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Microsoft Early Experts is a free, online study group for virtualization professionals who want to extend their Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center and Microsoft Azure knowledge with official Microsoft certifications. We've organized our high-impact learning resources into online Knowledge Quests that include concise videos, prescriptive study materials and hands-on practice with real products. Complete the weekly quests at your own pace and enjoy the flexibility to stop and review certain topics when you need more time. In this article, I'll provide more details around a new Early Experts study group for existing VMware and Virtualization professionals.  I'll also describe the prize opportunities that are available to IT Pros located in the U.S. who actively participate in Early Experts in April, May and June 2014 ... ...(read more) ... (more)

What’s New in PowerShell: Getting Started with OneGet in one line with Windows PowerShell 5.0

Over the past couple weeks, while we’ve all been focused on the news on Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft Azure, and Heartbleed, there’s also been a number of significant enhancements and announcements regarding PowerShell – including a preview release of the next major PowerShell version, Windows PowerShell 5.0. This article is the first in a series of articles designed to highlight recent announcements and new features in Windows PowerShell.  Today, I’ll help you get started with OneGet in PowerShell 5.0, but stay tuned for other article... (more)

Windows Phone 8.1 ready for download as Developer Preview

A couple weeks ago at our Build 2014 conference, we announced Windows Phone 8.1 with tons of new capabilities for both consumers and enterprises. Yesterday, Windows Phone 8.1 was made available as a Developer Preview for developers and app builders that are registered in our Windows Phone Preview for Developers program. Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 In this article, we’ll discuss how to get the new Developer Preview for Windows Phone 8.1 and I’ll also share some of my favorite new features! ...(read more) ... (more)

Step-by-Step: Build Your Cloud with System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure

April 11, 2014: Updated to include additional resources ... Now, take Build Your Cloud on-the-go with Windows Phone! My fellow Technical Evangelists and I have authored a content series that steps through building your very own Cloud by leveraging Windows Server 2012 R2, our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services ( IaaS ) and System Center 2012 R2.  Week-by-week, we walk through the steps to envision, plan and implement your very own Cloud to take your existing data center to the next level and give you the tools and time back in your day for improv... (more)

Step-by-Step: Getting Started with On-demand Private Clouds using Windows Azure Pack

As I’ve been traveling and speaking to IT Pros about the great scalability, resiliency and offerings in our Microsoft Azure public cloud platform, there’s also been lots of interest around deploying our free Windows Azure Pack (WAP) to bring the power and consistency of the same self-service Azure portal user interface to on-demand Private Clouds provisioned in an on-premises datacenter. Service Management Portal in Windows Azure Pack In this article, we’ll step through the process of setting up Windows Azure Pack in a lab environment for provisioning and delega... (more)