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The holiday season is quickly approaching—are you trained on Windows Server 2012 and ready to sell it in the new year? If the answer is “not quite yet” you’re in luck, as we have a number of readiness trainings and resources to get you up and running in the near future. Whether you are looking to update your Server Platform Competency or achieve an MSL certification, arm yourself with reports touting the benefits of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V or just looking to take a few overview courses on the key technologies, we’ve got the content.

So check out the links listed below and arm yourself with formidable WS 2012 knowledge and tools to end 2012 in success!

What’s New

New! Refreshed Server Platform Sales Assessment

The Sales Specialist assessment has been revised for Windows Server 2012 and is now available for you to take as part of your Server Platform Competency achievement. It’s in English only right now, but will be available in multiple languages later this year.

New Report: Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Meets High IT Demands, Saves on Costs

An independent evaluation recently published by ESG Labs reveals that Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V running SQL Server 2012 tier-1 workloads in a virtualized environment significantly improved performance, scalability, and the ability to reduce ITs total cost of ownership. The report is fully redistributable and a great tool for helping customers understand Hyper-V’s ability to meet their most demanding IT needs without sacrificing performance. For more information, check out the Server & Cloud blog or go directly to the full and summary reports.

Special Offer: Upgrade your Windows Server 2008 Certification

If you are interested in upgrading your Windows Server 2008 certifications, check this out: buy an MCSE–Server Infrastructure, MCSE–Desktop Infrastructure, or MCSE–Private Cloud upgrade certification exam set, and get an Exam 417 free offer along with complimentary training for 417 and free second shot offers on all of the exams in the pack. Request your certification today!

Free Study Guides Help Partners Pass Exams

Two free study guides are available to give partners the best prep possible to pass Microsoft Learning (MSL) exams. The guides were created by Microsoft Evangelist Keith Mayer, who recorded all the study resources that he used to pass the exams himself. Each guide helps partners self-assess their preparedness for each exam as well as providing free study resources for each objective area to quickly close knowledge gaps.

· Study guide for Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

· Study guide for Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization (Note: through January 2013, exam 70-659 may be taken in place of Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012)

Looking for Product Expertise? Try the Windows Server 2012 Learning Track

Don’t miss out on essential training available in the Windows Server 2012 learning track. There are more than 80 technical courses covering popular topics like Hyper-V, networking, and storage. Less techie-types can check out the sales and licensing training, get a product overview, or take an MSL course and exam that leads to MCSA/MCSE certifications. Try a course today!

Pre-Sales Techs: Take Assessment

The Pre-Sales Technical Assessment – which tests sales engineers on the sales and technical aspects of Microsoft’s Private Cloud, management, virtualization solution – is now available. The assessment also contributes to the Management and Virtualization competency, so get started today!

Can You Talk Windows Server 2012 Licensing to Customers?

Be sure to leverage the six licensing courses and assessment. These will teach—then test—your knowledge of the latest Windows Server 2012 licensing and pricing updates and overviews from simple-to-complex scenarios.

Sales & Licensing (On Demand)

· Selling Windows Server 2012: Understanding the Opportunity

· Selling Windows Server 2012: Product Overview

· Selling Windows Server 2012: Sales Scenarios & Strategies

· Selling Windows Server 2012: Compete and Objection Handling

· Selling Windows Server 2012: Transforming your Customer Conversations with the Whiteboard

· Growing Your Small Business Practice with Windows Server 2012

· Growing Your Mid-Market Business Practice with Windows Server 2012

· Getting Started with Windows Server 2012 Licensing, July 2012

· Windows Server 2012 Product and Program Overview July 2012

· Windows Server 2012 Pricing and SKU Overview July 2012

· An Overview of Windows Server “8” Beta

· Why Hyper-V? Competitive advantages of Windows Server “8” Hyper-V over VMware

· Windows Server performance improvements and optimizations

· Using Windows Server 8 for building private and public IaaS clouds

· Introducing Windows Server 2012 e-Book

· License Migration and Software Assurance for Windows Server 2012, July 2012: Licensing Readiness

· Basic License Scenarios for Windows Server 2012, July 2012: Licensing Readiness

