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Private Cloud Training for Pre-Sales Techs

Pre-sales technical specialists can now get relevant training on the Private Cloud, including System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012.

The 4 courses in this learning path will provide a private cloud overview, customer benefits of each product, a competition course, and demo resources.
The courses prepare pre-sales technical specialists for the Private Cloud, Management, and Virtualization Assessment, which will be available later this summer.

 

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Promo is extended ! 2 Certification Exams for the price of 1

Now you have till August 17th to double your Readiness with 2 Microsoft Certification Exams for the price of 1 if you or your organization have attended WPC 2012!

Earning a Microsoft Certification credential is designed to showcase your ability to design, deploy, and manage the latest Microsoft technologies in critical IT roles. The latest Microsoft Certification exams cover Microsoft’s newest technology releases, including Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, and more. Earning a Microsoft Certification credential on the latest Microsoft software helps prepare you for a new era and can empower you with the tools you need to stay ahead.

Two-for-One Microsoft Certification Exam vouchers will be available for purchase by Microsoft Partners online, till August 17th, 2012. Both exams must be taken by the same candidate. All vouchers must be redeemed by and all exams taken by December 31, 2012.

To purchase your 2-for-1 exams voucher, visit http://www.prometric.com/microsoft/2for1/wpc.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Offer dates: July 8-August 17, 2012

Details: You must purchase your exams before August 17, 2012. All exams must be taken at an authorized Prometric Testing Center (APTC) by December 31, 2012. Both exams must be taken by the same candidate. A maximum of 25 Two for One vouchers can be purchased per Partner (that’s a total of 50 exams).

Eligible exams: This offer applies only to Microsoft Certification exams that count toward Microsoft silver or gold competencies.

Eligible countries and regions: This is a worldwide offer that can only be redeemed from authorized Prometric Testing Centers.

Restrictions: Microsoft does not guarantee that candidates will pass exams.

Licensing exam prep training

Microsoft Licensing Solutions Competency training:

“Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium-sized Organizations” (070-671)

The Microsoft Partner Network contains among others the Licensing Solutions Competency. One of the competencies is the design and implementation of Volume Licensing solutions. To achieve this competency at least two of your employees must be certified for the MCP exam 070-671 or 070-672.

On the dates mentioned below Didactive in cooperation with Microsoft BVBA delivers a training that prepares you for the Microsoft Certified Professional exam 070-671 “Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium-sized Organizations”.

  • November 21st and 22nd, 2012, Microsoft BVBA in Zaventem – register
  • May 22th and 23rd, 2013, Microsoft BVBA in Zaventem – register

Your investment is € 495 per attendee. At a surcharge of € 200, the two-day training sessions in September 2011 and March 2012 can be extended to a three-day program, thus also preparing you for the 070-672 exam for large organizations.

Download the course description (Adobe® Reader required).

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Microsoft Licensing Solutions Competency training: “Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations” (070-672)

The Microsoft Partner Network contains among others the Licensing Solutions Competency. One of the competencies is the design and implementation of Volume Licensing solutions. To achieve this competency at least two of your employees must be certified for the MCTS exam 070-671 or 070-672.

For the preparation for the MCTS exam 070-672 “Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations” Didactive offers a two-day training on the following dates:

  • November 21st and 23rd, 2012, Microsoft BVBA in Zaventem – register
  • May 22nd and 24th, 2013, Microsoft BVBA in Zaventem – register

Your investment is € 495 per attendee. At a surcharge of € 200, this two-day training session can be extended to a three-day program, thus also preparing you for the 070-671 exam for small and medium-sized organizations.

Download the course description (Adobe® Reader required).

 

 

More info on www.didactive.com

WHAT’S NEW WITH PRACTICE ACCELERATOR

Pricing

· Reduction from 10 Partner Advisory Hours to 5

· O365 offering remains available at no-cost for Cloud Accelerate and Cloud Essentials partners

Format

· FY12 format was 4 hours 4 days in a row

· FY13 format is shorter, with several modules held over a 10-day period, much of it on-demand (English language recordings). Currently there are pilots scheduled in the new format, while most PA sessions are still being delivered in the FY12 format for now

New Offerings:

BI

Available
from

July 30th, 2012

Practice Accelerator for Business Intelligence

This PA provides an end-to-end BI solution including on-premise and on-cloud features, based on SQL Server 2012. It provides valuable practical information that helps accelerate deployments along with a set of Bill of Material (BOM) which can in turn be used in customer engagements. This will also be used to share best practices with partners in selecting, deploying, and scaling MS BI solutions, filling out gaps in current offerings and providing information on the Business Intelligence Microsoft Solution Framework (BI MSF).

