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Welcome to 2014! At the turn of each year, it’s fun to make lists and quantify how far we’ve come. This year, rather than looking back, I want to share some great statistics to help you look forward to this year and be ready to take action.

First things first – check out this great infographic created for MPNTraining:

Some pretty cool stuff! Let’s dive into it a bit.

We talk a lot about certification and accreditation here at MPN Training. So why get certified and accredited? By the numbers:

  • 81% of hiring managers feel certified individuals are more effective1

What are the benefits of certification to teams? By the numbers:

  • Microsoft partners with 2+ accredited Sales Specialists earn ~3.5x more revenue per deal2

  • Presales Technical Specialists can generate 74% greater deal sizes with 20% higher velocity3

  • 91% of hiring managers say certifications help individuals get the job1

So, how much does training cost, anyway?

  • As a Microsoft Partner, your organization is eligible for inexpensive or even no-cost sales, technical, and business e-training.

“Early Experts” Study Guides Available for Updated MCSA Exams

This past month, Microsoft Learning has updated the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification exams to include new exam questions that relate to additional IT Pro tasks and new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2.  If you’re currently preparing for MCSA certification, you’ll definitely want to check out the updated exam topics.  To help you prepare for the new exam topics in each MCSA exam, this month the blog site author is releasing a set of updated free Study Guides – one per exam each Friday – as part of an Early Experts “Free Guide Friday” series. Each Study Guide will include prescriptive resources and hands-on exercises to build your confidence with the new exam topics.

· MCSA Exam 70-410 Study Guide

· MCSA Exam 70-411 Study Guide

· MCSA Exam 70-412 Study Guide

New Partner Training Calendar

Dear Partner,

Interested in joining one of the coming trainings at Microsoft Belux?
Check out the new training calendar.

Are you on Windows 8(.1) or do you have a Windows Phone?
Download the training application at http://aka.ms/trainingspotter .

Enjoy!

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Datacenter training: Live stream & pizza

13th of February @MS Zaventem

Practice Accelerator for Data Center Infrastructure and Management

Join us for the Practice Accelerator online training Live stream on big screen while enjoying a pizza.

REGISTER NOW!


 
The Top 5 Things to Know About Practice Accelerator (PA)

 
 
 
 
 

What is it?

A training program designed to help you create a successful deployment practice

Who is this for?

Partner roles: practice leads, technical planners, implementers, and consultants

What do you get?

Training and resources to support the entire customer engagement

Why attend?

To learn best practices for consistently successful customer deployments

How much?

Use five of your partner advisory hours benefit as a partner with a gold or silver competency

Course Outline:


The Data Center Services Partner Opportunity (15 min)

· Server and tools business growth

· Services opportunity

Data Center Infrastructure and Management: Reference Architecture (45 min)

· What is product line architecture (PLA)?

· PLA design pattern overview

Data Center Infrastructure and Management: Fabric PLA (2h)

· Windows Server 2012 compute

· Windows Server 2012 storage

· Windows Server 2012 network

· Design patterns

Data Center Infrastructure and Management: Fabric Management PLA (2h)

· Database architecture

· Microsoft System Center 2012 architecture

· Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) integration

Data Center Infrastructure and Management: Engagement Framework (1.5h)

· Planning assets

· Delivery assets

· Timeline from presales to deployment

Questions and Answers (30 min)

Delivery Format

· Microsoft Office Live Meeting , Live streaming at Microsoft Office

· This offering is delivered through virtual, instructor-led, live training sessions over an eight-hour period (proceed to registration for additional details)

Resources

· Check your partner advisory hours

· Technical Presales Assistance

· Advisory Services

· Get Current Services

 

 
 

Contact us

Focus on drive to training, enabling career growth including certification

Become a Microsoft app expert.

Hands-on technical training helps you create new app experiences that scale across the tablet, PC, and phone. Whether you are building your first app in HTML5 with JavaScript or sharpening your competencies in C# and XAML, our comprehensive curriculum covers the skills and tools to broaden your expertise.  Reach your potential with training that fits your schedule and goals.

Choose from online learning or on-site classroom training that helps you continually learn the latest technology, build your skills, and advance your career. Further differentiate your skills with MCSD certification, the globally-recognized standard for developer excellence.

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What’s New in Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

Is your organization using Windows XP or Windows 7? Watch this on-demand Jump Start to see how you can fast-track your organization to a more productive Windows 8.1 enterprise desktop environment. Windows 8.1 Enterprise provides IT professionals with a reliable and manageable infrastructure for today’s changing and increasingly mobile work styles. It’s the fastest and most secure OS from Microsoft for desktop, laptop, or tablet.

Practice Accelerator for SharePoint 2013

The Top 5 Things to Know About Practice Accelerator (PA)

 

What is it?

A training program designed to help you create a successful deployment practice

Who is this for?

Partner roles: project personnel with technical backgrounds, such as consultants, architects, and engagement managers

What do you get?

