Posts Tagged ‘Private Cloud’

Microsoft’s Certifications Reinvented for the Cloud

April 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Private Cloud and SQL lead the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) reinvention

The need for cloud computing skills has been pushing the market for months. Solution providers are seeking cloud-ready employees to bring their businesses to the next level. The cloud computing market is evolving at such a pace that while the number of job postings is skyrocketing, the talent isn’t there to fill the positions.

The new certification framework has also been streamlined to three skill levels to make it easier to navigate:

  • The Associate Level comprises the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification, which provides a clear starting point for job seekers early in their technology career. Candidates must prove they have the required skills to hit the ground running. This level represents a foundation and is the prerequisite certification necessary to earn an MCSE.
  • The Expert Level comprises the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or its developer equivalent, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and is Microsoft’s flagship certification for individuals who want to lead their organization’s transition to the cloud. These certifications recognize IT professionals and developers with broad and deep skill sets across Microsoft solutions.
  • The Master Level is the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification that differentiates the select few from their peers and represents the highest bar of knowledge and skills validation.

Microsoft Private Cloud Certification

March 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Get started today by heading over to the Microsoft Private Cloud Certification Overview page. That’s where you can prepare and practice for the certification, sign up for our upcoming Private Cloud Jump Start course, and get a head start on your private cloud certification by starting your MCITP Server Administrator certification.

The traditional datacenter model is changing rapidly—and Microsoft Certification continues to change with it, to help you keep your skills relevant in the new world of the private cloud.

Are you ready for the Microsoft Private Cloud?

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

On February 21 & 22 Microsoft is running a 2-day virtual training event to help the world learn about the upcoming enhancements with the Creating & Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start.

It is 100% free and open to the public, so register now!

Sign up today at:

Event Overview

Adopting this exciting new computing paradigm provides a whole new landscape of technology and career direction for IT professionals. Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft System Center 2012 team have partnered to bring you an exciting opportunity to learn what you need to know to deploy, manage and maintain Microsoft’s private cloud solution. Leveraging the popular Jump Start virtual classroom approach, the industry’s most gifted cloud experts will show attendees why this new private cloud solution, based on System Center 2012 and Windows Server, has garnered so much attention. Presenters include Symon Perriman, Sean Christensen, Adam Hall, Kenon Owens, Prabu Rambadran & Chris Van Wesep and there will be a live Q&A during the event.

Event Agenda

Day 1: Deployment & Configuration (Feb. 21)

· Part 1: Understanding the Microsoft Private Cloud

· Part 2: Deploying the Infrastructure Components

· Part 3: Deploying the Private Cloud Infrastructure

· Part 4: Deploying the Service Layer

· Part 5: Deploying the Applications & VMs

Day 2: Management & Operations (Feb. 22)

· Part 6: Managing the Infrastructure Components

· Part 7: Managing the Private Cloud Infrastructure

· Part 8: Managing the Service Layer

· Part 9: Managing the Applications & VMs

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Jump Start Overview

This accelerated Jump Start sponsored by Microsoft Learning is tailored for IT professionals familiar with Windows Server technologies, Hyper-V virtualization, and the System Center management solutions. The course is designed to provide a fast-paced and technical understanding of how and why Microsoft’s approach to the private cloud delivers scalability, security, flexibility and control. Here are few unique benefits of this course:

· Students have the opportunity to learn from and interact with the industry’s best cloud technologists!

· This high-energy, demo-rich learning experience will help IT Professionals understand why Microsoft private cloud solutions are making a splash in the industry.

· Students will see with their own eyes how Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center 2012 work together to provide the best combination of security and scale.

· Information-packed agenda! Day one of this two-day online course will focus on designing and deploying the right solutions for your organization, while day two will provide an in-depth look at the tools available to help monitor, secure and control the operational aspects of a private cloud.

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Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud : explore your cloud options.

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Hear from other senior IT professionals about how cloud computing can help you gain maximum competitive advantage with minimal risk.

Learn about Microsoft cloud offerings, including private, public, and hybrid cloud models. Experience Microsoft private cloud solutions through the Microsoft Technology Center.

Private cloud discussion with Microsoft executives: Insights and news

  • Satya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft
  • Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management and Security Division, Microsoft

 Register Now for the virtual event Tuesday, January 17th 8:30 AM PST | 16:30 UTC


free training: Failover Clustering with Hyper-V: Designing a Highly-Available Infrastructure for the Private Cloud

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Tuesday, December 6th from 8am-11am PST. Microsoft is are offering a free training: Failover Clustering with Hyper-V: Designing a Highly-Available Infrastructure for the Private Cloud


Register here:


Join Symon Perriman (Technical Evangelist for Private Cloud) and Elden Christensen (Principal Program Manager Lead for Clustering) to understand how Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering with Hyper-V provides critical infrastructure for any datacenter with VM high-availability and mobility.  This event will provide an introduction to clustering, then focus on the design, deployment and management considerations for your virtualized datacenter or Private Cloud.  Topics include hardware, validation, deployment, host clustering, guest clustering, virtualization, live migration, multi-site clustering, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 & 2012, and offers a wealth of best practices.  No prior clustering knowledge is needed.

·        Introduction to Clustering – Learn the basics of Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering

·        Hyper-V High-Availability – Dive into best practices, tips and tricks to provide VM high-availability and mobility

·        Private Cloud High-Availability – Enhance the datacenter with integration from SCVMM (2008 R2 and 2012) and multi-site clustering


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Simplify your cloud migration planning with MAP 6.0

July 19, 2011 Leave a comment


The latest release from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) team provides organizations with tools to simplify public and private cloud migration planning.

Download the MAP Toolkit 6.0:

New features and benefits from MAP 6.0 release help you:

·        Analyze your portfolio of applications for a move to the Windows Azure Platform

·        Accelerate private cloud planning with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track onboarding

·        Identify migration opportunities with enhanced  heterogeneous server environment inventory

·        Assess your client environment for Office 365 readiness

·        Determine readiness for migration to Windows Internet Explorer 9

·        Discover Oracle database  schemas for migration to SQL Server

I am Speaking at Teched Australia 2011

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

I am absolutely thrilled to announce I will be presenting the following two sessions at Tech.Ed Australia 2011 :

SCVMM 2012: Deployment, Planning, Upgrade

This session provides a scenario rich detailed walk through of VMM 2012 deployment, planning, and upgrade scenarios. Come and learn how to best plan your next VMM rollout

SCVMM 2012 Fabric Lifecycle: Networking and Storage

This session provides a scenario rich detailed walk through of  new and more robust networking and storage features in VMM 2012. In this session you will learn how to discover, configure, and provision networking
and storage fabric for use with the private cloud

Came along! It will be an excellent session.

Tech.Ed Australia 2011 is on the Gold Coast between the 30th August and the 2nd September, registrations are now open. Find out more at