the subject from John Craddock himself was a very enriching experience. I gained valuable knowledge of Azure AD and related technologies. The best way to learn.
John is a mountain of knowledge when it comes to Azure AD, Authentication, MFA, SSO, etc. He has a very pleasing personality and is a very helpful teacher.
Excellent and very meaningful labs, working lab environment, brilliant instructor, and great course materials. HUGE PLUS for the ability to use the lab files later on in your own environment for further tests/labs and learning. This really sets this course apart from many other ones.
I’m very happy! John was excellent. My knowledge on several subjects in the course was sometimes limited. John explains tremendously and answers every possible question. The hands-on labs were very well prepared and so easy to practice effectively. They were of real added value.
Excellent! It would be hard to find someone more prepared than John Craddock.
Incredible instructor! There are assumptions that one already has some experience with managing Windows Server components, but as a person who has does not have a lot of experience with Windows Server, I managed to navigate my way through the hands-on exercises without any problems.
The training was very thorough and covered many scenarios that a FIM/MIM implementation would address. The tutors were knowledgeable and responded quickly. Studying at my own pace proved useful in the fact that I could spend more time on unfamiliar, difficult, or important subjects.
Working online at my own pace works for me. I’m able to stop, pause, rewind, etc. It allows me the flexibility to work in my off hours, and not take time away from the office to come in person for the course.
Excellent. A good introduction about PAM capabilities and components.
A great course, very helpful and knowledgeable instructor.
I attended the training remotely in a live online environment. The course met my expectations. I enjoyed the fact that each lab was built on the previous lab, with the option of loading a snapshotted VM if you were behind or missed a configuration. The instructor was always available to answer questions.
A very positive experience… good head start. Paul, the instructor, had a firm grasp of the MIM application and was able to keep all students engaged over Skype.
I can recommend this course for people who are concerned with MIM, because you get important tips and a good understanding of the processes. This you cannot get if you try to learn yourself.
The instructor was excellent. He has very good knowledge about MIM and can convey this well. The course was very good, but the whole information was so much to take in four days.
It was very informative and interesting, and being able to study at my own pace is an incredibly effective tool for my learning style.
I thought this course and instructor did a great job of presenting challenging material in an effective way. I learned a lot!
Excellent! A lot of information, and very useful. The labs are great and the course material is easy to understand. The instructor was awesome!
I enjoyed working at my own pace and being able to go over certain sections again that I didn’t understand initially. I liked the convenience of not having to travel for this training and the flexibility of being able to study either in the office or at home. My only difficulty was completing the training alongside my busy day job and trying to make time for it.
Great complete overview. The instructor was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
I found this course to be a nice overview of PAM, what it is and how it works. Very helpful.
Although there was a lot of information, Paul [the instructor] was able to get us through the material very effectively.
Excellent. Very happy with the training. Course work was well managed and easy to follow. The course took place in a conference room at a golf club instead of an office. This was a good idea and made a pleasant atmosphere.
This was the first time I’d followed a self-paced online training course and I must say I was very pleased with the quality of the material. The course is well-structured and it was easy to plan the training in different sessions and days to fit my agenda.
I started by working my way through the written manual and lab course material. After a couple of modules I decided to check out the videos, and I am very happy I did. The rest of the course I watched all the videoed lessons. I also starting watching the lab videos which gave a much richer explanation of the labs compared to the written lab instructions. The voice of the tutor was reassuring, and I liked how he explained things. I liked how the course built up with the various modules, to understand the key elements of the product.
This course has given me a great foundation to get started with MIM and I am now well prepared to learn a lot more about the product in the future.
Just as with both the MIM Foundation and MIM Advanced courses, this was great – by far one of the best courses I have ever attended! I’ve learned so much about the possibilities in MIM, and I am looking forward to putting my new knowledge into practice in our MIM projects. The course materials, the instructor’s presentations and the labs are of great quality, I really enjoyed it.
The instructor can be summed up in one word: brilliant! Paul is such a nice guy with so much knowledge and experience. His teaching and presentation skills are great! He’s so helpful and he really wants us to learn. He is really humorous as well!
The course was specific to our company needs. Perfect. Helpful tutor.
