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  • Blog Post: TechEd Challenge 2014 Winners

    The wait is over and the winners of the TechEd Challenge have been revealed… Congratulations to Jamie Bryant, Peter Egerton, Jessica Meats and Marcus Robinson who have all won a paid trip to TechEd Europe 2014!! Just a recap, the aim of the TechEd Challenge 2014 was for members of the public...
  • Blog Post: Glastonbury for Geeks: How I won a free trip to TechEd Europe 2013

    Ryan Boud works at Inframon as an Implementation Consultant. He deploys Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager installations for customers across a wide variety of businesses. Ryan will tell us about TechEd Europe 2013 and how he managed to win a place through the TechEd Challenge. I was...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Team provide their top tips for sessions at TechEd Europe – plus win a trip to TechEd Europe!

    Less than 2 months left until TechEd Europe 2014 , this year being held in Fira, Barcelona from 28th - 31st October for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers. We all hope you’ll join us to develop your technical expertise through interaction with Microsoft and industry experts through deep...
  • Blog Post: Hybrid Cloud Pizzas and Work Folders. Can you do better for a free trip to TechEd Europe in Barcelona?

    The UK IT Pro team are giving away four trips to this year's TechEd Europe - Andrew and Ed show us just how easy it is to win! Two of our favourite Technical Evangelists, Andrew Fryer and Ed Baker, have both whipped up a super-quick video showing us how they take a simple scenario and turn this...
  • Blog Post: MVA Heroes on tour

    The TechNet UK IT pro team have been running a very successful competition over the summer. The aim is to promote the Microsoft Virtual Academy and drive IT Pros to its content in a structured way, with a fun approach to the competition. The MVA Heroes. It is a universal truth that IT Pros love free...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to our MVA Hero winners!

    A few months ago, the UK IT Pro team introduced the MVA Hero competition to the community to encourage all of you IT Pro's to power up your careers and get trained in the latest technology through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA offers valuable technical training available to consume...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 MCSA – Halfway House

    There are two certification examinations that make up the MCSA Office 365. The background, requirements and details are listed here and are partially shown in the graphic below. In short, to certify you need to pass 70-346 and 70-347 (the 70 simply identifies the retail examination, there are other...
  • Blog Post: Become an MVA Hero

    Sign up to MVA Hero today and get your free hero costume (t-shirt) and earn some great prizes! I am still surprised at how many IT Professionals and developers haven’t made use of the Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn about Microsoft technologies and stay up do date as new versions are released...
  • Blog Post: How to certify your career progression in 2014.

    By Edward Jones , Firebrand Training Whether seeking a promotion, career change or salary boost, certification is a great way of making it happen. Employers and recruiters have long considered certification as a crucial part of the hiring process. After all, what better way to validate your skills...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Online is Back! 24th/25th/26th April

    New years resolution: must blog more! It's only taken me to the end of January to start my resolution but I'm going to try one blog article per month. We're bringing back Tech.Days Online on the 24th/25th & 26th of April. This time with more days and more topics. Simon and Andrew will be back...
  • Blog Post: Tech Days Online - 24th April - 26th April - Speaker Announcements Part 1

    With just over a week until Tech Days Online , we thought it was about time we started to let you know who was going to be presenting. When the team sat down to pull the agenda together, we wanted an agenda that had Microsoft technical experts as well as technical experts with more of a "real-world...
  • Blog Post: How does Windows 8 licensing work at home?

    The sun is shining as I sit at home and write this blog entry, and it is giving me cause to think! When it comes to the licensing of Windows 8 we need to think about the flexibility of how we can deliver Windows 8 to a client device and the opportunities it gives us as users to work in different locations...
  • Blog Post: MVA: Configuring and deploying Microsoft's Private Cloud

    Microsoft Virtual Academy have a track dedicated to deploying Private Cloud scenario’s .  The track covers: Configuring and deploying Microsoft's Private Cloud Private Cloud: Infrastructure Components Private Cloud: Service Delivery and Automation Private Cloud: Application Services Management During...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Special: Free Stuff From Microsoft

    Christmas comes but once a year, which is similar to the frequency in which I blog. I thought as it’s the season of good will, I would write a blog that details some of the free stuff we have to offer. Free Training - Microsoft Virtual Academy We know budgets for training are not what they...
  • Blog Post: The Definitive List of Hyper-V Tools?

    I’ve been digging around on the TechNet Wiki and came across this recently updated article on Hyper-V Tools . It contains a whole host of resources, both Microsoft and Third-party, many of which are free. Take a look and let us know your thoughts! Are there any tools that you think are missing? Don’t...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 RC Announcement and Resources

    A short while ago in Satya Nadella, Microsoft Server & Tools Business president and Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division hosted a live webcast, “ Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud ,” for enterprise IT leaders. In this webcast they...
  • Blog Post: New MVA course available now: Enhancing Your Business and Career with the Private Cloud

    The Microsoft Virtual Academy team’s released a new course: Enhancing Your Business and Career with the Private Cloud . This course contains 3 modules focusing on how the private cloud can help your business and your IT pro career. The first module starts by covering the cloud business drivers and business...
  • Blog Post: 5 days left to join Microsoft Virtual Academy and win a Ferrari weekend!

    If you read The Register, it’s likely you will have seen that we’ve joined forces with them for a month to bring you a great competition. If you head over to www.microsoftvirtualacademy.co.uk and  sign in or register if you haven’t already, you can enter the code MVAUKREG to be in with a chance...
  • Blog Post: Newsletter: Virtualise Your Way to the Cloud with Hyper-V

    The latest Flash newsletter is all about Hyper-V and virtualisation. This particular newsletter contains lots of learning opportunities from the series of IT Pro Camps that we are running through to the latest MVA courses and useful downloads and content to get you started. Our feature article is all...
  • Blog Post: Cloud powered ‘change agents’ driving business transformation

    Guest Post by Rob Fraser, Cloud Services CTO, Microsoft Ltd A new study from Forrester, commissioned by Microsoft Ltd, has found that cloud computing is empowering ‘change agents’ from all corners of an organisation to deliver business innovation and drive positive business change. Essentially, it shows...
  • Blog Post: The TechEd Challenge - It's still not too late to enter if you've not done so - a sneak preview of what you could win!

    Have you entered the Tech Ed Challenge yet? If not, why not? Just by entering you could win a ticket to TechEd Europe , that's right, just by completing a form and downloading one of the products, you are entered into the draw. If you download/sign up for all three then you've got three times the...