Exam Jump Start 70-534 with Dan and Brian, check it out,

Cloud Architects positions are among the top demanded positions by corporate employers. They are also very high paying and garner an enormous amount of respect and prestige. Would you make a good Architect? Are you interested in becoming certified in architecting Microsoft Azure solutions? The Architect exam covers designing all aspects of cloud solutions so…


Join Microsoft Early Experts and enhance your Virtualization Skills! – Register here!

Join the Early Experts Program! In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, adding Microsoft virtualization and cloud skills to your technical repertoire…

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IT Pro “Cloud OS Challenge” Sweepstakes - YOU could WIN a Surface Pro and MORE!…

  Build your very own Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for FREE and Enter for a chance to win* one of the following fantastic prizes: Three Grand Prizes: One of three Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB devices with Type Cover keyboard cover ($828.99 USD Retail Value)   Twenty-Five First Prizes: One of twenty-five Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers…

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VMware or Microsoft? Articles from the IT Pro Evangelists at Microsoft... Read the Series.....

Series to date:  (Full listing updated at: https://aka.ms/VMWorMSFT.) Date Article Author Aug 12, 2013 Series Introduction Kevin Remde – @KevinRemde  Aug 13, 2013 What is a “Purpose-Built Hypervisor? Kevin Remde – @KevinRemde Aug 14, 2013 Simplified Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Host Patching =  Greater Security and More Uptime Chris Avis  – @ChrisAvis  Aug 15, 2013 Reducing…

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Excellent event in Jacksonville FL – Community IT Pro Camp #11 goes big time!

Picture was at the end of the day and look who stayed around, why?  SWAG?  YES – SWAG!   147 attendees out of 337 registered who turned out on Saturday on Father’s Day Weekend Community event included 10 Tracks, 12 Sponsors, 30 sessions schedule here 23 Speakers (Microsoft, MVP’s and local Influencers) ran by a…

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TechEd 2013 North America will take place June 3-6 in New Orleans! Hope to see you there!

TechEd 2013 North America will take place June 3-6 in New Orleans and I’m planning on meeting up with friends and colleagues while at the event to network and have some fun as well. TechEd is the annual “Superbowl” for myself as an IT Pro. It’s Microsoft’s premiere conference offering the most comprehensive technical education…

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Microsoft Press Books picks up on Ed Wilson and Blain Barton talking about Certifications on TechNet Radio

Long-time Microsoft Press author and Scripting Guy! Ed Wilson, whose latest book on PowerShell—Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step—was just published, recently chatted with myself on TechNet Radio about the role of Microsoft certification in his career. Ed, who recently passed Exam 70-410, also describes why he keeps his certification up to date. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2013/03/19/author-news-ed-wilson-on-how-certification-changed-his-life.aspx

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TechNet Radio: IT Time – Get Certified! Why Microsoft Certification Matters

Blain Barton and the Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson are back for their monthly show and in today’s episode, they discuss the importance of Microsoft Certifications. Tune in as they chat about how getting certified directly affected their careers, some tips and tricks for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 as well as the free "Early…

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Part 11 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series - Azure as a PaaS

By Harold Wong Azure as a PaaS, further defined …. http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2013/02/18/migration-and-deployment-windows-azure-as-a-paas.aspx Try Azure at:  https://aka.ms/try-azure Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 9 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Windows Server 2012 SMB 3.0 Deployment Considerations

By Bob Hunt Windows Server 2012 SMB 3.0 Deployment Considerations (Part 9 of 19) http://blogs.technet.com/b/bobh/archive/2013/02/14/windows-server-2012-smb-3-0-deployment-considerations.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 8 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Installing the Migration Tools

By Matt Hester Get going and install your Migration Tools for Windows Server 2012, start here –  http://blogs.technet.com/b/matthewms/archive/2013/02/13/migration-and-deployment-installing-the-migration-tools-part-8-of-19.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 7 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series - Upgrade Implications for Active Directory - (Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012)

By Blain Barton When we look at upgrading our existing infrastructure to the latest Windows Server edition we always have to consider the implications when upgrading Active Directory. The first thing you need to plan for is what you are wanting to accomplish in your new migration. This post provides background information about Active Directory…

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Part 6 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series– Requirements for a fresh Windows Server 2012 Installation

By Bob Hunt Check out the requirements for a fresh Windows Server 2012 Installation, good article! http://blogs.technet.com/b/bobh/archive/2013/02/11/requirements-for-a-fresh-windows-server-2012-installation.aspx   Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 4 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Windows Easy Transfer Wizard – Even Grandma Can Do It -

By Dan Stolts Well there you go, even your Grandma and Grandpa can use the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard to backup or transfer the things you want! http://itproguru.com/expert/2013/02/migration-and-deployment-how-to-migrate-or-transfer-files-and-settings-to-windows-8-from-windows-7-vista-or-xp-part-4-of-19/ Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 3 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Deploy using Configuration Manager and Zero-Touch

By Keith Mayer Keith discusses steps to deploying Windows using Configuration Manager and Zero Touch.  Good article… http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/02/06/5-steps-to-deploying-windows-8-with-system-center-2012-service-pack-1-part-3-of-19.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 2 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Free Tools for Windows Deployment (Introduce ADK and MDT) and show LTI

  Kevin Remde will be covering Free Tools for Windows Deployment (introduce ADK and MDT) and show LTI http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinremde/archive/2013/02/05/free-tools-for-windows-deployment-migration-and-deployment-part-2-of-19.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 1 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series - Requirements for a fresh Windows 8 Installation

By Harold Wong As we start the series around Migration and Deployment to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, we’ll dive into the topics that mean most to you. http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2013/02/04/upgrade-and-migration-requirements-for-a-fresh-install-of-windows-8.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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IT Pro Windows Server 2012 Lab Guide 1 for “Early Experts” Program

Early Experts program at:  https://aka.ms/itproexpert IT Pro Windows Server 2012 Lab Guide – Lab 1 Part 1 – Prepare Dual Boot Windows Server 2012 using Native Boot to VHD. Part 2 – Install & Configure Hyper-V. Part 3 – Create Virtual Machines. Part 4 – Configure Virtual Machines. Part 5 – Snapshot. Post Lab Configuration….

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Part 3 of 8 - TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Managing Clients

    In this short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can easily start learning about how to manage clients within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.   Click here to try out the Virtual Lab. If you’re curious about client management capabilities within System Center, the TechNet Virtual Labs allow you to…

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Jump Start - Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

New Jump Start! Microsoft Server Virtualization — Get Certified! Microsoft Learning is hosting a brand new class in the popular “Jump Start” series. We received rave reviews from the last Microsoft Virtualization Jump Start delivered earlier this year and know this new course will be another smash. Here are the details: • What? “Exam 70-659:…

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