imageWe wanted to remind you about the training recommendations sent to you in last Friday’s partner newsletter, including quick picks for SBS 2011 and Azure.

As stated in the newsletter, you can find training opportunities and recommendations anytime on the U.S. Partner Learning blog, Learning Plan Tool website, and the Local Activities Section of the Training and Events page on the U.S. partner portal.

January Partner Training Sweepstakes
Take any of our featured Server Virtualization, MDOP, Exchange Server 2010, or Windows Azure courses, and you will be entered to win a Flip Ultra camcorder, a $120 Amazon gift card, or a $25 American Express gift card. You'll earn a prize entry for each sales or technical course you attend, and there are courses for every job role. Sweepstakes ends June 30. Official Rules.

"Learn Windows Azure" Event Sessions On Demand
Watch sessions from the Learn Windows Azure event, originally broadcast live in December from the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA. You will learn how to get started building cloud applications from Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 In-Person Sales Training
This half-day Microsoft Application Platform University training provides a strategic selling framework that helps you prepare to sell your solutions developed using Microsoft products. We will discuss our current private and public cloud positioning and new opportunities that our upcoming releases will afford you.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Technical Ignite
This two-day, technical course focuses on the new features of SQL Server 2012. It combines presentations and hands-on labs to help you understand how SQL Server 2012 addresses the mission-critical, business intelligence, and database development needs of your customers.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Hands-On Labs
Use these six virtual labs to explore technical training and features of the new SQL Server 2012 platform. Titles include Introduction to SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Information Management, AlwaysOn, Multi-Server Management, Working with Contained Databases, Exploring Power View, and Distributed Replay Utility.

Stay in Control with Microsoft System Center
Harness the power of the cloud on your own terms, using your IT skills and Microsoft's comprehensive approach to cloud computing. Use resources from Microsoft Learning to get trained and certified in Microsoft Cloud Services.

Virtualization Transforms IT Management in the Cloud
Gartner reports that "virtualization is a major enabler and catalyst" in the IT transformation to cloud computing. Use resources and offers from Microsoft Learning to get trained and certified in Microsoft Virtualization. The featured exam, Exam 70-659, is also one of the requirements for the new Management and Virtualization competency that launches in May.

Role-Based Training for Windows Small Business Server 2011 and Windows Azure

Training for Business Decision Makers
Windows Small Business Server 2011

Windows Azure

Training for IT Professionals
Windows Small Business Server 2011

Windows Azure

Training for Developers
Windows Small Business Server 2011

Windows Azure

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles
Windows Small Business Server 2011

Windows Azure

Training for Training Roles
Windows Small Business Server 2011

Windows Azure