The System Center team announced today that applications are now being accepted for the Configuration Manager v.Next Community Evaluation Program (CEP). The goals of this program are to accelerate product evaluations and build a community of external product evangelists.

For partners who want to efficiently manage implementation, test scenarios, discover and contribute to best practices, the CEP provides a structured approach for connecting with the product group and a community of peers. Members of the CEP community will be asked to participate through the sharing of learning's, questions and experiences.
SI Partner Program Participation

  • Participation in Theme Activities
  • Implementation of CM v.Next in test environment*
  • Sharing of Best Practices
  • Willingness to Share Experiences

*Production deployment is not required for participation in the Community Evaluation Program. Microsoft will not provide CEP participants with production support for deployment of the product in production or upgrades of subsequent product releases. CEP participants will be provided access to the Beta build of Configuration Manager v.Next that is not is not supported for production deployments.
**All applications received by September 24, 2010, will be informed of their acceptance through receipt of an invitation email to their Windows Live ID account by September 27. Late applications will be reviewed but accepted members will be asked to review any missed activities and materials independently.


Call to action
If you are an SI partner interested in applying for the Configuration Manager v.Next Community Evaluation Program (CEP), Nominate yourself by completing the Configuration Manager v.Next Community Evaluation Program

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