imageWelcome to the February Hot Sheet, a schedule of in-person training and live webcasts for Microsoft U.S. partners, so you can register now and set aside time for training on your calendar. Training is a significant benefit of your Microsoft Partner Network membership, and can help you meet membership goals, like earning a competency, as well as business goals, like adding a new Microsoft practice.

Visit the January Hot Sheet and see product-related issues of the Hot Sheet.

Self-Paced Training

You’ll find self-paced courses for partners organized by product, role, competency, and exam in the Learning Plan Tool or learning paths. Popular learning plans include Microsoft Office 365 Sales Training, Introduction to Microsoft Office 365, and Licensing Assessment for Sales Specialists. Find out how to create a custom plan for yourself and your team.

Training Promotions

Up to 40% off Your Next Microsoft Certification Exam
Take advantage of up to 40% savings on your Microsoft certification exams to meet competency requirements and sharpen your skills when you purchase a Microsoft Competency Exam Pack. You'll also get a free exam retake if needed. Eligible exams cover Microsoft products like Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Terms and conditions.

New Office Training and Incentive
The upcoming release of the new Office will bring new partner opportunities. Be prepared to hit the ground running with the latest on-demand training. For each featured course you take in January and February, you'll be entered to win a $120 Amazon gift card or a Nikon digital camera kit. Official rules.

Training Announcements  

New Office Virtual Events for Resellers

Hear from Office and Office 365 experts about your sales opportunities and the latest content and resources for sales readiness. This event is offered throughout the month, beginning February 19; choose the date and time that works for you. 

Accelerate your cloud sales—register for a Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Boot Camp
Join Microsoft cloud experts and your local Microsoft team for a one-day training that will help you accelerate your cloud sales using demo tools, customer campaigns, and shared best practices. You will learn about partner opportunities with the new Office and how to successfully demo Microsoft Office 365 and Windows Intune for productive customer conversations. This training is offered at no cost to members of the Microsoft Partner Network.

Microsoft Tech Showcase
Learn about the features of the latest wave of Microsoft product releases at training events hosted by Microsoft Learning Partners. Search the Tech Showcase Events site for training on Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Lync 2013.

Microsoft Jump Start Series
IT Pros can find the latest Jump Starts on the Microsoft Virtual Academy website, as well as other free, self-paced training resources. Virtualization Jump Starts are coming up on January 24 and January 30, and there is a VMWare Migration Jump Start coming in February (date to be announced).

In-Person Training, Live Webcasts, and Partner Calls

Topic/Date Event
Connect with Your Local Team  
February 8 East Region partner call
February 15 Central Region partner call
February 15 West Region partner call
Sales and Marketing  
February 13 Building Marketplace Credibility with Customer Evidence
February 14 Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call
February 28 Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call
February 20 SMB Customer Talk Blitz Campaign –  February 2013
Microsoft Dynamics  
February 4 Microsoft Dynamics GP Power Start Workshop: Planning and Budgeting with Forecaster
February 11 Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Industry Summit 2.0
February 14 Chalk Talk on Management Reporter 2012 New Features RU2 and RU3
February 18 Dynamics NAV 2013 – Query and XMLPort
February 20 Microsoft Dynamics Road to Repeatability: Using RapidStart Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP to Drive Your Volume SMB Business
February 27 Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace Training 
February 28 Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call
  More classroom training for Dynamics products on PartnerSource
Microsoft Lync Server  
February 7 Chalk Talk for Lync Server 2010
February 11 Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice
Microsoft Office 365  
February 4 Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365
February 15 Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365
February 14 Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call
February 28 Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call
Microsoft SharePoint  
February 12 Why Upgrade to New Version of SharePoint
February 13 The New SharePoint : Overview of Search
February 20 Chalk Talk: Why SharePoint and Windows Azure are Better Together
February 21 Chalk Talk: SharePoint Server Architecture
February 27 The new SharePoint: Business Intelligence
Microsoft SQL Server  
February 11 Microsoft SQL Server 2012: AlwaysOn Fundamentals
February 25 Performance Monitoring and Optimization
Microsoft System Center /Private Cloud  
February 19 Managing Multi-forest Infrastructure Using Configuration Manager 2012
Virtualization  
February 8 Chalk Talk: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure/Remote Desktop Services
Windows 8  
February 6 Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012: What is the “Assessment” piece of the ADK Anyway?
February 12 Hands-on Lab Online: Windows 8: Lab #1 -Creating a Windows 8 App -C#
February 15 Chalk Talk: Client Virtualization for Window 8
February 19 Hands-on Lab Online: Windows 8: Lab #1 -Creating a Windows 8 App -JavaScript
February 21 Hands-on Lab Online: Windows 8: Controlling Access with AppLocker 
Windows Azure  
February 13 Hands-on Lab Online: Debugging Applications in Windows Azure
February 14 Hands-on Lab Online: Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines
February 20 Hands-on Lab Online: Connecting a Paas Application to an Iaas Application
February 22 Chalk Talk: SharePoint and Windows Azure are Better Together
February 26 Hands-on Lab Online: 8: Lab #2 -Orientation, Snapping and Semantic Zoom – C#
February 27 Hands-on Lab Online: Introduction to Cloud Services
February 28 Hands-on Lab Online: Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines (Linux)
Windows Intune  
February 14 Microsoft Cloud Series: How To Use Windows Intune to Grow Your Microsoft Cloud Practice
February 14 Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call
February 28 Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call
Windows Server  
February 1 Chalk Talk for Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1
February 6 Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012: What is the “Assessment” piece of the ADK Anyway?
February 12 SMB Samurai Server Webcast Series: Competing with VMWare
February 26 SMB Samurai Server Webcast Series: Networking

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