Microsoft Virtual Academy

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    The second annual Security Development Conference will bring some of the best and brightest information security professionals to San Francisco, May 14-15, 2013. Learn about proven security development practices through interactions with peers, industry luminaries and other organizations. Sessions will cover the latest security development techniques and processes that can reduce risk and help protect organizations in this rapidly evolving technology landscape.

    Act now and get this limited time offer; register for just $300 by using this discount code: IND@SDC#12

    Industry Experts

    The 2013 Security Development Conference would like to welcome our featured speakers: Scott Charney, Corporate VP Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft; Edna M Conway, Chief Security Strategist Global Supply Chain, Cisco Systems; Brad Arkin, Senior Director of Security Adobe Secure Software, Engineering Team (ASSET). Join us in learning about their experiences and how they strategically align their business’ security in a chaotic marketplace.

    Agenda & Content

    This year we are excited to bring you even more expert knowledge to help you effectively manage your business’ security. Conference specialty tracks target three different types of professionals: Engineers, Project Management, and Leadership. Combining keynotes from thought leaders as well as specialized breakout sessions, this conference is a can’t-miss for security professionals at any level. 

    Join us in San Francisco.

  • On April 3, MVA will launch the first in a monthly series of free, live online Q&A sessions led by members of our Microsoft technical evangelist team. Space is limited. Register now.

    Due to the popularity of the three courses we recently published to MVA covering Microsoft’s approach to virtualization, we decided to ask Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman and Principal Program Manager Jeff Woolsey to host the first edition.

    These live, audience-led discussions are geared toward IT pros who are new to virtualization, have questions about Hyper-V, or are interested in learning how to better leverage the Windows Server 2012 platform, Hyper-V and System Center 2012 SP1. Attendees can get answers to their questions on technical capabilities, get advice for using products in a live environment; and learn from their peers and industry veterans like Symon and Jeff.

    We hope you enjoy this opportunity! Registration for MVA Live Q&A is now open: Register now.


    virtualization expert Symon PerrimanSymon Perriman is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft and holds several patents and certifications, including MCSE Private Cloud, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and VMware Certified Professional (VCP). He is a recognized industry expert in datacenter management, cloud, virtualization, high-availability, disaster recovery, mobile technologies and social media. Symon has contributed to four technical books for virtualization, server, clustering and SQL; co-hosts the ‘Edge Show’ for IT Professionals; and has had technologies featured in PC Magazine.


    Jeff WoolseyJeff Woolsey is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft Corp. for Windows Server and Cloud, and the leading expert on Virtualization and Private Cloud. Jeff plays a leading role in the Windows Server Engineering team, helping to shape the design requirements for Windows Server 8, System Center 2012, and Hyper-V. Jeff hosts customers from across the world for Executive Briefings on Private Cloud, and is an authority on ways customers can benefit from virtualization, management, and cloud computing across public, private, and hybrid environments. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from Microsoft’s senior authority on Virtualization and Private Cloud.


  • Where do you want your career to go? It's a question that many of us ask ourselves as we chart our IT career path, whether we're just starting out or years on the job. One response to that question: Go where the jobs are.

    Join Microsoft for a free live, interactive webcast on the growing need and opportunities for cloud-trained IT professionals—March 12, 2013 starting at 8:30am PST
    Space is limited - register here today!

    Why should you attend?

    A new study by market intelligence firm IDC reveals global businesses are adopting cloud computing at an escalating rate, with fewer “cloud ready” IT professionals available to administer cloud computing services.
    ⦁ One in four IT positions worldwide are currently unfilled and 28% of those are cloud computing related
    ⦁ That's more than 1.7 million open positions; In 2015, an estimated 7 million job computing jobs will be vacant.

    Why vacant? Hiring managers can't find "cloud-skilled" IT candidates, citing a lack of training, certification and experience as the top reasons cloud computing positions are not filled. To bridge this IT cloud skills gap, employers need professionals—just like you—with the right set of skills that will help business move forward. It feels like an opportunity, doesn't it?

    What is it?

    Certified Career Day is an interactive, LIVE panel discussion with IT industry experts who will be your Cloud career counselors for the day, providing you with guidance to help advance your career to the Cloud.

    We've scheduled a full day of events featuring leading experts in the IT and cloud computing industry (all times are Pacific Standard Time):

    ⦁ 8:30am Virtual Doors Open.
    Get behind-the-scenes commentary.

    ⦁ 9:00-10:15 Live Industry Panel Broadcast.
    An live panel discussion with IT industry experts who will be your Cloud career counselors for the day, providing you with guidance to help advance your career to the Cloud.

    ⦁ 10:15-10:30 Special Guest Interview with Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Technical Fellow.
    In this exclusive interview with Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, Wes Miller, VP of Research at Directions on Microsoft, will bring this discussion to the technology level as they explore the challenges organizations will encounter when migrating workloads to the cloud and the key capabilities IT professionals and organizations will need as they make this transition.

    ⦁ 10:30-11:30 Windows Server Live Product Session.
    Join Microsoft Product Specialists Rick Claus and Joey Snow for a special session to help you better understand how to the get the training you need to transform your IT operations and deliver a whole new level of business value.

    ⦁ 11:35–12:35 SQL Server 2012 Live Product Session.
    Join Microsoft Product Specialists Dandy Weyn and Jennifer Moser for a deep dive into this data platform and explore mission critical evidence, breakthrough insights and cloud on your terms. You will gain an understanding of the Business Intelligence scenarios SQL Server 2012 delivers to organizations and what training you need now, to help enable this capability.

    Check out the full agenda at --space is limited, so register today!

  • Creative minds, we need your help!


    On April 3, we’ll launch the first in a monthly series of free Q&A sessions led by Microsoft technical evangelists – beginning with a virtualization session hosted by Symon Perriman.

    What do you think we should name these interactive events?


    The live, audience-led discussions will focus on a specific technical topic or follow-up to recent MVA courses like Virtualization, App Development, or System Center 2012. This is your chance to ask questions about technical capabilities, get advice for using products in a live environment, and learn from your peers in the industry and the experts at Microsoft.


    Feel free to post your ideas below, share them on our Facebook page, or post your response to Twitter using the #MSOfficeHrs hashtag.


    We’ll announce our new event name on Wed, March 13.