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Date: October 18, 2012
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm PDT 

Where: Live virtual classroom
What: Accelerated, engaging, demo-rich virtual learning experience – no hands-on labs.
Cost: FREE!
Target audience: IT professionals who want a fast-paced and real-world understanding of Windows 8
Windows 8 for IT Pros Jump Start

As you can imagine, we’re pretty excited about the reception Windows 8 is getting from the industry, analysts, partners and customers. At the same time, we get that you’re busy IT professionals with tons of pressure and responsibilities. You need to move beyond the hype and clearly understand how this new platform might enable you to improve your organization.
Beyond the new UI, are there any real improvements for IT? How will Windows 8 make IT and the rest of the organization better? Why is the industry reacting differently to this version of Windows? If these are the types of questions you’re asking, this Microsoft Jump Start is for you.

We’re especially excited to bring you a fantastic instructor team for this Jump Start. Microsoft Senior Product Marketing and Community Manager, Stephen Rose and Senior Technical Evangelist Joey Snow are two of the most popular and well-respected technologists around and share a passion for helping IT professionals increase value.


Module 1: Windows 8 Tips & Tricks for IT Pros
What’s new in Windows 8, UI and keyboard shortcuts for IT pros, the Windows App Store, key features and IE 10

Module 2: Windows 8 Deployment
Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, Internet Explorer Assessment Kit

Module 3: Windows 8 and Windows Apps
Sideloading (Signature, Group Policy, different app scenarios, MDT 2012), Self-service portal for Windows apps (System Center), Management with Windows Intune


Module 4: Enabling Flexible Workstyles with Windows 8
SkyDrive Pro, Deploying UE-V, Windows to Go, BitLocker Drive Encryption, enabling offline domain joins

Module 5: Recovery & Security
Resetting and refreshing the PC, creating custom refresh images and DaRT recovery images (including Windows DS), BitLocker and MBAM, UEFI, Secure Boot, Measured Boot

Module 6: Windows 8 Virtualization
Client Hyper-V, Session-based virtualization, Pooled virtual machines, video (HD, 3D, webcam) over session and over pooled VM, User Experience and Application Virtualization


Stephen Rose
Sr. Product Marketing & Community Manager |
Stephen Rose is the Worldwide IT Pro Community Manager for Windows Commercial team at the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA. Before joining Microsoft, Stephen spent 15 years running his own IT consulting company. In his current role, he manages the Window technical content
on the Springboard Series on TechNet, he oversees the Windows 7 and 8 Forums, is the editor for the Springboard Insider Newsletter, writes for Windows Team Blog, acts as the moderator for the Windows Virtual Roundtables and leads Springboard Series Tours in North and South America, as well as Europe and Asia.
Joey Snow
Senior Technical Evangelist |
Joey is a Senior Technical Evangelist for the worldwide Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team at Microsoft focusing the IT Professional audience for Windows, Windows Server, and Windows Azure. Based in Redmond, WA, Joey works closely with relevant Microsoft Product Teams
to evangelize new technology and products to the IT Pro community at large and products to the IT Pro community at large. He shares his knowledge and expertise online – via TechNet Edge and is a frequent speaker at various Microsoft and industry-sponsored events. Joey has been with Microsoft for over 4 years having previously served over 12 years at a Fortune 500 company where he held a variety of IT roles ranging from IT architecture and management to helpdesk. Outside of work you can find Joey spending time with his wife and two children and actively feeding his sports and music addictions.

What’s a “Jump Start” Course?
Training specifically designed for experienced technologists whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map new skills to real-world situations.