Training and resources to support the entire customer engagement

Why attend?

To learn best practices for consistently successful customer deployments

How much?

Use five of your partner advisory hours benefit as a partner with a gold or silver competency

Practice Accelerator for Search, Social, Portals & Collaboration (FRA-FR) PA165

French

2/10/2014

Practice Accelerator for Search, Social, Portals & Collaboration (ENG- UK ) PA186

English

3/12/2014

Practice Accelerator for Search, Social, Portals & Collaboration (ENG- UK ) PA187

English

4/30/2014

Course Outline:

Introductions (30 minutes)

§ Instructor introductions

§ Essential course introduction

Architecture and Design Best Practices (1.5 hours)

§ Introduction to the architectural changes and enhancements introduced in SharePoint 2013

§ Best practices for sizing and capacity planning

Designing Search for SharePoint 2013 (1.5 hours)

§ SharePoint search planning and best practices

§ Recorded demo

Designing Social for SharePoint 2013 (1 hour)

§ Planning for social computing with SharePoint 2013

§ Recorded demo

Designing Content Management with SharePoint 2013 (1 hour)

§ Designing optimal search solutions

§ Introduction to designing a platform for business intelligence

§ Designing business continuity management

Upgrading to SharePoint 2013 (1.5 hours)

§ Best practices for upgrading to SharePoint 2013 from previous versions

§ Recorded demos

Questions and Answers (30 minutes)

Delivery Format

§ Microsoft Office Live Meeting

§ This offering is delivered through virtual, instructor-led, live training sessions over an eight-hour period (proceed to registration for additional details)


Resources

§ Check your partner advisory hours

§ Technical Presales Assistance

§ Advisory Services

§ Get Current Services

§ Contact us

Exam Vouchers PROMO


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Partner Network

Build your product knowledge and capabilities by earning the certifications and accreditations that help you and your company stand out.

Buy Vouchers Here

By purchasing a Microsoft Competency Exam pack, you take a step towards meeting your organization’s Microsoft gold or silver competency requirements. Provide exam vouchers to individuals within yourorganization to prepare them for their Microsoft certification exams. Whether you’re looking to meet new competency requirements or to simply highlight your team’s world-class skills, this is the best way to get started.

Through May 31, 2014, MPN Competency Exam packs are available for 40% off a pack of 20 exams or 35% off a pack of 5 exams. Individuals have until December 31, 2014 to schedule and take the qualifying exams in the packs. For a list of qualifying exams, please visit Prometric.

Why Microsoft Competencies?

Trusted experts

Microsoft competencies indicate partners have proven their expertise through rigorous exams and successful customer implementations.

Innovative technology

Partners who have attained Microsoft competencies are IT experts certified in the latest technologies and solutions.

Supported by Microsoft

Achieving a Microsoft competency puts a partner in the top 5 percent of partners worldwide. It also means they have access to Microsoft technical support and product teams to help them deliver the solutions your technology challenges demand.

Passing Microsoft Certification exams can be tough, but for a limited time, you’ll get a free second chance to succeed. With Second Shot, if you fail your exam the first time you take it, you can use the same voucher to retake that exam for free.

Additional Resources

For questions or more information, please email mpnexams@microsoft.com
Terms and Conditions

How to order Competency Exam Packs:

  1. Determine which pack you want – 5 or 20. (Remember these vouchers are only good for selected exams).
  2. Login or create a new account. Select the button at the bottom of the page to go to the Prometric Voucher Site.
  3. Enter the voucher code for the pack you want. Once logged in to Prometric’s Voucher Site you will see the following screen. (1) Enter one of the voucher codes in the Voucher Group Code field highlighted in red. (2) Select Microsoft in the Voucher Type pull down menu. (3) Press SEARCH.

    35% off a pack of 5 examsVoucher Group Code: 5F

    40% off a pack of 20 examsVoucher Group Code: S2

    Voucher Group

  4. The pack you want will be shown in the menu – simply select and buy.
  5. Important: When prompted for your MPN ID number, please use your location ID.

Get the Technology Training to Grow Your Business in Virtualization and Cloud

Get hands-on training on how to use the latest Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities to deliver solutions to small and midsize organizations

Register now

Introduction

When SMBs think about virtualization, they typically think about server consolidation—enabling them to run more applications on fewer servers and helping to cut costs for hardware, maintenance, and power. Virtualization also delivers a range of other benefits, like making it dramatically faster and easier to manage the IT environment. 

One major benefit of virtualizing your customers is that it eases the upgrade path by eliminating the pain typically associated with migrating servers. Once services are hosted on virtual machines, it is simple to move the contents of a server to new hardware—or to deploy to the cloud. Virtualization also creates a foothold for additional services in a range of other areas, such as backup, disaster recovery and storage.

