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TOP ATTENDED PARTNER TRAININGS: FEBRUARY

Introduction to Selling Microsoft Online Services for Partners
Microsoft Office 365 Partner Overview
Server Modernization with Windows Server 2008 R2
Core Architecture of Microsoft SharePoint 2010
Driving Enterprise Agreement (EA) Revenue for Windows and Microsoft Office for Large Account Resellers (LARs)

 

CLOUD SPOTLIGHT

Azure A to Z Training Incentive
Learn how Windows Azure gives you the flexibility and interoperability you need to deliver robust, yet cost-effective solutions to expand your practice and your revenue. For each course you take from the eligible curriculum, you will be entered to win one of seven Dell Inspiron duo convertible tablets and Audio station sets.


February Cloud Training Picks

Selling Windows Intune for VARs
Microsoft Office 365 Ignite Technical Learning Plan
Windows Azure Platform for Web VAPs

 

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New Learning Packages

Microsoft Lync 2010 Virtual Labs
Public Sector: Health and Human Services—Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Digital Marketing Sales Training
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011—Launch Sales & Marketing Training
Windows Azure Platform Technical Training for Developers

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IN-PERSON TRAINING EVENTS

Expand your knowledge right from your city


Windows Small Business Server 2011 Launch Roadshow Powered by TS2
Join us at a location near you for an insider’s view of the new Windows Small Business Server 2011.


Hands-on with SQL Server 2008 R2 Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0 Reference Architectures
Redmond, Irvine, Waltham, Chicago, New York
This 2-day course is designed for SIs, ISVs, consultants, and architects who want to learn about Microsoft’s Data Warehousing solutions, which are part of Microsoft’s overall vision to bring Business Intelligence to the masses.


Hands-on with SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse Appliance
Redmond, Irvine, Waltham, Chicago, New York
This 3-day course is designed for SIs, ISVs, consultants, and architects to learn about the Parallel Data Warehouse architecture, and how to implement a data warehousing solution using PDW.

 

PARTNER PROMOTIONS & INCENTIVES

Everything You Want to Know About Windows 7 and Desktop Virtualization
Watch our new Partnercast series to rediscover the new, improved, and downright cool features that make Windows 7 a great solution for you and your customers. For each Partnercast you complete, we’ll enter you to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect.


Supercharge Your Sales Skills
Stand out from your competition with a Microsoft Sales Specialist Accreditation. Be one of the first 50 partners to successfully complete at least one of each of our six featured Sales Specialist Accreditations to receive a $50 American Express Gift Card.

Build a Practice Around Exchange Server 2010
Customers are demanding greater mobility, with anywhere access to communications. Get tools and resources to meet that demand more easily with Practice Accelerator.


Register Now: 3/10 Partner Security Bulletin Webcast
Join us to learn about the technical updates released in the March security bulletin, as well as deployment recommendations and security intelligence around potential and real-world threats.

 

COMPETENCY TRAINING & UPDATES
Given your organization's aptitude in the following competencies, you may be interested in the following free, online, on-demand courses:


Mobility Competency


Windows Phone 7 in 7: Getting Started with Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone 7 in 7: Windows Phone 7 Controls
Windows Phone 7 in 7: Developing for the Windows Phone 7 Web Browser
Windows Phone 7 in 7: Building a Location-Aware Application
Windows Phone 7 in 7: Using Media in Windows Phone 7 Apps

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-583: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications
 

Portals and Collaboration Competency


Upgrading to SharePoint 2010
IT Pro Management in SharePoint 2010
FAST: Getting Started with FAST ESP
Communities in SharePoint 2010
Developer Roadmap and Tools for SharePoint 2010

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-573: Microsoft SharePoint Application Development

SharePoint Next-Generation Opportunities for Partners: Tap into New Revenue Streams with SharePoint for Internet Business
SharePoint 2010 Workload Overview
Business Insights in Microsoft SharePoint 2010
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Sites: A Single Infrastructure for All Your Business Websites
Overview of the New Enrollment Application Platform (EAP)

Featured Assessment: Web Development Licensing Assessment

Labcast: Virtualization Basic Concepts & Configuration
Understanding How Microsoft Virtualization Compares to VMware
TechNet Webcast: High Availability with Hyper-V (Level 300)
Virtualization Solution Portfolio for Hosting Providers
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Windows Server Consolidation Part 3

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-648: Upgrading Your MCSA on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist

Understanding How Microsoft Virtualization Compares to VMware
Saving Costs and Driving Innovation with the Optimized Data Center
Demo: What's New in R2, Part 1
Demo: What’s New in R2, Part 2
Why Windows Server 2008 R2 Should Be Your and Your Customer’s Platform of Choice

Featured Exam: Microsoft Sales Specialist Accreditation: Server Platform

Unified Communications Competency

MSDN Virtual Lab: Unified Communications: Integrating Microsoft Lync 2010 Functionality into Your Applications
MSDN Virtual Lab: Launching Contextual Conversations from the Lync Controls
MSDN Virtual Lab: Introduction to the Microsoft Lync 2010 Managed API
MSDN Virtual Lab: Getting Started with the UCMA 3.0 Workflow SDK
MSDN Virtual Lab: Advanced UCMA 3.0 Development

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-663: Pro: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange 2010

