Cloud Insights from Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server & System Center
The IT industry never slows down and IT pros are constantly assessing what’s next and what’s best – not only for their business, but also for their careers.
The virtualization world is going through a big inflection point, and this is leading to a lot of noise and conflicting information in the marketplace. Over the last several years, VMware experts have seen a big benefit to their careers from the widespread adoption of virtualization, but everyone is also looking ahead to what’s next.
Over the last few years, Hyper-V has been going from strength to strength, leading to more and more organizations adopting this platform. As demand for Hyper-V grows, there are substantial career benefits for virtualization professionals who are “bilingual” – i.e. those that are comfortable with both Microsoft and VMware platforms.
With this in mind, I am happy to announce two brand new resources from Microsoft that help bring more IT professionals along on the journey: A new Microsoft Virtualization certification, as well as a brand new website, Virtualization2.
The new certification has been designed around Microsoft Server Virtualization with Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, and it is geared toward the skills of VMware VCPs. Virtualization2 also has some great, free resources that Microsoft has developed to help IT pros who are VMware experts build their expertise in Microsoft virtualization.
This new certification comes with a new way to prepare for your certification exam. To get certified you can train with Microsoft LPs (like with any of our other certifications), or you can take the free online training with Microsoft technical experts via Microsoft Virtual Academy.
You can sign up for this free training (which will be live and interactive on November 19 & 20) by hosts Symon Perriman and Telmo Sampaio by clicking here.
As a bonus, you’ll receive a voucher to take the new certification exam for free (regular cost is $150 US).
As you check out the site and this certification, I want you to keep in mind that this is not just about virtualization. The virtualization aspect of this is only the tip of a very large iceberg. I believe, looking 2-3 steps ahead, that getting acquainted with Hyper-V is going to future-proof your career and provide you with the broadest possible skill set.
This is a big opportunity for you, your organization, and your career – and we’re excited to help you make the most of it.
<p>Great news! How does this exam tie in with other Certifications \ will there be a new MCSE\MCSA Virtualization track available?</p>
<p>Great idea - just several years too late I guess? </p>
<p>When we will get voucher? After MVA session?</p>
<p>How about restoring TechNet so I can properly lab this stuff?</p>
<p>Question from Twitter: Will the cert training (11/19-20) be repeated or recorded? </p>
<p>Hi JuneB, yes the training will be recorded and posted on MVA a few weeks after the live event.</p>
<p>Thanks for the questions.</p>
<p>This certification is a targeted one exam certification focusing on Virtualization. </p>
<p>The recommended next step would be for IT Pros to pursue their MCSA for Windows Server 2012 (link here: <a rel="nofollow" target="_new" href="http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsa-windows-server-certification.aspx">www.microsoft.com/.../mcsa-windows-server-certification.aspx</a>). </p>
<p>Is this exam available any in some parts the world or at the moment is it only limited to certain areas in the world. </p>
<p>Will the training be available for download?</p>
<p>Thanks for your question. A few days after the MVA session, registrants will get an email with a link to the exam voucher.</p>
<p>Thanks for your question. The training will be available for on-demand viewing a few days after the live event. All registrants to the live event will get an email informing them of the availability of the on-demand course when it is ready.</p>
<p>Excellent!! Just signed up and looking forward to the exam. </p>
<p>Only me or the registration link doesn't work anymore?</p>
<p>The registration link isn't working... </p>
<p>Registered several days ago, still no confirmation e-mail.</p>