image Welcome to the December Hot Sheet, a schedule of training opportunities for Microsoft U.S. partners, so you can plan ahead. In light of the holidays, no events are scheduled after December 20. This is a good opportunity to utilize the on-demand training in the Learning Plan Tool or one of the product release Hot Sheets: Special Edition: Windows Server 2012; Special Edition: Windows 8; Special Edition: The New Office

Featured Promotions

Partner Sales Excellence Sweepstakes – Chance to Win a Trip to Aspen

Earn prize drawing entries when you prepare for and pass your Microsoft sales specialist and pre-sales technical specialist assessments through December 31, 2012. Prizes include Aspen travel packages and $200 Columbia gift cards. Official Rules.

Save Up to 40% on Competency Exam Packs and a Free Second Shot

Partners can now purchase a Competency Exam Pack and save up to 40% on select Microsoft certification exams taken by May 31, 2013. Plus, they’ll receive one free retake for each exam they don’t pass the first time. Terms and conditions.

December Training Sweepstakes Features Sample of Cloud Products

Improve your ability to sell, deploy or manage Windows Azure, Windows Intune and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. For each featured course you take this December, you’ll be entered to win an Xbox 360 Pro Console. Official rules.

In-Person Learning

December 17 in Irvine, CA: Microsoft Lync 2013 Technical Ignite

Stay ahead of the market with this four-day workshop. Presentations will cover a wide variety of topics for Lync, both on-premise and online, and there will be hands-on labs that create an interactive Lync experience.

January 22 in Boston: Windows Server 2012 Ignite Technical Boot Camp

Update your skills and knowledge to Windows Server 2012 with this four-day, intensive training. This course is also exam preparation material and maps directly to Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012.

Engage with HP Event Series

Learn how HP is making technology work for you and your business. At these events, you'll have an opportunity to network with industry execs, hear from IT experts about the latest technologies, and learn about hot new products – including the new HP business tablet featuring Windows 8.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Developer Events

Attend a free developer event in a city near you. Events include: Windows 8 DevCamp for JavaScript and HTML5 Developers and Make it Happen in the Cloud: Windows Azure Developer Camp.

Microsoft Dynamics In-Person Events

Visit PartnerSource for in-person training on Microsoft Dynamics products.

Live Online Events

View a six-week outlook of in-person and live online training by Region on the partner portal: http://aka.ms/eastregion, http://aka.ms/centralregion and http://aka.ms/westregion.

Date

Event

Local Engagement 

December 14

East Region Partner Call (Click the Schedule tab to see November listing)

December 14

Central Region Partner Call (Click the Schedule tab to see November listing)

December 14

West Region Partner Call (Click the Schedule tab to see November listing)

Microsoft Sales Specialist 

December 12

Get More Results and Build Your Personal Bottom Line with LinkedIn

Microsoft Dynamics 

December 4

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011: Plug-ins and Custom workflow activities

December 6

Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call

December 7

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Momentum Workshop: Customizing CRM 2011

December 11

Microsoft Dynamics CRM December 2012 Service Update and Beyond Partner Training Blitz

December 11

Microsoft Dynamics AX Momentum Workshop: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Workflow

December 14

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011: Implementing Claims-Based Authentication and Internet-Facing Deployment (IFD)

December 19

Microsoft Dynamics Road to Repeatability Call: Marketplace—position your organization to sell today the way people are looking to buy today!

December 20

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Power Start Workshop: CRM 2011 Data Import and Data Modification

December 20

Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 

December 3

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Lync Server 2010

December 13

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Workshop: Architecture

December 18

Microsoft Lync Server  2010 Momentum Workshop: Edge Server/Remote Access

Microsoft Office 365

December 4

Microsoft Office 365 Power Start Workshop: Microsoft SharePoint Online Overview

December 5

Microsoft Office 365 Power Start Workshop: Technical Introduction to Office 365

December 6

Microsoft Office 365 Workshop: Office 365 Exchange Online Simple Mail Migration Options

December 6

Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call

December 7

Microsoft Office 365 Workshop: Delegated Administration

December 10

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365

December 12

Office 365 & Intune Demand Generation Blitz Webcast

December 12

Microsoft Office 365 Power Start Workshop: Selling Office 365 to Small- and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs)

December 13

Microsoft Cloud How-To Series Presents:  How to Demo Office 365 and Take Advantage of Limited Time Offers to Close Deals!

December 17

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365

December 20

Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 

December 17

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010

December 17

Integrating SharePoint Online with Windows Azure

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 

December 10

Microsoft SQL Server 2012: ColumnStore Index Deep Dive

December 10

Practice Accelerator for Business Intelligence

December 19

Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating

Microsoft System Center Family / Private Cloud 

December 3

Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Management

December 3

Private Cloud Workshop: Datacenter Management--Monitor and Operate Applications

December 4

Partner Private Cloud Immersion

December 11

Partner Private Cloud Immersion

December 12

Private Cloud Workshop: Configure and Deploy Private Cloud Infrastructure

December 13

Private Cloud Momentum - Monitor and Operate Service Delivery and Automation

December 18

Private Cloud Momentum - Monitor and Operate Private Cloud Infrastructure

Virtualization 

December 5

Microsoft Virtualization  Workshop: Hyper-V Networking Deep Dive

Windows Azure 

December 3

Windows Azure Access Control Services

December 6

Windows Azure Blob Storage

December 11

Windows Azure Caching

December 17

Integrating Sharepoint Online with Windows Azure

December 19

Building ASP.NET Applications in Windows Azure

December 20

Windows Azure Storage Strategies

Windows Intune 

December 6

Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call

December 12

Office 365 & Intune Demand Generation Blitz Webcast

December 20

Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call