New edX Course: Architecting Azure Solutions

Are you interested in training for how to design solutions using Microsoft Azure?  Are you preparing for your MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect?  Maybe you’re specifically studying for the 70-534: Architecting Azure Solutions exam?

Last week, we launched the free edX course DEV205x: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions.  In this course, you’ll apply what you already know about implementing solutions on Microsoft Azure to learn solution design skills.

In this course, you’ll learn design principles and techniques for:

  • Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Networking
  • Microsoft Azure Web Apps
  • Advanced Applications
  • Application Storage & Data Access
  • Securing Resources
  • Management and  Monitoring Strategy
  • Business Continuity Strategy

The course is free, self-paced, and runs over five weeks starting this week.  It will be on-demand after this first scheduled delivery.  It has videos, reading, and some great case-study exercises you can use to practice your Azure design skills.

Enroll today at


New job at Microsoft: time to make the donuts…

After many years of teaching, tech reviewing, and occasionally writing courses for Microsoft, I’ve made the leap! Effective mid-May, I joined Microsoft, specifically the Learning Experiences (LeX) team, with a mission to create and deliver great data platform training.

I’m excited: much of my career has been spent delivering LeX’s donuts; now it’s time to make them! Even better: instead of reaching a dozen learners at a time in a classroom, or maybe a hundred in a conference session, I’ll be able to reach thousands through Microsoft Virtual Academy and our partnership with EdX.

I’ver already got a couple of brand-new courses on my plate. Watch this space for more info!

More Microsoft SurfaceRT stuff: How to take a screenshot

Happily, I found how to take a screenshot on my Microsoft Surface RT, which I still haven’t found out how to do on my Windows 7 phone. How?

Press and hold the Windows button on the bottom of the screen (in landscape mode), and while you hold it, press the volume down rocker switch on the left. The screen should flash, and your screenshot will be saved as “Screenshot (n).png” at C:\Users\<your account name>\Pictures\Screenshots


Why am I posting this? See my next posts 🙂