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Now available: Windows Azure Backup and HDInsight, new MVA courses and live events
  Microsoft TechNet Flash Newsletter
Volume 15, Issue 25 | October 30, 2013

 
 
 
Top News Worldwide 
 
 

Windows Azure Backup is now generally available

 
 
 
 

Announcing the general availability of HDInsight

 
 
 
 

MVA: Get a free voucher for the new Microsoft Virtualization Certification exam by attending our live Server Virtualization Jump Start

 
 
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Top Downloads

Windows 8.1 Enterprise

 

Windows Server 2012 R2

 

System Center 2012 R2

 

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

 

Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

 

SQL Server 2014 CTP2

 

SQL Server 2014 Express CTP2

 

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

 

Windows Intune 30-day trial

 

Windows Azure Pack

 
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Hyper-V enhancements inWindowsServer 2012 R2

Keith Mayer and Matt Hester are back for part 2 of their Building your Hybrid Cloud series, discussing the latest Hyper-V enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2.


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Training and Books
Learn to manage a diverse infrastructure with System Center 2012 R2 in this new MVA course

System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager provides a consistent experience across diverse infrastructure, hardware, and hypervisors. Learn how to deploy compute, storage, and networking resources, construct a private cloud, and keep your infrastructure running.

 
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Learn how to monitor your cloud assets, operating systems, and workloads with System Center 2012 R2

Check out a brand-new course from MVA that covers private, public, and hybrid cloud monitoring, in addition to OS and workload monitoring through System Center Advisor and the customized widget dashboard. Share this free course with your customers, colleagues, and partners.

 
New options for learning about System Center 2012 R2

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Events
MVA: Get a free voucher for the new Microsoft Virtualization Certification exam by attending our live Server Virtualization Jump Start

Attend this free two-day MVA live event on November 19 and 20 to prepare for the new Microsoft virtualization certification. Event attendees will get a free voucher to take the new certification exam (Microsoft Specialist Exam 74-409) for free. This course will include expert instruction on Microsoft server virtualization with the new Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. Register today.

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