Merry Christmas from Microsoft (or: So Much Free Stuff It Will Make Your Head Spin)

Holiday Season is here!  In the spirit of giving Microsoft is promoting a whole bunch of free courses!!  100% free, 100% real – no gimmicks 🙂

Jump over to Virtual Academy.  Here are some of the highlights:

Licensing   Windows Server 2012 R2 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/licensing-windows-server-2012-r2?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Understanding   Active Directory http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/understanding-active-directory?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Server   Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/server-virtualization-with-windows-server-hyper-v-and-system-center?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows 8.1   Deployment Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-8-1-deployment-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
What’s New in   Windows Server 2012 R2 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/new-windows-server-2012-r2-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Migrating from   Windows XP to Windows 8.1 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/migrating-from-windows-xp-to-windows-8-1?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Moving to   Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/moving-to-hybrid-cloud-with-microsoft-azure?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows 8.1   Update for Enterprise Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-8-1-update-for-enterprise-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
What’s New in   Windows® 8.1 for IT Professionals http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-in-windows-8-1-for-it-professionals?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Server   2012 R2 Essentials http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server-2012-r2-essentials?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Azure   Pack: Infrastructure as a Service Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-azure-pack-infrastructure-as-a-service-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Virtualizing   Your Data Center with Hyper-V and System Center http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/virtualizing-your-data-center-with-hyper-v-and-system-center?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Microsoft   Azure IaaS Deep Dive Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-azure-iaas-deep-dive-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Advanced Tools   & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/advanced-tools-scripting-with-powershell-3-0-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Security   Fundamentals http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/security-fundamentals?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Microsoft   Desktop Virtualization http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/microsoft-desktop-virtualization?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
What’s New in   System Center 2012 R2 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-in-system-center-2012-r2-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
VMware to   Hyper-V Migration http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/vmware-to-hyper-v-migration?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Office 365   ProPlus Deployment for IT Pros http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-365-deployment-for-it-pros?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
DevOps: An IT   Pro Guide http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/devops-an-it-pro-guide?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
The Microsoft   Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices Guidance http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/the-microsoft-hybrid-cloud-best-practices-guidance?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Transform the   Datacenter Immersion V3 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/transform-the-datacenter-immersion-v3?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Migrating VMs   from Amazon AWS to Microsoft Azure http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/migrating-vms-from-amazon-aws-to-microsoft-azure?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Migrating   Legacy Windows Server to 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/migrate-legacy-windows-server-to-2012-r2-and-microsoft-azure?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows 8.1 To   Go http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-8-1-to-go?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Defense in   Depth: Windows 8.1 Security http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/defense-in-depth-windows-8-1-security?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows 8.1   User Readiness Toolkit http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-8-1-user-readiness-toolkit?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Server   2012 R2 Virtualization http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server2012-r2-virtualization?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows   Performance Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-performance-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
What’s New in   Windows 8.1 Update http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-in-windows-8-1-update?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Server   2003 End of Support Migration Overview http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server-2003-end-of-support-migration-overview?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
System Center   2012 R2 Configuration Manager & Windows Intune http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-r2-configuration-manager-windows-intune?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
MDOP User   Experience Virtualization Deep Dive http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/mdop-user-experience-virtualization-deep-dive?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Server   MCSA Certification Objective Domain Review http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server-mcsa-certification-objective-domain-review?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Software-Defined   Networking with Windows Server and System Center Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/software-defined-networking-with-windows-server-and-system-center-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
What’s New in   Windows 8.1 Security http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-in-windows-8-1-security?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Virtualizing   & Managing SQL Server Microsoft Cloud OS http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/virtualizing-managing-sql-server-microsoft-cloud-os?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Server   2012 R2: Server Networking http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server-2012-r2-server-networking?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Corporate Apps   Anywhere, Anytime with Microsoft Azure RemoteApp http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/corporate-apps-anywhere-anytime-with-microsoft-azure-remoteapp?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Microsoft   Azure: Site-to-Site VPN http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/microsoft-azure-site-to-site-vpn?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Automating the   Cloud with Azure Automation http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/automating-the-cloud-with-azure-automation?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
