Microsoft Virtual Academy

The Microsoft Virtual Academy has been a major pillar in my growth as an IT professional – I’ve used the courses on it for learning new topics, prepping for exams, and (my favorite)… “I have to deliver this technology that I know nothing about, what do I do now?!”

If you’ve never taken advantage of the wealth of knowledge available on pretty much any Microsoft technology that exists (that might be an exaggeration – if so, it’s only a slight one 🙂 ), here’s a few of the courses I’ve needed / taken recently, or have queued up to do next:

Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center – love me some Hyper-V! Lots of companies have typically been VMWare shops, but Hyper-V is gaining ground rapidly. Along with Server 2012 R2 and the options for failing over workloads into Azure, this is a valuable skillset to gain.

Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start – I’ve been finding myself doing more and more MDT deployments recently, and in fact I’m working on an MDT 2013 project right now. Great stuff in this course, and good real world knowledge.

Microsoft Azure Iaas Deep Dive Jump Start – I just completed the #levelupAzure Azure IaaS for IT Professionals on Channel 9 (amazing course run by Rick Claus – @RicksterCDN), so this one will be next for me, I think.

Office 365 ProPlus Deployment for IT Pros – If there’s Office 365 knowledge to be gotten, I want it! This one is in my queue.

Expanding Office 365 with Enterprise Mobility Suite – Awesome course by Simon May (@simonster) – I used this one to help prepare for an EMS engagement.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager & Windows Intune – This was part two of my prep for deploying EMS with Intune and Config Manager, again – great stuff.

Those are just a few of my favorites – what’s next for you? If you haven’t been to the MVA site before, go ahead and sign up and start learning!

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