Sivakumar Venkataraman - Click for blog homepageThis is the fifth of a series of articles which we have planned to publish every month. This article contains the list of 1:Many sessions and Practice Accelerator workshops which we have scheduled EXCLUSIVELY for partners on a monthly basis, so that partners can get benefitted from these workshops.

If you are a partner of Microsoft, please feel free to register for these sessions and improve your readiness on the latest and super cool technologies. In case you are a customer, you can get in touch with your partner and they would be able to deliver these sessions to you. The details of these sessions are provided below. All times mentioned below are based on Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Note: You can click on the session title to register for these sessions.

1:Many Sessions and Chalk Talks Listing

Delivery Date  : 5/1/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Chalk Talk : Discussion on SQL 2012 High Availability 
Description : In this chalk talk session, we talk about the various HA Options available in SQL server including the Always On Availability Groups newly introduced in SQL Server 2012. Concepts that are central for configuring and managing High Availability environments in SQL Server would be the topic of discussion. We would be discussing best practices in implementing High Availability based on scenarios. The primary High Availability technologies that we would cover are Log shipping, DB Mirroring, Replication, Clustering, Always On. The primary objective of this session is to help Partners decide which HA technology to choose to address customer’s in various scenarios. What we do not cover in this session is Licensing or pricing questions.

Delivery Date  : 5/2/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Chalk Talk for Exchange 2013: Upgrade, Co-existence and Migration
Description : Bring your questions to this fully interactive session to gain understanding on Exchange Server 2013 migration, transition and coexistence. Use this session to ask your questions, talk about the best practices to upgrade or migrate to Exchange 2013. Present your own scenarios to the consultant and receive tailored, interactive advice on how to proceed with your customers engagements to Exchange 2013. You can discuss your existing project, Planning, Designing question on Exchange 2013 upgrade and migration. Ask for the best practices to move to Exchange 2013. 

Delivery Date  : 5/3/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Microsoft SQL Server 2012: AlwaysOn Fundamentals 
Description : SQL Server Always On is a comprehensive high availability and disaster recovery solution that is new in SQL Server 2012. In this session we will discuss how to position AlwaysOn with customers and how AlwaysOn can be used to build HA solutions to meet various customer requirements. We’ll explore what this means in the context of the existing set of high availability technologies and will go into the details of the solution architecture. Agenda:• High Availability (HA) Deployment and Challenges  • Introduction of SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn  • Deploying Availability Groups (AGs)  • Virtual Names/Listeners   • Application Failover Using AlwaysOn Virtual Names  • AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instance (FCI) 

Delivery Date  : 5/6/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : OAuth and Application Identity in SharePoint 2013 
Description : Classic Mode deprecated !?! OAuth?? If you haven’t heard the news, identity and authentication is new and improved in SharePoint 2013! In this session we will drill down into the new authentication features and changes made in SharePoint 2013. We will learn what has changed in web application AuthN, inter/intra farm AuthN, service applications and SharePoint Apps AuthN to get you up to speed quickly with SharePoint 2013. If you are familiar with SharePoint 2010 infrastructure and want to learn what is new in SharePoint 2013, this session is for you!. We'll see how you can request and grant application permissions and will also explore the type of authentication mechanism that you can use in SharePoint 2013.

Delivery Date  : 5/7/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : How to Upgrade to SharePoint 2013  
Description : Learn about the different facets of upgrade preparation and understand the key skills and techniques you'll need to successfully upgrade to SharePoint 2013. In This session we shall cover the supported approaches to upgrade from SharePoint 2010 or from MOSS 2007 to new version of SharePoint Server. This session will also cover the major planning considerations and best practices we should follow which upgrading or migrating to the new version of SharePoint. Also the session will demo the basic Tools / Techniques used to test the Migration and thus make the whole process smoother and faster.

