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If you are considering a move to the cloud, you may need to re-think your approach to all aspects of your business—including marketing, IT purchases, sales compensation, and customer relationship management. The Cloud Profitability Program (CPP) scales Microsoft insights on cloud via virtual events and on-demand resources, with the goal to help Microsoft partners build and grow their cloud practices. The program is designed for traditional and hybrid businesses, C-level and business decision makers (BDMs) at large partner organizations, and companies which deliver project-based, managed, and IP services.

The weekly Cloud Profitability web series features streaming videos to help Microsoft partners learn how to become profitable in the cloud. In addition, a cloud subject matter expert is on hand to answer live questions via a Q&A chat. The sessions take place every Wednesday at 8:30am Pacific Time and last a little less than an hour. You only need to sign up once to register for the complete series. Watch for a reminder one day prior to each session start.

9am–5pm PDT April 1, 2015

Developers, would you like to automate more of your workflow and streamline your day-to-day projects? Join entertaining and informative experts Jeremy Foster and Adam Tuliper for a high-level look at package managers, workflow automation tools, and build tools. And find out how to take advantage of the efficient continuous integration capabilities in Microsoft Azure.

9am–5pm PDT April 7, 2015

Join a team of experts to explore Microsoft Azure DocumentDB, a schema-free JSON document database, from theoretical concepts to code demos and hands-on labs. Learn how to set up metrics and charts, optimize a data model, and scale out across machines. All you have to do is connect!

9am–10am PDT April 8, 2015

Learn from independent expert David Chappell about the amazing things that businesses are doing with Microsoft Azure data offerings. Check out running an ordinary DBMS in an Azure Virtual Machine, using the managed relational service provided by SQL Database, working with various NoSQL services, and more.

8am–12pm (or watch from 11pm–3am PDT) April 23, 2015

​If you're balancing flexibility and security in your enterprise mobility solutions, explore the latest mobility features in Microsoft Intune, a born-in-the-cloud device management solution, including how you can integrate with existing endpoint management solutions like System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Look at BYOD, mobile device management (MDM), and mobile app management (MAM).

11pm–3am (or catch the original at 8am PDT) April 23, 2015

​If you're balancing flexibility and security in your enterprise mobility solutions, explore the latest mobility features in Microsoft Intune, a born-in-the-cloud device management solution, including how you can integrate with existing endpoint management solutions like System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Look at BYOD, mobile device management (MDM), and mobile app management (MAM).

8am–12pm (or watch from 11pm–3am PDT) May 14, 2015

Learn how Azure Rights Management Services (RMS) gives you control over your data, even beyond the office walls. Find out what you need to finally implement a proper information management system in time for Windows 10. Get the details on how to manage your organization's most critical information, regardless of device, so you can stop worrying about sensitive email or document leaks.

11pm–3am (or catch the original at 8am PDT) May 14, 2015

Learn how Azure Rights Management Services (RMS) gives you control over your data, even beyond the office walls. Find out what you need to finally implement a proper information management system in time for Windows 10. Get the details on how to manage your organization's most critical information, regardless of device, so you can stop worrying about sensitive email or document leaks.

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This course focuses on how using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 can help your business build, deploy, and maintain a private cloud. After completing these three modules you will have learnt about the Virtual Machine Manager 2012 product, and the features it utilizes to build and support the virtualized and physical resources that are part of your private cloud infrastructure. The course will also expose you to cloud computing at the business level, from the perspective of Virtual Machine Manager 2012, and show how to extend that knowledge to the technical level. The last module will show you how to manage applications within your private cloud using Virtual Machine Manager 2012 to deploy, update, and manage them. At the end, we will have illustrated how using Virtual Machine Manager 2012 as part of your private cloud infrastructure will benefit both your organization and the IT Pro.

49 Points
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This course provides an overview of the new System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product. After completing this course, you will understand the features that enable System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to:

  • Easily distribute applications to users, regardless of device or form factor.
  • Perform software updates.
  • Device management improvements.

The course will also cover how System Center 2012 Configuration Manager makes it easier to service the rapidly growing number of connected devices in your organization, such as smartphones, tablets, and virtual machines, through centralized global configuration management.

