As Brad Anderson explained on his blog last week, the IT industry never slows down, with the virtualization world going through a big inflection point. As result of this, as demand for Hyper-V grows, it is advantageous for virtualization professionals to be "bilingual" i.e. comfortable with Microsoft and VMware platforms.
Jeff has already done an excellent job covering the announcement, but for those of you who haven't heard yet, there are now two brand new resources available from Microsoft to help get you skilled up on Hyper-V and "future-proof" your career. Firstly, there is a new Microsoft Virtualization Certificate that has been designed around Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager - this is designed for those of you that already have skills in VMware technologies or may have a VCP.
Secondly, you should check out Virtualization2, a brand new website which 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. And in great news, if you complete the on-demand MVA training, you will receive a voucher to take the Microsoft Virtualization Certification exam for free (equivalent to $150 USD value!)
This is a big opportunity, and we're excited to support you as you create the broadest possible skill set!