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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. You only need to sign up once to register for the complete series. Check out the new season starting in January 2015. Watch for a reminder one day prior to each session start.

9am–2pm PST January 8, 2015

​In this training, experienced Game Developers can build on their C++ and DirectX skills, up-level their employment options with AAA companies , and expand on the DirectX learnings from the Introduction to C++ and DirectX Game Development course. Plus, explore skyboxes and porting.

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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.

Course modules will also show you the changes that help simplify the configuration and management of the infrastructure, how to use System Center 2012 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!

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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 windows deployment can be overwhelming. This track provides a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to each step in the Windows 7 deployment process from application compatibility testing and volume activation to image creation and data migration. 

By the end of the course, you will have gained an understanding of the tools, processes, and best practices that will help make your Windows 7 deployment a success.

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Data Analysis is meant to provide your company with Breakthrough Insights that empower you to act and react in a competitive environment. This course is designed to show you how you can take advantage of the newest features in Microsoft SQL Server 2012. The 7 modules of this course will introduce you to concepts and practices such as:

- Developing and Managing a Business Intelligent Semantic Model
- Enriching your BI Semantic Models with Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
- Leveraging Master Data Services (MDS) in your Data Warehouse

You’ll get a chance to see What’s new for MDS and learn tips and tricks to using Data Quality Services (DQS). When you have completed this course you’ll have learned how Microsoft SQL Server 2012 can help you create secure, reliable, Business Intelligence Semantic Models using Analysis Services and how to improve the quality, credibility and consistency of your business data.

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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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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 training course is designed for IT professionals understand how to implement the new features of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 that will enable them to provide insightful and visual reports. The 9 modules of this Microsoft SQL training course will teach you:

- Introduce you 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
- Deploying and managing 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 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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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This Windows Server 2012 Training is designed to provide you with the key details of Windows Server 2012. The seven modules in this course, through video and whitepaper, provide details of the new capabilities, features, and solutions built into the product. With so many new features to cover, this course is designed to be the introduction to Windows Server 2012. After completing this course, you will be ready to dive deeper into Windows Server 2012 through additional courses in Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) dedicated to each topic introduced in this “Technical Overview.”

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This course, for intermediate to advanced learners, provides an accelerated introduction to HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and helps students learn basic programming skills. It also helps you prepare for Exam 70-480, a key component of the MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification. The Jump Start focuses on using HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript to implement programming logic, define and use variables, perform looping and branching, develop user interfaces, capture and validate user input, store data, and create well-structured applications. The course uses Visual Studio 2012, running on Windows 8. It is intended for developers who have at least six months of professional experience and who are interested in developing applications using HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 (either Windows Store apps or Internet Explorer 10 apps for the web). Although students may have little or no HTML5 coding experience, they should have some experience with HTML4.


Instructors | We’re excited to introduce  Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo - two seasoned Microsoft Technical Evangelists who are experts in their field and share a passion for creating powerful solutions leveraging HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Associated Exam | Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
Related Certification |  MCSD: Windows Store Apps
Associated Course | Course 20480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

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This windows phone app development course is tailored for developers looking to leverage C#/XAML to build cool apps and games for Windows Phone 8. This platform is another leap forward in Microsoft’s overall mobile strategy and the developer community has taken notice. Now is the time to embrace your opportunity and start building Windows Phone apps. If you’re a developer or architect who needs to move beyond the hype and come face-to-face with what’s real, you will love this experience.

Instructors | This fast-paced, demo-rich online course features two mobile development thought leaders as presenters: Andy Wigley, a sought-after mobile app developer and co-author of three best-selling books on mobile application development and Rob Tiffany, mobile strategist, author, and speaker for Microsoft.

Begin Building! | Download the Windows Phone 8 SDK Now

Associated Exam(s) | Exam 70-599: Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications
Associated Course(s) | Course 10553A: Fundamentals of XAML and Microsoft Expression Blend

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Keep your users safe and protect your infrastructure by using advanced Windows 8 technologies like AppLocker, BitLocker, and Windows Firewall. In this course, you will explore the security and privacy options in Windows 8 and learn how to manage a secure Windows 8 environment.

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Use proven best practices and the free tools in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit to streamline your deployment in any size organization. In this course, you will receive guidance and tools to help you prepare to deploy Windows 8.