These System Center 2012 training modules will also show you the changes that help simplify the configuration and management of the infrastructure, how to use System Center Configuration Manager to gain insight to and control IT systems through easier maintenance, improved security and simplified configuration, as well as a number of other new features and updates to self-service application delivery, integrated settings management, antivirus management, UNIX and Linux support, compliance improvements, security updates, the new GUI, and much more!

Explore our SCCM 2012 training online to take your skills and knowledge to the next level.

71 Points
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This Cloud Training course focuses on how using technologies and tools from Microsoft can help your business build, deploy, and maintain a private cloud. You will learn about the core Windows Server products, and how to use them to build and support the virtualized and physical resources that are part of your private cloud infrastructure. You will be exposed to common cloud computing configuration and management practices, as well as technical details to help you be successful in building a private cloud for your business. Lastly, you will learn how using tools and technologies from Microsoft as part of your private cloud will benefit both your organization and you as the IT professional.

22 Points
Level 200
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This course focuses on how using Microsoft System Center can help you build, deploy and manage a private cloud infrastructure. In this Cloud Computing & Management course you will learn about the features System Center offers for building and supporting the virtualized and physical resources that are part of your private cloud infrastructure.
 
You will understand Microsoft’s vision for cloud computing, from the business perspective to the technical level. Lastly, you will learn how to use tools such as VMM 2012 to deploy, update, and manage applications within your private cloud. The course will illustrate how using System Center as part of your private cloud infrastructure will benefit both your organization and you as the IT professional.

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This Private Cloud Training course focuses on how using Microsoft System Center can help you build, deploy, and manage the service-oriented architecture of the Microsoft private cloud.

You will understand Microsoft’s vision for cloud computing from the services standpoint and how using new components of the System Center product, specifically the Orchestrator and Service Manager components, enable you to deploy, update, and manage service offerings within your private cloud. The course will illustrate how using the service management features of System Center as part of your private cloud infrastructure will benefit both your organization and you as the IT professional.

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Deploying a new desktop operating system can seem like a daunting task. In addition, sorting through the wealth of information about a Windows deployment can be overwhelming. This track provides a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to each phase in the Windows 7 deployment process; from application compatibility testing and volume activation, to image creation and data migration.

Get what you need to understand the tools, processes, and best practices that will help make your Windows 7 deployment a success.

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Level 200
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​Every IT Professional and Business Decision maker looks for ways to understand their organization's data in ways that enable them to provide insights to their business. This course is designed to show you how Microsoft SQL Server 2012 can do just that. The 7 modules of this course will teach you:

- What's new in Microsoft StreamInsight
- Symmetric Multiprocessing to Parallel Data Warehouse
- Using columnstore technology to revolutionize your query performance
- SQL Server Integration Services
- SQL Server Fast Track for data warehouse for dramatic speed improvements
- Going beyond relational data management into the realm of unstructured and spatial data management

You will learn how Microsoft is teaming up with our hardware partners to provide best practices for SQL Server deployment and how SQL Server 2012 will allow you to create a scalable data warehouse that will give you breakthrough insights to even your unstructured data.

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74 Points
Level 200
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This Microsoft SQL Server Training is designed to train IT professionals and developers how and when to move their database solutions to the cloud. The name really says it all, it’s how to migrate to the cloud on your terms and have the ability to scale on demand, not just scale up but to scale down as your business and marketing conditions dictate. The 3 modules of this course will teach you:

- Virtualization in the Private Cloud (two parts)
- Beyond the Hype - Hybrid Solutions for On-Premise and In-Cloud Database Applications

You will learn how to Microsoft SQL Server fits into your organization’s virtualization strategy and how you can have the best of on-premise and cloud-based solutions.

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44 Points
Level 300
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Having a comprehensive database solution is important to any organization— – but being able to report out on the data and visualize it in ways that provide breakthrough insights is even better. This Microsoft SQL server Server training course is designed for to help IT professionals understand how to implement the new features of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services that will enable them to provide insightful and visual reports. The 9 modules of this Microsoft SQL Server training course will teach you:

- An introduction to Self-Service Alerting
- What’s new in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services and PowerPivot
- How to use Power View for insightful visual reports
- How to build great Business Intelligence Semantic Models for Power View
- How to Ddeploying and managinge PowerPivot in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 for SharePoint
- A deeper understanding of PowerPivot in Microsoft SQL Server 2012
- How to install and configure Reporting Services in SharePoint Integration mode
- An overview of Reporting Services in Microsoft SQL Azure
- What's new with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services

You will learn how to gain valuable insights from the reports that you create, how to create interactive visual reports and presentations as well as how to move on-premise reports to the cloud using SQL Azure Reporting tools. To learn how to use SQL Server 2012, enroll today.

