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“Call-To-ACTION!” Challenge

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You can find this resource document with live links,at: http://aka.ms/cta

Session slides & more http://ITProGuru.com/Resources.

Take the Microsoft “Call-To-ACTION” Challenge!  Challenges require Microsoft Account (LiveID). If you cannot do Challenge at event, consider the personal gain to doing it when you get back home/office.

1.      Initiate The Following Downloads (PAUSE once download starts, please DO NOT download at conference)

  1. System Center 2012 http://aka.ms/SC2012Eval
  2. Windows Server 2012  http://aka.ms/GetWin2012ISO
  3. Windows Server 2012  http://aka.ms/GetWin2012VHD
  4. Hyper-V Server  http://aka.ms/Hyperv2012

Once downloads are started, send a screenshot of download manager paused to itproguru@microsoft.com AND tweet @ITProGuru or email your friends (and cc itproguru@microsoft.com) the message:

        Tweet/Email: @ITProGuru I am ready for Windows Server 2012 http://aka.ms/getwin2012;  Call-To-Action http://aka.ms/cta Step 1 Done.  

Ø  When you get back to home or office finish the downloads and follow instructions at http://aka.ms/lab to get familiar with these great new technologies  (Please DO NOT finish download at conference)

 

2.      Activate a Free Azure Trial Subscription  http://aka.ms/iaas Create your first Free Cloud Virtual Machine

NOTE: Requires Credit Card but you will NOT be billed if you do not manually change your account to a Pay Account

Ø  Send a screenshot of Azure with VM created to itproguru@microsoft.com AND Be one of the first people to tweet @ITProGuru or email your friends (and cc itproguru@microsoft.com) the message:

§  Tweet/Email: @ITProGuru I am ready for Windows Azure http://aka.ms/IaaS;  Call-To-Action http://aka.ms/cta Step 2 Success!

 

 

Please share challenges with others.  Playing with these technologies will help you progress in your career.

Event Prizes:  (During Events Only!!!) 

Must be present to win 

  

Ø All that finish either challenge 1 or 2 will be registered for a special drawing at the end of the day …One entry per person / per LiveID / per challenge. Emails must be received before 3pm or 1 hour before end of event, whichever is sooner.

Different events will have different prizes.  Prizes range from USB hard drives to Xbox console or Microsoft Surface RT.

 

 

Keep Going… More Calls To ACTION: 

3.      Hands-On-Labs: Visit the Hands On Labs at Winter Warmer; start building your own lab.  (Laptop required, compatible with Windows Server 2012 recommended but not required) http://ITProGuru.com/hol (Red level Room 10)

4.      Sign-up for Early Experts (Certification Study Group) http://aka.ms/ee

Ø  Tweet/Email: @ITProGuru I am on my way to becoming an Early Expert http://aka.ms/ee; Call-To-Action http://aka.ms/cta Success!  

5.      Connect to Virtual Academy and Login http://aka.ms/guruMVAwhen you get home to complete your first module

Ø  Tweet/Email: @ITProGuru I am ready for Virtual Academy http://aka.ms/guruMVA Call-To-Action http://aka.ms/cta Success!  

6.    Create a Technology Blog Post: Create a detailed step by step blog post on how to do something with Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, Windows 8, or System Center.  Don’t have a blog?  You can become a “Guru Blogger / Author” on the ITProGuru.com blog for free.  http://itproguru.com/be-a-guru Original content only / Do not copy someone else’s work. 

7.      Join ITProGuru.com Tech Membership Program Join in and keep up with the latest events that come to the area as well as special promotions and other member only benefits. http://itproguru.com/join

8.      Join YOUR Local Technology Community:  Get plugged in with your local community!  Check out:

Ø  http://Virtg.com Join the local (Boston) Virtualization Group

§  Virtualization Deep Dive Day 2013  http://aka.ms/ddd13

§  Virtualization Study Group  http://aka.ms/eestudy

§  VirtG Feb 21st 6:30pm RDS/VDI Event www.VirtG.com

Ø  http://WindowsBoston.org Join the local Windows Server Group

Ø  http://VTUG.com Join the regional (New England) Virtualization Group

Ø  www.BostonUserGroups.org for many more local technology groups

See Below for Many Event Resources and Valuable TIPS!!!!!

