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Ahead of the Game Technical Series – Join Us in a City Near You

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The game is changing for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) as new technologies in areas like cloud services, mobile computing, and business intelligence transform the IT landscape. All of this change adds up to an overwhelming number of choices for SMBs, from new pricing models to different deployment options. More than ever, customers are looking for partners who can help them stay ahead of these trends and translate business needs into effective technology solutions.

Register to join us in a city near you for a two-day Microsoft Ahead of the Game technical training. Read on for course overview, event schedule, registration links, and hardware requirements.

Course overview  

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Day 1
Virtualization and Cloud
Day 2
Mobility, Remote Access, & Business Intelligence
When SMBs think about virtualization, they typically think about server consolidation—enabling them to run more applications on fewer servers and helping to cut costs for hardware, maintenance, and power. There is a rapidly expanding opportunity to deliver solutions around mobility and remote access, as SMBs look for new ways to empower workers to get their jobs done, wherever they need to be.

This session will cover:

This session will cover:

  • Server Consolidation using Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Hyper-V Network and Memory
  • Hyper-V SAN Support
  • Live Migration
  • Disaster Recovery and Resiliency
  • Windows Azure Backup, Windows Azure Cloud Storage, Windows Azure Recovery
  • Hyper-V Replica
  • Storage Spaces and Storage Pools
  • SMB 3 Application Storage
  • Challenges to People Centric IT - Users, Devices, Apps and Data
  • Unified Device Management with Intune and System Center Configuration Manager
  • Access and Information Protection with Active Directory, Workplace Join and Work Folders
  • Secure Remote Users with RemoteApp, DirectAccess, and Dynamic Access Control
  • Deliver Remote Desktop Services (RDS) / Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Enable Productive Users with Windows 8.1 and Office 365
  • Windows Azure Data Management, SQL Azure, Azure Application Services
  • Introducing PowerBI
  • BI Lab with Power Query + Power Map

Event schedule and registration

Registration for this two-day course is free for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners. In addition to two days of hands-on technical training, each participant will receive a complimentary voucher for Exam 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. Lunch, an afternoon snack, and beverages will be provided.

Dates and locations

To register for these events, you must be a Microsoft partner. If you are not associated to your company’s Microsoft Partner Network profile , follow the steps here.

If you have issues with registration, please send email to plcteam@asentus.net.

February 25–26 Cleveland, Ohio REGISTER
March 4–5 Los Angeles, California REGISTER
March 25-26 Denver, Colorado REGISTER
April 1–2 Boston, Massachusetts REGISTER
April 7–8 Minneapolis, Minnesota REGISTER
April 23–24 Bellevue, Washington REGISTER
April 28–29  Mountain View, California REGISTER
May 1–2 Atlanta, Georgia REGISTER
May 5–6 Chicago, Illinois REGISTER
May 8–9 Washington, DC REGISTER
May 12–13  New York, New York REGISTER
May 20–21  Houston, Texas REGISTER
May 22–23 Dallas, Texas REGISTER
May 27–28 Fort Lauderdale, Florida REGISTER

Attendee Hardware Requirements for Hosted Labs

Please launch the test lab prior to coming to the class. This will ensure your computer meets the minimum requirements and that it supports launching labs. If you have any issues launching the test lab, email support@holsystems.com and a representative from holSystems will assist you.

Attendee Computer Requirements

The following requirements apply specifically to computers on which the attendees will run the labs. The requirements are also applicable to attendees’ own laptops, should the event be a bring-your-own-device event.

A requirements check tool is available online at http://aka.ms/holtest. Select Check System Requirements.

Operating System

  • All editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 are supported.
  • All editions of Windows 8 are supported, except for any device running Windows 8 RT and Windows 8.1 preview.
  • Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012 are supported.  All Server Core editions are not supported.
  • Windows XP is supported conditionally.
  • Learn more about OS compatibility.




  • Minimum supported screen resolution is 1280x800.

For complete system requirements, go to http://aka.ms/holtest and select View System Requirements.

  • of doing this virtually? I'm not near any of those cities.

  • You bet! Virtual events are available here - http://aka.ms/smblearningpath

  • When I try to register for the DFW event I get the following error message: "You are already Associated to this Organization. You may verify your Associations from your Individual Account Home page. If you believe you have received this message in error, please contact your Regional Service Center." What else can I do to register that won't take me to this page again?

  • Hi CJ - Thank you for the note here. Please send an email to plcteam@asentus.net for assistance with your event registration. Cheers.

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