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Azure splash


Dear partner,

Following the availability of Windows Azure in Open licensing as of 1st August 2014, Microsoft and Ingram Micro would like to invite you to our Windows Azure Splash trainings in July and August.

With this availability date fast approaching, we believe it is high time for us to help you get to know Windows Azure and all of its possibilities in terms of Hosting Solutions and Infrastructure.

Surf the Azure Wave!

To this end, we proudly introduce the Azure Wave! Much like surfing, riding this wave is a three step process:

Step 1: Complete preparatory work ahead of the training

· Azure 101

· Sign-up for Azure – with MPN Credits or Free Trial

Step 2: Attend 1 of the 2 full day Azure Splash trainings at Ingram Micro*

· Wednesday 9th July 2014

· Thursday 28th August 2014

Step 3: Complete post-training work to perfect your knowledge

· Attend all short sessions in the Azure pre-sales learning path track

*Please note: make sure to complete the recommended prep work before attending a training, as the training will dive deeper into the offered content!

Registration for the trainings is required.

Windows Azure technical Splash training – Session 1
Date: Wednesday 9th July 2014
Timing: 9:00 – 17:30
Register here.

Windows Azure technical Splash training – Session 2
Date: Thursday 28th August 2014
Timing: 9:00 – 17:30
Register here.





We hope to welcome you on 9th July or 28th August!

Sincerely yours,
The Microsoft Team at Ingram Micro Advanced Solutions

Enterprise Mobility Suite


Short time ago we provided a (pre-)sales training regarding our new Enterprise Mobility Suite to partners in Western Europe.

In case you did not have the chance to participate … here are some helpful links:

· You can watch the recording here:

· And here are the slides: Enterprise Mobility Suite and PCIT_June 2014.pptx

The Enterprise Mobility Suite (“EMS”) is a single, comprehensive solution which includes the following:




“Hybrid Identity Management”

· Single-Sign-on for more than 1.000 SaaS Apps

· Connection between local AD and Azure AD

· Self Service Password Reset and Self Service Group Management

Azure Active Directory Premium

“Mobile Device & Application Management”

· Cross platform settings management for mobile devices

· Target-oriented provisioning of Apps

· Connection to local System Center Infrastructure

Windows Intune

“Secure Authentication & Data Protection”

· Multi Factor Authentication

· Efficient Access-Control and -restriction

· Audit Reports, Fraud detection

· Encryption of sensitive data (all types of files, also cross company)

Azure Active Directory Premium

Azure Rights Management Services (RMS)

I wish you successful Enterprise Mobility projects!

Many regards

Stefanie Steenbrugge


For more information on enterprise mobility solutions from Microsoft, please visit our website, download the whitepaper and learn about our new licensing suite.





Microsoft Certification Coaching

Vous désirez obtenir les Tips and Tricks pour réussir vos certifications Microsoft. Vision Consulting Group vous y aide. Venez passer une journée de coaching sur une des certifications ci-dessous.   Attention que ces journées ne remplacent ni une formation standard, ni une étude personnalisée.  

Durée : 1 journée 
Lieu : Vision Consulting Group
Prix : 500€ la journée (Voucher Certification & Lunch restaurant inclus)  

Contact/inscription : – 02/389.14.70 

– 70-410 : Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012    Juillet : 01 Août : 4 

– 70-411 : Administering Windows Server 2012  Juillet : 15 Août : 06 

– 70-412 : Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services Juillet : 18 Août : 01 

– 70-417 : Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Server 2012 (Disponible uniquement pour les détenteurs du MCSA Windows Server 2008)   Juillet : 22 Août : 8  

– 70-341 : Core Solution of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Juillet : 24 Août : 12 

– 70-331 : Core Solution of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Août : 14 

– 70-243 : MCTS : Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (2 jours)  Août : 05 

– 70-689 : Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8 (Disponible uniquement pour les détenteurs du MCSA Windows 7)  Juillet : 25 Août : 07  

– 70-462 : Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases  Juillet : 02 Août : 18 

– 70-680 : Windows 7, Configuring Juillet : 31 Août : 19   

Are you Microsoft accredited? You can now share that achievement on your personal LinkedIn page.

Maybe you recently passed a Microsoft Technical Specialist (TS) exam at the request of your Microsoft Partner Network employer. Great work! This may help your partner organization meet MPN requirements.

We want to help you, as an individual, also showcase your effort. After all, you’re the one who put in the time and energy to get certified.

I’m happy to announce that you can now showcase that knowledge and skillset on your personal LinkedIn page.

It’s simple—sign in to your LinkedIn profile (or set up a new account). Then go Profile, and Edit Profile. On the right-hand side of the page, you’ll see an option for Certifications. Click +Add and type in your recent certification. Make sure you select “Microsoft” from the Certification Authority field. Then click Save.

This option is available for TS certifications as well as Sales or Presales Specialist accreditations, too.

Let’s look at a few scenarios.

Let’s say you’re a systems admin who recently passed Exam 74-325 Administering Office 365 for Small Business. This helps your partner organization meet requirements for the Small Business competency—and helps you individually show off your technical knowledge of Office 365 accreditation. Add that to your personal LinkedIn page.

Or, maybe you’re in a sales role and took the Sales Assessment for Server Platform to help your partner organization meet requirements for the Server Platform competency. You’ve also individually earned the Sales Specialist accreditation for Server and Sales Specialist status. Add that to your individual LinkedIn profile!

