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Microsoft Virtual Academy—Resources, Free Training, OneStopShop Vol 13-7 | March, 2011
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After all the product announcements, betas and sneak peaks at all things management related at MMS last week, one thing crept out out of the Las Vegas haze that might have gone unnoticed. We’ve launched an online Virtual Academy called the MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy).   Picture it as a single place to go for free training online on a variety of hot topics (private cloud, IaaS, Paas, Saas, System Center, Virtualization, Azure etc...) that you take assessments to validate your learnings and show off your score.  A Microsoft Passport is required, personalized profile options and international and national rankings. To read the rest of this editorial, click here .

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The Cloudy Future: Integration

Get the facts about the Cloud in this series of 13 myths.  Clear up the future of your role as an IT Professional and see how you can play a key role in putting the Cloud to work for your organization.  Myth 5: Integration issues go away when applications are outsourced to the cloud. Learn more .
Download Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

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Download Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2

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Register for the Align IT 2011 tour

Interested in IT as a service? Starting planning for it at Align IT Tour 2011, a FREE event and simulcast. With real-world examples, you’ll see how technologies like cloud computing can help you move to a truly agile infrastructure, enabling you to do more with your limited resources. Register now .
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Jumpstart: Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals (March 29-31

If you’re seasoned in Windows IT management and looking to expand the way your environments leverage virtualization, this special event is for you. Following just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), this three-day Jump Start class is specially tailored for VMware and Microsoft technology pros.
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