Sivakumar Venkataraman - Click for blog homepageThis is the seventh 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 registration links below each session to register for these sessions.

1:Many Sessions and Chalk Talks Listing

Delivery Date : 7/15/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Title  : Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Performance Monitoring and Optimization 
Description : SQL Database Administrators frequently deal with one of the major concern related to their SQL Server and that’s performance. In this session, we would explore some of the common issues and how SQL Server 2012 built-in tools can help us addressing them. This session is ideally beneficial for proactively planning your SQL Server design so that you can avoid any issues which might come-up in production. Agenda:• Performance Monitoring    --Performance Monitor Counters to Watch    --Tools• Performance Troubleshooting    --Resource Bottlenecks  --Tools  • Performance Tuning and Optimization    --Query Tuning Steps    --Common Solutions    --Tools  Target Audiences:  SQL DBAs, SQL DBDs
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=829708

Delivery Date : 7/16/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Title  : Microsoft Office 365 Momentum Workshop: Office 365 Directory Synchronization, Federation, and Single Sign-on 
Description : Provides partners with a technical overview and best practices associated with directory synchronization, federation, and single sign-on (SSO).   Agenda: New Authentication and Authorization Identity Role-Based Access DirSync and Federation workflow Directory Synchronization Overview/new features When to use Rich coexistence ADFS & Federation Setup Authentication flows Deployment scenarios Identity federation rollout  
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=791104

Delivery Date : 7/17/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Title  : How Domain Controller Cloning Works in Windows Server 2012
Description : Understand the concepts of Domain Controller cloning in Windows Server 2012 through a lab demonstration and talk to the experts in order to clarify your concepts and doubts on this new feature on Windows Server 2012.   The session would not only cover the concepts of the new technology but would also cover a demonstration of the same through a lab setup.  Windows Server 2012 comes with a  lot of new enhancements and features, which makes it more compatible with other technologies and the right solution of cloning and virtualization.   Session Time - 120 Minutes Session Billing - This is a free event for Microsoft Partners. 
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=828496

Delivery Date : 7/18/2013
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM
Title  : Chalk Talk on Customizations in Microsoft Dynamics CRM
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 customizations on Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Use this chalk talk to ask questions and learn how you can customize the Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Get details on customizing CRM through out of the box capabilities, Jscripts, SDK, plugins and workflows. 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.
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=828489

Delivery Date : 7/19/2013
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM
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.
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=828923

Delivery Date : 7/22/2013
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM
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.
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=846064

Delivery Date : 7/22/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Title  : Simplify tasks using Dynamics GP 2103 Workflows 
Description : This Session focuses on creating and managing workflows. Specifically, this session discusses workflow concepts, configuration of steps, and activation of individual workflows. This sessions is ideal for the business decision maker planning their firm’s workflow scheme.  
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=845614

Delivery Date : 7/24/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Title  : Chalk Talk on SQL Server Performance Tuning Best Practices
Description : SQL Server Performance Tuning and health monitoring can sometimes become a very challenging subject that it requires expertise in both Database Administration and Database Development. So, in this session we talk about the best practices and a few pointers on how one can get optimal Performance from their SQL Server. Performance Tuning is a very deep concept and can span across hardware, network and software. It needs a disciplined approach to nail the problem. DBA(s) will highly benefit to pin point the problem and how to go about fixing them and moreover focus on preventive measures rather than break fix. Developers will highly benefit so that they can write efficient queries so that the DBA doesn’t run after them making them redo their efforts.  
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=830064

Delivery Date : 7/25/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Title  : Chalk Talk :Office 365 : Identity management (ADFS) 
Description : Bring your questions to this fully interactive session to gain understanding on new authentication and authorization model of different office 365 identities.  Use this session to ask your questions and learn about what it takes to setup Single Sign on based on your environment and new directory synchronization. Present your own scenarios to the consultant and receive tailored, interactive advice on how to proceed with your customers. You can discuss your projects, Planning, Designing and configuration questions on Office 365 Dirsync, federation, identities. Ask for best practices planning and configuring in different scenarios.  
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=845617

Delivery Date : 7/26/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Title  : Chalk Talk for Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1 
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 for Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1 - Bring your questions to this fully interactive session to gain focus on Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1. 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.   Presenters: Puneet Vig, Bhuwan Chandre Upadhyay  
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=828907

Delivery Date : 7/29/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
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.  
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=846075

Delivery Date : 7/29/2013
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM
Title  : The New App Model in SharePoint 2013
Description : In this session you will learn about the techniques used to build apps for SharePoint. We will discuss the architecture and anatomy for apps for SharePoint, the various types of apps, hosting options and development techniques. Throughout this session we will demonstrate various apps for SharePoint be it an app that you want to host in your corporate intranet or in Office store, while looking under the hood on how they work. We will also discuss on developing applications for the SharePoint Store that auto-provision in Azure. We will examine the full lifecycle for these apps, including use cases, tooling for developers, publishing to the store, and Azure/licensing considerations.
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=837334

Delivery Date : 7/30/2013 
Delivery Time : 9:00 AM 
Title  : Project Online - The best bet for Project Portfolio Managers
Description : Project Online is the *new* Office 365 service that enables teams and organizations to manage their day-to-day work, plan mission critical projects and prioritize portfolio investments to maximize business value. This session provides an overview of Project Online and how to get started. We will be spending a significant amount of time demonstrating Project Online – don’t miss it! This session provides an overview and demonstrations of both the on-premise and online capabilities of Microsoft’s *latest* Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solution.   
https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=845621

I hope partners find this helpful and beneficial.

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