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IT Pros, want to automate redundant tasks and do it right the first time? Learn how to turn your real-time management and automation scripts into useful reusable tools and cmdlets. Use PowerShell to better create, query, update, delete, and manage your Active Directory. You might be surprised at how straightforward it is. You can even use it for forensic data investigation, learn what was changed and when, and manage your environment in scale.

Watch renowned experts Ashley McGlone and Jason Helmick for informative deep drills and coding one-liners, plus a fast and fun round of "Challenge the Master." Learn how PowerShell works and how to make it work for you!


Instructor | ​ ​ Ashley McGlone - Microsoft Senior Premier Field Engineer; Jason Helmick - Concentrated Technology Senior Technologist

87 Points
Level 300
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This Jump Start is designed to teach the busy IT professionals, admins, and help desk persons about how to use PowerShell to improve management capabilities, automate redundant tasks, and manage the environment in scale. Learn how PowerShell works and how to make PowerShell work for you from the experts Jeffrey Snover, the inventor of PowerShell, and Jason Helmick, Senior Technologist at Concentrated Technology.

Instructors | Jeffrey Snover -  Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect; Consultant; Jason Helmick -  Senior Technologist

Associated Course(s) | 20412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services; 20411: Administering Windows Server 2012; 20410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 

101 Points
Level 200
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IT pros, take this advanced PowerShell course to find out how to turn your real time management and automation scripts into useful reusable tools and cmdlets. You’ll learn the best patterns and practices for building and maintaining tools and you’ll pick up some special tips and tricks along the way from the architect and inventor of PowerShell, Distinguished Engineer Jeffrey Snover, and IT pro, Jason Helmick.

Instructors | Jeffrey Snover -  Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect; Consultant; Jason Helmick -  Senior Technologist

Associated Course(s) | 20412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services; 20411: Administering Windows Server 2012; 20410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 

99 Points
Level 200
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If you'd like to learn how to use PowerShell to manage Office 365 users and Exchange Online services, watch the experts as they walk you through it. Although the Office 365 Portal is the primary administration tool for Exchange Online, there are a number of tasks which require PowerShell to perform. In addition, PowerShell scripts provide an easy way to automate many tasks, including creating and provisioning users.

Instructor | ​ ​Kamal Abburi ​ – Microsoft Premier Field Engineer; ​Jason Helmick - Senior Technologist, Concentrated Technology

66 Points
Level 200
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This course focuses on automation with System Center 2012 SP1, using Windows Server 2012 PowerShell and System Center Orchestrator. After describing PowerShell integration with System Center, the course then focuses on Orchestrator, the customizable workflow engine that enables you to automate the creation, monitoring, and deployment of resources in your environment. First, you’ll find out about the Orchestrator architecture and the management interface. Next, you will learn about basic, intermediate, and advanced workflow concepts. Finally, you will learn how to support the Orchestrator environment by learning about errors, troubleshooting, and advanced administration. After completing this course you will be proficient at automating your System Center 2012 SP1 environment using Orchestrator and PowerShell.

85 Points
Level 200
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Interested in Active Directory enhancements within Windows Server 2012 R2? Join us for a detailed look. Explore the options for deploying domain controllers using the new Server Manager and using both the GUI and Windows PowerShell. Hear about the new Active Directory Management tool, and use its Windows PowerShell History Viewer.

Building on the PowerShell theme, find out how to use PowerShell to automate day-day IT Professional tasks. Finally, see how to prepare and carry out domain controller cloning.

Instructor | ​ ​Morgan Webb - Microsoft Technical Evangelist

43 Points
Level 300
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If you're looking into Surface Pro 3 deployment and you'd like to learn why automation is important (plus how to automate using PowerShell), check out this course. Determine the correct version of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for you, and learn which tools you need. Get the details on distributing the Surface Pro 3 Driver Package and how to add the network drivers to the x64 boot.wim. Find out the requirements for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and why to use it. And get the details on how to import drivers in MDT and SCCM, using custom PowerShell scripts to import drivers and to create driver packages and categories.


InstructorsSimon May - Microsoft Technical Evangelist; Niall Brady - Microsoft MVP–Enterprise Client Management

54 Points
Level 300
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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

63 Points
Level 200
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This course contains four modules that provide an overview of Server Manager and Automation, as well as detailing new management capabilities, updates to Windows PowerShell, deployment options and methods, and MultiServer Management capabilities. This course provides education that will assist in getting started with Windows Server 2012 R2 in regard to management and automation, helping you to create a more efficient work environment.

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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

64 Points
Level 200
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This course explores the new terms around deployment for modern line-of-business (LOB) apps, such as sideloading and deeplinking. It also highlights when to use which tools, like Windows PowerShell, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, and Windows Intune. Additionally, it focuses on the technical requirements to enable sideloading on target devices.

