Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Virtual Academy is a website for Developers and IT Pros offering free Microsoft training delivere d by experts. Follow us on Twitter @MSVirtAcademy

  • The Microsoft Virtual Academy team would like to announce the release of the Microsoft Virtualization for the VMware Professional - Management course.

    Management has become a critical piece of maintaining a virtualized datacenter or Private Cloud by providing increased scale, faster deployments and integrated automation to reduce the total cost of IT ownership.

    This course provides an overview of Microsoft’s comprehensive management suite, System Center, and is the second course in the three course program covering Microsoft Virtualization.

    In the course we will cover

    • System Center Operations Manager for monitoring servers and services.
    • System Center Configuration Manager for deploying software and maintaining compliance on all types of devices.
    • System Center Service Manager for automating IT processes.
    • System Center Data Protection Manager for backing up and restoring servers and VMs.
    • Opalis for integrated and customized workflow processes.
    • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 for advanced VM deployment and management.
    • Additional modules will cover the PowerShell scripting utility, the VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 and Private Cloud concepts.

    After completing this course you will understand how to centrally manage and automate a datacenter of any size, plus gain 54 points towards your next level.

    Sign in and take this course today!

  • We have received a lot of feedback regarding the Bonus Points that we recently added to the MVA Courses not being added retrospectively to users who have already completed those courses. 

    We apologise for the time it is taking to do this and we will be adding the bonus points to users that had completed the affected courses prior to this change.

    We had planned to do this update this week, together with a larger change around the point scaling system. However, we have had to move this change out to the week of May 30th.

    Near the time, we will publish details of the changes.

  • The Microsoft Virtual Academy team would like to announce the release of the Microsoft Virtualization for the VMware Professional–The Platform course.

    Virtualization is a key component of any modern datacenter, offering such advantages as easier deployment, resource pooling, server consolidation, application compatibility, high-availability, reduced costs and centralized management. This first course, in a series of 3 relating to Microsoft Virtualization solution,  offers a deep-dive into the important technologies that contribute to the core virtualization infrastructure.

    The course covers Microsoft’s virtualization offerings and strategy, datacenter planning, Hyper-V architecture, VM management, virtualized networking and storage, numerous other Hyper-V features, as well as advanced management with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2. Also cover are the high-availability and disaster recovery considerations to keep your VMs up and running using Windows Server Failover Clustering.

    The course is aimed at IT Pro’s who use VMware technology today and would like to compare the Microsoft offering. Throughout the course you will see how Hyper-V is both different and similar to VMware virtualization through technical and terminology comparisons. 

    By the end of this course you will have the tools you need to plan, design and deploy your virtualized datacenter or Private Cloud infrastructure.

    Sign in and take this course today!

  • Starting May 24th Microsoft Learning, in partnership with the MVA, is hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for IT Professionals looking for real-world proof of how cloud-based Office 365 enables you to solve more problems from more places.

    This course will be delivered via virtual classroom on May 24-26, 2011 from 10:00am-4:00pm PDT. After the event, the whole 3 day training will be available within the Microsoft Virtual Academy, so you be able to gain points for taking the course.

    Over 2,300 people attended the last Jump Start, "Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals", which is also coming to the MVA. So register today to attend in person.

    This fast-paced, demo-rich online course will feature expert instruction and real-world demonstrations of the Office 365 platform, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.

    Attendees are in for a treat because Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Adam Carter (Bomb) will be team teaching this course with the best of the best. Throughout the course, leading experts for each technology -- Mike Kostersitz, Office 365 Program Manager; Naomi Alpern, Senior Consultant Exchange Online; Jeff James, Solutions Architect; Jerome Berniere, Senior Program Manager; Mark Kashman, Senior Technical Product Manager; Matt Burnett, Senior Consultant SharePoint Online -- will be joining Adam to share the latest with Office 365.


    Day One — “Office 365 Platform” | May 24, 2011 | 10am-4pm PDT
    Microsoft Office 365 Overview for IT Pros
    Deploying Clients for Office 365
    Administration & Automation using PowerShell
    Identity and Access Solutions
    Directory Synchronization

    Day Two — “Exchange Online” | May 25, 2011 | 10am-4pm PDT
    Exchange Online Overview for IT Pros
    Exchange Online Administration
    Staged Exchange Online Migration
    Hybrid Options with Exchange Server & Exchange Online
    Exchange Online Archiving & Compliance

    Day Three — “Lync & SharePoint Online” | May 26, 2011 | 10am-4pm PDT
    Lync Online Overview & Configuration for IT Pros
    SharePoint Online Overview
    SharePoint Online Administration
    SharePoint Online Extensibility & Customization
    Office 365 Deployment Overview

  • Since we launched the Microsoft Virtual Academy back in March at MMS 2011 we've had a amazing number of people register and take the courses on offer. We've also had an amazing amount of positive feedback and suggestions for improvements. We've made some of the requested changes and continue to implement those requests.

    One area we did not have available at launch was a way to stay in touch with us via social networks. We are now implementing these features and you can now join the conversation via the this Blog, Twitter and Facebook.

    So get involved with these networks and see who's doing what and what people are saying.

    "Like" us on the MVA site and show friends and colleges you are part of the MVA wave.

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