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 & Collaboration - Get 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

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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

 

 

Accelerate Your Migration to Microsoft Online Services

If you are considering cloud-based services and want to determine what it takes to migrate to Microsoft Online Services including Exchange Online, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit can give you the answers you need in just an hour or so. The MAP Toolkit helps you survey your messaging needs and generates a Microsoft Online Services proposal based on your specific set of business PCs. Free Download Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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