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

  • With the February launch of Microsoft’s Surface Pro across 21 markets, customers can more easily edit, collaborate, and get things done from one device that they use from home, the office, and while on the road. As these new computing scenarios bring potential changes to the workplace through BYOD and user mobility, now is a great time to learn about the key Windows 8 features for IT professionals.

    Get started with 4 MVA courses that provide you with a comprehensive and deep understanding of the Windows 8 OS:

    Exploring Windows 8: Covers key topics for IT Pro’s such as Bit-Locker, client Hyper-V, and Managing Client Access for the Windows Store.

    Planning and Preparing for Windows 8: Learn how to inventory apps and hardware, assess compatibility, and conduct a successful pilot deployment of Windows 8.

    Deploying Windows 8: Use proven best practices and the free tools in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit to streamline your deployment in any size organization.

    Operating & Managing a Secure Windows 8 Environment: Explore security and privacy options using technologies like AppLocker, BitLocker, and Windows Firewall.

    Windows 8 delivers experiences users want, offers new possibilities for mobile productivity, and provides IT with a more secure, easy-to-manage infrastructure.

    Sign-in to MVA to learn more about Windows 8 and visit to learn more about the Surface Windows 8 Pro.

  • We have another great live learning opportunity for developers. Register Now to get an accelerated, live interactive one-day version of a five-day course on C#.This course is tailored for intermediate or seasoned developers looking to refresh or improve their C# skills.

    In typical Jump Start fashion, every stop of this course is example-driven. Microsoft Technical Evangelist Jerry Nixon and Crank211 co-founder, Daren May, will craft sample after sample in real time to show simple and complex techniques you can take back to your workplace.  And these C# concepts and features will help you prepare for the first exam in the MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C# track: exam 70-483.

    Buckle up, it will be fun and fast-paced!

    Date: March 13, 2013
    Time:  8:00am – 5:00pm PST
    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: FREE!

    Learn more and book your spot now!


  • REGISTER TODAY: LIVE EVENT March 14, 2013 8:00am-12:00pm PST

    This live interactive course is designed for IT professionals who need to manage, monitor and automate VMware in their datacenter using System Center 2012 SP1. Get interactive live chats and Q&A with the experts.

    You will learn from four different Microsoft and VMware experts including  Microsoft Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman (MCSE and VMware Certified Professional) about the specific tools available for VMware including:

    • How Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and App Controller run VMware infrastructure, hypervisor and VMs
    • How the Veeam Management Pack for Operations Manager monitors and reports on the VMware
    • How VMware can be integrated and automated using Orchestrator
    • How the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC), a free Solution Accelerator converts VMware-based VMs and disks to Hyper-V

    This half-day course is the third in a three Jump Start series on Microsoft Virtualization. Please visit MVA to view the first two courses in the series which are now available on-demand:

    We look forward to seeing online March 14 and in MVA!

  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials - the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials, provides a powerful and flexible solution that helps protect your data with its advanced, automated backup features and organize & access your business information from virtually anywhere.

    Microsoft Virtual Academy launched a new course this week that helps IT professionals learn how to:

    o   Install and migrate to Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    o   Deploy, manage, and use the new features and technologies

    o   Configure the server for remote access

    o   Troubleshoot common connection issues

    o   Organize and access your business information from virtually anywhere

    o   Manage user accounts and client computers

    o   Manage storage through the creation and management of shared folders

    o   Monitor the health of the server & the connected client computers

    o   Protect your data with the servers' advanced, automated backup features

    Windows Server 2012 Essentials supports the applications you need to run your business and helps you to connect to the cloud services that you need.

    Sign-in to MVA to take this free technical course on Windows Server 2012 Essentials and check back regularly, as new courses are added each month.

  • February is packed with three great developer focused LIVE Jump Starts to help you build great apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 and get noticed in the Windows Store. Register today and get interactive live chats and Q&A with experts and sign up for the Live Event RSS feed to get notices when new live Jump Starts are available.

    Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start 
    February 19, 2013, 8:00am-5:00pm PST                                                

    Instructor Team: Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway
    Tailored for experienced application developers, this Jump Start focuses on real-world scenarios to provide an accelerated introduction to building modern web applications with ASP.NET 4.5 and ASP.NET MVC 4, including how to target key scenarios like building mobile ready websites, social web applications, and targeting modern HTML5 browser features.  Two of Microsoft’s most seasoned ASP.NET speakers, Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway, will leverage a live team-teaching approach

    Get Maximum Code Reuse: Build Apps for Both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Jump Start
    February 21, 2013, 8:00am-12:00pm PST

    Instructor Team: Ben Riga
    This jump start will compare and contrast how you build apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with an eye to understanding how to get maximum code reuse when building for both platforms. You will learn guidance, best practices, patterns and techniques to efficiently deliver apps across both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

    Advanced Windows 8 App Development Using JavaScript Jump Start 
    February 28, 2013, 8:00am-5:00pm PST                                                

    Instructor Team: Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo
    Looking to create Windows 8 apps? This fast-paced Jump Start offers developers advanced skills and techniques for creating apps in the Windows 8 app store; and teaches you how to make your apps standout from others.  We’ll combine both design and development skills, and you’ll learn about supporting the apps you’ve published to the Windows Store. This course also provides accelerated preparation for Exam 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript.