Partner Readiness & Training Newsletter – Dec 2009


 


















DEC 2009


PARTNER READINESS & TRAINING NEWSLETTER


Core Infrastructure | Business Productivity | Application Platform | Software+Services | Sales & Licensing


 



Dear Partner


 


 


Please find below the latest Training and Skills development content for Microsoft Partners. This newsletter is split by Category area and shortcuts are available in the above menu. Product shortcuts are available to the right.


 


These courses have been carefully selected to provide you with the best training relating to that particular product. If you cannot find the particular course you want please go to Microsoft Learning where our Learning Partners offer a wealth of other courses. Any other training requests please contact your Microsoft representative.


 


 


Partner Skills Development Team, Microsoft UK


 


 


 






 


                          Core Infrastructure – Courses and New Training


 


Core IO & Deployment


 


Core IO University


Learn strong approaches for selling core infrastructure solutions; online self-paced sales training and tools. Click Here


 


Core Infrastructure Practice Builder – Launched at WPC09


Expand your role as a Trusted Advisor and deliver increasing business value. Click Here


 


Academy Live: Building an MDOP Practice


Join this session to get an overview of the technologies involved in the MDOP suite. You can learn about best practices for successful delivery of a proof of concept for Application Virtualisation, which is a core element of MDOP. Review the business case for MDOP and get real-world advice from two of the most-experienced field leaders in selling and deploying MDOP solutions. Click Here


 


Academy Live: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation (MED-V)


MED-V enhances deployment, management and user experience for Virtual PC images and streamlines operating system upgrades in enterprise environments. Learn how to sell MED-V to your customers including how to run a presentation and demonstration.


Click Here


 


 






 


Windows 7


 


Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client (Includes Free Software & Exam Voucher) Various Dates and Locations


This 2 day instructor-led course is intended for IT Professional who are interested in expanding their technical knowledge of Windows 7 Client. In this course Students learn to install, upgrade and migrate to Windows7 client. Students then configure Windows7 client for network connectivity, security, maintenance and mobile computing.  To align with the Microsoft Career Campaign helping individuals enhance their career, this Windows 7 Course includes a “Career Package”. MOC + Certification Voucher + Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. Only £100 per delegate.  Click Here to Register


Birmingham 21st Jan, Altrincham 11th Feb, London 15th March


 


Deploying and Managing Windows 7 with System CenterLondon 23rd March


The Client Management Bootcamp is a 4-day technical ILT designed to enable System Center, Windows Client, MDOP, and Desktop Deployment SI partners to deliver successful POCs based on top customer scenarios around client management. The course coverage includes Optimized Desktop architecture, deploying and managing Windows 7 and Office 2010 in the enterprise. Only £250 per delegate Click Here to Register


 


Windows 7 – One Day Deployment Workshop – Various Dates and Locations


This 1 day workshop will walk Partners through the Deployment Tools, Methodology and Scenarios of Deploying Windows 7 into the Enterprise.


Only £100 per delegate Click Here to Register


London 29th Jan, Edinburgh 12th Feb, Wokingham 26th Feb, Manchester 19th March, London 29th March


 


Windows 7 Application Compatibility Briefings for ISVs – FREE Various Dates and Locations


This 1 Day briefing will discuss and demonstrate the remediation techniques for Windows 7 compatibility issues, the common symptoms, how to test and debug them, and best practices for developing Windows 7 applications. Click Here to Register


London 17th Dec, Bristol 11th Jan, Reading 25th Jan, Reading 15th Feb


 


 






 


Windows Server 2008 R2


 


 


Updating Your Windows Server 2008 Technology Specialist Skills to R2 – Manchester 17th Dec


This two day intensive course is aimed at fast tracking Windows Server Technical Specialists and IT professionals onto the new technology of Windows Server 2008 R2. This course will also provide enough knowledge and skills for Partners to pass the new WS08R2 exam, due out later this year.


Only £50 per delegate Click here to Register


 


JumpStart Readiness Clinics – Updating Your Skills to Windows Server 2008 & Windows Server 2008 R2


This course provides an overview of the benefits, technical details, and implementation of the improved or new technologies, features and tools that are included in WS08 and WS08 R2. This course discusses new and enhanced options for virtualisation, security, remote management, integration with the Web, scalability and reliability. Click Here


 


 


Windows Server 2008 R2 Online Tutorials including: Click Here


WNS115AAL: What’s New in Active Directory for Windows Server 2008 R2


WNS116AAL: Windows Server 2008 R2 — Better Together with Windows 7


WNS133PAL: Selling Business Value of Windows Server 2008 R2


WNS69QH: Windows Server 2008 R2, A Survey of Developer-Oriented Features


WVC35AL: Windows 7 BranchCache – Next Generation Branch Office Optimizations


 






 


Virtualisation


 


Server Virtualisation Competency Fast Track


Implementing and Managing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V & SCVMM (4 Day) New Dates released!