· Complex License Scenarios for Windows Server 2012, July 2012: Licensing Readiness

· Windows Server 2012 Licensing Assessment

Partner Academy Live Sessions (On Demand)

· Windows Server 2012 for Service Providers

· Windows Server 2012 Disclosure

· Windows Server Licensing Update for Service Providers

· Windows Server 2012: OEM Licensing & CAL

Tech 100-200 (On Demand)

· Windows Server 8 Beta Download

· Windows networking with PowerShell: A foundation for data center management

· A deep dive into Hyper-V networking

· RemoteFX 2.0

· Optimal cloud performance with BranchCache

· Enabling the hybrid cloud using remote access appliances

· Network acceleration and other NIC technologies for the data center

· Using Windows Server 8 for building private and public IaaS clouds

· Designing systems for continuous availability and scalability

· Designing systems for continuous availability – multi-node with remote file storage

· Designing systems for continuous availability – multi-node with block storage

· Building continuously available systems with Hyper-V

· Designing the building blocks for a Windows Server 8 cloud

· Microsoft Private Cloud Technical Overview Course

· Focusing on Customer Benefits for Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012

· Understanding Microsoft Private Cloud Competition

· Course 20410A: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

· Course 20411A: Administering Windows Server 2012

· Course 20412A: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Tech 100-200 (Instructor-led)

· Hands-On Lab 40006A: Hands On Lab: Windows Server 2012

Tech 300 (On Demand)

· What’s New in Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012, Part 1

· What’s New in Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012, Part 2

· Hyper-V Network Virtualization for Scalable Multi-Tenant Datacenters with Windows Server 2012

· Enabling Disaster Recovery for Hyper-V Workloads Using Hyper-V Replica with Windows Server 2012

· Changing the Landscape with Hyper-V Live Migration with Windows Server 2012

· IP Address Management with Windows Server 2012

· Hyper-V Switch Extensibility with Windows Server 2012

· Cost-Effective Business Critical Storage: Storage Spaces with Windows Server 2012

· The New File Server for Information Workers with Windows Server 2012

· Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012

· Hyper-V Over SMB: Remote File Storage Support in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

· Cluster Shared Volumes in Windows Server 2012

· Unified Remote Access in Windows Server 2012

· Introduction to Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012, Part 1

· Introduction to Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012, Part 2

· What’s New in Active Directory with Windows Server 2012

· Overview of Server Management and Powershell in Windows Server 2012

· Designing a Unified Access Strategy with Windows Server 2012

· Windows Server 2012 Cloud Optimization with Branch Cache

· What’s New in Internet Information Services (IIS) 8 with Windows Server 2012

· Internet Information Services (IIS) 8 Application Initialization with Windows Server 2012

· Server Storage on Windows Server 2012

· Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2012

· Architecting Cloud Optimized Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012

· Deploying Windows Server 2012

· Remote Desktop Services for Windows Server 2012

· What’s New with Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server 2012: Open Web Platform for the Cloud

· Overview: Server Virtualization in Windows Server 2012

· Overview: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in Windows Server 2012

· Overview: Identity and Access Features in Windows Server 2012

· Overview: Storage Improvements in Windows Server 2012

· Overview: Web Application Platform in Windows Server 2012

· Overview: Networking in Windows Server 2012

· Overview: Windows Server 2012

· Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labs

Learning Paths

Windows Server 2012 Partner Readiness

o Executive-Business Decision Maker-Practice Manager

o Licensing Specialists

o Sales-Account Managers-Account Executives

o Tech Pre-Sales – Sales Engineers

o Implementer

o Architect

MPN Pre-Sales Technical Assessment for Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization


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o Implementers: Remote Access in Windows Server 2012

o Implementers: Web/App Platform in Windows Server 2012

o Windows Server 2012 Sales Specialist Learning Path

o Licensing in Windows Server 2012

o Private Cloud Training/Assessment for Pre-Sales Techs

o Windows Server 2012 Technical Features Overviews

o Tech Pre-Sales Courses and Assessment for Management and Virtualization

o Microsoft Partner Network Pre-sales Technical Specialist Competency Assessment for Private Cloud/Management and Virtualization

Questions? Contact Rodney Miller or Varun Chhabra

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