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MS-600: Labs Broken, no responses to Github posts

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Hello, our MCT was trying to prep to deliver MS-600 and encountered broken labs, missing/wrong version of VS installed, no Azure passes provided.  Issues were posted to Github.  In reviewing Github, there has been no response/activity from Microsoft regarding the issues.  Is there a way to get this escalated?  Has any MCT successfully delivered this course?  If yes, would love to hear how.

 

Thank you!

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@MindyAllison you help here? Thank you!

@dwilliams5200 

 

Hello --

 

You need to escalate this to your authorized lab hoster.

 

Please let me know if further help is needed after you contact your ALH.

 

Thank you!

@Mindy_Allison 

Yes, the lab hoster (Skillable) also posted these issues in Github, it is a Microsoft issue, not the lab hoster.

@Mindy_Allison 

We are currently delivering an MS-600 class and our instructor is running into a lot of issues and students are not happy. 

Our main concern is the value the students feel with the course at present. What is the best resolution to these concerns?

 

While the lecture content has been working out well, the labs have run into repeated issues and now lead into concerns for the upcoming labs as well. Even the option of Demos is disrupted when it comes to any of the code blocks, as the content would need to be rewritten extensively to work and this could not be done spontaneously effectively during the class. Technically, most of the exercises could be played through provided videos, but I'm unsure what the students' responses may be to that at this point.

 

The issues encountered thus far, possible remedies, and training impact...

 

Learning Path 1:

     4 exercises, only the first of which worked

Issues:

     Virtual Machines provided by Skillable have a too new version of the .NET Framework and SDK installed

          Fix: Only a partial fix so far, but I've located a version of the SDK that was indicated in the labs and updated the software installation.

               - still receiving some build errors, but continuing troubleshooting and rewriting in the evening

Impact:

     Exercises 3-4 depend on a successful exercise 2, which is where the build errors still exist. Therefore the students have been unable to work on them.

     Note:  There are no videos available for students to view in replacement of the lab, so no exercises 2-4 remain unfinished.

 

Learning Path 2:

     No exercises possible to complete

Issues:

     Some of the code provided is no longer provided in the code library the entire Learning Path is based on.

          Fix:  Only fix option seems to be having students watch the demo videos provided alongside the exercises. Any coding fix would require a significant research and rebuild of the labs.

     Added note regarding the code issue. A Microsoft post in relation to this problem indicates that they are removing the exercises entirely soon, possibly any day now as the post indicated a pending update that was targeted for Sept 1.

Impact:

     Multiple hours worth of lab content cannot be completed and would have to be limited to demo videos.

 

Learning Paths 3-4

     I will be tearing through them tonight to avoid further unexpected results, however, unsure of what the result may be yet.

          Fix:  There are videos provided for at least some, if not all, of the exercises, so they are another potential fallback if needed.

 

 

 

 

@Jarka_Vystvavelova 

 

Thank you for sharing such detailed and precise feedback. I am sharing this right now to the teams to support this. 

 

I truly apologize for the inconvenience this has caused for you and the experiences of your Learners.

 

We will get this resolved. I have personally messaged you with my email as well. 

 

Thank you

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@Jarka_Vystvavelova 

 

There will be a full lab update coming tomorrow for this course. This update removes the labs in learning paths 1 and 2.  As you've mentioned, the team similarly determined that fixing these would require more extensive code changes/rewrites that we aren't able to do currently, given the retirement of this course on 12/31/23

 

It also includes updates to the labs in learning path 4, and they are working on additional testing of these, to get deliveries through till retirement. 

 

In the meantime, for this delivery, there are screencast demos of the labs linked in the learning paths on Learn, in the Intro units.  Here is the video for LP1: https://youtu.be/3VgHZtjFSPk?si=8w-NhABzjo1rF9Dk

 

Thank you! Hope this all helps.

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@Jarka_Vystvavelova 

 

There will be a full lab update coming tomorrow for this course. This update removes the labs in learning paths 1 and 2.  As you've mentioned, the team similarly determined that fixing these would require more extensive code changes/rewrites that we aren't able to do currently, given the retirement of this course on 12/31/23

 

It also includes updates to the labs in learning path 4, and they are working on additional testing of these, to get deliveries through till retirement. 

 

In the meantime, for this delivery, there are screencast demos of the labs linked in the learning paths on Learn, in the Intro units.  Here is the video for LP1: https://youtu.be/3VgHZtjFSPk?si=8w-NhABzjo1rF9Dk

 

Thank you! Hope this all helps.

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