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I was reading the blogs of other DBA's and IT professionals I follow and saw a really cool blog post on Vithor Silva about free Microsoft training and courses and decided to share it with you.
I am a deep learner, technology aficionado and always looking for more knowledge to improve myself. I believe this is the profile of the IT professional (from many other areas as well). Unfortunately, I see a lot of people wanting to learn a new technology and don't even know where to start.
I believe with these links that I will post here, these people have a good guide on how to get started, learn and earn certifications.
MVA - Microsoft Virtual Academy
Through this site, free online training is offered to developers, IT professionals, database professionals, and students who want to learn about Microsoft technologies, develop their skills, and advance their careers.
For us - database professionals, the main links are:
Microsoft Virtual Labs
Virtual Labs are a great resource provided by Microsoft (for free) for those who don't have a machine that can create multiple VMs or for some other reason use this as an excuse not to study.
With Microsoft Virtual Labs, you can test many features that we often can't create on our desktops like Cluster, AlwaysON, Partitioning, Azure, PowerView / PowerPivot, etc.
Microsoft Virtual Labs: https://technet.microsoft.com/pt-br/virtuallabs
SQL Server Labs: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs?id=IMUmyf7VAbE
Microsoft Learning Resources: https://technet.microsoft.com/pt-br/bb291022
SQL Server Certifications: https://www.microsoft.com/learning/pt-br/certification-overview.aspx#database
Original Vithor Post: http://www.vssti.com.br/blog/aprendizado-sql-server-gratuito/
Want to know ALL about data area certification exams? Watch the Data Platform Certification Webinar, which I attended along with Caio Lover, Danilo Cardoso, Maruan Aawar and Meirieli Ribeiro:
That's it folks!
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