Microsoft Utilizes VMware Software For Its Developer Training Program

PALO ALTO, Calif., January 8, 2003 - VMware, Inc. today announced that Microsoft Corporation is using VMware virtual machine software to showcase technology demonstrations (demos) for its upcoming developer trainings. These trainings are conducted in conjunction with Microsoft Training Partners and Certified Training and Education Centers (CTECs) and are delivered directly to enterprise developers.

These trainings are aimed at providing foundation skills and knowledge to start building .NET web solutions in ASP.NET and leverage the .NET Enterprise Servers built-in functionality to deliver advanced solutions rapidly. The trainer demonstrations have been packaged in VMware virtual machines.

"With VMware software, we can build images for all the different demos in the Enterprise Web Solutions and other trainings," said Kush Jain, lead product manager at Microsoft's Developer Solutions Marketing Group. "The varieties of demonstrations that are part of these trainings require a number of different configurations. VMware software lets us create them ahead of time and then switch between them quickly and easily during the actual training events."

The VMware software provides the ability to package and test the demonstrations once and be assured that this will run on any computer. There is no need to reconfigure computers, install operating systems, service packs or application software. The demonstrations come pre-built and tested in a virtual machine. Since the environment within a virtual machine is independent of the actual physical hardware, there are no issues with hardware or device driver compatibility.

VMware products also provide a disk rollback capability, allowing demonstration systems to be quickly recovered to a previous clean state. This improves reliability of demonstrations since each demonstration starts with a clean system, reducing the time required to set up or recover at the end of a training session.

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