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  • It’s been really fun to get input from our community about the Windows app we are planning for MVA, and among the features and scenarios we’ve heard requested, keeping it personal and keeping it fresh have been frequently recurring themes: what new courses are available? Can you notify me about the events I’ve registered for? Has someone surpassed my point total and moved me down in the rankings? Can you take me with one click to where I left off in the course I’m currently taking? Because Windows 8 is designed to enable immersive content experiences, we’ll be able to make those types of scenarios even easier for users in our app than in our desktop browser experience. With live tiles and badges, you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off in your current course with a single click right from your Start screen without even have to open a browser and navigate to our site. We’ll also use live tiles to feature upcoming events so that you know when an interesting course is coming. And we’ll be able to provide you a countdown tile for the events you are registered for so you can be sure to block the time to attend. We’re still fleshing out the scenarios around points but we certainly have a group of users who love to compete, and we’ll be making it easier to keep tabs on your rankings.

    If you’re thinking about using live tiles in your own apps, we’ve got courses that cover them from a couple angles. Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start covers how to go about planning and creating an app from a designer’s point of view. Microsoft’s Chris Mayo and Brandy Porter of Big Nerd Ranch walk through every aspect of Windows app design using examples from their demo app The Contoso Cookbook. But if you want to just jump right into tiles then start with module 8 Tiles and Notifications which will teach you what users see, how they discern when the content on a tile is live and how to reflect your brand with a tile. If you are C# developer, then you’ll want to check out Jerry Nixon and Daren May leading you through tiles in module 7 of Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C# Jump Start. They dive into some great detail about tiles and toast notifications, and you’ll want to download the slides for that module so that you’ve got their sample code as well.

    You  should also check out these other resources

    If you’ve got requests for what you’d like the MVA Windows app to do, or if you’ve got other helpful resources and examples to share, please leave a comment below!

  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) is part of the System Center family. It delivers unified data protection for Windows servers such as SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization (Hyper-V) and file servers -- as well as Windows desktops and laptops. DPM 2012 provides the best protection and most supportable restore scenarios from disk, tape and cloud — in a scalable, reliable, manageable and cost-effective way. Learn the basics of how to install and use DPM through the Administrator Console or the Management Shell.  System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) provides near-continuous data protection and data recovery in a Microsoft Windows environment. It uses Shadow Copy technology for continuous backups. 

    Ready for more System Center 2012 SP1 features? Learn how to set up Chargeback and Reporting  in these recent labs.

    Virtual Labs are free, hands-on learning environments—no complicated installation

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    Backup and Recovery of File Server using
      System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1

    This Lab will cover DPM (Data Protection Manager) 2012 from a technical point of view.  You will explore the changes, enhancements and additions from DPM 2010. The main focus of the Lab will be the backup and recovery of File Server which include the Installation of DPM agents,  Navigating DPM 2012 using the new user experience UI, Creation of Storage Pool and Protection Group by using DPM Administrator Console as well as DPM Management Shell.

    How to try this solution, full-featured, and at no cost?

    System Center 2012 R2 builds on System Center 2012  to enable at-scale management of major Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities, including Hyper-V Replica, dynamic VHDX resize, and Storage Spaces. Trial System Center 2012 R2 Preview at the TechNet Evaluation Center.

    Useful Resources

  • Microsoft System Center 2012 provides a common toolset to manage infrastructure and applications across private, hosted, and public clouds. In these new virtual labs, you will get started with initial configuration of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). You will configure a System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 infrastructure to prepare the environment for subsequent activities that demonstrate the management, reporting, and administrative capabilities of the System Center 2012 SP1 products. Learn to install the Operations Manager (OpsMgr) and enhance VMWare hosts with VMM.  Enhance the management and reporting of the virtual machine environment and install the System Center 2012 SP1 – Operations Manager (OpsMgr) agent and configure it to integrate VMM with OpsMgr.  Find out how to integrate Orchestrator to enable workflow automation of a VM Ware environment.

    Ready for next steps?  Learn basic customizations for Operations Manager in these recent labs.

    Virtual Labs are free, hands-on learning environments—no complicated installation

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    Activities in these labs include performing an initial configuration of System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to manage and provision virtual machines by adding Hyper-V host groups and Hyper-V servers in addition to configuring a library server to store re-usable components. To enhance the management and reporting of the virtual machine environment, you will install the System Center 2012 SP1 – Operations Manager (OpsMgr) agent and configure it to integrate VMM with OpsMgr. You will add a third party custom Operations  Manager Management Pack that will enhance the management of VMware hosts and  virtual machines using Virtual Machine Manager. Finally, you will add a System Center 2012 SP1 – Orchestrator integration to enable workflow automation of a VMware environment.

    Note: the lab spins up two windows: one is the lab
      environment, and the second is the step-by-step guide documentation.

    How to try this solution, full-featured, and at no cost?

    System Center 2012 R2 builds on System Center 2012 to enable at-scale management of major Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities, including Hyper-V Replica, dynamic VHDX resize, and Storage Spaces. Trial System Center 2012 R2 Preview at the TechNet Evaluation Center.  (You can also still downnload System Center 2012 SP1 at the TechNet Evaluation Center).