System Center   2012 R2 Operations Manager Management Pack http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-r2-operations-manager-management-pack?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Preparing for   the Windows 8.1 MCSA http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/preparing-for-the-windows-8-1-mcsa?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Intune   for IT Professionals Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-intune-for-it-professionals-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Server   2012 R2 Storage Jump Start: New Choices http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server2012-r2-storage-jump-start-new-choices?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
MDOP   Application Virtualization Deep Dive http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/mdop-application-virtualization-deep-dive?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Phone   8.1 Enterprise Mobility Management http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-phone-8-1-enterprise-mobility-management?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Cloud Network   Automation: DDI/IPAM http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/cloud-network-automation-ddi-ipam?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
What’s New in   VDI for Windows Server 2012 R2 and 8.1 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-in-vdi-for-windows-server-2012-r2-and-8-1?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Server   2012 R2: Server Management and Automation http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server-2012-r2-server-management-and-automation?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
The Server and   Cloud Enrollment http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/the-server-and-cloud-enrollment?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Hybrid Cloud   Workloads: Disaster Recovery and High Availability http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/hybrid-cloud-workloads-disaster-recovery-and-high-availability?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Utilizing   SysInternals Tools for IT Pros http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/utilizing-sysinternals-tools-for-it-pros?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Hybrid Cloud   Workloads: Storage and Backup http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/hybrid-cloud-workloads-storage-and-backup?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Expanding   Office 365 with Enterprise Mobility Suite http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/expanding-office-365-with-enterprise-mobility-suite?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
System Center   2012 R2: ITIL for IT Pros http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-r2-itil-for-it-pros?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
System Center   2012 R2 Advisor for IT Pros http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-r2-advisor-for-it-pros?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Small   Business: Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/small-business-migrating-from-windows-xp-to-windows-8-1?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
IT Service   Management with System Center 2012 R2 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/it-service-management-with-system-center-2012-r2?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Small   Business: What’s New in Windows® 8.1 for IT Professionals http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/small-business-what-s-new-in-windows-8-1-for-it-professionals?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Deploying a   Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Hierarchy http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/deploying-a-configuration-manager-2012-r2-hierarchy?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows 8.1   Modern LOB Application Deployment http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-8-1-modern-lob-application-deployment?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Hybrid Cloud   Workloads-Websites http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/hybrid-cloud-workloads-websites?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Licensing the   Microsoft Private Cloud http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/licensing-the-microsoft-private-cloud?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Enhanced   Windows Data Encryption Training http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/enhanced-windows-data-encryption-training?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Move to Hybrid   Cloud with System Center & Windows Azure Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/move-to-hybrid-cloud-with-system-center-windows-azure-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Automation   & Self-Service with System Center 2012 R2 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/automation-self-service-with-system-center-2012-r2?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows   Application Compatibility and Migration http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-application-compatibility-and-migration?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Enterprise   Mobility Immersion V3.1 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/enterprise-mobility-immersion-v3-1?m=8510&ct=28648?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
App   Performance Monitoring with System Center 2012 R2 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/app-performance-monitoring-with-system-center-2012-r2?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Infrastructure   Provisioning and Management with System Center 2012 R2 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/infrastructure-provisioning-and-management-with-system-center-2012-r2?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Infrastructure   Monitoring with System Center 2012 R2 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/infrastructure-monitoring-with-system-center-2012-r2?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Server   2012 R2 Access and Information Protection http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server-2012-r2-access-and-information-protection?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Virtualizing   & Managing SharePoint with Microsoft Cloud OS http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/virtualizing-managing-sharepoint-with-microsoft-cloud-os?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Small   Business: Windows 8.1 Modern LOB Application Deployment http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/small-business-windows-8-1-modern-lob-application-deployment?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Server   2012 R2: Web and Application Platform http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server2012-r2-web-and-application-platform?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
