As you may or may not be aware, FAST University offers a live virtual option for all of our traditional instructor-led courses. If live virtual is the correct option for you, there are some things you will need to do in order to prepare to attend a live virtual class. First, we will discuss the System Requirements. They are as follows:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP2, 2003 R2, Vista or Windows 7
  • Administrative privileges to install software on your PC
  • Internet access with broadband speed
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher (Active X enabled) or Firefox 1.5 or higher (Java installed)
  • Turn off pop-up blockers and firewall settings as needed (contact your IT department)
  • Headset with microphone for VoIP

Next, we will discuss the classroom delivery tools. They are as follows:

  • ReadyTech – hosted lab environment
    • Navigate to the following link and click the Configure Automatically link. It is very important that you perform this configuration in the same location where you are planning on attending class from. If you change location, you will have to perform this configuration again, before the start of class.
  • Live Meeting (VoIP) – virtual classroom presentation and management. You will be provided a link to download the Live Meeting client when you register to attend the class. It is very important that you download the client and test your connection from the location where you will be attending class from. If you change location, you will need to test your connection again, before the start of class.

It is strongly recommended that you test your service connectivity and VoIP in advance and before the start of class. Please contact a FAST University Education Consultant at a few days prior to the start of your virtual class to arrange to test your connectivity and VoIP.

In addition to the above, it is also strongly recommended that you find a quiet place in which to attend class, where you will have limited interruptions. Also, to avoid any performance degradation and to limit other distractions, you should shut down any other software applications.

To learn more and register for live virtual classes available from Microsoft Learning | FAST University, navigate to or contact an Education Consultant at

By Mark Stoddard, MCT