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Disclosure: you may recall that The Register is a media partner of the Microsoft Virtual Academy – a cloud-centric training website for IT pros. Last time we did some media-ing, several hundred Reg readers signed up to take the free-of-charge, self assessment courses.

The curriculum includes sundry "training tracks" on the company's software, including windows Azure and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. There's the usual mix of whitepapers, webcasts, training vids and access to experts.

Microsoft is keen for more participants: it is looking for a million MVA sign-ups this year, and at time of writing, has enticed 295,800.

Time for more partnering then. Rather than chuck out a bazillion ads, we thought we’d try out out some of the courses ourselves – and who better to get stuck in than Reg sysadmin blogger Trevor Pott.

In coming days, Trevor will report back on his experiences with SQL Azure – selected because he thought – wrongly as it turns out – that this would be the most boring course, and Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals. He’s also doing something else, but we forgot to ask him what. We’ll find out in due course. In the meantime, you can always check out MVA for yourself. ®

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