Delivery Date  : 5/8/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Microsoft Office 365 Workshop: Delegated Administration 
Description : What is Delegated Administration? Through Delegated Administration, you can perform simple administrative tasks for your Office 365 customers, such as adding users and resetting passwords, or more technical tasks such as adding a domain. The Microsoft Office 365 Workshop: Delegated Administration will give an overview of Delegated Administration in Office 365. We will discuss sending trial invitations and purchase offers to potential Office 365 customers, as well as how to offer delegated administration to current Office 365 customers and use the “Find and Assist” feature to administer Office 365 tenants on their behalf.

Delivery Date  : 5/9/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 – Top new features 
Description : Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 delivers a new way for partners and customers to speed implementations and it is more efficient than ever. This offering explains the Top features that customers can make use of. We will discuss and see the new clients, improvements in development and user Interface. This workshop showcases that the development is much easier with Query object, improvements in Pages, XML Ports and report designing etc.  Introduces participants to understand and use the features like charts, office tools along with NAV 2013.

Delivery Date  : 5/10/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Chalk Talk - Designing and Deploying an Active Directory Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012 
Description : Chalk Talk is a direct collaboration with Microsoft experts. The session will be presented via Microsoft Live Meeting.  Be prepared with audio to ask your questions.  This is a fully interactive session and your full participation is encouraged     Chalk Talk on Designing an Active Directory Infrastructure - Bring your questions to this fully interactive session to gain understanding regarding the different approaches for Designing or Redesigning an Active Directory Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012. This session can help you identify the right solution and set of tools to meet special requirements. Present your customer scenarios and get expert advice from consultants with right set of expertise.     Cost – 1.5 advisory hours will be deducted from your organization for this session.  

Delivery Date  : 5/13/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Chalk talk on Dynamics GP Web Client 
Description : Chalk Talk is a direct collaboration with Microsoft experts. The session will be presented via Microsoft Live Meeting. Be prepared to ask your questions to our experts. This is a fully interactive session and your full participation is encouraged. In this Chalk talk we will discuss about Dynamics GP web client including topics such as High Level Architecture, User Login, Process Flow, Session Host, Services, Certificates and installation. Cost – 1.5 advisory hours will be deducted from your organization for this session.

Delivery Date  : 5/14/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Chalk talk on Dynamics CRM - Service Update User Interface (UI) new features 
Description : Chalk Talk is a direct collaboration with Microsoft experts. The session will be presented via Microsoft Live Meeting. Be prepared to ask your questions to our experts. This is a fully interactive session and your full participation is encouraged. In this Chalk talk we will discuss about the new features introduced in the latest Service Update for Dynamics CRM 2011 including  topics such as Opt In and Disabling New Forms, Service User Experience, Sales User Experience, form Infrastructure, Customization, Activity Feeds and other Additional Changes   Cost – 1.5 advisory hours will be deducted from your organization for this session.

Delivery Date  : 5/15/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Chalk Talk: OAuth and Application Identity in SharePoint 2013 
Description : Have you ever wondered how to develop an application that can be deployed independent of SharePoint farm while still being able to access SharePoint data? Developers used different techniques (e.g., remote authentication/storing user credentials offline) but achieving this model till SharePoint 2010 was both very tricky as well as, sometimes, not recommended. This has all changed with SharePoint 2013.Welcome to the world of “remote apps “in SharePoint 20113. Remote apps allow developers to develop and host their applications independent of SharePoint farm. In order to introduce this functionality, SharePoint 2013 embraced some new concepts like OAuth. Using Remote Apps with OAuth allows developer to access SharePoint data without ever worrying about storing user credentials and provide more flexibility and privacy to user as well.

Delivery Date  : 5/16/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Chalk talk on SharePoint Online (0365) (wave 14/15)  
Description : Chalk Talk is a direct collaboration with Microsoft experts. The session will be presented via Microsoft Live Meeting.  Be prepared with audio to ask your questions.  This is a fully interactive session and your full participation is encouraged Chalk talk on SharePoint Online (0365) (wave 14/15) – how  to make it work for your org – This is the chalk talk that will help you to discover what SharePoint online has and how can it accomplish your business process. Question the SME’s how can you accomplish what you think you can accomplish a business process that you can do in on premises.Audience – IT Professional Cost – 1.5 advisory hours will be deducted from your organization for this session.

