This August we're running a number of technical training sessions (Free and Advisory hour based) which aim to support you in selling and deploying Microsoft solutions including Office 365, Windows Server and Windows 8.1.

This is where you may say "Free is good, but what are Advisory Hours" More detail on Advisory hours.

Practice Accelerator for Office 365

Date: 20th August
Link: Register Here, Gold and Silver Competency partners only 
Time: 9 AM to 5 PM
Cost: 5 Partner Advisory Hours
Audience: Delivery Consultants, Pre-sales Architects
Description: Office 365 Practice Accelerator [Level 300] , will help partners learn the fundamental deployment principles and processes that lead to repeatable successful deployments of O365. We will cover the new features and tools provided for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online migrations, as well as present the approach required to craft a solution in as little time as possible.

Practice Accelerator for Search Social Portals Collaboration

Date: 20th August
Link: Register Here, Gold and Silver Competency partners only 
Time: 9 AM to 5 PM
Cost: 5 Partner Advisory Hours
Audience: Delivery Consultants, Pre-sales Architects
Description: The SharePoint 2013 PA [Level 300] takes partners through an intense 1 day session where they will learn the latest information regarding the planning considerations, leading implementation practices and recommendations for deploying SharePoint 2013 for their customers. It will be delivered via presentations, open discussions and demos focused on helping the partner better understand the breath of capabilities the latest version of SharePoint has to offer their customers.

FREE Office 365 Identity Management

Date: 20th August
Link: Register Here (Open to all Partners) 
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM 
Cost: **Free**
Audience: Delivery Consultants, Pre-sales Architects
Description: The session is focused on the various identity management mechanisms to manage cloud applications primarily Office 365. Some of the core topics include Single Sign-On, Multi-factor authentication, DirSync, Password Sync, Federation services etc. Requirement: Active Directory basic knowledge is mandatory for this training.


Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Infrastructure & Management Reference Architecture

Date: 22nd August
Link: Register Here, Gold and Silver Competency partners only 
Time: 9 AM to 5 PM
Cost: 5 Partner Advisory Hours
Audience: Delivery Consultants, Pre-sales Architects
Description: Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Infrastructure 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 a hybrid Cloud infrastructure based on Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 & Windows Azure.


FREE GPS Windows XP to 8.1 Migration Workshop

Date: 26th August
Link: Register Here (Open to all Partners) 
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Cost: **Free**
Audience: Delivery Consultants, Pre-sales Architects
Description: This session talks about why you have to migrate away from Windows XP and how you can plan for migrations keeping applications and users data intact. What's new with Windows 8.1 and how IT pros can leverage the new functionalities. Share facts and myths around Windows 8.1 followed by Q&A.


FREE Mobile Device Management with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Intune

Date: 28th August
Link: Register Here (Open to all Partners)
Time: 10 AM to 12 PM
Cost: **Free**
Audience: Delivery Consultants, Pre-sales Architects
Description: System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Intune provide a unified approach for device management on-premise and through the cloud. Come and learn how this can help organizations address the complex issues raised by Bring Your Own Device scenarios. Go deep into settings management scenarios, security considerations, deployment options, and how these will enable single pane of glass management of Windows, Mac OS X, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android devices.