Hot Sheet_Green Quadrants Welcome to the April Hot Sheet, a schedule of live webcasts and calls for Microsoft U.S. partners. The schedule is organized by product so you can quickly find the ones that are applicable to your business and role. Below you’ll also find the latest training offers and announcements and links to in-person training opportunities. You can view the March issue and product release versions at http://aka.ms/hotsheetnews.

Recent U.S. Partner Training blog posts:

Self-Paced Training

You’ll find self-paced courses organized by product, role, competency, and certification exam in the Learning Plan Tool or learning paths.

Training Offers and Announcements

Schedule Your Exams by May 31 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.

green palm tree_100x100Partner Sales Excellence: Sunny Weather Sweepstakes
Earning a Microsoft Sales Excellence accreditation demonstrates your expertise. When you pass a Sales or Pre-Sales Technical assessment this spring, you will earn your accreditation and be automatically entered into our drawing for a trip for two to Maui. Official rules.

Spring Training Sweepstakes
Take any of our featured Windows Server 2012, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Microsoft System Center 2012, or Windows Intune training to earn entries in our sweepstakes. Ends April 30. Official rules.

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.

Prepare for Certification Exams with Official Microsoft Learning Courses
In the Courseware Marketplace, Microsoft Partner Network members can 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.

In-Person Training

Microsoft Exchange, Office and Office 365 Ignite
Microsoft partner sales and IT professionals are invited to attend an Exchange, Office and Office 365 Ignite events in one of the following cities. These workshops are designed to introduce you to the capabilities for the newest version of these solutions.

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.

Live Webcasts and Partner Calls

Connect with your local team

 

April 12

East Region Partner Call

April 19

West Region Partner Call

April 19

Central Region Partner Call

Microsoft Dynamics

Find classroom training for Dynamics products on PartnerSource

April 1

Chalk talk on troubleshooting Dynamics CRM Performance issues

April 1

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Enterprise Academy - Step 2: Level 200 Industry - Public Sector

April 2

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Enterprise Academy - Step 2: Level 200 Industry - Manufacturing

April 9

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Top 10 Demo Tools and Tips

April 11

Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client Installation and Configuration

April 15

Chalk talk on Development and Customization in Dynamics NAV 2013

April 16

Managing multi-forest infrastructure using Configuration Manager 2012

April 17

Microsoft Dynamics Road to Repeatability Call: April

April 24

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

April 24

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

April 25

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Service Update: User Interface new features

April 29

Chalk talk on troubleshooting Dynamics CRM IFD issues

April 30

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Applications on Windows 8 – Best Practices

Microsoft Lync Server

 

April 8

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice

Microsoft Office & Office 365

 

April 1

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365

April 4

Office 365 Technical Ignite: Introduction to Office 365

April 4

Microsoft Online Services Advisor Incentives Call

April 4

Chalk Talk for Office 365 : Plan and Configure Hybrid Coexistence

April 9

Microsoft Office 365 Momentum Workshop: Office 365 Rich Coexistence with Microsoft Exchange Server

April 15

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365

April 29

Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft SharePoint

 

April 18

Chalk talk on SharePoint Server Architecture

April 22

The New App Model in SharePoint 2013

Microsoft SQL Server

 

April 5

Microsoft SQL Server 2012: AlwaysOn Fundamentals

April 8

Introduction to BIG DATA

April 11

ChalkTalk : Full Text Search Discussion

April 19

Microsoft SQL Server 2012: ColumnStore Index Deep Dive

April 22

Practice Accelerator for Business Intelligence

April 23

The New SharePoint : Overview for IT Pro

Microsoft System Center / Private Cloud

 

April 1

Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Management

April 8

Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Consolidation & Migration

April 15

Practice Accelerator for Optimized Desktop

April 22

Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Management

Team Foundation Server

 

April 3

Chalk Talk : Team Foundation Server 101

Windows 8

 

April 2

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

April 4

Windows 8: Controlling Access with AppLocker 

April 9

Windows 8: Lab #5 - Process Lifetime Management -C#

April 16

Windows 8: Lab #5 - Process Lifetime Management -JavaScript

April 18

Windows 8: Sideloading a Windows 8 App

April 23

Windows 8: Lab #6 - Settings and Preferences - C#

April 26

Chalk Talk for Desktop Deployment for Windows 8

April 29

Practice Accelerator Flexible Workstyle for Windows 8

April 30

Windows 8: Lab # 6: Settings and Preferences -JavaScript

Windows Azure

 

April 3

Advanced Web and Worker Roles

April 10

Connecting a Paas Application to an Iaas Application

April 10

Identity and Access Control in the Cloud with Windows Azure

April 11

Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

April 17

Chalk Talk : Q&A on Cost effective applications on Azure

April 17

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

April 24

Debugging Applications in Windows Azure

April 25

Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines (Linux)

Windows Server 2012

 

April 9

SMB Samurai Server Webcast Series: Web Application Platform

April 29

SMB Samurai Server Webcast Series: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

April 30

How Domain Controller Cloning Works in Windows Server 2012