    Useful Resources

    • TechNet Radio:“Building a Private Cloud with System Center SP1” Building a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Introduction
    • TechNet Library: System Requirements for System Center 2012 SP1
    • Upgrade guide: Update from earlier versions to System Center 2012 SP1 (Includes ConfigMan, Endpoint Protection, Data Protection Manager, Orchestrator, Service Manager, and VMM)
    • System Center Team Blog: Find out what’s new

     

  • After you’ve learned the fundamentals with us on July 18, be sure you sign up for part two of our Mastering PowerShell series,  Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0 , so you can dive deep. Find out how to turn your real time management and automation scripts into useful reusable tools and cmdlets. Jeffrey Snover, the inventor of PowerShell and Jason Helmick, Senior Technologist at Concentrated Technology, will discuss the best patterns and practices for building and maintaining tools and provide special tips and tricks along the way. Don’t miss it!

    Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0 | Register Now

    Date: August 1, 2013
    Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (PDT)

    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: Free!

  • Vote to decide who will be the MVA Fast Track Challenge winner.

    Everyone has a different learning path, but it is always our hope that the training we provide through Microsoft Virtual Academy will be of value to you. What I learned from your MVA Fast Track Challenge stories is that for some our training is a boost in skills and knowledge to finish a project or pass a certification exam. It can also be the difference you needed to get a promotion or to be inspired to change your career path.

    I was excited by each of your stories, as was the rest of the MVA team. Thank you to everyone who entered! While we are not able to feature all of our entries this time, we are thrilled to share five as our MVA Fast Track Challenge finalists:

    • Abhishek Nandy (India): Fulfilling his dream of developing software.
    • Ranjan Biswas (United States): Getting recognition on the job and in Windows Store.
    • Joni Nieminen (Finland): Being hired for the system specialist job he always wanted.
    • Ben Tolliday (Australia): Making more money as a network manager before changing to software development.
    • Shivam Chopra (India): Skilling up on web app skills for job success.

    We have created a Facebook community tab where you can:

    • Find out the finalists’ learning paths (MVA courses they took) and successful approaches for career advancement.
    • Vote on one of the finalists whose story inspires you (and view which finalist has the leading edge!)
    • Stay connected with us and the community through our Twitter feed.

    Note that you don’t have to be a registered MVA member to vote nor is it necessary for you to “like” us on Facebook or “follow” us on Twitter. Of course, we would love it if you joined our global community!

    Let the voting begin!

  • The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a suite of technologies available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers. Learn how to utilize MDOP technologies to help virtualize the user experience, applications, and Windows, manage features within Windows, and restore user productivity after a system issue. Several components are updated in this release, including the User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) using Configuration Manager 2012.

    In this lab, you will learn about roaming OS settings, application settings, and managing UE-V using Configuration Manager 2012. Find out how smart synchronization policies determine when and where to synch application and OS settings, helping ensure seamless personalization and quick loading.

    Virtual Labs are free, hands-on learning environments—no complicated installation

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     TechNet Virtual Lab: MDOP User Experience
    Virtualization Overview

     After completing this lab, you will be better able to:

    • Understand Roaming OS Settings
    • Understand Roaming Application Settings
    • Understand Roaming non-default applications with template files
    • Manage UEV with Configuration Manager 2012

    Deploy with Windows 8 Enterprise Edition
    MDOP helps manage Windows features, simplify deployments through virtualization, and restore user productivity after a system issue. Trial Windows 8 at the TechNet Evaluation Center.

    Useful Resources

    • TechNet Library: What is the MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack)? 
    • Server and Cloud Platform Forums
    • Which licensed edition of System Center 2012 is right for you? Find out in this top-rated MVA course
  • Ready to learn about new features in System Center 2012 R2? Get to know the new capabilities across System Center 2012 R2 and its “cloud first” focus by downloading the 180-day, preview evaluation at the TechNet Evaluation Center. Find out how Microsoft delivers a comprehensive cloud and data center management solution across your on-premises environments, hosting service providers, and Windows Azure.

    The software trial is free, easy to install, and the full-featured download is your way to test out new enhancements in System Center 2012 R2 including:

    • Storage transformation – System Center 2012 R2 breakthrough performance at a fraction of the cost
      
    • Virtualization and live migration – this newest release provides an integrated and high-performance virtualization platform

    Preview these features and more in tandem with our well-rated MVA Jumpstart videos for System Center 2012 R2 and get guidance and information on new features. 

     

    Resources and information to get started with your free, full-featured System Center 2012R2 Preview Evaluation are now available:

    • Evaluation guide for System Center 2012R2 and the Windows Azure Pack, including App Controller, Configuration Manager, Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager, Orchestrator, Service Manager, and Virtual Machine Manager
    • Installation and Deployment Virtual Labs   – System Center 2012: free, hands-on learning environments with no complicated installation.

    • In the Cloud” Blog: Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server & System Center, shares cloud insights and information on new innovations.
    • Interested in other Microsoft technologies available for free, hands- on trial? Visit us at the TechNet Evaluation Center, where you can not only find top downloads, but see language and format availability as well. The TechNet Evaluation Center is your resource for full-featured evaluations at no cost.