Find answers to frequently asked questions about OSR Seminars.
|Q.||Does OSR only teach seminars for Windows system software?|
That's correct. At OSR, our expertise is in Windows internals: including file systems, drivers, and other kernel mode components... period. Don't waste your time asking us about any user mode application stuff 'cause we can't help. Our knowledge is definitive. Consulting, development, and training services for Windows system software is ALL we do.
|Q.||What kind of experience do OSR instructors have?|
OSR instructors are developers working on designing and implementing the industry's toughest driver and file system projects. We take our real-world experience and apply it in the classroom. Every one of our instructors has years of experience with Windows internals, learned from the source-code level out.
|Q.||What's included in the cost of my OSR Seminar?|
Everything at the seminar venue to ensure you'll have a great experience is included. We feed you: While the food varies according to the venue, we always provide continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks galore. The food's usually pretty good, too. For lab seminars, you'll get dedicated use of real-world machines (no cheapo laptops, no junk-box systems). For example, for the WDF and WDM labs, each student gets their own pair of systems to use for labs during the week. You also get an OSR Seminar "Bag-O-Stuff" that includes cool swag, and sometimes (depending on the seminar) even additional readings or useful information. And, of course, with every seminar, you will also go home with a full copy of the seminar handouts.
|Q.||How do I register for a seminar? Will I receive confirmation?|
There are four easy ways that you can register for an OSR seminar and yes, we absolutely do send confirmation of your seminar registration. You can find all of the registration and confirmation information you're looking for on our seminar registration page.
|Q.||How do I know which seminar to take?|
There are a couple of different ways to determine which seminar to take. The first way is to review the prerequisites for the seminars that we teach. Prerequisites are part of every seminar syllabus. If you need more help, we offer some additional guidance here.
If you're still not sure which seminar you should take, call an OSR seminar consultant at +1.603.595.6500. Our consultants will discuss your training and project goals as well as your career goals - along with your background - and help you to determine which of our many seminar offerings best meets your overall needs. If you'd rather email us, be sure to include information about your background and what your goals are for the training.
|Q.||What's included in the cost of a private seminar?|
When you schedule a private seminar with OSR, you pay one fee. Included in the cost of our private seminars are all the seminar materials (handouts, CDs), shipping costs, customs fees (international seminars only), and instructor travel and expenses. We do everything we can to make it easy for you to provide training to your group.
|Q.||Does OSR teach seminars outside of the United States?|
We sure do. We have literally traveled the globe, teaching public and private seminars in Europe, Asia, Australia and just about any place that you can imagine! (OK, we haven't been to Antarctica but you get the point.) Contact an OSR seminar consultant for more information about OSR's international seminars.
|Q.||What do I need to bring with me when I come to an OSR seminar?|
It sounds goofy, but you need only to bring yourself. OSR provides all of the seminar materials and equipment that you'll need. You will be provided with a copy of the seminar slides, lab exercises, and any reading material that we think is beneficial for your seminar.
If you're taking a lab seminar, you'll be provided with a real development environment and all the equipment necessary to complete your lab exercises. There's no need to bring your laptop.
You'll also be provided with continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day. So bring yourself and your questions, and let OSR do the rest.
|Q.||What do you mean when you say you're "developers who teach?"|
OSR instructors are driver writers. They are out there every day working on the system software industry's leading edge projects. This allows them to grow their knowledge base and share that knowledge with their students. What might be equally important is that our instructors also just happen to have years of experience teaching people how to write drivers and file systems. No other company in the world brings that kind of real-world development experience to the training room.
|Q.||What is the cancellation policy? Can you reschedule? Have a colleague attend as a substitute?|
The last day to cancel and receive a refund is two weeks prior to the start of the seminar. Attendees for whom unusual circumstances will not be able to attend a seminar for which they are registered are granted a one-time option to reschedule. In this case there are only two restrictions:
(1) OSR must be informed of intent to reschedule at least two business days prior to the start of the seminar
(2) The reschedule must occur within six months of the original seminar start, regardless of OSR seminar availability (i.e. you are limited to the dates and locations where OSR plans to offer future classes).
Substitutions are welcome. OSR must be informed at least two business days prior to the start of the seminar.
|Q.||What is the average number of attendees of an OSR seminar?|
15-20 students is very common.
|Q.||Should I make non-refundable travel arrangements?|
We do not recommend this. We make every attempt to run seminars that are scheduled, but cancellation is definitely possible, so please make travel arrangements with this in mind.
More on Seminars
Public Seminar Schedule
Windows Internals and Software Driver Development
5-9 August 2013, Santa Clara, CA
Kernel Debugging and Crash Analysis for Windows
9-13 September 2013, Santa Clara, CA
Writing WDF Drivers for Windows
7-11 October 2013, Boston/Waltham, MA
Developing File Systems for Windows
5-8 November 2013, Seattle, WA