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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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This accelerated certification prep Jump Start helps IT Pros with their Windows Server 2008 certification to upgrade their skills to Windows Server 2012 in preparation for Exam 70-417, which supports several certifications: MCSA: Windows Server 2012; and MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure, MCSE: Server Infrastructure, and MCSE: Private Cloud.

The course covers many topics at a high level and assumes working knowledge in each from a Windows Server 2008 R2 perspective: installation and configuration, DNS, PowerShell, Dynamic Access Control (DAC), failover clustering, Microsoft online backup and storage, Hyper-V, Active Directory and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), and high availability.

 
Instructors | Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Technical Trainer & MVP Ed Liberman, deliver an engaging, demo-rich, live learning experience.

Associated Exam | Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
Related Certifications | MCSA: Windows Server 2012, MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure, MCSE: Server Infrastructure, MCSE: Private Cloud
Associated Course | 20417C: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 (five days)

Exploring Certification? Free Windows Server 2012 Certification Prep Tools

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Learn from seasoned technical Microsoft Premier Field Engineers as they step through a technical deep dive on Windows 8 Security insights. This course focuses on Windows 8 security improvements and addresses key insights, capabilities, and best practices for managing and securing Windows 8 clients. In this training you will learn about Windows 8 technical improvements and differentiators over Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 through insights into Mandatory Integrity Control, Windows Defender, Windows Resource Protection, User Account Control, System Service Hardening, SmartScreen Filtering, Session 0 Isolation, File and Registry Virtualization, Boot Security, and ASLR.

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IT Professionals are faced with a number of unique challenges upon the release of a new version of the Operating System.   Upgrade path options from earlier versions can often be confusing, and the challenge of moving existing services from versions that cannot be upgraded can carry significant risk.   Windows Server 2012 is the most significant release of Windows Server to date providing many options for upgrading and migrating that the IT Pro can use to ensure seamless transition to this new Server Platform.   This course will expose you to all these tools, and show you how Windows Server 2012 can ease your transition, not merely in upgrading earlier versions of Windows Server, but also ensuring that your key services can be migrated in an efficient, cost-effective and safe manner.

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Step through a technical deep dive on Windows 8 Troubleshooting fundamentals. This course focuses on Windows 8 troubleshooting tips and tricks from Microsoft Premier Field Engineers. In this course you will learn how to troubleshoot Windows 8 scenarios effectively, examine analysis tools and best practices for using them, as well as other field practices from Microsoft support team.

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Attention iOS developers! View this Jump Start to learn how to develop and monetize apps for Windows Store. Microsoft Principal Technical Evangelist Jaime Rodriguez and Big Nerd Ranch trainers Eric Jeffers and Sean McCune share some of their lessons learned in transitioning from iOS to Windows Store development. They use iOS terms and concepts to explain features in Windows, ensuring that you can make use of what you already know and learn the new concepts in your own terms.

InstructorsJaime Rodriguez - Principal Technical Evangelist

Associated Exam(s) | Exam 70-485: Advanced Windows Store App Development using C#;  
Associated Course(s) | 20483: Programming in C#

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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

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IT Pros, take this SQL Server queries course if you’re already familiar with database fundamentals and working with SQL Server and you’re ready to take your skills to the next level. It can also help you prepare for Exam 70-461, a key part of the MCSA: SQL Server certification. This Microsoft SQL Server database course offers youprovides the chance to understand the process better and teaches you to retrieve, insert, and update your database information. You will also learn about data manipulation statements and how to alter tables, and you'll see some practical demos.

Instructors | Tobias Ternstrom – Senior Program Manager Lead; Brian Alderman -  CEO & Founder, MicroTechPoint

Associated Exam | 70-461 : Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Related Certification | MCSA: SQL Server
Associated Course | 10774A : Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (five days)

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This Jump Start helps current and aspiring data professionals understand the process of administering SQL Server 2012 databases. It helps you prepare for Exam 70-462, a component of the MCSA: SQL Server certification, and it is the prerequisite for the Implementing a Data Warehouse with SQL Server Jump Start course. These SQL Server 2012 training videosJump Start focuses on security, data management, and disaster recovery/high availability, along with their implications for the configuration of the enterprise. The courseIt includes demos on storage design and capacity configuration, security configuration, optimization of the instance, and automation.