This course combines the syllabus of Microsoft courses 6422 and 6331 providing delegates with the knowledge to take Exams 70-652 and 70-403 which can lead to the new Server Virtualisation Competency. £200 per delegate Click Here to Register


London 26th January, Edinburgh 9th February, London 2nd March, Stockport 23rd March, London 20th April


 


Competing with VMware vSphere: Understanding the Virtualisation Opportunity with the Microsoft R2 Wave – Reading 21st Jan


Join Matt McSpirit, Partner Technology Specialist at Microsoft UK, and Mike Peers, Channel Development Manager at Microsoft UK, at this informal, workshop-style session, which will take an in-depth, discussion-based look at the different SKUs, features, and technologies on either side of the virtualisation fence.  You’ll also get to see some of the Microsoft technologies first hand, with detailed technology demonstrations. FREE Register Here


 


Desktop Optimisation with Microsoft & Citrix – Understanding the Virtualisation Opportunity with VDIReading 16th Feb


Many Partners have VDI as a key focus area this year, which may include VDI deployment goals in your partner sales plan. To help the partners with positioning we are running a VDI overview 1/2 day workshop, in conjunction with Citrix.  A number of partners are planning their own VDI based events, so the structure of this session will be designed with partner re-delivery in mind. We will have a number of key Microsoft and Citrix staff in attendance on the day – who are preparing presentations on various topics, which you will be able to re-use after the workshop for your own events.  We are also in planning with Citrix around joint activities with partners to help drive the VDI goals. FREE Register Here


 


An Overview of Microsoft Server Virtualization


This online tutorial introduces and explains the four types of virtualization and why virtualization is important to our customers, partners, and Microsoft. This includes server virtualization, application virtualization, presentation virtualization and desktop virtualization.  Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, are discussed in more detail, along with their customer benefits. Click Here


 


Licensing Server-Based Products in Virtual Environments


This online tutorial explains how different server-based products are licensed in virtual environments and will help you understand how products from the Server OS, Server/CAL and Per Processor Product Category Licensing Models, or PCLMs, can be cost-effectively licensed in different deployment scenarios. Click Here


 


Architecting Microsoft Server Virtualization Solutions with Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager


This labcast series provides an introduction for Microsoft and VMware partners to consolidate the physical or virtual Infrastructure into a flexible, dynamic, and low cost Microsoft Dynamic Datacenter, which consists of Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008. With TCO/ROI calculation and design concepts, you will be able to prove the real savings with Microsoft Dynamic Datacenter solutions to Microsoft customers and partners. You will also learn how to transfer, migrate, and convert the existing physical or VMware environment. Click Here


 


 






 


Systems Management


 


System Center Competency Fast Track:


The System Center Suite Technical Bootcamp R2 –  London 3rd March & 12th May


The System Center Suite Bootcamp is a new update of the dynamic 3-day training course from the System Center Technical Readiness team which brings together the core products from Microsoft’s System Center Suite in a series of “Real World”, data center management scenarios. The course has been specifically designed for Technical Consultants to give them the skills and understanding they need to successfully implement the System Center Suite for customers and end users. The course consists of a series of instructor led, hands on labs (HOL), which guide the student through the steps required to both successfully configure and use System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 in conjunction with core data center applications such as Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 running on the Microsoft Hyper-V platform. Only £200 per delegate. Click Here to Register


 


System Center Client Management Bootcamp – Deploying and Managing Windows 7London 23rd March


The Client Management Bootcamp is a 4-day technical ILT designed to enable System Center, Windows Client, MDOP, and Desktop Deployment SI partners to deliver successful POCs based on top customer scenarios around client management. The course coverage includes Optimized Desktop architecture, deploying and managing Windows 7 and Office 2010 in the enterprise. Only £250 per delegate Click Here to Register


 


Managing Windows, Sharepoint and Exchange Server with Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE)


The SMSE Labcast is a dynamic set of actual customer scenarios which walk you through a series of “Real World” data center management situations including disaster recovery, and optimizing Windows, SharePoint and Exchange Server in the Data Center.  Click Here