The course is essential for MIM developers. It covers areas that should be taught in Microsoft’s courses, which I have taken, but are left out.
This was, by FAR, the best training I’ve received in years! I loved how ‘lab heavy’ the course was. I learned so much from working through the labs. The instructor’s training style was perfect. He didn’t just read from decks, he whiteboarded. he took the time to answer all questions in detail, demonstrating a staggering understanding of the subject matter. He stayed late each and every night working with people that wanted to linger and finish up labs. He was, in short, remarkable. I cannot say enough kind things.
Fantastic course – from how the initial concepts are described, to pulling them all together in the modules and backed up by good labs. Tutor was knowledgeable, entertaining and always good.
Just as with the MIM Foundation course, this MIM Advanced course was great – I had a really fun time taking this course! Even though the course content was more demanding, it still worked great to study online at my own pace. The course materials were really good. Good structure and great quality content! I am really looking forward to the MIM Expert course!
I connected to the live class remotely, over the internet. The course pace was sometimes fast but considering the amount of material to cover over 4 days it was necessary to complete everything. Thanks for your enthusiasm!
Worth flying in from the US for! I got a great understanding of what PAM is and what it will do to keep our company safe.
The classroom course was good, just a small group of colleagues and a professional teacher. Good theory with good labs. It was very nice to have Paul as a teacher. He’s a real professional but also very good at making me laugh, it’s a pleasure listening to him talking. Sometimes a little too much text because this is not my native language!
The training materials were professional and clear. When you are able to take an online course and not think about the mechanics of the delivery until after the course, when you’re asked for an evaluation – that’s a good indicator of quality.
Wow – lots of detail in the advanced course. Thanks, Hugh, for patiently responding to my questions. I appreciated the quick turnaround and thoughtful responses! Overall, these courses were good and I am glad I was able to take them.
It’s almost not possible to use MIM without this course. The 4 days are very intensive but worth it. MIM is very complex. The teacher is able to tell a lot complex stuff in a pleasant way. A good story teller!
The most relevant course I have attended in ages! The tutor really knew his stuff, didn’t just learn the script. Answered every question! Very good foundation for a tricky subject.
It was really easy to use the labs, exercises and pdfs remotely. The connection worked well, very doable with a remote connection. I don’t feel like I missed anything by not being able to attend in person. The instructor was a really clear speaker, very strong on MIM, good at teaching and supporting.
Brilliant course format. It worked out great. I am doing the course at the same time as a co-worker, and this allows us to help each other when there is something we do not understand and discuss how things relates to our environment. Your staff in general are very attentive. I am impressed by your quick response times on all types of requests. I requested lab access late at night on a Sunday, to have it ready the next morning, but to my astonishment, it was ready an hour later. Way to go!
With a significant PAM project coming up it was critical that I skilled up in this space and OCG has provided me with all the knowledge I need to manage that and also some great ideas for how I might tailor PAM for my particular environment.
Paul (the tutor) was very knowledgeable and spoke in an engaging way throughout the course. It was a lot of information to convey and he presented it at a good pace. The remote training environment worked well.
Very hands-on, easy to follow. Doing the course at my own pace was a double-edged sword, since I procrastinated a lot, but it allowed me to work over a lot of days, which was nice. The videos were separated into manageable portions (not too long).
It was a very well planned course, and I never felt rushed or overwhelmed by the pace. I attended the UK session from my home office in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Even if I have to get up at 3am for the course again, I know it will be well worth the knowledge I’ll gain. I was concerned about the time zone difference but the course flow and presentation made it enjoyable, especially the lab work. There were a couple of network issues but Paul (the tutor) stayed late to ensure I did not miss any information. I cannot thank Paul and the rest of the OCG Learning team enough.
I was a bit skeptical about the online format, as was my superiors, but in retrospect it worked out great. It was good to pause the video to take notes, ponder and look at my production. The training videos and courseware are exquisite pieces of work, in themselves worth the price of admission. The environment vastly enriches the experience, without resulting in me zoning out and missing an important section of the course. It also leaves ample room for reflection, and I guess I cannot blame the course for me playing with labs till very late at night! I am doing the advanced course next, and I will definitely schedule more time for that run.
