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  • We are pleased to announce the release of the Windows Server 2012: First Look course. This announcement also signals the retirement of the Windows Server “8”: First Look Course.

    In April 2012, Microsoft officially announced that the product previously code named Windows Server "8" will be named Windows Server 2012. This updated Windows Server 2012: First Look course builds on the original Windows Server "8" First Look course with the addition of 4 new modules designed to go into more detail around the core Windows Server 2012 platform capabilities. 

    After completing this course, you will learn how to cloud optimize your IT with Windows Server 2012 and how to take advantage of the skills and investment you have already made in building a familiar and consistent platform. With Windows Server 2012, you gain all the Microsoft experience behind building and operating private and public clouds, delivered as a dynamic, available, and cost-effective server platform. This course will cover how Windows Server 2012 delivers value in four key ways including how it takes you beyond virtualization, delivers the power of many servers, opens the door to every app on any cloud, and enables the modern work style.


    Access the new course here Windows Server 2012: First Look

  • We experienced a platform issue that prevented some assessments from being taken. There were a number of symptoms reported to us, the most common being courses items not being checked as complete and so the assessment would not launch.

    We’ve posted a fix to the system now to address this.

    If you experienced an issue with the MVA in the last couple of days we do apologize for any inconvenient this may have caused,

  • The MVA team are pleased to announce the release of the Introduction to the Microsoft Private Cloud course


    This course focuses on proving an overview of the Microsoft cloud technologies and how using these technologies can help your business build, deploy, and maintain a private cloud.

    We will provide an infrastructure overview and how to use System Center 2012 to provision a private cloud. We will examine the set of tools available to you to configure and deploy infrastructure components; enabling you to deliver IT as a Service.

    Finally we will provide an overview of the tools in System Center 2012 used to manage the underlying resources to achieve predictable application service delivery, and how to keep your applications running healthy by improving performance and monitoring.


    Take the Introduction to the Microsoft Private Cloud here

  • The Evaluation Center team is to announce the launch of the SQL Server 2012 trial evaluation experience.

    Solution Overview

    Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights and quickly build solutions.

    SQL Server 2012 extends organizations beyond the database with a cloud-ready information platform that delivers mission critical confidence, breakthrough insight, and cloud on your terms. SQL Server 2012 meets industry requirements for high availability with the new SQL Server AlwaysOn for mission-critical availability while new xVelocity in-memory technologies help enable fast data warehousing and business intelligence query performance.

    Evaluation languages available for download:

    Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish

    The SQL Server 2012 trial experience includes ISOs for the 32-bit and 64-bit editions, as well as an ISO with both bit rates packaged together

    How to try this solution out?


    Useful Links:


    MVA Resources

    SQL Server Courses

  • Have you finished one of these courses recently?

    • Windows Server “8” First Look
    • System Center 2012: Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)
    • Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals - The Platform

    • Understanding Microsoft’s High Availability Solutions
    • System Center 2012: Configuration Manager

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