Category Archives: Partner Training

Microsoft Canada Partner Summit: CATCH IT!

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Hey folks!  If you are a Microsoft Partner in Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver then I’m happy to tell you that I am coming back to town!  Of course, I won’t be alone… I am coming with the while Windows and Office Partner Summit! 

Windows 8, the new Office and Windows Server 2012 are coming soon and if you are a Reseller Partner, we would like to invite you to the Partner Summits on Windows and Office. This is your opportunity to get the latest sales training and information on Windows 8, the new Office, and Windows Server 2012. Join us for this in-depth training event delivered by Microsoft subject matter experts and experience the simplicity, speed, beauty, and power of these exciting new products.

HP, Intel, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and Microsoft Hardware will be showcasing their latest hardware for you to try out.

Register today as space is limited for an event in the city near you:

Montreal, QC – November 15, 2012

Toronto, ON – November 21, 2012

Vancouver, BC – November 28, 2012

Additionally, connect with representatives from Microsoft authorized distributors in Canada.

This training will take you through what’s new in Windows 8 and the new Office and how you can take advantage of the great opportunities these products offer you. The day will also cover a breadth of valuable information including:

  • Value for Business
  • Sales Opportunities
  • Devices
  • Partner Incentives
  • Product Demos
  • Licensing
  • …and more!

I will be speaking on two topics: Windows 8 Device Management and Windows Server 2012.  Additionally, I will be doing some of the demos to help a couple of the presenters.  I’d love to see you there, so come on out and say hi!

…and remember to download your evaluation copy of Windows Server 2012 today!

Join us for the Windows Server 2012 online launch!

Celebrate the arrival of Windows Server 2012 with Microsoft experts and a community of users from around the world!

Watch the keynote address at 8:00 am PDT on Tuesday, September 4. Then, dive in deeper. Learn more about amazing new capabilities in the areas of Virtualization, Storage, Networking, Management, Application Development, VDI, and more! Get your questions answered by jumping into our live Ask the Experts sessions. You’ll have technical sessions, resources, demonstrations and more – on demand and at your fingertips.

Along the way, you can earn points in your quest to learn more about Windows Server 2012. Plus you’ll have the chance to win amazing prizes! The more you participate, the more you can win!

Event Details:

Windows Server 2012 Online Launch

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

8:00am Pacific Time

www.windows-server-launch.com

Windows Server 2012 arrives on September 4. Be here with us when it does.

Save the date!

How to get a head start on the NEW Management and Virtualization Competency

Normally when I find an interesting and relevant article I will retweet it or possibly post a link to it here.  However since so many of my Microsoft Partners and students have either achieved or are striving to achieve the MPN Virtualization Competency, I asked Eric Ligman for permission to re-publish his very clear article here, in its entirety.  Thanks Eric! –Mitch

By Eric Ligman, Microsoft

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As you may have heard, in May 2012, we will be combining two of the existing Microsoft Partner Network competencies (Systems Management and Virtualization) into a new unified competency (Management and Virtualization). As a Microsoft partner, these two areas are huge business opportunities and now you have the chance to get ahead of the game by moving into the new Management and Virtualization competency before we bring it to market in May 2012. That’s right! You don’t need to wait until May to work towards achieving the new Management and Virtualization competency and below I’ll show you how you can get started right now.

Why should you get into the Management and Virtualization competency? Well, outside of the big business opportunity that Systems Management and Virtualization offer, here are just some of the additional advantages:

  • Attaining the Management and Virtualization competency gives you the opportunity to differentiate your business by delivering a new breed of Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization solutions
  • Get access to relevant updates,resources, tools, and training for Microsoft management and virtualization technologies
  • Attaining a gold Management and Virtualization competency qualifies you to earn substantial channel benefits through programs like the Management and Virtualization Solution Incentive Program (SIP) and the Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Deployment Planning Services (PVDPS)

So can you qualify for the new Management and Virtualization competency? Let me show you:

Are you a partner with an existing Systems Management competency or Virtualization competency?

If so, then I have some good news for you. After the merge of the two existing competencies and launch of the new Management and Virtualization competency (scheduled for May 2012), all active Systems Management and/or Virtualization competency partners will automatically get transferred into the new competency. So if you already have one of those competencies and it is active after the merge in May 2012, your path is pretty simple, you’re in. Smile One thing to note, when you come up for renewal of your competency after May 2012, you will have to meet the new competency requirements to renew into the Management and Virtualization competency.

After May 2012, if you want to obtain the new Management and Virtualization competency:

Here are the requirements for both the silver and gold competencies (these also apply to any partner looking to renew their competency after the merge):

Silver Competency Gold Competency

Certification Requirements
One person has passed one of these exams:

  • Exam 70-400: TS: SC Operations Manager 2007,Configuring
  • Exam 70-401: TS: SC Configuration Manager 2007,Configuring
  • Exam 70-658: TS: SC Data Protection Manager 2007, Configuring.