Instructors | Rich Currey - Microsoft Certified Trainer; George Squillace - Microsoft Certified Trainer

Associated Exam(s) | 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
Related Certification | MCSA: SQL Server
Associated Course(s) |
10775: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

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With customers deploying Lync Server into business critical scenarios, the success of a Lync solution increasingly depends on a series of robust operations and support procedures and practices. In this course, you’ll learn about the often-overlooked dependencies that underpin a Lync Server solution, with an emphasis on people and process. You’ll be introduced to the concept of Support Structure Mapping as a means of identifying gaps in a customer’s capability to run a Lync solution that meets their business requirements. 

Instructors | Aaron Steele - Microsoft Senior Consultant; Brian Ricks - Lead Architect, BriComp Computers

Related Exam(s) | 70-336 - Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013; 70-337 - Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

Associated Course(s) |  20336 - Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013; 20337 - Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

 

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Windows Server 2012 R2 offers a great foundation for our customers to deliver private and hybrid cloud services to their constituents. This course looks into how Windows Server 2012 R2 helps businesses overcome the technical challenges involved in integrating solution elements while simultaneously meeting business and technical requirements. This course also describes how R2 features offer greater agility and efficiency benefits. With the provided information in this course, you will gain perspective on our commitment to delivering an end-to-end solution for self-service delivery of multi-tenant cloud services. Enjoy!

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Developers, do you want to develop Windows Store apps using C#? Are you preparing for Exam 70-484, a key component of the MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification? Find out what you need to know from Microsoft Technical Evangelist Jerry Nixon and the co-founder of Crank211, Daren May, as they show demos of simple and complex techniques that you can take back to your workplace. They demonstrate how to implement new Windows 8.1 features using Visual Studio 2013, and they help you to successfully publish your first app to the Windows Store so you can start making money with it. Follow up with our second event: Advanced Windows Store App Development with C# Refresh.

Instructors | Jerry Nixon - Microsoft Developer Evangelist; Daren May -  President & Co-founder, Crank211

Associated Exam | 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C#  
Related Certification | MCSD: Windows Store Apps
Associated Course | 20484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#

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Microsoft released Windows 8 to bring a modern computing experience to businesses and to help professionals stay connected to their colleagues and clients from anywhere, anytime. Windows 8.1 advances this vision and introduces new manageability, mobility, security, user experience and networking capabilities–with the goal of offering customers the best business tablets and versatile modern business PCs driven by the most powerful operating system designed for today’s modern businesses. The course covers the new and updated features in Windows 8.1 with regard to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scenarios, mobility, security, and the modern user interface.

Instructors | Ed Bott – Author and ZDNet Blogger; Ben Hunter – Microsoft Senior Technical Product Manager; Fred Pullen – Microsoft Senior Technical Product Manager; Chris Hallum – Microsoft Senior Technical Product Manager; Michael Niehaus – Microsoft Senior Technical Product Manager; Michael Raymond – Microsoft Software Development Engineer; Martin Booth – Microsoft Senior Technical Product Manager

Associated Courses | 20687: Configuring Windows 8.1; 20688: Supporting Windows 8.1; 10747: Administering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Related MVA Courses | What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Jump Start

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​SQL Server pros, do you want to find out how SQL Server 2014 can help you improve performance speed by 10–30 times—using the same hardware you have today—and improve reliability at the same time? Get in on a technical preview of the new Mission Critical features of SQL Server 2014, led by the team of Microsoft experts who own the features.

Instructors | Kevin Liu - Microsoft Engineering PM; Jos de Bruijn - Microsoft Program Manager; Luis Carlos Vargas Herring - Microsoft Program Manager; Ajay Jagannathan - Microsoft Senior Program Manager; Darmadi Komo - Microsoft ​Marketing PM; Evgeny Krivosheev - Microsoft Program Manager

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In this Microsoft Virtual Academy Jump Start, you learn how to apply your skills as a designer to create Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1, and you get better prepared for Exam 74-353, part of the Microsoft Certified Specialist: Windows UX Design certification. In addition, the apps you design will be an expression of your creativity, which, while feeling native to Windows, will give users an experience that is both unique and familiar.