 


System Center Operation Manager TechNet Virtual Labs


TechNet Virtual Lab: Building Management Packs with the Authoring Console


TechNet Virtual Lab: Extending Operations Manager 2007 to Monitoring SAP on SQL


TechNet Virtual Lab: Installing Operations Manager 2007


TechNet Virtual Lab: Monitoring Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Exchange 2007


TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Authoring Management Packs – Introduction (ITPro)


TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Authoring – Advanced (ITPro)


TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 – Advanced


TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 – Introduction


TechNet Virtual Lab: Understanding the Operations Manager 2007 SDK


 


System Center Configuration Manager TechNet Virtual Labs


TechNet Virtual Lab: Deploying System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007


TechNet Virtual Lab: Implementing Branch Distribution Points in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007


TechNet Virtual Lab: Implementing Desired Configuration Management in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007


TechNet Virtual Lab: Implementing Maintenance Windows for Software Distribution in System Center Configuration


TechNet Virtual Lab: Introduction to System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007


TechNet Virtual Lab: Managing Custom Application Updates using Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007


TechNet Virtual Lab: Managing Microsoft Updates with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007


TechNet Virtual Lab: Upgrading SMS 2003 SP2 to System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007


TechNet Virtual Lab: Upgrading System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to Service Pack 1


 


 






 


Small Business Server 2008


 


Windows Small Business Server 2008 – Onboarding Webinar


This three part web seminar provides students with the necessary knowledge to plan and implement Windows Small Business Server 2008. Students gain first-hand knowledge on topics such as installing, migrating, monitoring, securing, and backing up data.


Part1 | Part2 | Part3


 


Windows EBS 2008 Exam Cram


This exam groundwork session will guide you in your preparation for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam 70-654, Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring. No matter if you are building on existing certifications or going for the first time, this session will provide clarity to help you succeed. Learn about the exam scope and what it means, get the right point of view, as well as the strategy and knowledge required to pass this exam. You may even pick up a mental aid that will give you just the advantage you need!


Part 1 Click Here | Part 2 Click Here


 


 


Get More Out of Exchange Server 2007 with Windows Essential Business Server 2008


Windows Essential Business Server 2008 is an enterprise-class server solution designed and priced for midsize businesses. For those customers who are considering an upgrade to Exchange Server 2007, EBS 2008 represents an ideal way to provide the benefits of Exchange as part of an integrated solution built on Windows Server 2008. Join us to learn more about the great productivity enhancements available in Exchange Server 2007 and how EBS 2008 solves the messaging, management, and security needs for midsize businesses. Click Here


 


 






 


Identity & Security


 


New TechNet Virtual Labs: Secure Messaging and Collaboration 


The virtual lab and on-demand webcast series provide a closer look at a variety of ways in which Microsoft provides a more secure messaging and collaboration through a family of products that help protect information and control access. Click Here


 


Forefront TechNet Webcasts and V-labs


Forefront Client and Server


TechNet Webcast: Forefront Code Name “Stirling” Technical Overview (Level 300)


TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Forefront codename “Stirling” – An Integrated Security Suite (Level 200)


TechNet Webcast: Forefront code name “Stirling” – The next generation of Forefront Security for Exchange Server (Level 200)


TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Forefront code name “Stirling” – The next generation of Forefront Security for SharePoint (Level 200)


TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Forefront codename “Stirling” – Forefront Client Security 2.0 Release Update (Level 200)


 


Identity and Access


TechNet Webcast: Overview of Microsoft Edge Secure Access Technologies (Level 200) 


IT Manager Webcast: Closing the Network Backdoor: Using Forefront Threat Management Gateway Beta 2 (Level 200)


TechNet Webcast: Identity Lifecycle Manager 2 (Part 1):Empowering Users with Self-Service Identity Management Solutions (Level 200)


TechNet Webcast: Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” (Part 2 of 3): Expressing and Enforcing Business Policy (Level 300)


TechNet Webcast: Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” (Part 3 of 3): Extensibility and Provisioning with ILM “2” (Level 300)


TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway – Hands on with Beta 2! (Level 300)


 


Online Technical Resources:


Extend Your Services Offerings with Forefront Client Security


Deploying Microsoft® Forefront™ Client Security (6078AE)


Deploying Microsoft® Forefront™ Server Security Products (6080AE)


Forefront Edge Security and Access – (On Demand)


 


 






 


Business Productivity Optimisation – Courses and New Training


 