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Comparison to Cisco
Understanding Competitive Scenarios and Winning with Microsoft Lync
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Pricing and Licensing Overview
Partner Solutions Built on Lync
Win Deals and Increase Revenue Potential by Capitalizing on the Unified Communications Platform

Featured Exam: Microsoft Sales Specialist Accreditation: Unified Communications

Web Development Competency


Windows Azure Platform Competition
Why Windows Azure: The Windows Azure Development Experience
Windows Azure Platform Security Essentials: Secure Development
MSDN Webcast: Introduction to Windows Azure AppFabric
Windows Azure Platform——Tribal Knowledge

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with the Microsoft .NET Framework 4


Selling the Windows Azure Platform: PDC Features
Identify and Qualify Windows Azure Platform Quick Win Opportunities
Understanding the Windows Azure Platform Pricing and Licensing Models
Delivering Windows Azure Platform Cloud Assessment Services
Windows Azure Platform Competition

Featured Accreditation: MPN Sales Assessment: Search

Data Platform Competency

Building Your ISV ETL Application—SQL 2008 R2
SQL Server 2008 R2 Fast Track Data Warehouse: Sequential Data & Load Operation
SQL Server 2008 R2 Fast Track Data Warehouse: SQL Server Best Practices
Labcast: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Implementers
Labcast: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-433: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development

SQL Server 2008 R2: Introduction to Fast Track
SQL Server 2008 R2 Fast Track Sales & Evaluation
Selling Microsoft Application Platform Solutions—Data Warehousing (DW)
What’s New in SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse?
Selling Against Competition—Understanding the Oracle Business Model’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Featured Exam: Microsoft Sales Specialist Accreditation: Data Platform
 

Desktop Competency


Labcast: Client Management Boot Camp—Deploying and Managing Client Solutions Using Microsoft System Center Products
Partnercast: Introduction to Microsoft Office Web Applications in Office 2010
Deployment of Office Web Apps
Deployment Considerations for Office 2010
Managing Enterprise Desktops Using the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-681: TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying

Winning Against the Competition with Office 2010
How to Demo Office 2010 to Your Customers
Selling Windows Optimized Desktop for Enterprise
Best Practices for Desktop Optimization Engagements with MDOP
Your Customers Are on Vista SP1—What Are Their Options?

Featured Accreditation: Microsoft Sales Specialist Accreditation: Systems Management

Moving Mailboxes to Exchange 2010
Top Five Reasons to Upgrade to Exchange Server 2010 and Why You Should Care
TechNet Webcast: If I Virtualize It, How Do I Manage It?
System Center Solutions: Physical & Virtual Infrastructure Management Opportunities
How to Deliver a POC

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-403: TS: System Center Virtualization Manager 2008, Configuring
 
SPLA Operations Essentials
Windows Server 2008 R2: Power Management/Green IT
Beyond the Compete: Selling Microsoft Technologies to VMware Customers
Virtualization Solution Portfolio for Hosting Providers
Business Insights Webcast: Lowering the Cost of Your Email System with Exchange Server 2010 SP1

Featured Exam: Microsoft Sales Specialist Accreditation: Server Platform

Unified Communications Competency 


MSDN Virtual Lab: Unified Communications: Integrating Microsoft Lync 2010 Functionality into Your Applications
MSDN Virtual Lab: Launching Contextual Conversations from the Lync Controls
MSDN Virtual Lab: Introduction to the Microsoft Lync 2010 Managed API
MSDN Virtual Lab: Getting Started with the UCMA 3.0 Workflow SDK
MSDN Virtual Lab: Advanced UCMA 3.0 Development

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-663: Pro: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange 2010

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Comparison to Cisco
Understanding Competitive Scenarios and Winning with Microsoft Lync
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Pricing and Licensing Overview
Partner Solutions Built on Lync
Win Deals and Increase Revenue Potential by Capitalizing on the Unified Communications Platform

Featured Exam: Microsoft Sales Specialist Accreditation: Unified Communications

Web Development Competency

Why Windows Azure: The Windows Azure Development Experience
Windows Azure Platform Security Essentials: Secure Development
MSDN Webcast: Introduction to Windows Azure AppFabric
Windows Azure Platform——Tribal Knowledge

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with the Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Selling the Windows Azure Platform: PDC Features
Identify and Qualify Windows Azure Platform Quick Win Opportunities
Understanding the Windows Azure Platform Pricing and Licensing Models
Delivering Windows Azure Platform Cloud Assessment Services
Windows Azure Platform Competition

Featured Accreditation: MPN Sales Assessment: Search

Server Platform Competency

Labcast: Virtualization Basic Concepts & Configuration
Understanding How Microsoft Virtualization Compares to VMware
TechNet Webcast: High Availability with Hyper-V (Level 300)
Virtualization Solution Portfolio for Hosting Providers
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Windows Server Consolidation Part 3

Featured Exam: Prepare for Exam 70-648: Upgrading Your MCSA on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist

Understanding How Microsoft Virtualization Compares to VMware
Saving Costs and Driving Innovation with the Optimized Data Center
Demo: What's New in R2, Part 1
Demo: What’s New in R2, Part 2
Why Windows Server 2008 R2 Should Be Your and Your Customer’s Platform of Choice

Featured Exam: Microsoft Sales Specialist Accreditation: Server Platform