Hot Sheet_Green Quadrants Welcome to the March Hot Sheet, a schedule of in-person training and live webcasts for Microsoft U.S. partners. These training events can help you understand the latest product features, make steps toward new business opportunities, and meet competency requirements.

February issue 

The new Office special edition

Windows 8 special edition

Windows Server 2012 special edition

Update—MPN Live on February 26 Covers Your Windows 8 Opportunities
Watch MPN Live on February 26 at 2:00PM Pacific Time, hosted by Channel Chief, Jon Roskill; General Manager of Windows, Erwin Visser; and Digital Community Lead, Kat Tillman, for a conversation about Windows 8: how to sell it, the devices that support it, and industry trends like BYOD (bring your own device). U.S. partners have an opportunity to enter to win a Windows 8 tablet from Dell or Lenovo. Read Official Rules for details.

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.

These new webcasts can help you have more meaningful Office 365 and cloud conversations in every customer meeting, and improve the cost and predictability of your cloud sales cycle:

Training Offers and Announcements

U.S. Partner Spring Training Sweepstakes

Receive automatic prize drawing entries when you take any of our featured Windows Server 2012, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Microsoft System Center 2012 or Windows Intune training. There are courses for every role, and we will be giving away $100 American Express gift cards and Dr. Dre Beats headphones. Read the official rules.

Regional VAR Summits
East Region | Central Region | West Region
Register for a one-day event in a city near you to join your local Microsoft team and learn from Microsoft experts about your opportunities with the latest Microsoft products, including Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, the new Office, and the new Office 365 for business.

Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Boot Camps
Join Microsoft cloud experts and your local Microsoft team for a one-day, no-cost 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.image

Microsoft Tech Showcase
Learn about the features of the latest wave of Microsoft product releases at no-cost and low-cost 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.

Schedule Your Exams Today for MPN Competency Exam Packs Purchased in 2012
If you purchased MPN Competency Exam Packs, it's time to schedule your exams. Your exams (and your Second Shot retakes, if you need them) must be taken by May 31. Review the list of qualified exams, and then click Schedule My Test at the top of the page to get started. Or, purchase new exam packs by May 31.

Prepare for Certification Exams with Official Microsoft Learning Courses
The Courseware Marketplace now allows Microsoft Partner Network members to order Microsoft Official Courses and other Microsoft Learning training offerings so your employees can prepare for certification exams and learn to deploy and support the latest Microsoft products and technologies.

Pass a Sales Assessment. Win a Windows 8 Tablet.
Get the training and resources you need to strengthen your selling skills, achieve sales goals, stand out from competitors, and promote your expertise. When you earn your Sales Specialist or Presales Technical Specialist accreditation by April 30, you’ll be automatically entered in our sweepstakes for a chance to win a Windows 8 tablet. Official rules.

Live Webcasts and Partner Calls

Connect with your local team

March 8

East Region Partner Call

March 15

West Region Partner Call

March 15

Central Region Partner Call

Public Sector

March 5

The Authorized Education Reseller (AER) Spring Webcast

Sales & Marketing

 

March 13

Generating Real Qualified Leads with Digital Marketing

March 20

SMB Customer Talk Blitz Campaign – March 2013

Microsoft Dynamics

Find classroom training for Dynamics products on PartnerSource

March 4

Dynamics GP 2010 Management Reporter 2012 Overview

March 8

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: Windows 8 Application Developer Starter Kit

March 13

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Momentum Workshop: Creating Workflows and Dialogs

March 14

Chalk Talk on Integration Scenarios in Dynamics NAV 2013

March 18

Dynamics CRM 2011: Basic Troubleshooting CRM Performance issues

March 28

Chalk Talk on Management Reporter 2012 New Features RU2 and RU3

Microsoft Exchange Server

March 11

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice

March 19

Microsoft Cloud How-To Series Presents: Learn How To Position and Demo Exchange Online To Drive Your Microsoft Cloud Practice

March 26

Exchange Server 2013 Deployment and Coexistence

Microsoft Lync Server

March 7

Chalk Talk: Lync Server

March 28

Microsoft Cloud How-To Series: Demo Lync Online and Multiply Your Microsoft Cloud Sales

Microsoft Office & Office 365

March 4

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365

March 12

Microsoft Office 365 Momentum Workshop: Office 365 Directory Synchronization, Federation, and Single Sign-on

March 12

How to Upgrade to SharePoint 2013

March 18

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365

March 19

Microsoft Cloud How-To Series: Position and Demo Exchange Online To Drive Your Microsoft Cloud Practice

March 21

Chalk Talk: SharePoint Online

March 26

Exchange Server 2013 Deployment and Coexistence

March 27

Microsoft Office 365 Momentum Workshop: Delegated Administration

March 28

Microsoft Cloud How-To Series: Demo Lync Online and Multiply Your Microsoft Cloud Sales

Microsoft SharePoint

March 12

How to Upgrade to SharePoint 2013

March 21

Chalk Talk: SharePoint Online

March 25

SharePoint 2010 Momentum Workshop: Developing Custom Search Solutions

March 25

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

Microsoft SQL Server

March 6

Chalk Talk on SQL Server Reporting Services

March 8

Chalk Talk on Building High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions with SQL Server 2012

March 18

Practice Accelerator for Business Intelligence

March 20

Chalk Talk: Microsoft SQL Server Performance Tuning Best Practices

March 22

Chalk Talk: All about Data Encryption in SQL Server 2012

Microsoft System Center / Private Cloud

March 4

Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Management

March 19

Private Cloud: Datacenter Management--Configure and Deploy Service Delivery and Automation

March 25

Practice Accelerator for Optimized Desktop

Virtualization

March 20

Connecting a Paas Application to an Iaas Application with a Virtual Network

Windows 8

March 1

Chalk Talk for Desktop Deployment for Windows 8

March 5

Windows 8: Lab #2- Orientation, Snapping and Semantic Zoom – JavaScript

March 7

Windows 8: Controlling Access with AppLocker

March 12

Windows 8: Lab #3 - Searching and Sharing  - C#

March 19

Windows 8: Lab #3 - Searching and Sharing  - JavaScript

March 20

Windows 8: Sideloading a Windows 8 App

March 26

Windows 8: Lab #4 - Application Bars and Media Capture -C#

Windows Azure

March 6

Building and Publishing ASP.NET Applications with Windows Azure Web Sites and Visual Studio 2012

March 7

Get the Most out of LucidWorks on Azure

March 11

Windows Azure Platform Overview

March 13

Introduction to Windows Azure SQL Database

March 14

Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

March 27

Introduction to the Windows Azure Access Control

March 28

Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines (Linux)

Windows Server 2012

March 5

Windows Server 2012 Transition and Active Directory Enhancements

March 11

Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Consolidation & Migration

March 12

SMB Samurai Server Webcast Series: Identity and Access

March 15

Chalk Talk: Methodology and Migrating Scenario from VMware to Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

March 26

SMB Samurai Server Webcast Series: Storage