As of mid-April, MS doesn’t call the next Windows Server release “Windows Server 8” any more. It’s now officially known as “Windows Server 2012,” and it’s expected to ship in October, 2012, along with Windows 8 for the desktop. Late last week Microsoft Learning announced its first two-day Jump Start course for the new server OS, scheduled for June 21 and 22, 2012, with ace instructors Rick Claus (Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist) and Corey Hynes (Microsoft Partner, full-time infrastructure consultant, and regular TechEd presenter) at the helm.
The two-day course breaks into half days on “Beyond Virtualization” and “Manageability” (Day 1), and then “Storage” and “Remote Users” (Day 2). Looks like lots of interesting topics and discussion will be part and parcel of this presentation. Noteworthy keywords for the content include virtualization, Hyper-V, PowerShell, storage, vdi, cluster, and networking. Lots of detail is promised in the course description, which you can find in the blog post entitled “New Jump Start! Windows Server 2012! Who’s Ready? REGISTER NOW!”
If you’d rather cut to the chase, however, just go straight to the Server 2012 Jump Start Registration page. The course is free, the content looks strong (though there’s no overt certification tie-in just yet, there undoubtedly will be once the product ships), so why not go for it?