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Call To ACTION Challenge/Resources Dec 2012–Mar 2013

“Call-To-ACTION!” Challenge

Are you tech Savvy? Take the Microsoft “Call-To-ACTION” Challenge!Challenges require Microsoft Account (LiveID). Take the challenge and get up to speed on the latest Microsoft Technologies. By the time you finish all challenges, you will be “Tech Savvy” and have certificates to prove it!

ØInitiate The Following Downloads (during events, PAUSE once download starts and challenge objective is met)

  1. Windows Server 2012
  2. System Center 2012
  3. Hyper-V Server

When you get back to home or office finish the downloads and follow instructions at http:/ to get familiar with these great new technologies

ØOnce downloads are started, Be one of the first people to tweet @itproguru or email (cc Direct Email) to friends the message:

·@ITProGuru I am ready for Windows Server 2012 Next Step Windows Azure!

·AND Send a screenshot of download manager paused to Direct Email

Future Enhancements Planned:Prizes…One entry per LiveID

·Prizes For event challenge winners – the time the email or tweet is received will be used to determine the “first” to finish the challenge.

Please share these challenge(s) with others.Doing these things; playing with these technologies will help you progress your career.

Bonus Challenge(s):

Ø Activate an Azure Trial Subscription Create your first Virtual Machine

Tweet/Email: @ITProGuru I am ready for Windows Azure Next Step MVA

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

ØConnect to Virtual Academy and Login you get home complete your first module

Tweet/Email: @ITProGuru I am ready for Virtual Academy Next Step Early Experts

ØSign-up for Early Experts (Certification Study Group)

Tweet/Email: @ITProGuru I am on my way to becoming an Early Expert

Ø“Live Tiles” Toolbox Add to your Blog or website

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:

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

Questions E-mail: Dan Stolts – Direct Email

Positive Feedback E-mails (my boss): Bob Familiar

You can find this resource document with live links,at:

session slides and other related files

IT Pro Audience Lead: Dan Stolts (ITProGuru)

Blog: “IT Pro Guru”:

Blog: “TechNet”:



Email: Direct Email (send special event challenge requests here!)

See Reverse Side for Many Event Resources and Valuable TIPS!!!!!

More Software Evaluations – Get ‘em here:

Free, Live-and-in-Person Events
TechNet Events (for IT Pros):

FREE Training(HINT: Start with the self-evaluation!)
Early Experts Free Certification training:

Microsoft Virtual Academy –

MS TechEd (Video’s Galore)

Windows Server 2012 Resources

Windows Server 2012 Download Center –

Hyper-V Server 2012 Downolad –

Windows Server Team Blog –

Richard Fichera of Forrester Research: Microsoft Announces Windows Server 2012

Windows Server Jump-Start Recordings

Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labs

Microsoft Cloud Home Page –

Private Cloud Home Page –

Hyper-V Overview –

What’s New in Hyper-V –

Hyper-V getting Started Guide –

Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started with Hyper-V (download) –

Hyper-V Support for Scaling Up and Scaling Out Overview

SMB 3.0 Overview –

Hyper-V Replica Overview –

Live Migration Shared Nothing Video –

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

Understanding and Troubleshooting Storage Spaces

Windows Virtualization Home –

Hyper-V Cloud Deployment Guides –

Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Machine Converter RC

Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service

FREE Windows Azure 90 Day Trial – Free Cloud Servers

Windows Azure Home –

Windows Azure Virtual Machines (with instructional videos)

More Resources Coming Soon!!!