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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

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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

Win a Windows Phone

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Microsoft Partner Network Contest

Pass one of the below assessments before March 30 2014 and have a chance to win a Windows Phone.

· Communications Presales Technical Assessment
Find prep training here.

· Small Business Sales Assessment
Find prep training here.

· Messaging Sales Assessment
Find prep training here.

CRM Sales Assessment or CRM Presales Assessment

Winners of previous contest

Erik Moreau – Aurelium NV
Johan Pockele – Herithos
Wim Bartels – Bits4kmo
Filip Heens – Nikos
Tim De Wilde – E-TRACE

The assessment must be passed between March 24 and March 30 2014 by an individual working for a Microsoft partner in Belgium or Luxembourg.

PASS ONE OF THE ASSESSMENTS

and HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A WINDOWS PHONE

Use this great opportunity to test your Knowledge

 

 

Visual Studio 2012 Technical training: Jump Starts

Don’t Miss These Upcoming Visual Studio 2012 Jump Starts!

Click on the titles for more information & details on how to register:

· May 1: Applying ALM with Visual Studio 2012 (Exam 70-498) Jump Start

· May 2: Windows Store App Essentials using C# (Exam 70-484) Jump Start

· May 28: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012 (Exam 70-497) Jump Start

· May 29: Administering Visual Studio TFS 2012 (Exam 70-496) Jump Start

New Office trainings in Learning Paths

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Welcome to the newly published Ignite courses posted to the Partner Learning Center that can be accessed using the Office Ignite Sales and Office Ignite Technical learning paths.

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Office Ignite Sales and Technical Content Available Now!

For sales roles, the Office Ignite Sales modules provide you with insights, resources, and tools to sell the new Office to your SMB and enterprise customers. Learn best practices, discover selling programs, and explore available tools to help you sell the new Office, and Office 365.

For technical partners, check out the Office Ignite Technical modules, a mix of 300- and 400-level content. These sessions are designed for IT professionals and Exchange administrators who develop, design, or deploy for their organizations or customers.

Announcing: New Microsoft Office Demos Site

The Microsoft Office Demo team recently launched a new site that provides a tailored page where you can now provision demo environments, deliver demos, and leverage core demo content materials from the Office marketing team here at Corp.

Access the demo site to find content spanning enterprise and SMB segments, Click-to-Run, Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft SharePoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Project 2013, Visio 2013, and Office Web Apps.

You’ll need your Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) credentials to access the content. If you have any troubles, contact support@MicrosoftOfficeDemos.com for troubleshooting or technical issues.

Just published in the Partner Learning Center: Microsoft Project 2013 courses!

The following courses were just published in the PLC. They will map to the new Microsoft Partner Network Sales Specialist Competency Assessment, which will be part of the Project and Portfolio Management competency. The assessment is slated for release in English by the end of April 2013. Localized versions will follow by the end of June 2013.

· Overview of the Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management Sales and Marketing Assessment Materials

· Overview of the Microsoft Project Portfolio Management Solution

· Overview of Microsoft Project Professional 2013 and Project Professional for Office 365

· Demonstrating the New Microsoft Project

· Successfully Delivering a Microsoft Project Proof of Concept

· Microsoft Project 2013 Licensing Overview

· Best Practices Selling Microsoft Project

· Grow Your Business with the new Project Online

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OFFICE 2013 | OFFICE 365

· Meet the new Office Keynote

· Understanding the new Office Business Model

· Making Money with the new Office

· Selling the new Office to SMB

· New Office: Competing to Win Against Google Apps in the Enterprise

· New Office: Competing to Win Against Google Apps with Small Business Customers

· Getting Started with Office 2013: Licensing Readiness

· Office 2013 Product and Program Overview: Licensing Readiness

· Office 2013 Pricing and SKUs Overview: Licensing Readiness

· Office 2013 Migration and  Software Assurance: Licensing Readiness

· Office 2013 Basic Customer Scenarios: Licensing Readiness

· Office 2013 Complex Customer Scenarios: Licensing Readiness

· Office 365 Licensing Assessment (DE-de, ES-es, FR-fr, JA-jp, PT-br)

· Learn the new Office 365 Open and FPP

· New Office Pitch Perfect: Having the Customer Conversation

· Deploy the new Office

· Overview of the new Office for Mid-Size Business

· Microsoft Partner Network Sales Specialist Competency Assessment for Small Business

