Microsoft is working hard to get IT pros to understand its many different virtualization products and technology. The list includes Hyper-V, App-V, Terminal Services, and the recently-released System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 management product. It can be really challenging to keep up-to-date on all of this new technology (especially when some of these things are potential game-changers). If you’re willing to invest the time, Microsoft has made numerous e-Learning courses available for online access or download:
Take Microsoft E-Learning Collection 6333: Exploring Microsoft Virtualization Technologies for free! Collection 6333 includes the following:
Click on the links for the entire Collection, or for individual courses to add them to your e-Learning Library. You’ll need to login with a Windows Live ID to activate the content.
Personally, I’ve used dozens of e-Learning courses (mostly free ones, I’ll admit) to learn the technical details that aren’t always readily available on the product marketing web sites. Most courses are fairly in-depth (including code samples where appropriate), but there are usually some rough edges that seem to be remnants from beta versions of the courses. Overall, though, I think they’re an excellent resources. And, all of the courses listed above are available for the convenient and affordable price of free.