I recently outlined several key areas that IT Pros should focus on for 2014, to ensure a longer IT life and a more fulfilling career. If you missed it, you can catch that here: Preparing for IT Longevity in 2014.

In that article, I made the suggestion that Microsoft Virtual Academy should be your first stop to locate great training resources. Just in time, Microsoft has just released a new, free course that goes along well with my 2014 technology focus list. And, to help sweeten the deal, they are throwing in a free exam certification voucher for those that complete the online course. The exam voucher can be applied to the Microsoft Virtualization Certification.

The new course, Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center, contains 13 modules that take you from a basic understanding of virtualization and walks you out the door carrying a full head of new Hyper-V knowledge. The course covers Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager and details Generation 2 Virtual Machines, Replication, Cross-version Live Migration, Online VHDX Resizing, Live Migration Performance Tuning and more.

You can find the course here: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center