Upcoming Dates:

DCM
Available
Aug 6th, 2012

Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Management

This PA enables partners to develop or enhance a practice based on Advanced Datacenter Management with System Center 2012, helping customers to reduce costs, improve operational efficiencies, and drive business agility by delivering an integrated datacenter solution that takes advantage of industry-leading architectures and principles.

PA for Datacenter Management features three distinct scenarios, partners may choose any or all of 1) Infrastructure Management 2) Deep Application Monitoring 3) Service Delivery

Upcoming Dates:

DCCM


Available
Aug 13th, 2012

Practice Accelerator for Datacenter Consolidation and Migration

This PA helps partners with engagements helping your customers to efficiently and safely migrate their virtualized workloads from VMware to the Hyper-V platform. With Hyper-V, it is easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization through Windows Server 2008 R2. Migration also improves operational efficiencies, and drives business agility by delivering an integrated datacenter solution. This solution encompasses and leverages technologies from Microsoft and the Microsoft Partner Veeam, providing an automated process that performs a full end-to-end of migration of a VMware Virtual Machine. There are also components for migration of Linux workloads.

Upcoming Dates:

We’re pleased to continue providing the following Practice Accelerator offerings (in the FY12 format):

  • Lync Server 2010
  • Exchange Server 2010
  • SharePoint Server 2010
  • Optimized Desktop

Microsoft announced this week the availability of Office Next Customer Preview

The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

With this blog post we want to draw your attention to some key assets that were made available:

Steve Ballmer announced this week the new Office. Explore the keynote here.
Get Office Customer Preview here.
Get your Office 365 Tenant here.
Get the Exchange/Lync/Sharepoint server bits here.
More information on Technet is available here.
More information on MSDN is available here.

Please already bookmark our key events after holiday:

  • 2012 Partner Connect (Sales Event) 11th October
  • Partner Bootcamp Week ‘The One and Only’   16th – 18th October
  • October 16th Exchange & Office 365 “What’s New” Technical training Register now!
    October 17th SharePoint & Office 365 SMB Technical training Register now!
    October 18th Lync Community Technical Training Register now!
    October 19th SharePoint Enterprise “What’s New” Technical training Register now!

You can find an overview of all technical and sales readiness activities concerning Office Next and reserve already your seat at the Office Next Partner Page.

Enjoy Office Next & Enjoy your Holiday!

All about Windows Server 2012

It’s a Content Explosion! 27 New Windows Server 2012 Courses for Implementers

You can now find deep technical training on Windows Server 2012 in the Windows Server 2012 Readiness Learning Track. Broken out by seven popular technologies, these 27 new courses will help implementer roles learn about and prepare to execute new installations. Check out this training today!

§ Implementer: Virtualization

§ Implementer: Storage

§ Implementer: Networking

§ Implementer: Identity and Security

§ Implementer: Management and Deployment

§ Implementer: Remote Access

§ Implementer: Web/App

Join the Call: Windows Server 2012 Disclosure

On July 5, join us for a special “Get Licensing” session dedicated to the launch of Windows Server 2012. With this latest release, Microsoft is taking the next big step in bringing what we have learned from running some of the world’s largest datacenters to our customers. With more than 300 new features and enhancements, Windows Server 2012 can help increase deal sizes by offering higher-value, comprehensive services, enable new sales scenarios, and appeal to a broader range of customers. Mark your calendar to attend the call and find out all the details.

Now  available via MCT Download Center and Courseware Library, a three-hour Hands On Lab (HOL), 40006A – Hands On Lab: Windows Server® 2012.

This HOL compliments the First Look Clinic (40005A) that we released earlier this month and is one of the first few learning products from Microsoft Learning on the Windows Server 2012. This Hands On Lab is built on the Windows Server 2012 Consumer Preview (Beta release) software and will cover some of the key new features and functionality in Windows Server 2012. It will cover Management features such as Server Manager, Windows PowerShell, Server Core, Active Directory, IP Address Management (IPAM) and Dynamic Access Control. It will also cover some of the significant changes that have taken place in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. Read the syllabus for more information.

Exclusive Exam Offer for WPC Attendees!

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