I am looking for hands-on training and certification in Systems Management Server. Do you know
where I can get this sort of training?
Microsoft actually has an MCSE elective exam 70-086 on SMS 2.0, and a couple of Certified Technical Education Center (CTEC) courses to go with it (course numbers 828 and 827). Check out any of this information for more details:
You can find these courses at various CTECs around the world. My advice would be to shop around by looking for particularly good instructors or coverage (asking for references from former students then checking them, is a good way to do this kind of thing).
Also, Swynk.com is a well-recognized and reputable source of Microsoft information and training. It offers online SMS classes that might be worth checking into as well. See its Training Center for listings of same. There's even a Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas from April 29 to May 3, where it looks like some interesting training will be offered as well.
Good luck in your search for quality offerings. I'm sure you'll be able to find plenty; the only tricky part will be choosing the one that's exactly right for your needs and your budget.
This was first published in February 2003