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View this two-module series for a complete understanding of the end-to-end process for implementing desktop virtualization using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. Virtualization comes in many forms and can be fit to suit many enterprise needs, from creating virtual machines to run on Windows 8.1, to server-based scenarios for administering shared and personal virtual desktop environments using Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V. Microsoft Senior Product Manager Adam Carter and Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus guide you through key topics related to the fabric of virtual desktop configuration and management, from leveraging tiered storage and storage de-duplication using Windows Server 2012 R2, to demonstrating the remote desktop capabilities of devices such as Windows RT, iOS, and Android.

Instructors | Adam Carter – Microsoft Senior Product Manager; Rick Claus – Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist

Related Exam(s) | 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center
Associated Course(s)
| 20409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center

Related MVA courses | What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Jump Start; Using Microsoft VDI to Enable New Workstyles Jump Start

17 Points
Level 200
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This Jump Start covers the latest approaches to desktop virtualization, the business cases for each, guidance for choosing appropriate virtual desktop types according to requirements and architectural guidance for building a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with appropriate sizing, scalability and fault tolerance. In addition to VDI this training session will cover session virtualization, application and user state virtualization, and scenarios for desktop virtualization vs. traditional desktops, the Microsoft-Citrix v-Alliance program and provide context and scope for understanding when Microsoft only desktop virtualization makes sense and when a Citrix v-Alliance solution is appropriate.

Instructors | Joey Snow - Senior Technical Evangelist; Corey Hynes - Lead Technical Architect, Holsystems; Adam Carter - VDI Technical Product Manager

Associated Certification(s) | MCSE: Server Infrastructure; MCSA: Windows Server 2012 
Related Course(s) | Course 55021: Configuring and Administering Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012; Course 20410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012; Course 20415: Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure


76 Points
Level 200
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Today’s organizations need to give workers access to data and information — across varied networks and devices — while still keeping costs down. Innovations that meet these needs — such as virtualization and cloud-based applications — help organizations maximize existing infrastructure investments, while exploring new services, improving management, and increasing availability.
New and enhanced capabilities in Windows Server 2012 help you meet these challenges by making it easier and less costly to ensure secure access to valuable digital assets and comply with regulations. These capabilities include:

- Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). Improvements to AD DS installation and deployment and AD Federation Services (AD FS) as a server role.
- Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Enhancements with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and easier deployment of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions.
- DirectAccess for Remote Access. Helps IT offer users seamless, more secure access to corporate data from virtually any Internet connection.
- Dynamic Access Control. Used for compliance and data leakage prevention to enable Data Governance.

After completing this Windows Server 2012 training course— through a series of videos, virtual labs, and whitepapers — you will have a detailed understanding of how Windows Server 2012 enables you to give workers access to data and information across varied networks, devices, and applications  —  and do it in an easier, more cost effective and more secure fashion.

Exploring Certification? Free Windows Server 2012 Certification Prep Tools

76 Points
Level 200
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Are you tackling BYOD? Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (SCCM), and Windows Phone can help! Find out how in this demo-filled, three-day Jump Start course. Plus, get the latest from the TechEd and Build conferences, and prepare for MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure and MCSA: Windows 8.1 certifications.

Seasoned experts share real-world experience as they explore the new feature set in Windows 8.1 Update. Dive deep into key enterprise scenarios around SCCM and Windows Intune management and security, and explore virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), disk deduplication and tiering, and the Remote Desktop app.

Windows 8.1 Update can simplify the management of tomorrow's IT environments, while tangibly improving today's end-user experience. Watch this fast-paced Jump Start, and find out more!

Instructor | ​ Tommy Patterson—Senior Technical Evangelist/ Microsoft Corporation; Simon May—Technical Evangelist/ Microsoft Corporation

86 Points
Level 200
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If you're thinking about desktop virtualization, check out this course. Get the details on applicable Microsoft technologies. Explore user state virtualization, along with applications and operating system virtualization. Hear a comparison of technologies, compare VDI deployments, and explore the benefits.

Instructor | David Elfassy - MCT, MVP, ​President of Netlogon Technologies and of Kalleo; Kyle Rosenthal - MTC, ​Spider Consulting Technical Lead; Corey Hynes; Ronald Dockery

135 Points
Level 200
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View this demo-rich Jump Start showing IT Pros the capabilities and new features in Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Lead Architect and President of holSystems Corey Hynes demonstrate the newest Windows Server features via numerous scenarios and demos.

Instructors | Rick Claus - Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist ; Corey Hynes - Lead Architect and President of holSystems

Associated Course(s) | Course 20410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012; Course 20412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

75 Points
Level 200
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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.

61 Points
Level 200
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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

78 Points
Level 300
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This Windows Server 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 Windows Server 2012. 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.”

Exploring Certification? Free Windows Server 2012 Certification Prep Tools

114 Points
Level 100
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