Microsoft Virtual Academy

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  • Exciting MVA Improvements now live!

    For 2013, we have some new innovations on Microsoft Virtual Academy we just rolled out:

    • New Top Students of the Week /Month
    • New MVA Video Experience ready for feedback
    • Expanded RSS feeds to keep up on new courses and live events

    Top Students of the Week /Month
    Some of you may have noticed our new Top Students home page banner now features weekly and monthly point leaders for both your local market and globally. This was done based on member feedback asking for more ways for recent member accomplishments to be featured more often. We have also updated the Top Students leader board so you can compare yourself to top students in your country by week, by month or by all-time. We hope this allows more amazing MVA members all over the world to be featured.

    New MVA Video Experience

    We are also continuing to improve the site experience. Our goal is to make it easier to find and experience the courses that are important to you and give you new ways to share and compare your progress.

    This week we launch a totally new MVA video experience we would love for you to try. This is designed to make it easier to navigate a course, skim the various course modules, find supplementary materials and take self-assessments.

    We want your voice involved as we improve the MVA experience. Please try this new MVA video experience by taking one of our recorded Jump Starts here and send us your feedback to “Tell The Dean”. Tell us what you like and more importantly what we need to improve before we roll this out for all courses.

    Improved Course Description Pages
    To make courses easier to read and discover, we have revamped the course description pages to make course and module descriptions easier to read.

    New expanded RSS feeds
    In order to provide more ways to discover what is new on MVA, we have expanded RSS feeds for members on the:

    • Most popular courses,
    • New live Jump Start events you can attend
    • And new recorded Jump Starts you may have missed

    You can check these out on the home page and our new Jump Start section.

    Thanks for your terrific support of Microsoft Virtual Academy and we look forward to sharing more exciting innovations over the coming months.

  • You never forget your first 1M customers. Today I am pleased to announce at 8:12am Pacific Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) just hit that magic number.  

    Thank you all for learning with us. Your support, feedback to make us better, and worldwide passion for just-in-time learning and readiness skills are the reasons MVA exists and thrives. This support has helped MVA become a vibrant community of IT Pros and Developers from around the world seeking free technical training from experts on Microsoft technologies.

    Here are some other cool examples of your passionate support:

    • The MVA customer base has grown 144% since Jan 2012.
    • MVA members have experienced over 1.1M hours of training across over 300 courses, in over 11 languages.
    • 600,000 unique visitors are now coming to the site every month.

    This past fall, the addition of MVA Jump Starts has added a new dimension to help you get just in time information from tech experts. Jump Starts are live events that allow you to take a course live and ask questions and interact with instructors and your global classmates in real time.

    As I write this post, nearly 500 people are experiencing our live interactive Jump Start class right now. In 2013 we will be expanding the frequency of our live Jump Start events and providing them on-demand.
    You can check out our upcoming live and on demand events at our new Jump Start page.  

    While today is a great milestone, we have much larger vision for MVA we will be revealing over the coming months that will continue our commitment to help you in your job or your career.

    We’d really like to hear more from you. Please celebrate with us by sharing on Facebook how MVA helped you!

  • The Microsoft Virtual Academy team is excited to open registration for two new courses in a three-Jump Start series focused on virtualization. These one-day live online events are designed for IT Pros experienced in virtualization but interested in learning how to better leverage the Windows Server 2012 platform, Hyper-V and System Center 2012 SP1. All three courses will leverage a team-teaching approach to deliver an engaging, demo-rich, live learning experience. 

    REGISTER NOW for each of these great (FREE) sessions!

    • Instructor Team: Symon Perriman and Jeff Woolsey
    • This is the first of a three course series and is designed for IT Pros experienced in virtualization (i.e., VMware) but in need of learning how to leverage Hyper-V to perform essential tasks in the Windows Server 2012 platform.
    • Instructor Team: Symon Perriman and Matt McSpirit (both VMware VCPs)
    • This is the second of a three course series and is tailored for VMware professionals looking to get up-to-speed on how Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 SP1 compares with VMware vSphere 5.1 and VMware’s Private Cloud, respectively.
    • Microsoft Tools for VMware Integration/Migration Jump Start-- Late Feb. 2013, STAY TUNED
      • Instructor Team: Symon Perriman (VMware VCPs) and TBD
      • This is the third of a three course series and is tailored for VMware professionals looking for ways to better leverage the Windows Server 2012 platform and System Center 2012 SP1 to integrate with VMware more effectively.

    These courses are online and do not provide hands-on labs. If you're interested in attending a more formal and in-person learning experience with hands-on, consider taking official Windows Server 2012 training delivered by a certified Microsoft Learning partner.

    Interested in exploring the best ways to manage and secure PCs, tablets (Surface, iPad, etc.) and mobile devices (Windows Phone, Android, iPhone) in the cloud? Check out the Windows Intune Jump Start on January 31, 2013!

  • With System Center 2012 SP1, you get the most cost effective and flexible platform for managing your traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, and client computers and devices. 

