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Today, we are thrilled to announce our 2,000,000th member of the MVA community! Alejandro Castaño of Colombia made his commitment to learning last week, and we are very excited to welcome him to our global community. Alejandro shared with us why he joined MVA and we wanted to share it with you: “I signed up for MVA basically to learn everything about game development on Microsoft platforms. I just want to say to all the people out there don't hesitate when you have an opportunity to learn, just go for it.”
On behalf of the entire MVA team, I want to welcome Alejandro, and we will also reward all of the students from his country, Colombia, with bonus MVA points. Keep learning along with him! To show our thanks and support, Alejandro will also receive an Xbox One for helping us reach this incredible milestone. We are looking forward to continue to watch our community grow and hit the next one! Help us celebrate by sharing with us why you love MVA in the comments below and any advice you might have for Alejandro!
On behalf of the entire MVA team we are excited and humbled that so many people are choosing to learn with us from so many countries around the world. In a little over a year your numbers have doubled. We now have 1M people a month visiting MVA with some of our largest traffic coming from India, Latin America, Brazil, Russia and the United States.
You are one thirsty global village of learners too! Since MVA started look at how much learning you have done!
We applaud you all for making a commitment to learning, developing and advancing your careers, and we look forward to delivering tons more training to you and everyone yet to join! Those of us who work on MVA feed off of seeing your diligence and hard work. We share your passion about technology, and it’s super exciting for us to see so many people exploring our courses and spending time (in some cases lots and lots of time) to get skilled up.
It’s one of our guiding principles at MVA that “Our community will embrace you whether your goal is to develop proficiency across multiple topics or simply to answer a single question” and it’s been great to see how true that has been in our live Jump Start chat rooms, on our Twitter feed and in comment threads like this one from Facebook.
Please continue to share your enthusiasm and to encourage each other to continue putting in the effort. Our new CEO Satya is excited too. :)
Stay tuned for the announcement next week of who finally took us past the 2,000,000 member milestone and to find out which lucky entire country of MVA members will be getting bonus MVA points!
And keep the feedback coming on how we can improve the MVA site and experience.
Are you at TechEd North America in Houston this week? If so, stop by the Resource Zone to connect with the teams at the Certification & Training and Microsoft Communities booth. We're looking forward to meeting you!
At this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps off a range of new products and services, and we cannot wait to talk about—and demo—some of the remarkable new capabilities and functionalities we are going to deliver to the IT and developer industry.
Don’t miss Keynote speaker Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Server and System Center and other sessions, such as:
Hybrid cloud solutions help you easily extend on-premises networks to embrace the power and scale of the cloud. These solutions can help solve pressing IT issues, and they can be implemented today with Microsoft Azure, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2012 R2. Try these new virtual labs and guided experiences to get hands-on with hybrid cloud solutions you can implement right away.
System Center 2012 R2: Quick Product Overview
System Center 2012 R2: Lab 1 & 2 – Infrastructure Provisioning & Management with Virtual Machine Manager
System Center 2012 R2: Lab 3 – Infrastructure Monitoring with Operations Manager, Data Protection Manager & Configuration Manager
System Center 2012 R2: Lab 4 - Automation & Self-Service with Orchestrator & Service Manager
System Center 2012 R2: Lab 5 - IT Service Management with Service Manager
System Center 2012 R2: Lab 6 - Application Management with App Controller, Operations Manager & Advisor
Multi Server Management in Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2: Introduction to Failover Clustering
Demo 1.1 Getting Started with the Microsoft Azure Management Portal
Demo 1.2 Getting Started with Microsoft Azure and PowerShell
Demo 2.1 Provision a New Affinity Group
Demo 2.2 Provision a New Storage Account By Using the Management Portal
Demo 2.3 Provision a New Storage Account By Using Windows PowerShell
Demo 4.1 Provision Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines By Using the Management
Demo 4.2 Configure Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines By Using the Management Portal
Demo 4.3 Configure Virtual Machine Auto-Scaling By Using the Management Portal
Demo 4.4 Capture Custom Virtual Machine Images By Using the Management Portal
Demo 4.5a Provision Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines By Using Windows PowerShell
Demo 4.5b Configure Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines By Using Windows PowerShell
Demo 4.5c Export and Import Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines By Using Windows PowerShell
Demo 4.5d Manage Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Checkpoints By Using Windows PowerShell
Demo 5 Monitor Virtual Machines By Using the Management Portal
Demo 6.1 Getting Started with Microsoft Azure Active Directory
Demo 6.2 Configure Multi-Factor Authentication in Microsoft Azure Active Directory
For the latest information about TechNet evaluations, virtual labs and guided experiences, follow @MicrosoftTrials on Twitter.
If you’re a developer who needs to ramp up for projects working closely with marketers to increase traffic, we have two live training sessions coming up designed just for you. We’ve linked up with leading industry experts, from Cardinal Path and Microsoft, who will walk you through the advantages of using Bing Ads, offer tips to help you move beyond basic search, and highlight tools to help improve your account's performance on your way to success.
Whether you’re a cloud developer or an online marketer, have a well-established website or are starting a new business, you’ll gain valuable insight in these two sessions. Learn search engine marketing best practices, the value of a proper keyword search, backlink strategies, and more. You can even prepare for a Bing Ads Accredited Professional certification.
From 9am‒1pm PDT, join us for the “Bing Ads” Jump Start (May 20) and for the “Bing Search Engine Optimization” Jump Start (May 21). Be sure to bring your questions to these informative and entertaining sessions.
Bing Ads Jump Start & Bing Search Engine Optimization Jump Start
Date: May 20 & 21, 2014 Time: 9:00am–1:00pm PDT Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!