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9am–5pm PST March 5, 2015

C# Developers can learn how the latest features in C# can help them be more productive and to write more precise constructs. MVP and best-selling author Bill Wagner teams up with Microsoft Program Manager Anthony Green to explore these features and to see how easy it is to diagnose and solve code issues.

9am–11am PDT March 9, 2015

Join us for Microsoft Virtual Academy's first-ever Reddit AMA. Meet some of your favorite instructors and personalities, get to know some of MVA's finest, and maybe even learn something completely new about MVA!

9am–5pm PDT March 11, 2015

​If you're a Java Developer and you're curious about ASP.NET, join the pros who know for a concrete look at the similarities and differences between Java and ASP.NET, including tooling and syntax, in this demo-rich and practical course.

8:30am–9:15am PST March 11, 2015

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 and last a little less than an hour. You only need to sign up once to register for the complete series. Watch for a reminder one day prior to each session start.

9am–1pm PDT March 12, 2015

Build on the basics from Developing Games with Construct 2, and dig into more advanced Construct 2 techniques. Take a deeper look at behaviors and attributes, and learn to apply them to actual game projects. Include privacy and support settings, add a leaderboard, and more.

9am–5pm PDT March 12, 2015

Explore Redis, a powerful key-value cache and store, and get a look at advanced use cases for Redis as cache, queue, and publish/subscribe (pub/sub) tool.

9–11:30am PDT March 17, 2015

Get the most value from your MSDN subscription. See how to use your Microsoft Azure benefits to build a custom, cloud-hosted integrated development platform (IDE), create test environments without having to wait on operations, and get free time on Azure. Plus, see how the cloud can increase your team's efficiency, by breaking time- and budget-sapping bottlenecks!

9am–5pm PDT March 18, 2015

Check out what Microsoft has to offer the Java community, and get ready to be surprised! Explore the latest tools and technologies to help Java developers get in the cloud with Microsoft Azure, like plug-ins for Eclipse and IntelliJ, along with a look at options in Windows and Linux for authentication, security, and continuous integration.

9am–2pm PDT March 19, 2015

Take your GameMaker skills to the next level! Build on what you learned in the Creating Your First 2D Game with GameMaker course, and dig deeper into the product features that make GameMaker such a powerful game development platform. Plus, see how to optimize your game for the Windows Store.

9am–5pm PDT March 24, 2015

If you're a Developer moving from on-premises to the cloud (or even just thinking about it), and you want some practical guidance, check out these instructor-led labs on Office 365 development. Get an in-depth look at the new SharePoint app model, focus on Office 365 APIs and authentication, connect to SharePoint OneDrive for Business, and more.

9am–10am PDT March 24, 2015

Learn from independent expert David Chappell about the amazing things that businesses are doing with Microsoft Azure data offerings. Check out running an ordinary DBMS in an Azure Virtual Machine, using the managed relational service provided by SQL Database, working with various NoSQL services, and more.

9am–1pm PDT March 26, 2015

Developers, build on what you learned in the Creating Windows Phone and Windows Store Games with MonoGame course and expand your toolset, in this advanced look at MonoGame. Explore techniques and tools for writing custom effect shaders, learn to extend the content pipeline with custom formats, and check out optimization and debugging techniques.

8am–12pm PDT March 26, 2015

Part 1 of the "Enterprise Mobility Core Skills" series explores Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson and Microsoft Technical Evangelist Simon May dive into Identity and Access Management (IAM) in Azure AD, single sign-on, user self-service management, multifactor authentication, and more, in today's BYOD world of constantly connected, highly mobile identities.

8am–12pm PDT April 23, 2015

​If you're balancing flexibility and security in your enterprise mobility solutions, explore the latest mobility features in Microsoft Intune, a born-in-the-cloud device management solution, including how you can integrate with existing endpoint management solutions like System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Look at BYOD, mobile device management (MDM), and mobile app management (MAM).

8am–12pm PDT May 14, 2015

Learn how Azure Rights Management Services (RMS) gives you control over your data, even beyond the office walls. Find out what you need to finally implement a proper information management system in time for Windows 10. Get the details on how to manage your organization's most critical information, regardless of device, so you can stop worrying about sensitive email or document leaks.

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This course focuses on how using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 can help your business build, deploy, and maintain a private cloud. After completing these three modules you will have learnt about the Virtual Machine Manager 2012 product, and the features it utilizes to build and support the virtualized and physical resources that are part of your private cloud infrastructure. The course will also expose you to cloud computing at the business level, from the perspective of Virtual Machine Manager 2012, and show how to extend that knowledge to the technical level. The last module will show you how to manage applications within your private cloud using Virtual Machine Manager 2012 to deploy, update, and manage them. At the end, we will have illustrated how using Virtual Machine Manager 2012 as part of your private cloud infrastructure will benefit both your organization and the IT Pro.

49 Points
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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.

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This Cloud Training course focuses on how using technologies and tools from Microsoft can help your business build, deploy, and maintain a private cloud. You will learn about the core Windows Server products, and how to use them to build and support the virtualized and physical resources that are part of your private cloud infrastructure. You will be exposed to common cloud computing configuration and management practices, as well as technical details to help you be successful in building a private cloud for your business. Lastly, you will learn how using tools and technologies from Microsoft as part of your private cloud will benefit both your organization and you as the IT professional.

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This course focuses on how using Microsoft System Center can help you build, deploy and manage a private cloud infrastructure. In this Cloud Computing & Management course you will learn about the features System Center offers for building and supporting the virtualized and physical resources that are part of your private cloud infrastructure.
 
You will understand Microsoft’s vision for cloud computing, from the business perspective to the technical level. Lastly, you will learn how to use tools such as VMM 2012 to deploy, update, and manage applications within your private cloud. The course will illustrate how using System Center as part of your private cloud infrastructure will benefit both your organization and you as the IT professional.

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This Private Cloud Training course focuses on how using Microsoft System Center can help you build, deploy, and manage the service-oriented architecture of the Microsoft private cloud.

You will understand Microsoft’s vision for cloud computing from the services standpoint and how using new components of the System Center product, specifically the Orchestrator and Service Manager components, enable you to deploy, update, and manage service offerings within your private cloud. The course will illustrate how using the service management features of System Center as part of your private cloud infrastructure will benefit both your organization and you as the IT professional.

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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.

Exploring Certification? Free SQL Server Certification Prep Tools

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Level 300
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​Every IT Professional and Business Decision maker looks for ways to understand their organization's data in ways that enable them to provide insights to their business. This course is designed to show you how Microsoft SQL Server 2012 can do just that. The 7 modules of this course will teach you:

- What's new in Microsoft StreamInsight
- Symmetric Multiprocessing to Parallel Data Warehouse
- Using columnstore technology to revolutionize your query performance
- SQL Server Integration Services
- SQL Server Fast Track for data warehouse for dramatic speed improvements
- Going beyond relational data management into the realm of unstructured and spatial data management

You will learn how Microsoft is teaming up with our hardware partners to provide best practices for SQL Server deployment and how SQL Server 2012 will allow you to create a scalable data warehouse that will give you breakthrough insights to even your unstructured data.

Exploring Certification? Free SQL Server Certification Prep Tools

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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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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.

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

104 Points
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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.

43 Points
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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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In this System Center Training course, we will provide an overview of Operations Manager, and how its functionality can help drive higher value from your existing IT assets by leveraging a single console. In addition, we will discuss how to use customizable dashboards to monitor and manage your physical, virtual, networking, application, and cloud resources.

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