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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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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.

Exploring Certification? Free SQL Server Certification Prep 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.

Exploring Certification? Free SQL Server Certification Prep Tools

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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.”

Exploring Certification? Free Windows Server 2012 Certification Prep Tools

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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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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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SQL Server stores most of the data for SharePoint. This Jump Start training focuses on how these two products are integrated. Join two of the industry’s most popular SharePoint experts, Bill Baer and Brian Alderman on an exploration of SQL Server settings, SQL Server system database settings and configuration options that will improve SharePoint 2013 performance, availability and security. Enjoy this demo filled Jump Start to help you optimize SQL Server 2012 deployment to protect your SharePoint environment.

Instructors | Bill Baer - Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager ; Brian Alderman - CEO & Founder, MicroTechPoint

Associated Certification(s) | MCSE: SharePoint; MCSA: SQL Server; MCSE: Data Platform
Related Course(s) | Course 20465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012; Course 20467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012; Course 50478: SharePoint 2010 Advanced Foundation Development; Course 20331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013; Course 20332: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

Exploring Certification? Free SQL Server Certification Prep Tools

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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 new capabilities and features of Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Lead Architect and President of holSystems Corey Hynes demonstrate these new capabilities 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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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 set-up process seamless while providing business continuity. The course also dives into application compatibility planning, tools, troubleshooting, and remediation.

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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. This Jump Start focuses on security, data management, and disaster recovery/high availability, along with their implications for the configuration of the enterprise. It 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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We’re excited about the reception Windows 8 is getting from the industry, analysts, partners and customers. At the same time, we get that you’re busy IT professionals with tons of pressure and responsibilities. You need to move beyond the hype and clearly understand how this new platform might enable you to improve your organization. Beyond the new UI, are there any real improvements for IT? How will Windows 8 make IT and the rest of the organization better? Why is the industry reacting differently to this version of Windows? If these are the types of questions you’re asking, this Microsoft Jump Start is for you.

Instructors | We’re especially excited to bring you a fantastic instructor team for this Jump Start. Microsoft Senior Product Marketing and Community Manager, Stephen Rose and Senior Technical Evangelist Joey Snow are two of the most popular and well-respected technologists around and share a passion for helping IT professionals increase value.


Associated Exams(s) | Exam 70-689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8
Associated Course(s) | Course 20687B: Configuring Windows 8; Course 20688A: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8; Hands-On Lab 40031A: Hands On Lab: Windows 8 for IT Professionals

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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.

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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​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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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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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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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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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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Do you want to deploy Windows 8.1 the "right way"? Find out how to avoid deployment pitfalls and how to streamline the process, from a team of experts, including a key Developer of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). Benefit from their real-life experience with early adopters. They start with the basics and then dive deep to teach you how to plan, configure, and manage client deployment to Windows-based computers in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and the MDT. Get tips on saving time and money by automating some (if not all) of the process. Why learn the hard way?

Instructors | Ben Hunter – Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager; Michael Niehaus – Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager; Johan Arwidmark - Microsoft MVP and Knowledge Factory Chief Technical Architect; Mikael Nystrom - Microsoft MVP and TrueSec Senior Executive Consultant

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