Fantastic! The environment with a small number of trainees was the best experience for the hands-on approach to labs, and an opportunity to ask many questions about real-world implementations and challenges. The instructor was very friendly, informative and approachable to discuss particular issues in your particular live environment. Very informative and very approachable in your learning and the potential implementation challenges you may have.
Having attended all three FIM courses with OCG I am more confident on the product in its entirety. The trainers are much experienced in all aspects, and posses extraordinary skills on the product in the real world.
Initially, I was hesitant about doing the course remotely, but I would have no concerns now. I was in Pacific time, other students were in EST zone and the instructor was in the UK, and everything worked great!
Great training with great instructors. Learned a lot! Thanks!
The course experience was superb. I had already taken the Foundation course and this [Advanced] course provided … enough enhancement on how MIM works that I am very confident that I can more effectively advance our enterprise-wide identity and access management system.
I appreciate being able to participate remotely. [live instructor-led but online in real time] This is the second course I have participated in remotely and highly recommend it. It was just like being in the classroom!
Paul is a natural teacher. He is articulate and knowledgeable. I especially liked how he seemed to intuitively anticipate what questions may arise. Time and time again he would clear up both verbalized and non-verbalized questions I had. I also found him very approachable, attentive to detail, responsive to questions and humorous as well. I would rate him as one of the best instructors I have ever learned from.
Paul was the best instructor I have ever had. This is not an exaggeration! I wish I could retake all the training I have gone through in life with him as the instructor.
Paul is the greatest teacher I ever met! Our IDM infrastructure works even better since I took the MIM courses.
Thank you for an excellent course! Paul, the trainer, is very experienced. What I learned will be of great value to me for IAM planning, architecture and operations in the financial services organisation I work for.
Thank you very much for that outstanding course! Deep technical subjects and real world examples and recommendations. Instructor has strong teaching and presentation skills, he’s very friendly and helpful.
The training course covered a lot of material that was very helpful to better understand the product and be able to present it to Senior Management and describe the functionality. The labs made it very easy to follow and understand exactly what they were doing and how FIM works. The instructor was very knowledgeable and made the whole class fun and interesting with real world examples from his consulting work and humor. Overall the best training class I have ever had!
I learned relevant new skills and the ‘hands on’ makes the recall better when I implement this in the future – the solving of unexpected problems has to be hands on to work. This course is highest industry level for learning with valuable hands on lab.
I am a medium experienced FIM person. This course gave me a lot of technical depth, it gave me a lot of answers to why particular things are done in a particular way. It also helped me better understand the classic rules that I had inherited from a Microsoft Consultant and knew how to modify, but this gave me a whole new perspective. All the people on the OCG Learning team were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you!
The tutor is a nice person to listen to. He has enough knowledge to keep you interested and a clear way of explaining. I attended the class by Skype – it was just like being in the classroom!
OCG’s courses are excellent at explaining how to implement and maintain the product. That their knowledge is clearly based on real world experience will prove to be very useful to me in my work.
I sat the FIM Expert course which was excellent to round up all the FIM training. The knowledge I gained will be invaluable on our identity project.
The course provides best practices and insights that you won’t find elsewhere.
The instructors, Hugh and Steve, made for an interesting double act, and together brought a good spread of expertise to the teaching.
We were very impressed with the depth of experience and knowledge the instructor had. He actually had more experience than the consultants we engaged to actually run our project. Since our instructor had a decade long background as an IAM consultant, he was able to answer our deep technical questions and talk at length about the product architecture as it related to our environment. Let’s just say: we got more than our money’s worth!
We decided to opt for the private on-site course because not only was it cheaper, it allowed us to take the time and ask environment specific questions about MIM and our unique installation. This was invaluable to our learning experience.
The course materials were well written, logical and helpful. We are still referring to them. This training helped prepare us for our long and complex MIM project, we could NOT have succeeded without it! If any company is considering MIM, you do not want to proceed without world class training… this is what makes or breaks IAM departments.
Very good structure, starting with overview and expanding topics. Language (balance of formal and informal) was better than any other course I have been on and very understandable. From previous experience of OCG, I had high expectations, which were fully met.