 


BPIO


 


Partner Portal BPIO site and BPIO on-line University


This is an eight-part series delivered online and on demand about Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization — a global Microsoft and partner initiative designed to connect sales, marketing, and services to drive growth and customer success. Click Here


 






 


Portals & CollaborationGet Ready for SharePoint 2010


 


Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010: Introduction, Capabilities and Business Value Overview – Various Dates and Locations


This training day is intended to introduce partners to the end user capabilities of SharePoint and the potential value to customers. At the end of the session, attendees should have a clear understanding of the range of out-of-the-box features of SharePoint, the key differences between 2010 and 2007, and the main differences of the various licensing options. The course will be suitable for business decision makers who are looking into building a SharePoint practices, technical staff new to the product who want a high-level overview, and specialist sales personnel who need to know detail around the functionality.


Reading 21st Jan, London 12th Feb, Reading 12th March, London 9th April   Click Here to Register


 


SharePoint 2010 Developer Bootcamp – Various Dates and Locations


Thorough education is key to working with SharePoint 2010 productively. This Combined Knowledge (MVP) course guides you through essential 2010 elements, from pre‐requisites to system integration, giving you the skills to work confidently and leverage full value from new technology.


This course is being subsidised for Microsoft Partners £900. Click Here to Register


London 8th Feb, East Midlands 6th April, London 1st June 


 


Get Trained to sell SharePoint 2010 with BPIO U


Win in a tough economy, build your practice, learn about innovation and access sales training online with BPIO U 2010


Click Here


 


SharePoint 2010 Ready


Stay up to date with the latest SharePoint 2010 news,learning content and guidance on MPN: Microsoft Partner


News (MPN): Readiness Page on MPN


 


SharePoint 2010 for Developers


This is a free online eLearning course for .NET developers who are just starting out in SharePoint development. It includes 10


modules of video content, hands on labs and code samples. Click Here


 


SharePoint Designer 2010 beta


SharePoint Designer is ideal for configuring SharePoint sites, creating list schema, adding design elements, and


creating workflow models. It can use workflow activities created and maintained in Visual Studio 2010 and


you can export sites created in SharePoint Designer to Visual Studio. Click Here


 


SharePoint 2010 Developer Learning Snack: Click Here


 






 


 


Unified Communication


 


Office Communications Server 2007 R2 (OCS) Ignite London 15th Feb


This course will give you a thorough technical introduction into the technology in Office communications server 2007 R2. You will learn to install, manage & troubleshoot the OCS 2007 R2. The target audience is IT professionals who wish to update their skills on the new features and capabilities in OCS 2007 R2. £850 per delegate. Click Here to Register


 


Microsoft UC Voice Ignite Readiness Workshop – Wokingham 11th January, 8th March


UC Voice Ignite is a 5-day technical workshop based on the interaction of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 with PBX systems in terms of UC Voice interoperability. The goal of UC Voice Ignite is to enable telecommunications, and networking plus IT professionals to successfully deploy Microsoft’s UC Voice solution in production with gateway and PBX interoperability. £950 Click Here to Register


 


Labcast: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Ignite


This course provides an introduction to Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 R2, including how you can use OCS 2007 R2 for real-time interactions between users, and how you can unite OCS 2007 R2 with Microsoft Exchange Server as part of Microsoft Unified Communications. Click Here


 


Microsoft Exchange 2010 – Live Series


Interactive Live Meetings with Tony Cocks, Partner Channel Development Manager and Julian Datta, Partner Technology  Advocate.


Protection and Compliance – 14th December


Flexible and Reliable – 15th December


Anywhere Access – 16th December


 


Exchange 2010 & UC – Sales & Technical online courses


Sales & Marketing


Enhanced Communication and Collaboration Campaign in-a-box


UC Cost Saving campaign BOM


Exchange 2010 Upgrade Campaign BOM


Exchange 2010 Demo Showcase


E2010 Deployment and Migration


Technical 100-200


Exchange 2010 Ignite Workshop (HOLOs) (Beta)


Mobility in Exchange 2010


Exchange 2010 Outlook Web Access


Exchange 2010 Demos


Transitioning from Exchange Server 2007 to Exchange Server 2010


Exchange Server 2010 (Beta) HA and Storage Scenarios Virtual Lab


Configuring Exchange Server 2010 Unified Messaging Virtual Lab


Exchange Server 2010 (Beta) Setup and Deployment Virtual Lab


E2010 Learning Snack (Beta)


