The Microsoft Virtual Academy team would like to announce the release of the Understanding Microsoft’s High Availability Solutions course.

This course covers the best ways to provide continual availability to all applications, services, servers and VMs in your datacenter. The modules will cover all the planning, deployment and management considerations for bringing high-availability to every components of your datacenter or Private Cloud.

By the end of this course you will have an understanding of the basics of each of Microsoft’s HA solutions and when each of them should be used. You will understand all the different methods you can use to keep your services up and running.

Technologies that will be covered in this course include:-

  • Hyper-V,
  • Failover Clustering,
  • Network Load Balancing,
  • SQL Server,
  • Exchange Server,
  • IIS, DFS-R, DNS
  • And every System Center product (including SC 2012) with a focus on Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

After completing this course, try out what you’ve learnt by downloading Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center from the TechNet Evaluation Center.

Download Windows Server 2008 R2

Download Microsoft System Center 2012 Pre-Release Products

Sign up and take this course!


 

The Microsoft Virtual Academy team would like to announce the release of the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 course.

This course provides an overview of the new System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (SCCM) product. After completing this course you will understand the features that enable SCCM to:

  • Easily distribute applications to users, regardless of device or form factor.
  • Perform software updates.
  • Device management improvements.

The course will also cover how SCCM 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.

After completing this course, try out what you’ve learnt by downloading SCCM from the TechNet Evaluation Center. Download Microsoft System Center 2012 Pre-Release Products

Sign up and take this course!


The December MVA TechNet Radio show is now live. The show covers what’s happen in the Academy now and what is coming down the line.

This show focuses on the System Center Virtual Manager 2012 and System Center Configuration Manager 2012 courses. Get a sneak peek of what’s in these course. what Consumerization of IT is and how it relates to the System Center Configuration Manager course.

To get involved send your questions to Further Episode Questions and we will try and answer them in the show.

December Episode


 

The Microsoft Virtual Academy team would like to announce the release of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 course.

This course focuses on how using System Center Virtual Machine Manger 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 Manger 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 Manger 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 Manger 2012 to deploy, update, and manage them. 

After completing this course, try out what you’ve learnt by downloading VMM from the TechNet Evaluation Center. Download Microsoft System Center 2012 Pre-Release Products

Sign up and take this course!


The November MVA TechNet Radio show is now live. This month show cover what’s happen in the Academy now and what is coming down the line.

This show focuses on the Private Cloud courses that will releasing at the end of November and looking forward to the courses coming in 2012.

To get involved send your questions to Further Episode Questions and we will try and answer them in the show.

November Episode


The September update to the Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Guide for Enterprises has been released. This guide is referenced in the Office 365 courses on the Microsoft Virtual Academy and will build on the training material in those courses.

In addition to the PDF version of the Deployment Guide, an updated web edition has been released. The web edition provides all of the same content of the document version, as well as the following:

  • Concise search and index features that filter search results to what you need from the Deployment Guide
  • Auto expanding table of contents guiding you to the information needed
  • Bookmark feature allowing you to reference back to a topic quickly
  • Microsoft Translate technology and is available in approximately 30 languages

About the Deployment Guide

The Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Guide for Enterprises presents important deployment planning concepts and deployment procedures. The deployment guide is organized into the sections that provide specific types of information for specific types of deployment personnel in your organization.

Here is a quick overview of what you will find:

  • Deployment Overview section. This material provides the high-level look at the deployment and organizational requirements to deploy Office 365. It has valuable information for your IT decision-makers, program managers, and technical implementation leads.
  • Plan and Prepare sections. These sections describe the particular tasks and activities required to get ready and fully implement your Office 365 deployment. The tasks are generally presented in the order in which you address them during your deployment. Topics discussed in the Plan section generally reappear in the Prepare section with instructions for carrying out a task. The Plan and Prepare sections contain content that will interest specific types of technology experts in your organization.
  • Migrate section. This section describes the tasks for moving your users’ mailboxes to the Office 365 environment so you can begin using the Office 365 as part of your production environment.

Please send feedback and suggestions about the Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Guide to modgfdbk@microsoft.com.

About the Microsoft Virtual Academy

imageThe Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on various Microsoft products and solutions.

You can enroll for free at www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com. and follow us on Twitter at  @MSVirtAcademy


The first of the monthly Radio shows we are recording about all things MVA is now live. Over the next few months we’ll have features about what’s happen in the Academy now and what is coming down the line.

In the first show we celebrate the first 6 months of the global MVA, we’ll cover what we’ve done in the last 6 months and look ahead to the what is coming down the line.

One feature we will include in future episodes is the chance to have your question answered on air. For the next episode you can send us your question via email and we will pick the best ones, going forward we will give you the option to send us your  question in video form for inclusion in the show.

Send you questions to October Episode Question

September Episode: Happy 6 Month Anniversary MVA