A blog series on the latest U.S. Partner News training recommendations.

This blog post contains the training resources and course recommendations published in the Friday, November 16 issue of the U.S. Partner News. The version you received in your email inbox was tailored to your company’s business model and your role. To receive the most relevant content in your newsletter email, set your primary job role in your Individual Profile in the Partner Membership Center. We post all of the training content on our blog, for those of you with roles spanning multiple functions, or for managers who inform teammates of training opportunities. Build a Windows 8 or Windows Azure learning plan for yourself or team via the role-based training recommendations section, to help meet your training goals.

Training resources
Stay informed about training opportunities that align to your business, role, and Microsoft Partner Network membership.

U.S. Partner Hot Sheet for December 2012
The Hot Sheet is an online guide to help you plan ahead for in-person and live virtual training. Register for sales and technical training courses that cover a wide variety of Microsoft products and technologies.

Special Savings on Exam Prep Start November 23
From November 23 to December 3, the Microsoft Partner Network is teaming with MeasureUp, Transcender, and O'Reilly to offer you great savings on practice tests and e-books that can help you prepare for Microsoft Certification exams.

Upgrade Your Windows Server 2008 Certification to Windows Server 2012
If you hold a Windows Server 2008 certification, take advantage of this offer. Buy an MCSE: Server Infrastructure, MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure, or MCSE: Private Cloud upgrade certification exam set, and get exam 417 free along with free training for 417 and free second shots on all of the exams in the pack.

November 26 Hands-On Lab Online: Creating a Windows 8 App with C#
In this online training, you'll listen to a live presentation about Windows 8 and learn how you can use existing C# skills to build interesting and easy-to-use applications for your customers. Then you'll have an opportunity to work on lab exercises while Microsoft experts provide one-on-one virtual guidance. More Windows 8 hands-on labs listed online.

November 27–30 in Minneapolis: Windows Server 2012 Technical Ignite Boot Camp
Attend this intensive training event to prepare for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-417, one of the requirements to attain your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Windows Server 2012.

November 27–30 in San Francisco: Windows Server 2012 Technical Ignite Boot Camp
Attend this intensive training event to prepare for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-417, one of the requirements to attain your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Windows Server 2012.

November 28 Hands-On Lab Online: Debugging Applications in Windows Azure
In this online training, you'll learn about features and techniques available in Microsoft Visual Studio and Windows Azure to debug applications once deployed to Windows Azure. As you work on your lab exercises, Microsoft experts can provide guidance via chatting or by virtually taking control of labs. More Windows Azure hands-on labs listed online.

December 3–7: Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Management
Learn how to consistently deliver an integrated data-center solution with Microsoft System Center 2012 and help customers reduce costs, improve operational efficiencies, and drive business agility. Choose from among infrastructure management, deep application monitoring, or service delivery tracks.

December 10–14: Practice Accelerator for Business Intelligence
Learn best practices for selecting, deploying, and scaling Business Intelligence solutions based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Show customers how you can help them reduce the complexity of organizing and distributing information, enable better business decisions, and improve their bottom line.

December 3 in Tempe, Arizona: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Partner Presales Roadshow
Geared toward presales and sales resources, this roadshow will introduce and explain the new technologies, features, and benefits of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and help you drive the sales cycle.

December 4 in Chicago: Streamline Your Microsoft Dynamics GP Demo with the Velocity Workshop
The Microsoft Dynamics GP Volume Velocity Workshop is a one-day course that will teach sales and presales consultants in your organization to market and sell more effectively in today's web-enhanced selling environment.

December 5 in Salt Lake City: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Partner Presales Roadshow
Geared toward presales and sales resources, this roadshow will introduce and explain the new technologies, features, and benefits of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and help you drive the sales cycle.

December 11: Microsoft Dynamics CRM December 2012 Service Update and Beyond Partner Training Blitz
Join this live online training session about the Microsoft Dynamics CRM December 2012 service update. Find out about key investments made in the sales and service process, social integration, updated user experience, and platform capabilities. You'll learn more about our competitive position, changes to licensing, and the Microsoft Dynamics CRM product roadmap.

December 19: Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace—Sell Your Solutions the Way People Buy
On the December Road to Repeatability call, several marketing experts will address how to drive demand in the volume space and review the best practices and tools available to partners with a spotlight on improving results from social marketing tactics.

January 28–February 20 in Fargo, North Dakota: Prepare for Microsoft Dynamics AX Certifications with Fast TrAX
Come to the Microsoft office in Fargo, North Dakota, for 18 days of intensive training based on the core fundamentals of Microsoft Dynamics AX. You will get training for certification based on real-world examples that reinforce learning.

On Demand: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Roadmap Overview
This session provides specifics and guidance on the next two releases of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, including Polaris key features, the direction for Orion, and tools and resources.

Prepare for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Certifications with the Fast Tracks Enterprise Academy
This two-week intensive training covers the fundamentals of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 offers two tracks: Functional and Developer. This is a great opportunity to bring new IT professional employees up to speed on Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Virtual Industry Classes
Take your industry knowledge to the next level with Microsoft Dynamics AX industry training. These remotely delivered courses are designed to accelerate your capacity and capability to successfully deliver Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Upgrade Workshop for Consultants and Developers
The goal of this workshop is to assist technical resources in understanding how to upgrade an existing Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The workshop will focus on upgrading code elements and the data dictionary for customizations, with an emphasis on the major changes introduced with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 data model.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Enterprise Academy Level 300 Workshops
These workshops consist of up to five days of in-person training targeted at IT professionals, presales staff, and developers. They are designed as in-depth interactive sessions that focus on how to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and address specific customer business needs.

Role-based recommendations for Windows 8 and Windows Azure

Training for Business Decision Makers
Windows 8

Windows Azure

Training for IT Professionals
Windows 8

Windows Azure

Training for Developers
Windows 8

Windows Azure

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles
Windows 8

Windows Azure

Training for Training Roles
Windows 8

Windows Azure