How to access 3 months FREE training for Microsoft Certifications via Pluralsight



Welcome to the first of my new series of articles on free Microsoft training. 

In this series, we will be looking at the many different free options that are available for training, for IT Professionals, end-users, small businesses, and for presentations and sales.

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How to access 3 months FREE training for Microsoft Certifications via Pluralsight

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Choose your Microsoft Certification Path - Link

MCSE - Cloud Platform and Infrastructure - Link
MCSE - Productivity - Link
MCSE - Business Applications - Link
MCSE - Data Management and Analytics - Link
MCSE - Mobility - Link

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Overview -
Microsoft has partnered with Pluralsight to provide 3 months free access to the Pluralsight online training resources. Microsoft delivers this access via their Visual Studio Dev Essentials program. Once you join the Visual Studio Dev Essentials program, which is also free, you will receive access to several providers of online training as well as many other benefits. The Pluralsight subscription includes access to ALL of their training courses, as well many certification paths.

For more information regarding Microsoft certifications, please check this Link.

Microsoft Certifications that are available via the Pluralsight certification paths - Link
  • Configuring Windows Devices (70-697) - Link
  • Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (70-331) - Link
  • Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 (70-345) - Link
  • Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure (70-413) - Link
  • Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions (70-532) - Link
  • Enabling Office 365 Services (70-347) - Link
  • Identity with Windows Server 2016 (70-742) - Link
  • Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure (70-414) - Link
  • Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (70-533) - Link
  • Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 (70-740) - Link
  • Installing and Configuring Windows 10 (70-698) - Link
  • Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (70-346) - Link
  • MCSA: Linux on Azure MCSA - Link
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 MCSA - Link
  • Networking with Windows Server 2016 (70-741) - Link
  • Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (70-743) - Link

How to access 3 months training -
To access 3 months of FREE training for the Microsoft certification paths above, you will first need to sign up for the Microsoft Visual Studio Dev Essentials program, which is also FREE.

About the Visual Studio Dev Essentials program - Link
Aimed at developers, but perfect for traditional Office 365 administrators, the Microsoft Visual Studio Dev Essentials program will give you unlimited access for three months to premium training resources from -
- Pluralsight
- Opsgility
- LinkedIn Premium

Although the Dev Essentials program includes training resources from several partners, this article will focus on accessing the Pluralsight training only.

Joining the Visual Studio Dev Essentials program
Sign up at Visual Studio Dev Essentials program Link
I was able to sign up with my @outlook.com (Microsoft account) and did not need to verify that I was a developer.

Pluralsight Training - Link
After joining the Microsoft Visual Studio Dev Essentials program, you will then be able to access your free three month subscription to Pluralsight training.
Once logged into VisualStudio Dev Essentials portal, scroll down to the 'Professional Development' section and select the tile - Pluralsight.















You will then be presented with a message advising that you were successful. Click 'Activate' to take you to the Pluralsight website.
As part of the Microsoft partnership, you will get access to the entire Pluralsight platform for 3 months of unlimited access.

Accessing the Certification Training paths 
Use this link to take you straight to ALL of the available Certification paths - Link
The screenshot below shows you the first ten certification paths available.
As they are listed alphabetically, you can also see other certification paths like Cisco and CompTIA.




















To make it easier for you, I have created the list below of the Microsoft Certification paths and included the direct links to the courses.

Microsoft Certifications that are available via the Pluralsight certification paths - Link
  • Configuring Windows Devices (70-697) - Link
  • Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (70-331) - Link
  • Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 (70-345) - Link
  • Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure (70-413) - Link
  • Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions (70-532) - Link
  • Enabling Office 365 Services (70-347) - Link
  • Identity with Windows Server 2016 (70-742) - Link
  • Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure (70-414) - Link
  • Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (70-533) - Link
  • Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 (70-740) - Link
  • Installing and Configuring Windows 10 (70-698) - Link
  • Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (70-346) - Link
  • MCSA: Linux on Azure MCSA - Link
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 MCSA - Link
  • Networking with Windows Server 2016 (70-741) - Link
  • Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (70-743) - Link

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