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  • Update July 31: This course will now be delivered on September 30 and October 1. Hope to see you there!

    Learn how to use the skills you already have to develop universal Windows apps for today’s mobile workforce and consumer marketplace. Microsoft experts Jerry Nixon and Daren May will show you how to build an app using tools and techniques that will save yourself valuable time and give you a dramatic advantage as a developer targeting both Windows and Windows Phone devices.

    You’ll find out what’s smart to share and what’s not as Jerry and Daren demo a broad range of features covering both consumer and enterprise scenarios. You’ll also see how the built-in code generation tools in Visual Studio can be used to automatically build out hundreds of classes and thousands of lines of code.

    If you want to get started today, you can download emulators, SDKs, toolkits, and code samples from the Windows Dev Center.

    Plan to attend the two-day event, or check the schedule and just drop in on the topics that interest you.

    Developing Universal Windows Apps (C#/XAML) Jump Start

    Date:  September 30 and October 1, 2014
    Time: 9:00am–5:00pm
    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: Free!

    Register now!

  • The one year countdown to end of support for Windows Server 2003 has begun, and we are here to help you plan for the challenges that will present. Upgrade paths can often be confusing, and moving existing services from versions that cannot be upgraded can carry significant risk. Windows Server 2012 R2 provides many options for upgrading and migrating that the IT Pro can use to ensure seamless transition to this new server platform. Join our latest free Jump Start, “Migrating Legacy Windows Server to 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure,” on July 24, 2014, from 9am–1pm PDT, to explore these tools. Learn how Windows Server 2012 R2 can ease your transition, not merely in upgrading earlier versions of Windows Server, but also ensuring that key services can be migrated in an efficient, cost-effective, and safe manner. You’ll also get a look at how to migrate your on-premises workloads to Microsoft Azure virtual machines to create a truly hybrid cloud environment.

    Course Outline

    • Introduction to Windows Server On-Premises Migration Tools​
    • Active Directory Migration
    • Migrating Windows Server 2003 Workloads to Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Migrating WSUS to Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Migrating Clustering to Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Migrating Hyper-V VMs to Microsoft Azure

    Migrating Legacy Windows Server to 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure

    Date:  July 24, 2014
    Time: 9am–1pm PDT
    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: Free!

    Register now!

  • Join us on July 16 & 17 when we’ll show IT Pros how Windows Azure Pack (WAP) builds on the power of Windows Server and System Center to deliver an enterprise-class, cost-effective solution for self-service, multi-tenant cloud infrastructure and application services—a solution that runs on the hardware in your data center. For both service providers looking to support more customers and for enterprises looking for the flexibility and cost savings of a cloud environment, we’ll focus on WAP’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) including self-service and automation of virtual machine roles, virtual networking, clouds, and SQL Server, along with System Center and third-party integration.

    Microsoft experts Andrew Zeller and Symon Perriman will share lots of helpful demos and real world examples that will speed your journey to the cloud. And be sure to bring your questions for the live Q&A!  

    Windows Azure Pack: Infrastructure as a Service Jump Start

    Date:  July 16 & 17, 2014
    Time: 9am–1pm PDT
    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: Free!

    Register now!