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IT Pro Audience Lead: Dan Stolts (ITProGuru)

Blog: “IT Pro Guru”:http://ITProGuru.com

Positive Feedback E-mails (my boss): Bob Familiar Bob.Familiar@Microsoft.com

Blog: “TechNet”:  http://blogs.technet.com/danstolts

Twitter: http://twitter.com/itproguru  or @ITProGuru

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/danstolts

Email: itproguru@microsoft.com (send special event challenge requests here!)

Xbox Gamer Tag: DanStolts

 

Blogger Tip/Challenge

9.      Live Tiles” Toolbox Add to your Blog or website

Ø  Add This really cool “Live Tiles” Toolbox to your blog or website and have it automatically update with the latest software as new releases come out.  You can change the picture to yours and the contact links to yours.  Or you can just use the two contact tiles for more downloads J Horizontal toolbar also available.  Plus great REWARDS coming soon! See details at: http://itproguru.com/toolbox

Toolbox “Live Tiles” include: Windows Server, System Center, Private Cloud, Windows Azure, Microsoft Virtual Academy, Hyper-V Server, Early Experts even more coming soon!

 

MORE Tips and Resources

More Software Evaluations – Get ‘em here: http://aka.ms/lab

Free, Live-and-in-Person Events
FREE Training  (HINT: Start with the self-evaluation!)

o   Early Experts Free Certification training: http://aka.ms/ee

o   Microsoft Virtual Academy – http://aka.ms/GuruMVA

o   MS TechEd (Video’s Galore)http://msteched.com

Upcoming Events: http://ITProGuru.com/Events

TechNet Events (for IT Pros): http://aka.ms/TNEvents

Hand On Labs: http://ITProGuru.com/HOL

 

Windows Server 2012 Resources

Windows Server 2012 Download Center – http://aka.ms/getWin2012

Hyper-V Server 2012 Download –  http://aka.ms/lhuvx0

Windows Server Team Blog – http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/

Windows Server 2012 Getting Started – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/hh534429
Richard Fichera of Forrester Research: Microsoft Announces Windows Server 2012

http://aka.ms/Richard2012

Windows Server Jump-Start Recordings  http://aka.ms/2012JumpStart

Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labshttp://aka.ms/Server2012VLabs

 

Microsoft Cloud Home Page – http://www.microsoft.com/cloud

Private Cloud Home Page – http://www.microsoft.com/privatecloud

Hyper-V Overview – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831531

What’s New in Hyper-V – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831410

Hyper-V getting Started Guide –

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732470(WS.10).aspx

Hyper-V Support for Scaling Up and Scaling Out Overview

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831389.aspx

SMB 3.0 Overview – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831795.aspx

Hyper-V Replica Overview – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134172.aspx

Shared Nothing Live Migration Video – http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=12287

 

High-Performance, Continuously Available File Share Storage for Server Applications

Technical Preview – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831399.aspx

Understanding and Troubleshooting Storage Spaces -

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29002

Windows Virtualization Home – http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization

Hyper-V Cloud Deployment Guides –
http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/private-cloud-get-started.aspx

Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Machine Converter RC -
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh967435.aspx

 

Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service

 

FREE Windows Azure 90 Day Trial – Free Cloud Servers  http://aka.ms/IaaS

31 Days of Servers (VMs) in the Cloud – Blog Series http://aka.ms/IaaS31

Windows Azure Home – http://www.windowsazure.com

Windows Azure Virtual Machines (with instructional videos) – http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/home/scenarios/virtual-machines/

Windows 8

FREE Windows 8 Trial http://bit.ly/getw8dev

Building Apps – http://aka.ms/CreateApp

Free eBook – http://aka.ms/guruWin8Book

How to Log Off, Shutdown, Sleep & Restarthttp://aka.ms/LogOff

Create Bootable USB Drive – http://aka.ms/USBDrive

Install Windows Dual Boot to VHD – http://aka.ms/InstallWin8

More Resources Coming Soon!!!

 

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