Collection 6899: Exploring Features of Exchange Server 2010


Technical 300-400


Exchange 2010 Voice Mail enabled by UM


Exchange 2010 Archiving and Retention


Exchange 2010 High Availability


Exchange 2010 Information Protection and Control


Exchange 2010 Management Tools


OCS R2 Ignite


 


 






 


Application Platform Optimisation – Courses and New Training


 


 


 


 


APO


 


Application Platform University Online


This online course provides introductory training for partners on the Application Platform Optimization (APO) model. Through this online training, users will learn the basic aspects of APO and how it fits within the overall Microsoft Infrastructure Optimization (IO) campaign strategy. Click Here


 


 






 


SQL Server


 


 


Selling the Benefits of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition 
Use this presentation to help sell the business value of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise database software. (Guidance to partners is included in the deck.) Webcast is now available. The PowerPoint slides for the above webcast can be downloaded here


 


SQL Server 2008 – Partner Academy Live Series


These are 1 hour managed webcasts for Partners using Microsoft’s Live Meeting 2007. Listen to Microsoft subject matter experts as they discuss their areas of expertise related to Microsoft’s sales and competitive strategy. Click Here


 


SQL Server 2008 – Webcasts


Server Consolidation with SQL Server 2008


SQL Server 2008 Data Management Overview


The Next Release of Microsoft SQL Server: Data Warehousing Enhancements


The Next Release of Microsoft SQL Server: Manageability Overview


The value of Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2008


 






 


BizTalk Server


 


15 Virtual Labs for BTS 2009 now available on MSDN






 


Visual Studio


 


Visual Studio 2008: Windows Presentation Foundation


This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to build and configure a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) solution. This course is intended for application developers who know how to build Windows Forms applications, custom user controls in .NET and how to use the common features of the base class library. The course will help prepare delegates who wish to take exam 70-502 “TS: Microsoft .NET 3.5, Windows Presentation Foundation Application Development”. Before attending this course, students should have intermediate experience developing applications by using previous versions of Microsoft Visual Studio level 200. Click Here to Register


 


Visual Studio 2008: Windows Workflow Foundation


This two-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to build and configure a Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) solution. This course is intended for application developers who know how to create applications in Visual Studio 2005 or 2008. The course does not require previous experience creating workflow-based solutions. The course will help prepare delegates who wish to take exam 70-504 “TS: Microsoft .NET 3.5, Windows Workflow Foundation Application Development”. Before attending this course, students should have intermediate experience developing applications by using previous versions of Microsoft Visual Studio at level 200. Click Here to Register


 


Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4 (2 day course)


This 2-day instructor led training course will show developers how to take advantage of the new features being released in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0. Click Here to Register


 


Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4 (1 day course)


This 1-day instructor led training course will show developers how to take advantage of the new features being released in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0. Click Here to Register


 


Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit – October Preview


The Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. Use it for training on how utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies. Click Here


 


MSdev.com: New Features in Visual Studio 2010


This course demonstrates some of the new features in the Visual Studio IDE including the new start page, the code editor, the XML schema editor, and new tools for web development and deployment. Click Here


 






 


Software + Services – Courses and New Training


 


 


Microsoft Online Services (BPOS)


 


Implementing Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) Technical Workshop Various Dates and Locations FREE


This one-day technical hands-on workshop provides students with the necessary knowledge to plan and implement a Microsoft® Online Services company environment in a classroom environment.  NOTE:  Please bring own LAPTOP


Click Here to Register


Reading Dec 17th


 


Microsoft Online Services (BPOS) Partner Sales Workshop – How to position and sell BPOS to your customers


Various Dates and Locations FREE


Join the Microsoft BPOS Sales and Partners Team at these monthly sales seminars to gain further insight into the Microsoft Software + Services business and to understand the sales and implementation opportunities for your business. Click Here to register


Reading26th Jan, London 23rd Feb, Reading 23rd March


 


Live Series – Microsoft Online Services (BPOS) – What is it and how do partners make money from it?


This 30 minute Live Meeting will cover what is offered within Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite, what is the opportunity in the market place at the moment for Partner selling BPOS? How to ensure that you qualify every opportunity. 19th Jan, 16th Feb, 16th March Click Here to Register


 


Live Series – Microsoft Online Services (BPOS) – Quarterly Sales Update


This 1 hour Live Meeting will provide you with an update to new features and functions within the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite. This will be a quarterly update and will have time for questions and answers.