Delivery Date  : 5/17/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Chalk Talk on Dynamics CRM Client for Outlook 
Description : Chalk Talk is a direct collaboration with Microsoft experts. The session will be presented via Microsoft Live Meeting.  Be prepared with audio to ask your questions.  This is a fully interactive session and your full participation is encouraged.   Bring your questions to this fully interactive session to gain understanding on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Client for Microsoft Office Outlook. Use this chalk talk to ask questions and learn about features in the client and deployment options. Get details on functionality like how synchronization works, how tracking emails work. Present your own scenarios to the consultant and receive tailored, interactive advice on how to proceed with your customers   Audience – IT Professional   Cost – 1.5 advisory hours will be deducted from your organization for this session.

Delivery Date  : 5/20/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Content Management changes in SharePoint 2013 
Description : You might have come across Collaboration sites in SharePoint but did you ever thought a need of legal and records management teams? Also, If you are considering a knowledge management. This session will help not just managing the documents (legal/digital/Images..) but will offer an overview of the new features for building websites on SharePoint 2013, both for Internet and Intranet use. In this big release of SharePoint space we are offering deep integration between Search and Content Management, and new features in site design, metadata driven navigation, authoring, presentation, content reuse, and adaptive experiences. The key enhancement includes eDiscovery, Search enhancements, Friendly URLs, Snippet Gallery, Navigations, Taxonomy improvements and much more will help in better manageability of SharePoint artifacts.

Delivery Date  : 5/21/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Exchange Server 2013 Deployment and Coexistence 
Description : This session covers the Exchange Server 2013 upgrade and Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2007 coexistence process, including best practices for planning and performing successful upgrades. Detail information on the upgrade is covered in this session. Demo covers each steps to preform Exchange upgrade. This session also includes details on changes to Setup, as well as public folder migration to modern public folders in Exchange Server 2013. This session will also cover deployment choices for small and medium business as well as guidance on virtualization. 

Delivery Date  : 5/22/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Windows Azure Caching 
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Delivery Date  : 5/23/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Microsoft Dynamics CRM Service Update: SDK New Features 
Description : The new Service Update in Microsoft Dynamics CRM introduces a host of new changes in the SDK. This offering covers topics such as Metadata querying, ExecuteMultiple for Batch processing, customer workflow activities and Microsoft Azure AppFabric v2.                                                          

Delivery Date  : 5/24/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Chalk Talk on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure/Remote Desktop Services
Description : Thinking of implementing a VDI solution but still have a lot of questions?  Join our VDI/RDS Chalk Talk session for answers to questions like: what are the use case scenarios for VDI?  Do I really need virtual machines or can an RD Session Host fulfill my needs?  What are some of the new out of box features of VDI with Windows Server 2012?  What about performance over the WAN?   All these, and much more. 

Delivery Date  : 5/28/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Momentum Workshop: Deep Dive into Patch Deployment
Description : System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 Software Update Management makes it easier to manage update deployment and assessment process of your servers and desktops. Organizations get better control and won’t need to turn to reports to track compliance status. There are many new alerts on the console which help to track any errors /failing components. In this session we will take a deep dive look at the new software update management capabilities of SCCM 2012.   Agenda: Key Concepts Investments RBAC and User Targeting Monitor vs. Remediate CI Versioning Reports   Target Audiences: IT Pros, Architects, TDMs

Delivery Date  : 5/29/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Chalk Talk : Windows 8 with C#/VB and XAML – Building Windows 8 apps with technologies you love! 
Description : Are you a WPF/Silverlight developer? Do you want to tap into the unlimited potential that the Windows 8 phenomenon is going to offer? This is the right place to get your questions answered! This will be a fully interactive session where we discuss what you need to know as a .NET developer to build Windows 8 applications. We’ll discuss how to get started with Windows 8 development, see how it works behind the scenes, look at the tools we use to build these apps and pretty much anything you see fit from a “Hello World” to pushing the app to the Windows Store.

