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“Early Experts” Study Guides Available for Updated MCSA Exams

This past month, Microsoft Learning has updated the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification exams to include new exam questions that relate to additional IT Pro tasks and new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2.  If you’re currently preparing for MCSA certification, you’ll definitely want to check out the updated exam topics.  To help you prepare for the new exam topics in each MCSA exam, this month the blog site author is releasing a set of updated free Study Guides – one per exam each Friday – as part of an Early Experts “Free Guide Friday” series. Each Study Guide will include prescriptive resources and hands-on exercises to build your confidence with the new exam topics.

· MCSA Exam 70-410 Study Guide

· MCSA Exam 70-411 Study Guide

· MCSA Exam 70-412 Study Guide

Get the Technology Training to Grow Your Business in Virtualization and Cloud

Get hands-on training on how to use the latest Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities to deliver solutions to small and midsize organizations

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Introduction

When SMBs think about virtualization, they typically think about server consolidation—enabling them to run more applications on fewer servers and helping to cut costs for hardware, maintenance, and power. Virtualization also delivers a range of other benefits, like making it dramatically faster and easier to manage the IT environment. 

One major benefit of virtualizing your customers is that it eases the upgrade path by eliminating the pain typically associated with migrating servers. Once services are hosted on virtual machines, it is simple to move the contents of a server to new hardware—or to deploy to the cloud. Virtualization also creates a foothold for additional services in a range of other areas, such as backup, disaster recovery and storage.

Selling virtualization solutions and services on the Microsoft platform offers a number of unique advantages. Perhaps most important, it’s built-in to the operating system at no extra cost. When you deploy Windows Server 2012 R2, you’ve deployed a complete virtualization platform for your SMB customers. 

Ahead of the Game Technical Series – Be Lean & Stay Lean

The Ahead of the Game Technical Series Be Lean & Stay Lean Learning Path provides training, demonstrations, and the option to complete hands on labs on how to use the latest Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities to deliver virtualization and cloud solutions to small and midsize organizations. This one-day course covers three key solution areas of importance for SMBs, including server consolidation, backup & disaster recovery, and cost-effective storage.  

In this training, you will:

* Get hands-on experience at your own pace: With a focus on building real-world solutions, this training consists of presentations, demos, and hands-on labs. Enjoy the opportunity to complete the training at your pace and revisit content as much as you like. 

* Get the skills you need to build real-world SMB solutions: Designed to help you prepare for the new and improved Midmarket Competency coming in 2014, this technical series is designed specifically for partners working with SMB customers to build solutions using the latest products and technologies from Microsoft. 

Who Should Participate

The Ahead of the Game Technical Series Be Lean & Stay Lean course is for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with or without existing business practices built on Windows Server and/or SQL Server who work with small and midsize organizations. The training is designed for IT professionals and consultants who are ready to learn more about meeting the technical needs of SMBs with virtualization and cloud solutions.

What We Will Cover

This course focuses on three key solution areas of importance for SMBs, including server consolidation, backup & disaster recovery, and cost-effective storage.  

1. Server Consolidation

Server consolidation is where most organizations begin. With Windows Server 2012 R2, you can offer customers the value of a built-in virtualization platform and lay the groundwork for additional virtualization and cloud-based solutions.

In this part of the training, you will learn about the core technologies that drive the Microsoft server virtualization infrastructure. Topics include:

* Server Consolidation Overview

* Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

* Hyper-V Host and VM Basics

* Workload Mobility

* Dynamic Memory

* Virtual Storage 

* Virtual Switches and Networks

* NIC Teaming at the host level

* VHDX storage practices for hosts and VMs

2. Backup, Disaster Recovery & Resiliency

According to statistics from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of businesses in the U.S. that are hit by disaster never reopen. Systems can go down for many reasons, whether it’s a power outage, a break-in, or a fire. In light of recent events, SMBs are focused on disaster recovery and data backup solutions. Once out of reach for smaller businesses, you can now offer affordable solutions that can literally keep your customers in business if disaster strikes.

In this part of the course, you will learn about the similarities and differences that are involved with protecting data and services in a virtualized environment versus a traditional physical environment. Topics include:

* Data protection challenges

* Data protection requirements 

* On Premises data protection tools

* Cloud-based data protection tools

* Hyper-V Replica

3. Cost-Effective Storage 

It is astounding to think about the change in the types and volumes of data businesses need to store versus five or ten years ago. Anyone can now capture large photo and video files, and on top of that we have constant access to a stream of data from email, social media, blogs, and more. 

With the explosion in volume and types of data in the workplace today, flexible, scalable storage is a requirement for SMBs. Now, with built-in features in Windows Server 2012 R2, you can offer high-end storage functionality at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.

In this part of the training, you will learn about the core technologies that drive the Microsoft server storage infrastructure. Topics include:

* Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Stack

* Cost Effective Storage using JBOD and Storage Spaces

* Scale out File Services and SMB 3 storage

* Performance Considerations 

* Workload and Data Pattern Considerations

Unified Device Management with Windows Intune: free online training

Unified Device Management with Windows Intune

Using the new versions of System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Intune (all available on October 18th 2013) you have many additional options for professional Unified Device Management. And this does not only work for Windows Devices but for iOS and Android platform as well!

In this workshop we will cover many of this options in detail (using Live Demos), we will show how all components of this solution play together and we will explain the USPs of our Microsoft Solution compared to our competitors in the market.

Pieter Wigleven from Holland will guide you through this Workshop. He has been with Microsoft for more than 5 years within Microsoft Services where he has been working as a Premier Field Engineer for Windows Client and Devices in EMEA. Pieter is an appreciated speaker at TechReady.

For the Workshop good basic knowledge of System Center Configuration Manager is necessary!

Proficiency level will be 300.

The workshop will be held in English!

Attendance is possible onsite and online.

We’re happy to invite you:

 

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Thursday, November 21st 2013

 

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2 – 5 p.m.

 

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Microsoft Vienna, Room Forum A and B (and online)

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