17th March, 26th May Click Here to Register


 


BPOS – What is it and how do partners make money from it?


The purpose of this session is to provide Microsoft partners with an overview of the Microsoft BPOS proposition and how they can take it to market. Click Here


 


Business Productivity with Microsoft Online Services


The Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) from Microsoft Online Services includes Exchange Online SharePoint Online Office Live Meeting and Exchange Hosted Filtering enterprise-class software delivered as a subscription service hosted by Microsoft and sold with partners. This session introduces BPOS and its components and demonstrates the ease with which IT professionals can set up the service for their organizations and users. Click Here


 


Quickstart for Microsoft Online Services – Overview for Partners to resell Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)


The webcast will provide an overview of the Partner opportunity for the Business Productivity Online Suite how to register as a reseller and the resources for partners to activate their services business. Click Here


 


Learn how you can provide your customers with cost-effective IT Solutions with Microsoft Online Services


Building on the recent Software-plus-Services announcements from Microsoft and the need for Partners to assist customers in building cost effective solutions given the current economic market join us for a deep dive on the Partner opportunity with Microsoft Online Services and the recently launched Business Productivity Online Suite.  Attendees will gain a greater understanding of how the Business Productivity Online Suite fits into Microsoft S+S strategy and the value proposition for Partners. Click Here


 


Licensing Microsoft Online Services


Learn how to licence the Microsoft Online Services to help your customers incorporate the software-plus-services model into their businesses. And help you generate predictable, recurring revenue; earn advisor fees; expand your base; and serve new segments. Click Here


 






 


Azure


 


Webcast: What is Azure?


What exactly is the Azure Services Platform and what does it allow me to do? This session covers the basics including architecture and function, as well as new opportunities the platform provides. Learn too how customers are thinking about cloud computing and how you can join the conversation. Recent updates to the service will also be covered. Click Here


 


The Azure Quickstart – The Hub!


This community portal provides Microsoft partners with a single destination to start driving their business with Windows Azure. We update this page regularly as new content, whitepapers and presentations become available, provide you with the latest training resources and toolkits to help you get started with your Windows Azure projects, and connect you to the Microsoft partner community and the Microsoft sales, marketing and product management community around Windows Azure. Click Here


 


Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – Updated Labs from PDC 2009


The Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services. The November release includes new and updated labs in addition to information about Microsoft Codename “Dallas”. Click Here


 


 


Windows Azure – Value for Partners How does Windows Azure compare to the competition? In this session we explain why the Windows Azure Platform is a very competitive offering in today’s marketplace and offers great value for Partners. Join us for an in-depth look at the value Azure provides and what you can expect from Partnership with Microsoft. Click Here


 


Windows Azure Platform – TCO Tool In this webcast we will answer our partners’ questions around value and TCO, by walking you through the model and giving you a demonstration of how the TCO tool works so you can build your own cost savings case for Windows Azure. Click Here


 


ISV Innovation for DevelopersThis 5 part web series covers various topics for Developers, from fundamentals to specifics. Topics include Fundamentals, Developing Applications, .NET Services, SQL Data Services and Live Framework Services. Click Here


 


 






 


Partner-Hosted Services


 


Build Managed Services with the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Hosting Providers


Your customers are looking for agile infrastructure delivered from secure, highly available data centers so they can quickly respond to rapid business fluctuations. You can address this need by extending your hosting portfolio with high-value, high-margin services, such as managed hosting, on demand virtualized servers, clustering, and network services. With the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Hosting Providers, you can deliver these services, built on Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ and Microsoft System Center. The toolkit contains guidance to help you establish appropriate service level agreements (SLAs) and create portals that your customers can use to directly provision, manage, and monitor their infrastructure. Click Here


 


The Hosting Develop Hosting Deployment Accelerator (HDA) DVD – Now available online!


Includes Technical, Sales and Marketing information for hosted service providers across several key Microsoft technologies: Windows Server 2008/IIS7; Hyper-V; SQL Server 2008 and System Centre. Click Here


 


Key Online Courses:



 






 


Sales & Licensing – Courses and New Training


 


 


Licensing’s Cool Event – MLSS Lite – Various Dates and Locations


This half day course is great for new starters in the industry of for people that need a little revision on both the most popular Microsoft Products as well as how Microsoft Licensing works. These two modules form part of the Microsoft Licensing Accreditations and at the end of this course you will have the opportunity to sit the assessments to gain this accreditation. Click here to Register


 


Advanced Licensing’s Cool Event – Selling to Small and Medium Businesses – Various Dates and Locations


