Here’s the rotating banner from the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) home page, which nicely and concisely tells you pretty much everything you need to know. Here’s the registration link, should you wish to sign up immediately — and if you’re interested, you probably should, because virtual seats are limited and tend to fill up very quickly for this high-demand subject matter.
In case you can’t read the fine print on the screencap, here’s what Jump Starts are coming up (I’m paraphrasing the info copy from the afore-linked registration page in the bullets that follow):
- Introduction to Hyper-V: 1/24/2013 8am – 5pm PST (UCT -08:00). First part of three parts, designed for IT Pros experience in virtualization technologies like VMware, Virtual Box, and so forth, but who need to learn how to use Hyper-V to undertake various typical tasks on the Windows Server 2012 platform. Symon Perriman and Jeff Woolsey will be instructing.
- Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals: 1/30/2013 8am – 5pm PST (UCT -08:00). Second part of three parts, tailored for VMware professionals who need to come up to speed on how Hyper-V v3 (the version included with Windows Server 2012) and System Center 2012 SP1 compare with VMware vSphere 5.1 and VMware Private Cloud, respectively.
- Microsoft Tools for VMware Integration/Migration: late Feb 2013, final date/time TBD. Third of three parts, this series aims at VMware professionals seeking to leverage Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V v3, and System Center 2012 to integrate effectively with VMware.
All three courses are online only, and include no hands-on labs. Microsoft does offer more formal (for a fee) training classes that are instructor-led with a serious hands-on component. Looks like MS Course 20414A: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure is designed to handle server virtualization and related topics, while classes 20415A: Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure, and 20416A: Implementing Desktop Application Environments do the same thing for desktop and application virtualization, respectively.
Unrelated PostScript: Check out the Windows Intune Jump Start if you’re interested in managing distributed Windows PCs, tablets (including Android and iOS), and other mobile devices remotely and securely. Sounds interesting!