Instructor | Chris Mayo - Microsoft Senior Program Manager; Martin Tirion - Microsoft Technical Evangelist

Associated Exam(s) | 74-353 - Windows UX Design
Related Certification | Microsoft Certified Specialist: Windows UX Design
Associated Course(s) | 40043 - Windows 8 UX Design Workshop

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Website developers, here's your chance to learn how you can use Windows Azure to develop, deploy, and scale your large-scale web apps in a matter of minutes. If you're new to Windows Azure, this is a good starting point for finding out how it can help you save on time and resources, integrate with Office 365 and Elastic Search, and broaden your audience. Experienced users, this is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the product and to find out about new features, such as the website capability model and the storage object distribution pattern. You'll find out what you need to know from the people who developed the features.

Instructor | James Chambers - Microsoft ASP.NET/IIS MVP; Tejaswi Redkar - Microsoft Director, Business Programs

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Today's workforce is more and more mobile. If you are interested in the latest mobility solutions, check out this on-demand course on Windows To Go, which supports ultra-mobile workstyles through a bootable USB that turns almost any PC into a secure Windows 8 corporate PC—without requiring network connectivity. And it's easy to use, since there are no special skills required to operate the drive. You'll see that Windows To Go is a full fidelity desktop that includes Windows 8 touch, virtualization technologies, secure connection via DirectAccess, and data encryption with BitLocker.

Watch this on-demand Jump Start, and see how, with Windows To Go, IT can offer a new, secure deployment model for its highly mobile workforce.

Instructor | Craig Ashley – Microsoft Senior Product Manager; Aaron Czechowski ​– Microsoft Senior Program Manager, Michael Raymond –​ Microsoft Software Development & Test Engineer

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Need help with the transition from Windows XP to Windows 8.1? In this course, Microsoft Technical Lead Kyle Rosenthal walks you through the various challenges of the upgrade, ensuring you a seamless transition to the new Windows 8.1. Get to know the tools that will help you with the move and that can continue to help you as you use Windows 8.1.

Instructor | Kyle Rosenthal – Microsoft Technical Lead

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See the broad capabilities of Windows Azure, some storage design patterns and best practice techniques, and then a variety of tips and tricks so you can get started today.

Instructor | Andrew Edwards – Microsoft Principal SDE; Jai Haridas – Microsoft Principal Development Manager

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Developers and IT pros, get an overview of Windows Azure SQL Database and learn how to create and work with SQL Database for common scenarios. The session focuses on overall architecture, management, and developer topics.

Instructor | Chris J.T. Auld - Intergen Limited/CTO; Greg Leake - Microsoft Technical Product Manager

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With Windows Server 2012 R2, customers receive the capabilities they need to meet today’s transforming IT. In this course, we review Windows Server 2012 R2 benefits and features and look at the editions. Then, we discuss licensing details, including how to license Windows Server 2012 R2, and we focus on the exciting new licensing from Microsoft—The Server and Cloud Enrollment, available through the Enterprise Agreement (EA).

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If you're wondering how to use Windows Azure as a hosting environment for your SQL Server virtual machines (VMs), join the experts as they walk you through it, with practical, real-world demos. SQL Server in Windows Azure VM is an easy and full-featured way to be up and running in 10 minutes with a database server in the cloud. You use it on demand and pay as you go, and you get the full functionality of your own data center. For short-term test environments, it is a popular choice. SQL Server in Azure VM also includes pre-built data warehouse images and business intelligence features. Take this opportunity to learn more about it.

Instructor | Darmadi Komo – Microsoft Senior Technical Product Manager; Luis Carlos Vargas Herring – Microsoft Senior Program Manager; Xin Jin – Microsoft Program Manager; Olivier Matrat – Microsoft Principal Program Manager Lead

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Need help with the transition from Windows XP to Windows 8.1? In this course, Microsoft Technical Lead Kyle Rosenthal walks you through the various challenges of the upgrade, ensuring you a seamless transition to the new Windows 8.1. Get to know the tools that will help you with the move and that can continue to help you as you use Windows 8.1.


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Windows XP End of Support is approaching fast on April 8, 2014. This course is designed to help IT Pros and businesses plan and migrate from their Windows XP environments to Windows 7. The course describes the steps to take and the tools that will help make the migration and setup process seamless while providing business continuity. The course also dives into application compatibility planning, tools, troubleshooting, and remediation.  

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