Microsoft Virtualization – Learning Portal

Imagine a world where people and computers get the resources they need the moment they need them, where companies are able to mobilize and manage the resources of their entire infrastructure, both virtual and physical, to meet fast-moving business demands. Welcome to the world of virtualization—where all of this is a reality and almost anything is possible.

At Microsoft, virtualization is a means for enabling our long-standing vision of dynamic IT, an environment that helps people in an organization anticipate and respond to business challenges and opportunities. Microsoft is the only company that provides an end-to-end suite of virtualization products and technologies—all tied together by a centralized, policy-based management system.

To help you deploy and manage the latest virtualization products—Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center (including Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Microsoft Desktop and Application Virtualization)—Microsoft Learning offers a complete set of training, resources, and streamlined certification paths to help you stand out in your field and get virtual now like never before.

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Take advantage of these special offers on virtualization technologies. Check back often—more free offers and discounted Microsoft Learning resources on virtualization are coming soon!

Free Second Shot on virtualization exams

Get a free second chance on all four virtualization certification exams when you register for your exam with Second Shot. This offer is available for a limited time only, so sign up today!

• Exam 70-403 TS: System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Configuring (available soon)

• Exam 70-643 TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring

• Exam 70-652 TS: Windows Server 2008 Virtualization, Configuring

• Exam 70-656 TS: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Configuring

Free virtualization e-learning collection

Take Microsoft E-Learning Collection 6333: Exploring Microsoft Virtualization Technologies for free! Collection 6333 includes the following:

Clinic 5935: Introducing Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008

Clinic 6334: Exploring Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

Clinic 6335: Exploring Microsoft Application Virtualization

Clinic 6336: Exploring Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008


If you want to learn more about Microsoft Virtualization, but are short on time, try Microsoft Learning Snacks. Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations about popular virtualization topics that are created by Microsoft Learning experts. Each Snack is delivered by using innovative Microsoft Silverlight technology and includes various media, such as animations and recorded demos. At the end of each presentation, you can view more Snacks, learn more about the topic, or visit a related Web site.

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Green IT and Virtualization

Introducing Server Virtualization in Windows Server 2008

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Microsoft virtualization – training resources

Microsoft Learning offers a diverse range of innovative training products that include certification, Microsoft Press books, classroom training, and e-learning solutions. Whether you learn better in a group setting or independently, Microsoft offers you comprehensive training that helps you build technical solutions and advance your career.

Books from Microsoft Press

Microsoft Press provides comprehensive reference and training books that enable you to get the most from Microsoft tools and technologies. Microsoft Press books are written by industry experts and Microsoft insiders who provide accurate and current information so that you can get the answers you need and advance your skills.

Classroom training

Classroom training is designed to help you build expertise with the help of world-class learning content. Classroom training includes "First Look" courses and classes. Our training providers are uniquely positioned to help you develop expertise on the latest Microsoft technology through classroom training; online, instructor-led training; and facilitated, blended learning solutions.


If you learn best independently, Official Microsoft E-Learning courses provide a simple and effective way for you to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. E-Learning courses can be used to improve your skills, prepare for a project or an exam, or earn certifications on virtualization technologies. Most e-learning courses include hands-on virtual labs.

Certification exams

Microsoft Certification is one of the best ways to display your skills on a brand-new technology. Certification will help you demonstrate your understanding of new features—including new Web tools, virtualization technologies, security enhancements, and management utilities—and inspire confidence in your readiness.