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Windows 8 delivers experiences users want, offers new possibilities for mobile productivity, and provides IT with a more secure, easy-to-manage infrastructure. In this Windows 8 course, you will find out what's new in Windows 8 and get an overview of key features for IT professionals.

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Windows 8 is designed to deliver the experiences people will love and the enterprise-grade capabilities that IT departments need. In this course, you will learn how to inventory apps and hardware, assess compatibility, and conduct a successful pilot deployment of Windows 8.

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This course helps Oracle database administrators (DBAs) leverage their skills and experience as an Oracle DBA to manage a SQL Server 2012 system. This Microsoft SQL Training workshop provides a quick start for the Oracle DBA to map, compare and contrast the realm of Oracle database management to SQL Server 2012 database management. While it is intended to be delivered as a four-day workshop, the content in its entirety is a reference guide rather than a mere guideline. The content is a comprehensive course with descriptive reference material while the course itself focuses on introducing the concepts and providing hands-on learning. This course has been developed to extend the terminologies familiar to the Oracle DBA and relate those terminologies to the SQL Server world. The philosophy has not been to present a straight one-to-one mapping of “here is Oracle and here is SQL Server.” The approach is one of relate-and-learn based on relating the knowledge and experience you have gained in administering Oracle databases to the knowledge you will learn about administering SQL Server databases. At a fundamental level, Oracle and SQL Server are very similar. Their architectures are comparable, and their administrative features and functions are typical to a relational database management system.

Instructor | SQL Server Certified Master - Maciej Pilecki

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Enjoy engaging dialog, debate and demos focused on Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 shaped by questions from a global audience of esteemed IT Pros on 1/15/2013. The instructors will answer questions that may not have gotten answered or might have been of particular interest in previous jumpstarts.

Instructors | Senior Technical Evangelists Joey Snow and Rick Claus led this fast-paced live Q&A session.

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This course focuses on the new capabilities in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) which has added support for Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and tighter integration with Windows Azure.  System Center is a comprehensive management platform that enables you to more easily and efficiently manage your IT environments, including your server infrastructure and client devices.  With System Center 2012 SP1, you get the most cost effective and flexible platform for managing your traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, and client computers and devices.  System Center 2012 is the only unified management platform where you can manage multiple hypervisors, physical resources, and applications in a single offering.

 

In this System center training course you will learn about the configuration and management of the infrastructure, services and application.  First you will see how simplified management to the infrastructure components (network, storage, compute and cluster) can help you optimize these units so that you can operate them within a private cloud environment.  Next you will learn about how improvements to the IT service delivery layer and automation frees up the time of the IT professional and lays the foundation for self-service.  Finally you will see how application insight has improved through deeper monitoring and greater scale through integrated management across private, public, 3rd party and hybrid clouds.

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This eight-hour course is designed for IT Pros experienced in virtualization (i.e., VMware, Citrix) but in need of learning how to leverage Hyper-V to perform essential tasks in the Windows Server 2012 platform. This jump start event will focus on Hyper-V infrastructure, Networking, Storage, Management and Integration with Other  System Center 2012 Components.

Instructors | Microsoft  Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman and Principal Program Manager Lead Jeff Woolsey will leverage a team-teaching approach to delivering an engaging, demo-rich, live learning experience.


Associated Certification(s) | Windows Server certifications; Private Cloud certification
Associated Course(s) | Course 10324A: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Desktop Virtualization

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This course is designed for VMware professionals looking to get up-to-speed with how Microsoft virtualization and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V works and compares with VMware vSphere 5.1 and surrounding technologies, and to help you make the right decisions.

Instructors | Please join Microsoft  Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman and Technical Product Manager Matt McSpirit both whom are VMware Certified Professionals will leverage a team-teaching approach to delivering an engaging, demo-rich, live learning experience.


Associated Certification(s) | Windows Server certifications; Private Cloud certification

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials supports the applications you need to run your business, and helps you to connect to the cloud services that you need. In this Microsoft Server training, you will learn how to deploy, manage, and use the powerful features and technologies of Windows Server 2012 Essentials. An ideal server for small organizations with up to 25 users and 50 devices, Windows Server 2012 Essentials (the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials) provides a powerful and flexible solution that helps protect your data with its advanced, automated backup features and organize and access your business information from virtually anywhere.

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