This half day course is aimed at people who have already completed the MLSS Lite. This half day event will cover Volume Licensing for Small and Medium Businesses and eliminate all of the myths around complexity of Microsoft Licensing. These two modules form part of the Microsoft Licensing Accreditations and at the end of this course you will have the opportunity to sit the assessments to gain this accreditation. Click here to Register


 


Advanced Licensing’s Cool Event – Selling to Large Organisations – Various Dates and Locations


This half day course is aimed at people who have already completed the MLSS Lite. This half day event will cover Volume Licensing for Large Organisations and eliminate all of the myths around complexity of Microsoft Licensing. These two modules form part of the Microsoft Licensing Accreditations and at the end of this course you will have the opportunity to sit the assessments to gain this accreditation. Click here to Register


 


Intensive Licensing’s Cool Event – Selling to  Small and Medium Businesses – Various Dates and Locations


This full day course is aimed at people who would like to complete their MLSS Lite with the Microsoft Product Fundamentals and Microsoft Licensing Fundamentals modules as well as two of the modules that make up the MLSS that cover Volume Licensing to Small and Medium Businesses. All of these modules form part of the Microsoft Licensing Accreditations and at the end of this course you will have the opportunity to sit the MLSS Lite assessments to gain this accreditation. Click here to Register


 


Selling School


Selling School training courses are designed for sales and licensing staff to give relevant knowledge and appropriate sales strategies around the Microsoft capabilities. Microsoft Virtualisation and Management  | Microsoft SharePoint


 


 






 


If you are having problems registering for any of these courses please send a mail directly to ukplcsup@microsoft.com or call 0870 8509442 stating the course details/date and you will get assistance registering.


 


 


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Product Areas


Windows7


Windows Server 2008 R2


Virtualisation


System Center


Small Business Server 2008


Security


SharePoint 2010


Exchange 2010


Unified Comms


SQL Server 2008


Visual Studio


Microsoft Online Services (BPOS)


Azure


 


 


 


 


 


 


Core IO Key Resources:


Microsoft Optimisation


Core IO Sales Online  (On Demand)


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


Microsoft Learning


 


Microsoft Deployment Partner Services Portal


Find out about driving deployment and increasing your profit margins! Click Here


 


Desktop Deployment Planning Services


Get detailed information about becoming a DDPS partner. Click Here


 


Exams & Preparation Guide:


Exam 70-656 TS: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Configuring


 


 


 


 


 


 


Desktop Platform Competency:


Desktop Platform Competency


 


Windows 7 Key Resources:


Windows 7 Partner Portal


Windows 7 Partner Online Readiness Kit  


Windows 7 – TechNet Springboard Series


Partner Learning Centre (PLC) New Technical & Sales Training Released


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


 


 


Give your Application the green light!


ISV Application compatibility homepage – Stay ahead of the competition and ensure your application is compatible today. Click Here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Server Platform Specialisation:


Server Platform Competency


 


Windows Server 2008 Exams & Preparation Guide:


Exam 70-648: TS: Upgrading Your MCSA on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008


Exam 70-652: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring


 


Windows Server Key Resources:


Windows Server 2008 R2 – PLC Saved Search


Windows Server 2008 – PLC Online Technical Courses


Windows Server 2008 Hands-On Labs


Windows Server 2008 TechNet Page


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


Microsoft Learning


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Virtualisation Solutions Competency:


Requirements and information


 


Server Virtualisation Exams & Preparation Guide:


Exam 70-652: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring


Exam 70-403: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring


 


Desktop Virtualisation Exams & Preparation Guide:


Exam 70-656: TS: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Configuring


Exam 70-401  TS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring


 


Virtualisation Key Resources:


Virtualisation Partner Academy Live Session


Virtualisation TechNet Page


Matt McSpirit – Virtual Boy TV


Virtualisation Learning Manager (TechNet)


Virtualisation Learning Path


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


Microsoft Learning


 


Microsoft Virtualisation and Management – Selling School


Click Here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Systems Management Solutions Specialisation:


Requirements and Resources


 


System Center Exams & Preparation Guide


Exam 70-400  TS: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring


Exam 70-401  TS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring


Exam 70-403: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring


 


Systems Management Key Resources


System Center TechNet Page


System Center Learning Manager (TechNet)


System Center Web Based Training


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


Microsoft Learning


 


 


 


Infrastructure Planning & Design (IPD) guide for DPM 2007 SP1 – Now available for Download!