Delivery Date  : 5/30/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Chalk Talk: Lync server 2013 Architecture and Migration 
Description : Bring your questions to this fully interactive session to gain understanding on Microsoft Lync Server 2013 and how this communication software offers instant messaging (IM), presence, conferencing, and telephony solutions that can support enterprise-level collaboration requirements. Use this session to ask your questions, talk about the Lync server 2013 Architecture and Migration. Present your own scenarios to the consultant and receive tailored, interactive advice on how to proceed with your customers engagements. You can discuss your existing project, Planning, Designing , Deploying, migrating question on Lync Server 2013.

Delivery Date  : 5/31/2013 
Delivery Time  : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Microsoft SQL Server 2012: New Modeling Features in PowerPivot with SQL Server 2012 
Description : Agenda:• Roadmap for SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) and PowerPivot  • PowerPivot for SQL Server 2012: New Features  • PowerPivot and SSAS  • Enriching Your Business Intelligence Semantic Models (BISMs)with Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)  • Build, Deploy, and Manage Tabular Models Using Business Intelligence  • Development Studio (BIDS) and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 

Practice Accelerators Listing

Delivery Date : 5/6/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice
Description : Learn how to choose and build the right enterprise voice solutions to meet your customers’ needs. Microsoft Lync Server 2010 delivers next-generation telephony in a single, comprehensive unified communication solution. When you take Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice, you will get best practices and reusable tools that can help you enable customers to communicate from anywhere in a cost-effective and secure manner.

Delivery Date : 5/13/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Flexible Workstyle (Windows 8)  
Description : Today's enterprise organizations need to provide convenient and safe access to meaningful corporate information while allowing end users the flexibility to work across a broad range of technologies and platforms. A new approach to solving these problems is to fully understand the needs of both the individual end user as well as the needs of IT in order to develop an effective strategy to maximize productivity and delight the user.  Flexible Workstyle provides an overview of a persona based solutions approach for enabling Flexible Workstyle to address customer scenario such as Consumerization of IT and "Bring your own device"   Practice Accelerator for Flexible Workstyle is a comprehensive set of reusable tools and best practices that can help you identify customer requirements and project scope, analyze customer needs, and deploy client solution on Windows 8.

Delivery Date : 5/13/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Consolidation & Migration 
Description : Help your customers efficiently and safely migrate their virtualized workloads from VMware to Hyper-V. Practice Accelerator for Data Center Consolidation and Migration helps you learn how to implement a strategic approach to consolidating data centers and servers. Practice Accelerator for Data Center Consolidation and Migration is a comprehensive set of reusable tools and best practices that can help you identify customer requirements and project scope, analyze customer needs, and deploy solutions built on Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center 2012. When you complete this Practice Accelerator, you become qualified to access the Virtual Machine Migration Toolkit from Microsoft.  Practice Accelerator for Data Center Consolidation and Migration offers a blend of virtual training, instructor-led live training, and on-demand training.

Delivery Date : 5/20/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Workshop Title : Practice Accelerator for Business Intelligence 
Description : In this world of stiff corporate competition and advanced IT resources, quality business intelligence (BI) can make all the difference to your customers’ success. Empower your customers to make better, faster, well-informed decisions that will deliver the right information to the right people at the right time. This Practice Accelerator can help you assess your customers’ business and technology needs and design a solution to facilitate wide-spread end-user adoption. Show customers how you can help them harness the power of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 to reduce the complexity of organizing and distributing information, enable better business decisions, and improve their bottom line.

I hope partners find this helpful and beneficial.

Keep watching every month for more of these sessions every month!