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119 Points
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This course provides IT Professionals and business decision makers with a comprehensive look at the capabilities of Microsoft SQL Server as they pertain to creating reliable, secure and robust Mission Critical applications. The 9 modules of this course will teach you:

- Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Security enhancements
- Microsoft SQL Server 2012 High Availability and Disaster Recovery Design Patterns, Architectures and Best Practices using AlwaysOn
- T-SQL Cookbook - Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enhancements
- Mission Critical application testing with Distributed Replay 
- AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances and other High Availability enhancements
- Improve Application Availability Using AlwaysOn - A Deep Dive Into Availability Groups
- AlwaysOn - Active Secondary Part 1 - Readable Secondary
- AlwaysOn - Active Secondary Part 2 - Enabling Backup On Secondary Replicas
- Using The Power Of Extended Events For Tracing And Troubleshooting 

You will learn how Microsoft SQL Server can give you confidence to build mission-critical applications that are reliable and secure.

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104 Points
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The Microsoft Solution Accelerators (SAs) are free out-of-band tools and utilities which can be downloaded to enhance existing Microsoft technologies. This Microsoft private cloud course provides an overview of six of the most common SAs used in datacenters, highly virtualized environments and private clouds. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) will analyze and help configure the environment. The SCVMM Self-Service Portal (SSP) and Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) provide enhanced management for Hyper-V virtual machines. The Security & Compliance Manger (SCM) and Data Classification Toolkit (DCT) help maintain a healthy and secure environment. By the end of this course you will have a new set of tools you can utilize to plan, deploy, manage and secure your virtualized datacenter or Private Cloud infrastructure.

74 Points
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​This course focuses on proving an overview of the Microsoft cloud technologies and how using these technologies can help your business build, deploy, and maintain a private cloud. Module 2 will provide an infrastructure overview and how to use System Center 2012 to provision a private cloud. We will examine the set of tools available to you to configure and deploy infrastructure components; enabling you to deliver IT as a Service. The third module will provide an overview of the tools in System Center 2012 used to manage the underlying resources to achieve predictable application service delivery, and how to keep your applications running healthy by improving performance and monitoring.

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​In this course, we will discuss how the System Center 2012 Orchestrator and Service Manager components enable you to deploy, automate, update, and manage service offerings within your private cloud. Microsoft’s approach to self-service delivery will be discussed, and how System Center responds to end-user service requests. We will cover methods to challenging operational issues, and how using Orchestrator and Service Manager can allow the IT Pro to automate, standardize and offer self-service IT processes in the private cloud.

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In this training course, we will provide an overview of System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and how its functionality can help drive higher value from your existing IT assets by leveraging a single console. In addition, we will discuss how to use customizable dashboards in System Center Operations Manager to monitor and manage your physical, virtual, networking, application, and cloud resources

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This module will help you discover the benefits of this useful new software assurance benefit from Microsoft. We will explain the benefits of Advisor and how it can be used to optimize your installations of Windows Server, and Server Workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft SharePoint. You will also understand Advisor’s high-level architecture for optimizing data security, privacy, and control, all delivered through a user-friendly cloud service. Additionally, we will show how to use the Advisor service to proactively avoid problems, resolve issues faster, and reduce downtime. We will show you how to make the most use out of this tool to help you better manage your data center and cloud infrastructure.

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This course will provide an overview of System Center 2012 Licensing programs. We will look at these programs in the context of Microsoft private cloud solutions, and how the combination of the Windows Server 2008 operating system and System Center enables you to obtain the most cost effective licensing you need for your private cloud. As System Center 2012 is being delivered as an integrated private cloud management solution, we will analyze the server management license transition programs for existing System Center users. Further, we will discuss specific Microsoft licensing programs such as the Enrollment for Core Infrastructure, and how licensing for private cloud solutions maximizes your private cloud value while simplifying purchasing.