PROJECT AND PROJECT SERVER 2013

· Overview of the Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management Sales and Marketing Assessment Materials

· Overview of the Microsoft Project Portfolio Management Solution

· Overview of Microsoft Project Professional 2013 and Project Professional for Office 365

· Demonstrating the New Microsoft Project

· Successfully Delivering a Microsoft Project Proof of Concept

· Microsoft Project 2013 Licensing Overview

· Best Practices Selling Microsoft Project

LYNC SERVER 2013

· First Look: Lync 2013 Technical Overview

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OFFICE | OFFICE 365

· Creating New Opportunities with Microsoft CRM Online and Microsoft Office 365

· How To Series: Learn How To Demo Office 365 To Your Customers

· Microsoft Cloud How-To Webinar Series Presents How To Close Your First Microsoft Cloud Deal and Increase Profits with Office 365 and Intune

· How To Demo Office 365 and Take Advantage of Limited Time Offers To Close Deals!

· Introducing “The New Office” to Enterprise IT Decision Makers

· Introducing “The New Office” to Small and Midsize Businesses

· Live@edu to Office 365 Upgrade: Partner Update

· New Office Opportunity and Preinstallation Process

· Customer Value of Office Telemetry

· Microsoft Cloud How-To Series Presents: Office 365 For Businesses Releases February 27th – Be Ready To Show the Power of the Tools!

· Office Professional Plus 2013 Versus Standard Feature Comparison

EXCHANGE SERVER 2013

· How to Introduce “The new Office” to Enterprise IT Decision Makers

LYNC SERVER 2013

· Lync Server 2013 Overview

· Session: Lync Accelerate: Delivering a Lync Proposal

· Session: Lync Accelerate: Planning for Successful Lync Deployment and Rapid Adoption

· Session: Lync Accelerate: Planning for Lync Engagements & the Lync Customer Trial Programs

· Session: Lync Accelerate: Lync Deployment Options and Reference topologies

· FY13 Lync Accelerate Overview for Partners

· HP ES Microsoft Monday – Microsoft Lync Server 2013

SHAREPOINT SERVER 2013

· What’s New With SharePoint

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· Sample Templates for Managed Services Providers

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OFFICE | OFFICE 365

· FY13 Solution Scenario: Public Cloud – Enabling Flexible Work Style

· Office 365 – How to Demo Office 365 for IW

· Office 365 – Overview of the New Office 365

· Office Ignite Sales Learning Path

· Office Ignite Technical Learning Path

EXCHANGE SERVER 2013

· The new Exchange – Technical Presentations Training Kit

PROJECT AND PROJECT SERVER 2013

· Grow Your Business with the new Project Online

SHAREPOINT 2013

· Clinic 40027A: First Look Clinic: What’s New for Developers in Microsoft SharePoint 2013

· Clinic 40028A: First Look Clinic: What’s New for IT Professionals in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

· Clinic 40029A: First Look Clinic: What’s New for IT Professionals in Microsoft Lync Server 2013

clip_image005[1]Tech 300 (On Demand)

OFFICE 365

· Installing and Configuring Active Directory Federation Services (Virtual Lab)

· Active Directory Synchronization (Virtual Lab)

· Configuring Active Directory Federation Services and Verifying Federation (Virtual Lab)

· Office Developer – Lessons Learned Developing Apps for the Office Store

Learning Paths

Office 2013 | Office 365

o Distributor

o LAR

o SI

o VAR

o Office Ignite Technical

o Office Ignite Sales

Exchange Server 2013​

o Sales

o Technical

Microsoft Lync 2013

SharePoint Server 2013

o Developers

o Technical


Questions? Contact Robin McQuiston

 

 

 

 

 

 

TechDays 2013: Registrations OPEN and First Sessions & Speakers Announced


The 11th edition of the Microsoft TechDays in Belgium will be held in Kinepolis Antwerp on 5-7 March 2013. Year after year, thousands of developers & IT professionals gather at this 3 day conference to dive deep into Microsoft technologies and learn about the latest products and solutions.

We are working hard to get the best and most knowledgeable speakers to Antwerp. We have already announced more than 30 speakers and over 60 sessions on http://techdays.be.

Hot topics of the 2013 edition will be Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, System Center, Exchange 2013, the New Office, Windows Phone 8, … and much more.

