Windows Azure Deep Dive training: January 27-31

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.01.2014 at 13:28

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) are running a Windows Azure Deep Dive week this month Jan 27-Jan31.

Registration Link:

This will be a weeklong series of live, interactive sessions from the experts who built Azure that will show you how to start using Windows Azure in your solutions today. In addition to seeing lots of demos and real world examples, you’ll be able to get your questions answered in real time Q&A.

Scott Guthrie, Azure Guru and Microsoft Corporate Vice President, will kick off the week on Monday January 27 by building a real world application from scratch, end to end, to show you the latest capabilities of Azure.

Then each day, we’ll have deep dive sessions led by Microsoft’s top cloud platform development experts, including Scott Hanselman, Scott Hunter, Marc Mercuri, Cheryl McGuire, and Miranda Luna

These sessions are:

  1. Get Started with Windows Azure Today Jump Start: Overview Day, Monday January 27
  2. Designing Applications for Windows Azure Jump Start: Architecture Day, Tuesday January 28
  3. Building Windows Azure Applications Jump Start: Developer Day, Wednesday January 29
  4. Windows Azure IaaS Deep Dive Jump Start: Infrastructure Day, Thursday January 30
  5. Mobile Apps to IoT: Connected Devices with Windows Azure: Mobile Services Day, Friday January 31

Note: You need to register for each day/session. Registration link above.


Free e-book from Microsoft Press on Windows Server 2012

by Shijaz Abdulla on 06.06.2012 at 20:19


I want to share a great resource on Windows Server 2012 that is hot off the Microsoft Press.

Free e-book: Introducing Windows Server 2012 – Microsoft Press

Click on the link above to download the e-book. Also remember: there is FREE e-learning on Windows Server 2012 on the Microsoft Virtual Academy!

Learn how to build and operate a Private Cloud

by Shijaz Abdulla on 28.04.2012 at 09:55

Over the past few days I have been reviewing e-learning content on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). I was amazed by the wealth of training content available on MVA for the Private Cloud.

So, what is MVA?

imageMVA is a fully cloud-based learning experience focusing on Microsoft Cloud Technologies. MVA provides its users with a virtual university experience: the student can select a track and study the material and then do the self-assessment. Students on MVA can get access to all the information, statistics and advancements of their training career, allowing them to maintain a long-term relationship with Microsoft. Learning through MVA is free of charge, and you can study the contents at any time and at your own pace.

Configuring and Deploying Microsoft’s Private Cloud

After completing this private cloud specialization, you will have an understanding of Microsoft’s vision for cloud computing, from the business perspective to the technical level. The 8 modules are divided into four core courses covering:

1. Private Cloud: Infrastructure Management

  • Module 1: Configure and Deploy Private Cloud Infrastructure
  • Module 2: Monitor and Operate Private Cloud Infrastructure

2. Private Cloud: Infrastructure Components

  • Module 1: Configure and Deploy Infrastructure Components
  • Module 2: Monitor and Operate Infrastructure Components

3. Private Cloud: Service Delivery and Automation

  • Module 1:; Configure and Deploy Service Delivery & Automation
  • Module 2: Monitor and Operate Service Delivery & Automation

4. Private Cloud: Application Services Management

  • Module 1: Application Services Management, Configuration, & Deployment
  • Module 2: Application Services Management, Operation, & Management


During the 8 modules of this specialization, you will be introduced to all the elements of building the Microsoft private cloud. You’ll learn how to optimize and deploy the private cloud starting at the infrastructure layer. You’ll also be introduced to advanced virtualization management features and the concept and implementation of the System Center’s private cloud application service model.

After completing all of the modules you will have an understanding of:

  • How using Microsoft System Center 2012 can help you build, deploy and manage a private cloud infrastructure.
  • How System Center 2012 incorporates tools to deploy, update, and manage applications within your private cloud.
  • System Center 2012’s new abilities to deploy, update, and manage applications within your private cloud.
  • How using new components of System Center 2012, specifically the Orchestrator and Service Manager components, enable you to deploy, update, and manage service offerings within your private cloud.
  • How applications are deployed and managed in the Microsoft private cloud.
  • How to use new capabilities in System Center 2012 to deploy your applications as services.

I highly recommend this training for all IT Pros as an excellent means of updating your skills and build your readiness to face new challenges as cloud computing evolves.

Free training: First look on Windows Server 8

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.03.2012 at 21:28

There is an amazing, FREE course on the Microsoft Virtual Academy titled ‘Windows Server “8” – First Look”.

Attend this course to learn how to cloud optimize your IT with Windows Server “8”. We will show you how you can take advantage of the skills and investment you’ve already made in building a familiar and consistent platform. Windows Server “8” builds on that familiarity and cloud optimizes your IT. With Windows Server “8”, you gain all the Microsoft experience behind building and operating private and public clouds, delivered as a dynamic, available, and cost-effective server platform. The course will cover how Windows Server "8" delivers value in four key ways including how it takes you beyond virtualization, delivers the power of many servers, opens the door to every app on any cloud, and enables the modern work-style.