By consistently updating your LinkedIn profile, you keep your name in front of your contacts via the LinkedIn news stream. You never know—maybe a potential employer is looking for your skills and the next great job is right around the corner.

Training Spotter: the app that finds training for you!



It’s an application on Windows 8(.1) and Windows Phone to find trainings available for Microsoft Partners. The app spots the training options for you!

Why should I install it?

  • It will filter all relevant trainings for you, based on your profile
  • No need to do extensive lookup, the app will notify you of new training opportunities in an automatic way
  • Take full advantage of all training resources that are available for you as a Microsoft Partner
  • The best news is: the app proactively notifies you of new relevant training session for your role. Use the Live Tiles in the Windows start screen to take full advantage of the feature

New in V2?

  • More trainings available, including local in-person trainings
  • The improved design allows to easily navigate, favorite and share trainings
  • Login option available so you can synchronize profile and favorites between devices (Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8)
  • Classroom trainings prioritized


Install the app on your start screen in order to receive the notifications when a new training, matching your profile, is available.

Install now on Windows 8
Install now on Windows Phone


Upcoming Licensing training

1. Microsoft Licensing Essentials training 05/05/2013

“They say that Microsoft licensing is quite complex.” That is correct, but doesn’t mean that you cannot learn the basics. If you attend the half-day Microsoft Licensing Essentials training, you will be able to explain your customer the most important elements of Microsoft licensing:

  • License types: Full Packaged Product (FPP), OEM license, Volume Licensing programs such as Open License and Open Value, introductions to MOSP (the vehicle for ordering Office 365) and SPLA.
  • Software Assurance: what is it, and how to get it?
  • Product licensing: which licenses are needed for Windows, Office and server products such as Windows Server and Windows Small Business Server?
  • Open License, Open Value: what are the most important features and benefits of these Volume Licensing programs?

more info & registration

2. Microsoft Product Licensing Workshop 09/05/2013

In one day, you learn how to use practical knowledge of Microsoft licensing in customer scenarios by attending the Product Licensing Workshop. In this course short presentations about product licensing alternate with five group exercises:

  1. Windows 8 and Office 2013 licensing
  2. Windows Server 2012 licensing in virtualized environments
  3. System Center 2012 licensing
  4. Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365 licensing
  5. SQL Server 2012 licensing

This training is delivered by Didactive and offered to you free of charge by Microsoft.

more info & registration

3. Licensing Solutions Competency training: “Volume Licensing Specialist: Small and Medium 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 MCTS 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 MCTS exam 070-671 “Volume Licensing Specialist: Small and Medium Organizations”.

  • May 6th and 7th, 2014, Microsoft BVBA in Zaventem – register

Choose between the following rates:

  • The Early Bird rate of € 495 per attendee is available until six weeks prior to the training session. Early Bird registrations cannot be cancelled.
  • The regular rate is € 595 per attendee.

At a surcharge, this can be extended to a three-day program, thus also preparing the attendee for the 070-672 exam for large organizations. The rate of this extended program is € 695 (Early Bird) or € 850 (regular) per attendee.

Download the course description (Adobe® Reader required).

4. Licensing Solutions Competency training: “Volume Licensing Specialist: 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 “Volume Licensing Specialist: Large Organizations” Didactive offers a two-day training on the following dates:

  • May 6th and 8th, 2014, Microsoft BVBA in Zaventem – register

At a surcharge, this can be extended to a three-day program, thus also preparing the attendee for the 070-671 exam for small and medium organizations. The rate of this extended program is € 695 (Early Bird) or € 850 (regular) per attendee.

Download the course description (Adobe® Reader required).

Windows Azure Blitz trainings in April

1. Sales Windows Azure Blitz training 3/04 EBC Brussels


Learn in this sales training about Microsoft’s Cloud OS and how to position Windows Azure with customers to accelerate and expand your services businesses. Attendees will learn how to deliver the holistic Cloud OS pitch and to identify opportunities that drive more and richer SharePoint, BI, App Dev, O365, Storage, and Infrastructure deals with Windows Azure.
This training will enable you to accelerate existing deals, open new doors and elevate status with customers, build new pipeline, expand to new offerings, and grow their incentives payouts.

2. Technical Windows Azure Blitz training 10-11/04 Amsterdam


The Partner Practice Enablement training starts with an introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks (Infrastructure Services).  It delivers the foundational knowledge needed for users intending to run new workloads in Windows Azure or migrate existing workloads from on-premises.

Students will be introduced to the rich features of Windows Azure Active Directory and see how it can be used to achieve single sign-on across cloud applications, protect application access, enforce multi-factor authentication, and integrate with Windows Server Active Directory.

The latter half of the boot camp builds on the technical knowledge from the first half, shifting to coverage of common workload scenarios for cloud computing, such as Dev/Test, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and monitoring of workloads running in Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.

Throughout the training, students will see presentations and demos followed with recommended resources and hands-on training experiences.


· Infrastructure Services Introduction

· Infrastructure Services Networking

· Windows Azure Active Directory

· Windows Azure Active Directory Integration

· Cloud Services, Websites and Infrastructure Services

· Development and Test

· SQL Server and SharePoint

· Management and Monitoring