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This is my compilation of some of the online resource available to you in February 2012.

This list featuring both live and on-demand content including webcasts, videos, virtual labs, and podcasts by product and topic.

this is not the WHOLE list of the available content. but these are the ones i thought were relevant to customers and IT pros.

Microsoft webcasts are 30-90 minutes in length and feature interactive presentations, product demonstrations, and question-and-answer sessions. Virtual labs give you an opportunity to test drive Microsoft’s newest products in an online environment. It's simple—no complex setup or installation is required. Stream or download audio podcasts and quickly access content with RSS feeds.

Microsoft podcasts are free — just click and Learn!

You can View all the podcasts for IT professionals here. (http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9637723.)

Or visit the Interactive IT Professional Webcast Calendar.

Live Webcasts:

TechNet Webcast: From Virtualization to Private Cloud with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (Level 200)
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time
John Baker, Senior IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Becoming the Next Private Cloud Expert Now (Level 300)
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Yung Chou, Senior IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Information about Microsoft Security Bulletins for February (Level 200)
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Jerry Bryant, Senior Program Manager, Group Manager, Response Communications, Microsoft Corporation
Dustin Childs, Senior Security Program Manager, Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: You've Got a Cloud: Familiar Tools to Manage It (Level 300)
Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Blain Barton, Senior IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Integrating Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with SAP for Expense Management (Level 300)
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Ade Ajayi, Microsoft IT Senior Solution Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Shiran Sathananthan, Microsoft IT Principle Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Office System Webcast: Excel 2010: Create Named Ranges, and Use Them with Advanced Formulas (Level 100)
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Pacific Time
Jed Warren, Training Specialist / Office Systems Expert, Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Office System Webcast: PowerPoint 2010: Control and Manage the Flow of Your PowerPoint Presentations (Level 200)
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Pacific Time
Jed Warren, Training Specialist / Office Systems Expert, Microsoft Corporation

IT Manager Webcast: How Microsoft IT Takes Initial Steps Toward the Consumerization of IT (Level 200)
Thursday, February 02, 2012 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Chris Dieringer, Microsoft IT Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Paul Selsor, Microsoft IT Field Infrastructure Technology Strategist, Microsoft Corporation

Highly Rated On-Demand Webcasts:

TechNet Webcast: Career Progression: Getting Ready for the Cloud (Level 200)

TechNet Webcast: IT Pro's Heaven: The Private Cloud (Level 200)

TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting Office 365 and BPOS-S Services Using MOSDAL 4.0 (Level 200)

TechNet Webcast: Private Cloud Q&A (Episode 2)

Office 365: Transforming Your Business with Lync Online

Elevate Your Bottom Line with Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Office Tips and Tricks: Do More with Data in Excel 2010

Popular Virtual Labs:

TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Advanced Software Distribution

TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Basic Software Distribution

TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Software Updates

TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Endpoint Protection RC

New Videos:

TechNet Radio: IT Time - New Features in Exchange Server 2010 SP2

TechNet Radio: IT Time – Using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit for Office 365

TechNet Radio: IT Time – Email Migration to Office 365 with MigrationWiz

TechNet Radio: SharePoint Online Administration Panel Discussion

New Podcasts:

TechNet Radio Community Corner: Microsoft MVP, Mitch Garvis talks Private Cloud


TechNet Radio: IT Time - Private Cloud Security Basics (Part 1)


TechNet Radio: IT Time - Private Cloud Security Basics (Part 2)


Small Business Content:

Office Tips and Tricks with Jed Warren
Are you interested in utilizing Microsoft Office to its fullest extent?  Join us as we discuss some of the valuable tips and tricks you can use throughout the entire Office Suite.  From how to best create vibrant PowerPoint presentations to how to use Excel to its highest potential, these helpful webcasts can give you the inside track as to get the most out of Microsoft Office.  

Learn the Benefits of Business Ready Licensing
Gain an understanding of how you can take your business solution to the next level by transitioning from module-based licensing (MBL) to business-ready licensing (BRL). Expand the impact of your existing business solution by leveraging one of BRL's two license editions—Business Essentials Edition or Advanced Management Edition. BRL streamlines the pricing of your Microsoft Dynamics solution to a model that is based on the number of users who actually use the software, rather than MBL's more-complex module/granule + users mechanism. Microsoft offers a program to Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL customers who are interested in making a license model transition. We highlight the details in this webcast.


Please let me know if this is something you find valuable. or if there is something specific you’re looking for. Also, if you’re in the Toronto area, i highly recommend the IT Virtualization Boot Camps. They are brought to you by your local user group and Microsoft TechDays Canada. The first two IT Virtualization Boot Camps will take place at the Microsoft Mississauga offices on January 21, 2012 and January 23, 2012. The IT Virtualization Boot Camp provides a fun and collaborative environment where you will get hands-on experience to:

  • Prepare your Windows Server-based computer for virtualization
  • Configure an iSCSI storage server
  • Create a Windows Failover Cluster
  • Make Hyper-V virtual machines highly available and using Live Migration to move running workloads between hosts with no loss in client connectivity
  • Integrate non-Microsoft-based virtual machines into your cluster
  • See how Windows Failover Clustering can help to make dealing with hardware failure easier

you can get more details in Damir’s post “Get Hands-On With Microsoft Virtualization & Help Your Local User Group

There is so much to learn.  we should take advantage of every opportunities.

As always, please contact me should you have any comments or questions.



Pierre Roman, MCITP, ITIL | Senior Technical Account Manager | Directeur de Compte Technique Senior
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