To give attendees more value for their time and money, we’re also introducing hands-on labs in two dedicated rooms to try our solutions at their own terms. We will have a good number of labs to choose from, covering different technologies and scenarios (ranging from Windows 8 to System Center to Windows Phone development). More info about these labs can be found in a blogpost by Arlindo Alves.

Early Bird registration for TechDays 2013 is OPEN! Don’t miss out on the 15% discount: make sure you register before 1 January 2013.

It’s also possible to become a Partner of TechDays 2013: you will have a unique chance to position your company towards thousands of tech enthusiasts attending the conference to learn about new technologies and to influence, evaluate, recommend or make a decision for their company. More info can be found here.

Looking forward to see you at TechDays 2013!

Bootcamp Week – The one & only

 

We are pleased to invite you to the Bootcamp Week. This is THE opportunity for IT professionals and developers to learn about Microsoft’s newest products & technologies, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations, and learn new skills and techniques.

The Bootcamp week consists out of two parts:

1. the Ignites of Office 2013 – 299 euro/person

2. Additional tracks about Office, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Azure, … – all free!

Ignites Office 2013 – October 16th – 19th

What is an Ignite?
It’s a 4 day technical Partner training with level content 300. The curriculum is cross product, hands-on labs & presentations.

  • Lync Ignite Technical training (4 days) – Register now! 299 euro
    In Lync 15 many new capabilities are introduced. This track focuses on Lync investments in on-premises, online, and hybrid scenarios. Topics covered in this track include manageability, people, presence, and chat, video and collaboration, business voice, mobility, and Lync Online.
  • Exchange & Office 365 Ignite Technical training (4 days) – Register now! 299 euro
    This track dives deep into the new capabilities of Exchange and Office for the IT professional. Topics covered in this track include Exchange upgrades, Office deployment, Web Apps, archiving and compliance, moving to Office 365, and Hybrid architectures.
  • SharePoint Developer Ignite Technical training (4 days) – Register now! 299 euro
    The DEV workshop focuses on building apps for Office and SharePoint. Office, Exchange, and SharePoint introduce a new cloud app model. This workshop covers both Office and SharePoint Developer topics including: the cloud app model, app hosting options, authentication, managing apps, managing an app in the store, workflow, BCS, search, social, BI, Office document-centric apps, and mail apps.
  • SharePoint IT PRO Ignite Technical Training (4 days) – Register now! 299 euro
    This is a separate track for IT Professionals. SharePoint architecture is redesigned to scale to businesses and implementations of all sizes. This workshop will enable you to effectively design, deploy, and administer solutions specific to SharePoint 15 products.

Additional tracks – all for free

  • Exchange & Office 365 “What’s New” Technical training
    October 16th- – Register now!
    More info is coming soon!
  • Meet Windows Azure: From the basics to a working app in 1 day
    October 16th – Register now!
    More info is coming soon!
  • SharePoint & Office 365 SMB Technical training
    October 17th – Register now!
    More info is coming soon!
  • Windows 2012 exam cram
    October 17th –Register now!
    More info is coming soon!
  • Lync Community Technical Training
    October 18th – Register now!
    More info is coming soon!
  • Building Metro Style Apps
    October 18th – Register now!

    Millions of people around the world use Windows every day. Windows 8 gives you the opportunity to access this huge potential market by listing your apps in the Windows Store!

    Your day starts off with a good overview of Windows 8 Platform for Windows 8 style apps and Windows Runtime, covering the final material and the principles of apps.Then we dive into the details of the platform with focus on the platform specifics for C# and XAML developers as well as HTML/JavaScript for Web developers. We take you to User Interfaces and layout, integrating with Windows 8 Experiences such as contracts, tiles and notifications and application lifecycle. Your opportunity with the Windows Store is huge: you’ll learn all about it in our closing session.
    Agenda

    1. Opening keynote Windows 8 Platform for Metro Style Apps
    2. Building Windows 8 Metro Style UI controls, data and optimizing views
    3. How and When Metro Style Apps Run
    4. Integrating with Windows 8 Experiences Search, Share Contracts
    5. Bringing your Apps to Life with Tiles and Notifications
    6. Store and oppurtunity
  • SharePoint Enterprise “What’s New” Technical training
    October 19th – Register now!
    More info is coming soon!
  • Visual Studio 2012
    October 19th – Register now!
    More info is coming soon!