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We’ve had some great authors like Charles Petzold and Ed Bott lead courses on MVA, and now we are really excited to announce that you can download free e-books too!
If you haven’t downloaded a Microsoft Press book yet, check out one of these recent titles.
We’ll keep adding titles to our catalog. Next up will be new books on SQL Server and System Center, so stay tuned!
Get the latest information on System Center 2012 R2 capabilities from Microsoft experts with a series of new MVA courses, including our latest content:
JUST ADDED: System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Management Pack: Expand your Service Pack knowledge by drilling down into the structure, implementation, and development of Management and Service Packs and their tools. Microsoft experts will lead you through 28 modules with staggered release dates. Keep visiting this course as new modules become available.
You can find more System Center courses on the MVA System Center topic page, including these courses:
Download the Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 evaluation for free from the TechNet Evaluation Center, and check out the latest TechNet Virtual Labs, which provide free online experiences allowing you to get hands-on without setting up your own environments:
The MVA team continues to provide IT professionals with the latest training on Windows Server 2012 R2 and has released two new courses:
Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtualization
What’s New in VDI for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1
These courses complement the Windows Server courses released in November:
Windows Server 2012 R2: Networking
Windows Server 2012 R2: Server Management & Automation
Windows Server 2012 R2: Web and Application Platform
Windows Server 2012 R2: Access and Information Protection
View all of the latest courses on Windows Server 2012 on the MVA Windows Server Topic Page and download the Windows Server 2012 R2 evaluation or use our free Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtual Labs to test the product online without installation.
On January 27th we’ll be kicking off a week of Azure training for developers and IT pros with a live demo from Scott Guthrie, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Windows Azure. He’ll build a real world application from scratch, and you’ll see what Windows Azure can do. Then we’ll continue going deep every day that week on topics from architecture and application design to integrating Azure with your infrastructure to building a back end for mobile services. Our top experts, including Scott Hanselman, will be answering questions and focusing on practical techniques and best practices that you can start using in your solutions right away.
Join us for Windows Azure Week
Where: Live, online virtual classroom
On February 4th experts Dmitry Lyalin and Robert Green will teach .NET client LOB app developers how to use their existing skills to move apps to the cloud—easily and securely. We’ll show you best practices for building apps using a services architecture, how to give your apps a modern look, and how to work with the same Active Directory that you already use for authenticated access. See some impressive demos, and get your cloud app questions answered in real time Q&A.
Enterprise Developer Camp Jump Start
Date: February 4, 2014 Time: 9:00am–5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
And, if you want a quick refresher to brush up on your XAML skills before you join us live, take a look at our popular courses XAML Deep Dive for Windows & Windows Phone Apps and Designing Your XAML UI with Blend.
Hope to see you live on February 4th!
As a data buff, I’m really excited about this upcoming course for anyone who’s all about data discovery, visualization, and collaboration. If you're trying to make sense of piles of data, and you're an Excel power user, get ready for Power BI for Office 365 and the new tools that will enable you to provide faster insights to your organization. This demo-rich Jump Start will teach you about Power Query, Power Map, and natural language querying. This live session provides a full-day drilldown into Power BI features and capabilities, led by the team of Microsoft experts who own them.
If you want to see Power BI in action today, check out the Power BI Demo contest entries. I’m still boggling over the implications of the UFO reporting demo. Watching California take the lead over time in UFO sightings wasn’t surprising, but what is going on here in Washington that has us coming in second? After I take this course, I hope to be able to dig in and find out. The truth is out there … in the data.
Faster Insights to Data with SQL Server 2014 Jump Start
Date: February 11, 2014 Time: 9:00am–5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!