Instructor | Simon May – Microsoft Infrastructure Evangelist

88 Points
Level 300
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This course explores the new terms around deployment for modern line-of-business (LOB) apps, such as sideloading and deeplinking. It also highlights when to use which tools, like Windows PowerShell, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, and Windows Intune. Additionally, it focuses on the technical requirements to enable sideloading on target devices.​

Instructor | Simon May – Microsoft Infrastructure Evangelist

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Level 300
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Office 365 Support Corner is an ongoing series of on-demand courses which cover leading Office 365 support issues. In this course, learn how to configure Outbound Hybrid Search between SharePoint On-Premise and SharePoint Online. Start with a brief look at the hybrid SharePoint infrastructure and tools used for analyzing problems. Then, examine three of the more complicated configuration tasks, including using PowerShell to automate some tasks: infrastructure setup, S2S trust and identity management, and search service integration.

Instructor | ​ ​​ Manas Biswas- Microsoft Senior Support Escalation Engineer; ​ Rob Latino - Microsoft Office 365 Support, Program Manager

 

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Level 200
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With Windows Server 2003 reaching the end of support in less than a year, many IT Pros want to get ahead of the process. Explore modernization and datacenter transformation options, storage, networking, and the cloud, with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Find out what you need to update your datacenter to match your workloads.

Watch as experts Matt Hester and Jennelle Crothers take a demo-rich look at administration tools, storage improvements, Hyper-V, and best practices for virtualizing domain controllers, plus how to simplify day-to-day server management with PowerShell and Desired State Configuration. Explore Microsoft Azure and how to make hybrid cloud a reality. And review the four major steps for planning a migration project.

Instructor | ​ ​Matt Hester - Microsoft Senior Information Technology Professional Evangelist; Jennelle Crothers - Microsoft Technical Evangelist

60 Points
Level 200
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Want to get a head start on automating your cloud infrastructure and services? Join Microsoft's Symon Perriman, as he hosts an interactive training session on Service Management Automation (SMA), the automation component of Windows Azure Pack (the self-service portal from Microsoft that connects to System Center 2012 R2). Symon and members of the automation engineering team explore the Windows Azure Pack and SMA vision, plus how to configure it. They cover best practices for service, tenant, and fabric administration, along with how to integrate with PowerShell, Orchestrator, and other Microsoft and third-party systems. Don't miss this opportunity to get the details you need on SMA!

Instructors | ​ Symon Perriman- Microsoft ​Senior Technical Evangelist; Joe Levy- Microsoft Program Manager; Beth Cooper - Microsoft Program Manager; Chris Sanders - Microsoft Program Manager in System Center; Ravi Kiran Chintalapudi​ - Microsoft Senior Program Manager in System Center; Shriram Natarajan - Microsoft Program Manager US-AAPT PM; Eamon O'Reilly - Microsoft Lead Program Manager in System Center

75 Points
Level 300
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Working with big data? Need to make more sense of it—for your own information and for others in your organization? Watch this Jump Start to learn how to use Windows Azure HDInsight to process big data and to generate results for analysis and reporting with Microsoft data tools, including SQL Server 2014 and Office.

Instructor |Graeme Malcolm - Content Master Data Technology Specialist; Pete Harris - Microsoft Learning Product Planner

75 Points
Level 100
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See what you missed on IT Pro IaaS Day! Learn how to integrate Windows Azure virtual machines (VMs) into your infrastructure. If you’re an experienced IT Pro but you haven’t spent much time with Windows Azure VMs, you’ll appreciate these real-world examples on Windows Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Cheryl McGuire and Ronald Beekelaar walk you through the basics of creating and configuring VMs, virtual networks, and cross-premises communication. They discuss the “what, why, and how” of virtualization, along with details about managing VMs, how they behave in Windows Azure, and how to configure good network communication to get things up and running in the cloud. 

Instructor | Cheryl McGuire - Microsoft Technical Writer; Ronald Beekelaar - Founder, Virsoft Solutions

71 Points
Level 200
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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

125 Points
Level 100
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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

47 Points
Level 200
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This two-day, demo-rich Jump Start aims to help IT Pros plan and design a Lync Server 2013 implementation that meets organizational and user needs. The course provides accelerated preparation for Exam 70-336, a key component of the MCSE: Communication certification. BriComp Unified Communications Architect Brian Ricks and Microsoft Senior Consultant Aaron Steele provide a fast-paced and engaging learning experience packed with a variety of scenario-based demos focused on Lync Server 2013.