This guide leads the reader through the process of planning a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 SP1 infrastructure. Work through the infrastructure design process in a logical, sequential order. Click Here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Small Business Solutions Specialisation:


New Competency Launching Mid 2010


 


 


SBS / EBS Exams & Preparation Guide


Exam 70-653: TS: Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuring


Exam 70-654: TS: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring


 


 


Small Business Server Key Resources:


SBS Partner Webinar Series and online courses


EBS Partner Webinar Series and online courses


SBS TechNet Page


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


Microsoft Learning


 


 


 


 


 


 


Security Solutions Competency:


New Competency Launching Mid 2010


Infrastructure Security


Identity & Secure Access


 


Exams & Preparation Guide:


Security Solutions Competency


 


Identity & Security Key Resources


Identity and Security Partner Showcase Landing Page


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


Microsoft Learning


 


 


Web Cast Exam Prep Series: Forefront Client and Server Exam


(70-557) Infrastructure Security Specialisation online training.


Click Here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


BPIO Key Resources
BPIO Partner Resources


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Portals & Collaboration Competency:


New Competency Launching Mid 2010


Office Solutions Development Specialisation


Portals & Collaboration Specialisation


 


Content Management Solutions Competency:


New Competency Launching Mid 2010


Enterprise Content Management Specialisation


 


Business Intelligence Competency:


New Competency Launching Mid 2010


Business Intelligence Platform specialisation


Performance Management specialisation


 


Project & Portfolio Management Solutions:


New Competency Launching Mid 2010


Enterprise Project Management Specialisation


 


Search Solutions Competency:


New Competency Launching Mid 2010


Search Specialisation


Data Visualisation


 


Microsoft SharePoint Solutions – Learning Paths


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


Microsoft Learning


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Unified Comms Solutions Competency:


New Competency Launching Mid 2010


 


Unified Comms Key Resources


UC Learning Path


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


Microsoft Learning


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Software Development Solutions Competency


New Competency Launching Mid 2010


 


Web Development Competency:


New Competency Launching Mid 2010


Custom Development Solutions Specialisation


 


Data Platform Competency:


New Competency Launching Mid 2010


Data Management Solutions Specialisation


 


 


 


 


 


 


SQL Server Key Resources:


Microsoft SQL Server – Training Portal


SQL PLC Saved Search


SQL Server TechCenter – TechNet


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


Microsoft Learning


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Biztalk Server Key Resources:


Biztalk Partner Learning Center – Landing Page 


Biztalk Server Solutions


 


 


 


 


 


Visual Studio Key Resources:


Visual Studio


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


BPOS Key Resources:


Microsoft Online Services


Partner Programme – Online Services


Quickstart for Microsoft Online Services


Online Services Tech Center


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


Microsoft Learning


 


 


Microsoft Online Services Resource Centre


Jump-start your software-plus-services practice by visiting the QuickStart for Online Services Resource Centre to access:  Webcasts, Marketing materials, Labs, Case studies, News, Blogs and forums. Click Here


 


 


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Azure Key Resources:


Windows Azure Platform Website


Azure Quickstart Hub


Azure Facebook Page


New Windows Azure Software Development Kit (May2009 CTP)


Commercial Launch of Windows Azure Platform


Azure Services Partner Playbook Now Available


 


 


Explore Azure Services:


Windows Azure


SQL Azure


.NET Services


 


 


Azure Videos:


Getting Started with SQL Azure


Hands on with SQL Azure (CTP 2)


David Chappell in conversation about Windows Azure and the cloud


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Hosted Services Key Resources:


The Microsoft Hosting Community


Software + Services Partner Page


Services Provider Licence Agreement (SPLA)


Microsoft Solution Accelerators


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Licensing Solutions Competency:


Find out more about this Competency


 


Licensing Resources:


Licensing Training


Microsoft Licensing Accreditations


Microsoft Licensing Accreditations Structure and Modules


Microsoft Licensing Accreditations Cheat Sheets


 


Other Useful Resources:


LicenseWise


Microsoft Financing


Use a Microsoft Learning Path if you don’t know where to start


 


Sitting the Licensing MCP:
Booking your MCP


Book on an MCP Training Course


 


 


 


 


PLC Support


For additional help registering for any of the courses please email ukplcsup@microsoft.com or call 0870 8509442.


 


How to enrol as a Registered Member


 


How an individual can associate to his/her Organisation


 


Microsoft Partner Network Support






 



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