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This course will outline how you can use System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager to protect your private cloud. You will learn how to use new capabilities to recover your infrastructure due to failures in the datacenter. We will demonstrate how DPM can be used to back-up and recover several common Microsoft server products, and subsequently how using DPM can provide increased service levels in your environment. Additionally, we will show how DPM works with other System Center products including Orchestrator, Operations Manager, and Virtual Machine Manager to ensure high availability of your cloud environment.

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This presentation provides an introduction to System Center 2012 and the Microsoft private cloud solution. You will see how System Center 2012 brings together data center management and the benefits of private cloud services in a single product. We will show how using this product will enable your business to respond better to challenges and opportunities by having a more agile and responsive IT resource. In addition, we will discuss Microsoft’s approach to the private cloud, and provide an overview of the key System Center 2012 components that are a part of this vision. Each of the components will be introduced and we will discuss how each will help you drive higher value from your existing IT assets.

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Learn how Microsoft can help you responsibly enable this vision to “Consumerize the IT” inside your company, by safely enabling employees to work and communicate anywhere, anytime, on a device of their choice. The first overview module is designed to paint the entire picture at a 200 level and then the remaining modules are designed to give you 300 level knowledge for specific scenarios across the various products which relate to Consumerization of IT (i.e. how to configure MDM in SCCM 2012). This course is NOT designed to make you an expert in each product all-up after the base is installed (i.e. you won't know how to architect, design, or deploy "Product X").

Instructors | Introducing Bill Anderson a Principle Program Manager at Microsoft with over 20 years of experience in the system management space, and David Tesar a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft with 10 years of experience in the field with a focus on security products.

Associated Certification(s) | MCSA: Windows Server 2012
Associated Course(s) | Course 20410B: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012;
Course 10324: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Desktop Virtualization

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Windows Server 2012 introduces new networking features and capabilities that help to reduce networking complexity while lowering costs and simplifying management tasks. These features include:

- IP Address Management (IPAM). This provides a framework that enables discovery, management, and monitoring of an IP address space within the network of an organization.
- Hyper-V Network Virtualization. This is the software-defined networking (SDN) solution that enables you to tackle flexibility challenges in your datacenters by abstracting virtual machine (VM)  IP addresses from the underlying physical network addressing and routing, similar to the way in which VMs are abstracted from the hardware of the physical host.
- Hyper-V extensible switch. This provides an architecture to implement policy enforcement for security, isolation, service levels, and tenant isolation.
- NIC Teaming. Out of the box network interface card (NIC) teaming is the ability to combine two or more network adapters in a single computer to behave as a single NIC within Windows.

After completing this course—through a series of videos, virtual labs, and whitepapers—you will have a detailed understanding of how Windows Server 2012 facilitates more efficient and cost-effective networking management.

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Windows Server 2012 introduces new management and automation features and capabilities that offer excellent total cost of ownership (TCO) as an integrated platform with comprehensive, multi-computer manageability. This course covers a number of these new features, including:

- Standards-based management. The focus on industry standards used in Windows Server 2012 enables greater manageability across both Windows and non-Windows devices alike.
- Windows PowerShell 3.0. This command-line interface provides comprehensive automation capabilities.
- Server Manager This helps you to deploy and manage roles and features on the local server and remote servers, whether physical or virtual.

After completing this windows server tutorial — through a series of videos, virtual labs, and whitepapers—you will have a detailed understanding of how Windows Server 2012 is focused on simplifying the management experience for IT pros, whether they are managing one server or many.

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This course introduces server virtualization features and capabilities within Windows Server 2012 that enable customers to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization and make the optimum use of server hardware investment. These features include:

- Hyper-V Replica, providing replication of Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs) between two locations for business continuity and failure recovery.
- Live Migration and the changes in Windows Server 2012 to enable different migration scenarios.
- The ability to run larger VMs on physical hosts.

After completing this Windows Server Virtualization course—through a series of videos, virtual labs, and whitepapers—you will have a detailed understanding of how Windows Server 2012 goes beyond virtualization technology to provide a complete platform for building a private cloud.

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