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clip_image001[6]Welcome

Happy holidays! No matter how you plan to celebrate this month, please take a moment to improve your Windows Server 2012 sales and technical skills. There are dozens of courses in the Windows Server 2012 Learning Track that will make every role more knowledgeable about product features and selling techniques. But this is also a perfect time for you to begin to test your skills with a number of MSL exams (and supporting training guides) and assessments. Check out the links below for more information.

Have a safe and joyful holiday!

clip_image001[7]What’s New

Windows Server and Client “Office Hours” January 15

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend Windows Server and Client “Office Hours” January 15, 2013 8:30-10:00am PST. The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team is hosting this unique live online discussion designed to enable experienced IT Pros to ask technical questions regarding Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. This exclusive session will feature two Senior Technical Evangelists, Joey Snow and Rick Claus, who’ll engage in dialog, debate and demos shaped by a global audience of esteemed IT Pros.  Be a part of it!

Hot Off the Press! New Training Guides Prepare for Windows Server 2012 Exams

Two new training guides have been published to help you improve your Windows Server 2012 skills and also prepare you to pass related Microsoft Certification exams. Leverage both on the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 learning path:

· Training Guide: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

(Helps prepare for MSL Exam 70-417)

· Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

(Helps prepare for MSL Exam 70-410)

Assessments for Sales and Licensing Roles

Measure your understanding of Windows Server 2012 with these online assessments. Test your knowledge today:

· Sales Specialist Assessment

· Licensing Specialist Assessment

· Pre-Sales Technical Assessment

Not ready for a test yet? Prep for the assessments by taking courses in the Windows Server 2012 Learning Track.
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 IT’s total cost of ownership. The report is a great tool for helping customers understand Hyper-V’s ability to meet their most demanding IT needs without sacrificing performance. To learn more, check out the Server & Cloud blog or go directly to the full and summary reports.

clip_image002[6]Sales & Licensing (On Demand)

· Selling Windows Server 2012 (Module 1): Understanding the Opportunity

· Selling Windows Server 2012 (Module 2): Product Overview

· Selling Windows Server 2012 (Module 3): Sales Scenarios & Strategies

· Selling Windows Server 2012 (Module 4): Compete and Objection Handling

· Selling Windows Server 2012 (Module 5): Transforming your Customer Conversations with the Whiteboard

· Growing Your Small Business Practices with Windows Server 2012

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

· Getting Started with Windows Server 2012 Licensing, July 2012: Licensing Readiness

· Windows Server 2012 Product and Program Overview July 2012: Licensing Readiness

· Windows Server 2012 Pricing and SKU Overview July 2012: Licensing Readiness

· 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

clip_image002[7]Partner Academy Live Sessions (On Demand)

· Windows Server 2012 for Service Providers

· Windows Server 2012 Internal Disclosure and Launch Readiness

· Windows Server 2012 Disclosure

· Windows Server Licensing Update for Service Providers

· Windows Server 2012: OEM Licensing & CAL

clip_image003[8]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

clip_image003[9]Tech 100-200 (Instructor-led)

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

· Course 20410A: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

· Course 20411A: Administering Windows Server 2012

· Course 20412A: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

clip_image003[10]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 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

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