Selling virtualization solutions and services on the Microsoft platform offers a number of unique advantages. Perhaps most important, it’s built-in to the operating system at no extra cost. When you deploy Windows Server 2012 R2, you’ve deployed a complete virtualization platform for your SMB customers. 

Ahead of the Game Technical Series – Be Lean & Stay Lean

The Ahead of the Game Technical Series Be Lean & Stay Lean Learning Path provides training, demonstrations, and the option to complete hands on labs on how to use the latest Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities to deliver virtualization and cloud solutions to small and midsize organizations. This one-day course covers three key solution areas of importance for SMBs, including server consolidation, backup & disaster recovery, and cost-effective storage.  

In this training, you will:

* Get hands-on experience at your own pace: With a focus on building real-world solutions, this training consists of presentations, demos, and hands-on labs. Enjoy the opportunity to complete the training at your pace and revisit content as much as you like. 

* Get the skills you need to build real-world SMB solutions: Designed to help you prepare for the new and improved Midmarket Competency coming in 2014, this technical series is designed specifically for partners working with SMB customers to build solutions using the latest products and technologies from Microsoft. 

Who Should Participate

The Ahead of the Game Technical Series Be Lean & Stay Lean course is for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with or without existing business practices built on Windows Server and/or SQL Server who work with small and midsize organizations. The training is designed for IT professionals and consultants who are ready to learn more about meeting the technical needs of SMBs with virtualization and cloud solutions.

What We Will Cover

This course focuses on three key solution areas of importance for SMBs, including server consolidation, backup & disaster recovery, and cost-effective storage.  

1. Server Consolidation

Server consolidation is where most organizations begin. With Windows Server 2012 R2, you can offer customers the value of a built-in virtualization platform and lay the groundwork for additional virtualization and cloud-based solutions.

In this part of the training, you will learn about the core technologies that drive the Microsoft server virtualization infrastructure. Topics include:

* Server Consolidation Overview

* Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

* Hyper-V Host and VM Basics

* Workload Mobility

* Dynamic Memory

* Virtual Storage 

* Virtual Switches and Networks

* NIC Teaming at the host level

* VHDX storage practices for hosts and VMs

2. Backup, Disaster Recovery & Resiliency

According to statistics from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of businesses in the U.S. that are hit by disaster never reopen. Systems can go down for many reasons, whether it’s a power outage, a break-in, or a fire. In light of recent events, SMBs are focused on disaster recovery and data backup solutions. Once out of reach for smaller businesses, you can now offer affordable solutions that can literally keep your customers in business if disaster strikes.

In this part of the course, you will learn about the similarities and differences that are involved with protecting data and services in a virtualized environment versus a traditional physical environment. Topics include:

* Data protection challenges

* Data protection requirements 

* On Premises data protection tools

* Cloud-based data protection tools

* Hyper-V Replica

3. Cost-Effective Storage 

It is astounding to think about the change in the types and volumes of data businesses need to store versus five or ten years ago. Anyone can now capture large photo and video files, and on top of that we have constant access to a stream of data from email, social media, blogs, and more. 

With the explosion in volume and types of data in the workplace today, flexible, scalable storage is a requirement for SMBs. Now, with built-in features in Windows Server 2012 R2, you can offer high-end storage functionality at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.

In this part of the training, you will learn about the core technologies that drive the Microsoft server storage infrastructure. Topics include:

* Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Stack

* Cost Effective Storage using JBOD and Storage Spaces

* Scale out File Services and SMB 3 storage

* Performance Considerations 

* Workload and Data Pattern Considerations

How to associate your Live ID’s to your organisation

1. (Log out of any Hotmail or other Windows Live ID’s/Accounts that you do not want to associate.)

2. Belgium (French): https://mspartner.microsoft.com/fr/be/Pages/Membership/Simplified-association-process.aspx

Belgium (NL): https://mspartner.microsoft.com/nl/be/Pages/Membership/Simplified-association-process.aspx

Click <Sign In>

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3. Select the Sign in and sign in with your Windows Live ID Account.

4. If you do not have a Live ID, choose then <Sign Up now>.

5. If you have Live ID you want to associate, type in your credentials then <Sign In>.

6. Find your Organization and click <Search>.

7. Fill out your Individual Profile. I recommend you to use the same “Contact E-Mail” that you used for your Live ID.  Click <Next>.

8. Search for your Organization using either tab. Click <Next>.

9. Choose and Confirm the Organization listed that matches your Company Profile and click <Next>.

10. Read the message in the next window. If you did not use a Contact E-Mail that matches your Organization’s domain, you will need to wait for approval from your Organization’s Primary Contact.

11. Within 24 hours of approval you will receive an email. You need to click the link in that email. Complete your Individual Profile and acknowledge the Microsoft Partner Network Agreement in order to finish the process.

12. When you see the “Congratulations” page you have finished. You will now have access to the Microsoft Partner Network.

(To see you Company’s Account, log in here. To view or edit your Individual Account Profile, log in here. To search for PLC events log in here.)

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