Instructor | Aaron Steele - Microsoft Senior Consultant; Brian Ricks - Owner | BriComp Computers, LLC 

Associated Exam | Exam 70-336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
Related Certification | MCSE: Communication
Associated Course | 20336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013; 20337: Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

108 Points
Level 200
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View the second of two Jump Starts in a series covering the end-to-end process of implementing a MS cloud solution, providing a deep dive into key topics associated with implementing a Microsoft hybrid cloud solution. This Jump Start is a continuation of “Build a Private Cloud with Windows Server & System Center Jump Start” and focuses on successfully monitoring and managing ongoing operation of a private cloud environment. MVP Pete Zerger and Technical Product Manager Matt McSpirit provide example after example on how to integrate Azure IaaS into our private cloud to deliver hybrid cloud capabilities in System Center 2012 SP1, how to develop hybrid cloud self-service scenarios in System Center 2012 App Controller and in the System Center Service Manager Self-Service Portal, and demonstrate full integration of private and public cloud with ITIL.

Instructors | Pete Zerger - MVP and Managing Principal Consultant; Matt McSpirit - Technical Product Manager

Associated Course(s) | 20412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services; 20411: Administering Windows Server 2012; 20410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 

54 Points
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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

45 Points
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Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective server platform for the modern datacenter and the cloud. Its impact scales from a few servers all the way to multitenant-aware, multisite environments in the largest organizations. Windows Server 2012 is one of the most significant releases of Windows Server to date, and there is a vast number of new features in this release that will enable you to Cloud-Optimize your IT. 

Instructors | Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Microsoft Partner Corey Hynes walk you through their personal favorite feature sets while answering why and how each one will have a positive impact on improving your day-to-day IT environment.

Associated Exam(s) | Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
Associated Course(s) | Course 20410B: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012; Course 20412B: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Exploring Certification? Free Windows Server 2012 Certification Prep Tools

60 Points
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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 course you will learn about the broad vision and goals for SP1, as well as see the improvements across the individual components, including App Controller (SCAP), Configuration Manager (SCCM), Data Protection Manager (DPM), Endpoint Protection (SCEP), Operations Manager (SCOM), Orchestrator (SCO), Service Manager (SCSM) and Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).

101 Points
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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.

90 Points
Level 300
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This course is intended for self-directed learners pursuing the Windows 8.1 MCSA credential. Think of this as a crash course comprised of six modules with accompanied PowerPoint decks designed to provide a snap-shot of the knowledge and skills necessary when preparing for exams 70-687 and 70-688.

The introductory module explains the Windows 8.1 MCSA credential, the associated exams, recommended best practices for self-study, readily available study resources, and a few words of encouragement to motivate viewers. The objective for this course is to inspire ITPros to evaluate, prepare for, and complete the Windows 8.1 MCSA requirements using readily available resources such as MS Press, TechNet, and MVA.

Modules 2-6 are comprised of fast-paced topics that include tips and tricks for preparation, examples of the kind of depth-breadth of skills and technical expertise required to successfully complete exams 70-687 and 70-688, and in some cases demonstrate relevant tools and technologies. These modules are not intended as single resource for preparation, but rather a starting point and provide recommendations for pursuing additional resources.

Instructor | Brad Joseph – Microsoft LeX Plannner; Zachery Niemann - President, Training Experts Inc.

59 Points
Level 200
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​MDOP User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) makes it easier to give mobile users access to their unique profiles, data, and settings across their Windows PC devices. It provides users with a consistent, personal, Windows experience that matches their unique work style, while making it easy for you to deliver this user-defined experience across many devices.

In this Level 300 course, take a deep dive into the latest version of UE-V, and get the details on how you should plan and execute your deployment, using UE-V templates to synchronize your application settings. And explore best practices for managing your UE-V infrastructure.


Instructor | ​ Aaron Ruckman - ​Microsoft Senior Program Manager MDOP Engineering

43 Points
Level 300
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IT Pros, are you planning to expand your datacenter into the cloud or exploring the possibility? Want to learn what it would take? In this course, get the information you need. Experts Aleksandar Đorđević and Predrag Jelesijević walk you through an overview and explore key scenarios in Microsoft Azure and Windows Server. They even show you practical demos that explore, in detail, how to create a site-to-site (S2S) virtual private network (VPN) connection and how to connect a site-to-site VPN. Don't miss it!

Instructor | ​ ​​Aleksandar Đorđević ​ – Microsoft Technical Evangelist; Predrag Jelesijević - Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

 

54 Points
Level 300
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This course targets the needs of IT professionals who take part in evaluating, planning, deploying, and operating Office 365 services, including its identities, dependencies, requirements, and supporting technologies. This course focuses on skills required to set up an Office 365 tenant, including federation with existing user identities, and skills required to sustain an Office 365 tenant and users. 

Instructor | Anthony Steven - ​Principal Technologist; Martin Coetzer - Portfolio Architect

83 Points
Level 300
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Do you know how to implement a public key infrastructure (PKI)? If not, this is your chance! A PKI is a set of hardware, software, people, policies, and procedures needed to create, manage, distribute, use, store, and revoke digital certificates. In this course, see demonstrations and walk-throughs of the requirements to deploy a PKI, hear how to install the required components, and explore management of the certificate environment.

Instructor | ​ ​Morgan Webb - Microsoft Technical Evangelist

41 Points
Level 300
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