System Center   2012 SP1 Automation http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-sp1-automation?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Service   Management Automation with Windows Azure Pack http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/service-management-automation-with-windows-azure-pack?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Hybrid Cloud   Workloads SQL http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/hybrid-cloud-workloads-sql?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Windows Server   2012 R2: Using IP Address Management (IPAM) http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server-2012-r2-using-ip-address-management-ipam-?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Azure Resource   Manager DevOps Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/azure-resource-manager-devops-jump-start?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Securing Your   DM Infrastructure with Role-Based Admin http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/securing-your-dm-infrastructure-with-role-based-admin?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Virtualizing   & Managing Exchange with Microsoft Cloud OS http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/virtualizing-managing-exchange-with-microsoft-cloud-os?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
Powershell   Essentials http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/powershell-essentials?prid=ca_ITProMVP_ALL
C#   Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/c-fundamentals-for-absolute-beginners?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Programming in   C# Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/developer-training-with-programming-in-c?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Windows Store   App Development Essentials with C# Refresh Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-store-app-development-essentials-with-c-refresh?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Advanced   Windows Store App Development using C# Refresh Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/advanced-windows-store-app-development-using-c-refresh?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Designing Your   XAML UI with Blend Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/designing-your-xaml-ui-with-blend-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
XAML Deep Dive   for Windows & Windows Phone Apps Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/xaml-deep-dive-for-windows-windows-phone-apps-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Developing   Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/developing-windows-store-apps-with-html5-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Windows Store   Apps with HTML5 Refresh Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-store-apps-with-html5-refresh-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Advanced   Windows Store App Development with HTML5 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/advanced-windows-store-app-development-with-html5?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Building   Windows Store Apps for iOS Developers Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/building-windows-store-apps-for-ios-developers-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Gaming Engines   for Windows 8 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/gaming-engines-for-windows-8-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Windows Phone   8 Development for Absolute Beginners http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-phone-8-development-for-absolute-beginners?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Building Apps   for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-phone-8-apps-development-jumpstart?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Applying ALM   with Visual Studio 2012 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/applying-alm-w-visual-studio-2012-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Administering   Visual Studio TFS 2012 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/administering-visual-studio-tfs-2012-exam-496-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Software   Testing with Visual Studio 2012 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/software-testing-with-visual-studio-2012-exam-70-497-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Developing   ASP.NET MVC4 Web Applications Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/developing-asp-net-mvc-4-web-applications-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
HTML5 &   CSS3 Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/html5-css3-fundamentals-development-for-absolute-beginners?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Developing in   HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/learn-html5-with-javascript-css3-jumpstart-training?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Building Web   Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/create-web-apps-with-asp-net?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Developing   Windows Azure and Web Services Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/developing-windows-azure-and-web-services-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Building   Business Apps with Visual Studio Lightswitch http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/building-business-apps-with-visual-studio-lightswitch?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Developing   Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/developing-microsoft-sharepoint-server-2013-core-solutions-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Introduction   to C++/DirectX Game Development http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/introduction-to-c-and-directx-game-development-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Porting Unity   Games to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/porting-unity-games-to-windows-8-1-windows-phone?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Windows 8.1 UX   Design Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-8-1-ux-design-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Windows Azure   Web Sites – Deep Dive Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-azure-web-sites-deep-dive-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
What’s New in   Visual Studio 2013 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-in-visual-studio-2013-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Developing   SharePoint Server Advanced Solutions Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/developing-sharepoint-server-advanced-solutions-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
C++: A General   Purpose Language and Library http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/c-a-general-purpose-language-and-library-jump-start?prid=ca_mvpnl 
Windows 8.1   Developer Training: Geek Edition http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/?prid=ca_mvpnl