To launch this FREE course, click here!


Microsoft Solution Selling Process training for partners

by Shijaz Abdulla on 17.01.2012 at 18:53

We organized a Microsoft Solution Selling Process training on January 16 and 17, 2012 at the Marriott Hotel in Doha for salespersons working for our top partners in Qatar.

During the two day program, partners were trained on enabling World Class Selling using the Microsoft Solution Selling Process (MSSP). This equips partners to better understand customer needs and creatively position technologies that benefit the customer, leaving the customer with a positive experience and helping them earn respect as a trusted advisor.

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Microsoft Virtual Academy: Free Training

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.11.2011 at 09:19


Cloud Computing! It’s one of the biggest opportunities for IT Professionals in recent years.  But wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple, effective way to get the skills and training you need to take advantage of this opportunity, and also get the recognition and rewards that you deserve?

This is where Microsoft can help give your career a boost.

Visit the Microsoft Virtual Academy training portal now and register to receive free and easy access to training for IT Professionals who want to get ahead in cloud computing. This content was developed by leading experts in the field, and the modules ensure that you acquire the essential skills and gain credibility as a cloud computing specialist in your organization.

MVA courses include:

  • Introduction to SCVMM, Architecture & Setup
  • Creating VMs,Template & Resources in VMM
  • Managing Windows Azure
  • SQL Azure Security
  • Identity & Access
  • Data Security and Cryptography


Qatar Partners: Join us for an Office 365 webcast

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.05.2011 at 19:06

Microsoft Partners only

Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time and money and to free valuable resources.

clip_image001[5]Join our Online Webcast with our Partner Technical Consultant Khaled Yehia on  Thursday 2 June, 2011 at 11:00 AM. Khaled Yehia was recently in Qatar for the Microsoft University delivery.

For registration please send your Partner ID to Khaled Yehia.


Microsoft University at Doha, May 22-26

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.05.2011 at 14:06

The Microsoft University was executed in Doha, Qatar last week during May 22-26 in the solution areas of Business Intelligence, Collaboration and Virtualization. A total of 33 individuals from 16 different partner organizations benefited from the training event. This included hands-on technical training as well as training for sales team. A gala dinner was organized on the 26th to celebrate their graduation.

Overall, the event received extremely positive feedback from the partners and they were excited to have been part of this program. The training was delivered by the following Partner Technical Consultants from Microsoft, based in Egypt:

  • Mohammad Raslan – Virtualization
  • Khaled Yehia – Collaboration
  • Yasmine Magdi – Business Intelligence





Business Intelligence


QITCOM 2011: Presentations Agenda

by Shijaz Abdulla on 15.05.2011 at 13:00

The schedule of sessions running at the Microsoft booth @ QITCOM 2011 has been finalized. Our partners have an exciting set of sessions lined up for you to choose from.

I’m listing the agenda below for your convenience.


Qatar Partner Academy 2010-2011

by Shijaz Abdulla on 23.10.2010 at 22:08

I’m glad to announce the Qatar Partner Academy for FY11. Partner Academy is a set of classroom learning activities that we execute each year for Microsoft partners in the country.

If you are a Microsoft partner and you would like to enroll your organization in this training program, please contact me or leave a comment on this post. Prior registration is mandatory, and seats are filling up very fast. Priority will be given to partners based in Qatar.

The following are the courses that we will be running this year.


  • Venue: InfoCenter Doha, Near Sana Roundabout.
  • Lunch & 2 coffee breaks will be provided for all technical trainings.
  •  Timing: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM




SQL Server 2008 R2 Airlift

Sept 19-20


Forefront Threat Management Gateway

January 19-20


Forefront Unified Access Gateway

Feb 8-10


Unified Communications – Lync IGNITE

December 12-16


Introduction to Identity Lifecycle Management with Forefront Identity Manager (FIM)

Feb 22-24


Windows 7 Desktop Deployment

January 11-13


Exchange Server 2010

Jan 25-27


SharePoint Server 2010

Dec 19-21


Dynamic Datacenter with SCVMM + Hyper-V



System Center Service Manager

7-9 December


Data Protection Manager

Nov 22-24


System Center Operations Manager

Nov 2-4




Venue: Microsoft Qatar office, QSTP

Server Products Licensing

November 11, 2010

2pm to 5pm


Selling Microsoft Productivity

· Unified Communications

· Portals & Collaboration

· Messaging

November 30, 2010

2pm to 6pm


Selling Dynamic Datacenter

· The Private Cloud Concept

· Virtualization & Advanced management

· Competitive Selling

November 3, 2010

11am to 2pm


Infrastructure Optimization Assessment training

· Core Infra

· Business Productivity

December 23, 2010

2pm to 5pm


Selling Forefront Security Suite

· Endpoint Security

· Edge Security

· Server Security

January 2, 2011

2pm to 5pm


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