For some time now Microsoft hasn’t really invested much into the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) site. The content there has been slowly aging and getting out of date. Microsoft has actually been investing in other learning avenues like the new Microsoft Learn site and EdX courses.
Recently, Microsoft Learning announced that the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) site will begin a retirement process starting on January 31, 2019. The first piece announced to be retired is the ability to earn Certificates of Completion for the MVA courses taken. If you want to complete any MVA courses, then you’ll want to do so before January 31, 2019 if that’s something that matters to you.
Microsoft is continuing to invest in Microsoft Learn training catalog instead of MVA going forward. Be sure to visit Microsoft Learn for more details.
Microsoft announced, at Inspire 2018, some additions and changes to the Microsoft Certifications surrounding the Microsoft Azure cloud that are starting to be released, and will be expanded upon in the near future around the timing of the Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference in September 2018. These announcements were made in the LER01 – The future of modern learning session at MS Inspire 2018, in addition to a blog post on the Microsoft Learning blog written by Liberty Munson. Read More
It’s been about 1.5 years since Microsoft first announced the Microsoft Professional Program. Basically, the Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) is a cross between an Online Degree and a Multi-Exam Certification. It’s a good move by Microsoft to provide a better training path than certifications, while simultaneously working to fill the skills gap that traditional degree programs have difficulty filling. Essentially, it’s a good cross between the two paths, providing yet another great non-traditional alternative to education and career advancement. Plus, now the Microsoft Professional Program offers 5 different “degree” tracks to choose from! Read More
Alongside the Visual Studio 2017 launch event, Microsoft and Opsgility have announced a partnerships offering all members of the Microsoft Dev Essentials program free access to Opsgility on-demand, video training service. This benefits brings a 3-month subscription to that grants access to the Opsgility industry leading Microsoft Azure cloud training courses.
Opsgility is the global leader in Microsoft Azure cloud technology training for Developers, IT Professionals, and Architects. They are built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders from all around the globe.
Opsgility provides Live, Instructor-led (both onsite and virtual) training courses as well as self-paced, online courses that go above and beyond simple videos or blog posts. Each course is designed to comprehensively guide the student through the subject by providing expert instructors, step-by-step hands-on labs, and knowledge measures to assess and ensure new skills are mastered.
Microsoft Dev Essentials offers developers many great benefits. Now those benefits include the best Azure training available! You join Microsoft Dev Essentials, as well as see the full benefits list, at: https://www.visualstudio.com/dev-essentials
Who doesn’t want a free drone / quadcopter? “Let’s face it, you’re SUPER HUMAN” The tryazuremarketplace.com website currently has a bunch of FREE Azure Marketplace Labs you can do virtually (online from anywhere). Once you complete a lab, you just submit proof you did the lab and Microsoft will send you a free mini-quadcopter! Alternatively, you can also get a 3-month Azure Pass instead. But, who doesn’t want a free drone!?
The drone is the Crazyflie 2.0 quadcopter.
There are tons of labs to choose from! You can go to the site to see a full list, but they are broken out into the following categories: Dev Ops, Security, Big Data, Open Source, and Management.
Here’s a list of the labs currently you can do for Free!
- Dev Ops
- CHEF – Automate an Infrastructure
- Docker – Containerize an Application
- KEMP – Intelligently Design Traffic
- Barracuda – Secure Distributed Networks
- Big Data
- Hortonworks – Modernize an Architecture
- Open Source
- Bitnami – Virtualize a Server
- Cloud Cruiser – Activate Profitable Insights
Learn Azure, Get a FREE Drone!
Attribution: The header image of this post as well as the photo of the drone were taken as screenshots of the Azure Super Human Lab website.
The Microsoft Virtual Security Summit is a 3 hour long, virtual event packed with information on protecting your organization in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Cybersecurity has become a priority IT concern due to the nearly weekly announcements of cyberattacks. Cybersecurity is extremely important for every organization. At this event you will learn about modern cyberattacks, and the tools you can use to keep your devices, platforms, and people safe. Read More
Every Friday, Scott Hanselman posts short interviews with some of the Microsoft Azure product team members. There are currently over 225 free Azure training videos in the “Azure Friday” library with 2 new videos posted each week. Each video is relatively short making them quick learning bites enabling anyone to learn a little more about Microsoft Azure each week. Read More
The book “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure” has been made available as a Free eBook from Microsoft Press and Microsoft Virtual Academy. This book is written by Michael Collier and Robin Shahan.
The material covered in this book are targeted towards introducing both Developers and IT Professionals to the huge range of features and capabilities within the Microsoft Azure platform. Read More
There’s been a huge increase in the need to get trained in Microsoft Azure, and as a result the interest / need to get certified in Azure has been increasing as well. The only difficulty with the certification is there are 3 primary Microsoft certification exams on Azure and it can be a little unclear which exam is right for “You.” In this article I will outline the differences between the different Azure certification exams / certifications, and hopefully I’ll help you decide which is best for you to start with.
Update 9/30/2016: This week Microsoft announced some really big and amazing changes to the Microsoft Certification program and how the Azure certification exams fit in with MCSD and MCSE certifications. As a result, you want to reference the 2016 Edition of Where to start with Azure Certification article instead.
Azure Machine Learning eBook
The book “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning” written by Jeff Barnes, published by Microsoft Press, has been made available as a Free eBook over on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site. This book introduces developers to using Azure Machine Learning for building predictive analytics models and deploy them for consumption as web services.
Do you want to learn about Azure Machine Learning? This book provides a perfect place to start. Read More