    Microsoft Virtual Academy is launching three new courses in January, each focused on helping IT professionals understand the benefits of System Center 2012 SP1:

    Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals - Learn how Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center 2012 SP1 can help you build, deploy, and manage private cloud architecture. NOTE: This course became available on Jan 15.

    System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Updates - Learn about the enhancements to each of the System Center 2012 SP1 components, which includes added support for Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and tighter integration with Windows Azure. NOTE: This course became available on Jan 16.

    System Center 2012 SP1 Capabilities - Learn about the configuration and management of the infrastructure, services and applications available from System Center 2012 SP1. NOTE: This course became available on Feb 1.

    System Center 2012 is the only unified management platform where you can manage multiple hypervisors, physical resources, and applications in a single offering.

    Sign-in to MVA to take these free technical courses and check back regularly, as new courses are added each month.

  • Register before January 31, 2013 for the Microsoft Management Summit and Save $300 USD*

    MMS is tailored specifically to IT Professionals and provides some of the deepest level of technical training Microsoft has to offer. Attendees will learn from industry experts while attending 300 and 400 level sessions, and instructor-led and self-paced labs. In addition, registered attendees can save 50% (US price, based on dollars) on Microsoft Certification Exams at MMS.

    Attend MMS and learn what’s new in desktop, device management, datacenter, and cloud technologies.

    • Windows 8: The way people work has changed. People want flexibility, mobility and choices about how they stay connected and productive. Learn how Windows 8 and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) can help you deliver the great experiences people want and the enterprise grade solutions your company requires. 
    • Microsoft cloud solutions: Discover how Microsoft uniquely delivers the Cloud OS as a consistent and comprehensive set of capabilities across your datacenter, a Microsoft datacenter, or a service provider’s datacenter to support the world’s apps and data access anywhere.
    • Windows Server 2012: Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category, delivering many new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Learn how Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to help reduce costs and deliver a new level of business value.
    • System Center: Get insights into Microsoft System Center 2012, a comprehensive management platform that enables you to more easily and efficiently manage your IT environments, including your server infrastructure and client devices.
    • Virtualization: Discover how Microsoft virtualization solutions are built with industry standards and integration in mind. By connecting together technologies such as Windows Server with Hyper-V and System Center, you can get a great ROI for your virtualized datacenter.
    • SQL Server: Find out more about Microsoft SQL Server, a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud.

    Register Now before it’s too late to save up to $300 off the standard registration price.*

    *Early Bird Registration ends January 31, 2013; discount is shown in United States Dollars only.

  • We are bringing together the best and brightest security professionals at the second annual Security Development Conference, May 14-15, 2013 at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel. Join us as we spend two days immersed in content covering the latest in security development techniques and processes that can reduce risk and help protect organizations in this rapidly evolving technology landscape.

    Attendees can expect sessions filled with information pertinent to their role in the security industry led by experts in the field. Speakers at SDC 2013 come from a variety of leading security companies giving attendees the opportunity to learn from their peers. Learn more about the SDC 2013 keynote speakers and see why this is an event you can’t afford to miss.


    Brad Arkin, Senior Director of Security, Adobe Secure Software Engineering Team (ASSET)

    Brad Arkin leads the Adobe Secure Software Engineering Team (ASSET) responsible for ensuring Adobe's products are designed, engineered and validated using security best practices, as well as the Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) dedicated to responding to and communicating about security issues. Arkin also oversees the Corporate Standards Group responsible for coordinating Adobe’s involvement with standards bodies such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), as well as the open source and accessibility teams.  

    Scott Charney, Microsoft Corporation, Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing

    Scott Charney serves as Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Trustworthy Computing, Engineering Excellence, and Environmental Sustainability. Trustworthy Computing is Microsoft's effort to help ensure secure, private and reliable computing experiences for everyone. As part of this effort, the Trustworthy Computing team works with business groups throughout the company to ensure their products and services adhere to Microsoft's security and privacy policies. Engineering Excellence is responsible for supporting Microsoft's engineering community by providing Microsoft engineers with learning and development opportunities, as well as by discovering and propagating engineering best practices across the company and into the IT ecosystem. Finally, Environmental Sustainability focuses on using the power of software to help reduce mankind's impact on the environment, as well as managing Microsoft's own environmental footprint.

    Edna Conway, Cisco Systems, Inc., Chief Security Strategist, Global Supply Chain

    Edna M. Conway serves as Cisco’s Chief Security Strategist for the company’s Global Supply Chain. In this capacity, she is leading Cisco’s strategy to assess, monitor, and continuously improve the security of its global value chain. She also leads Cisco’s supply chain cyber protection plan, serving on the company’s Cybersecurity Board and Risk and Resiliency Operating Committee. Conway serves as the Vice-chair of The Open Group’s Trusted Technology Forum, a public-private effort to establish an international standard for trusted technology provider status. She oversees Cisco’s participation in various efforts to deliver international supply chain security and technology standards which meld the goals of the Information & Communication Technology community and its customers’ increasing focus on the integrity of that technology (e.g. ISO, iNEMI, IPC and The Common Criteria).


    Register by March 1st and Save $400 USD*.

    *Early Bird Registration ends March 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm PST; discount is shown in United States Dollars only.