AND

One person has passed one of these exams:

  • Exam 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
  • Exam 70-669: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization.

Certification Requirements
Four unique persons have each passed the following exams:

  • Exam 70-693: Pro: Windows Server 2008 R2,
    Virtualization Administrator

AND

  • Exam 70-400: TS: SC Operations Manager 2007, Configuring OR Exam 70-401: TS: SC Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring

AND

  • Exam 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization OR Exam 70-669: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization.

Business Assessments

  • Licensing: One person has passed the Microsoft licensing overview assessment.
  • Sales: One person has passed the Microsoft Sales Specialist Management and Virtualization assessment.

Business Assessments

  • Licensing: One person has passed the Microsoft licensing overview assessment.
  • Sales: Two persons have passed the Microsoft Sales Specialist Management and Virtualization assessment.

Customer Evidence Requirements

  • Submit three customer references that showcase design and implementation of a solution using System Center and Virtualization

Customer Evidence Requirements

  • Submit five customer references that showcase design and implementation of a solution using System Center and Virtualization
  • Each reference must feature a project that your organization has completed within the past 12 months and will be verified with your customer

Partners who do NOT have a Systems Management or Virtualization competency today but want to get the new Management and Virtualization competency:

Good news for you! You do not have to wait to get the new competency because all partners have the unique opportunity to meet these requirements for either the silver or gold competency and then contact their local Regional Service Center. The Regional Service Center will confirm your credentials and place you into either the Systems Management or Virtualization competency. Then, when the new requirements go into effect, you will automatically transition into the new Management and Virtualization competency.

We have a document posted on the Microsoft Partner Network portal that you can download and has full details around the new merged competency, the requirements, the migration paths, and more, so you might want to grab that to look through as well.

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Are You Intune? You can be for only $99!

If you are with a Microsoft Partner in Canada, then this training is for you!  I will be delivering a one-day hands-on class on Windows Intune: Implementing and Supporting Technical Training across Canada.  Because it is sponsored by the Microsoft Partner Network the cost for this one-day session is just $99… and that includes breakfast and lunch!

The schedule for the day is broken down into four modules, each with their own lab:

Module 1: Windows Intune Overview

  • Solution Cloud Services and Windows 7
  • Windows Intune and Support for Windows 7 Fits Your Business
  • Comparing Windows Intune with Other Products
  • Windows Intune Geographic Availability
  • Signing Up for Windows Intune
  • Overview of the Windows Intune Administrator Console
  • Types of Administrator
  • Managing and Securing PCs in Any Location by Using Windows Intune
  • Windows Intune Workspaces
  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack
    Lab 1: Learning Account Basics for Windows Intune

Module 2: Managing Windows Intune Client Computers

  • Understanding Groups
  • Using Groups
  • The Windows Intune Update Process
  • Update States
  • Managing Updates
  • Working with Non-Microsoft Updates
  • Deploying Updates
  • Windows Intune Policy Concepts
  • Windows Intune Policy Templates
  • Creating and Deploying Windows Intune Policies
  • Managing Endpoint Protection
  • Installing over Existing Antivirus Software
  • Best Practices for Creating and Deploying Windows Intune Policies
    Lab 2: Managing Groups, Policies, and Updates
  • Module 3: Deploying and Installing the Windows Intune Client

  • Windows Intune System Requirements
  • The Windows Intune Client Installation Package
  • Using the Installation Executable (.EXE) File
  • Lab 3A: Installing the Windows Intune Client
  • Working with the Windows Installer (.MSI) Files
  • Best Practices for Working with Client Installation Files
  • Windows Intune Deployment Routes
  • The Standard Windows Intune Client Installation Process
  • The Offline Windows Intune Client Installation Process
  • Windows Intune Components
  • Troubleshooting a Windows Intune Client Installation
  • Uninstalling a Windows Intune Client
  • Removing Windows Intune Client Components
    Lab 3B: Validating a Windows Intune Client Installation

Module 4: Deploying software to Windows Intune Clients

  • Software deployment overview
  • Software deployment considerations
  • Installing the Windows Intune Software Publisher
  • Preparing software installation files
  • Uploading and configuring the deployment package
  • Client download and installation
  • Monitoring deployment status
  • Best Practices
    Lab 4: Software Deployment through Windows Intune
    Monday, November 21, 2011: Toronto, ON
    Tuesday, November 22, 2011: Montreal, QC
    Thursday, November 24, 2011: Vancouver, BC
    Friday, November 25, 2011: Calgary, AB
    Spaces are limited so book now… I look forward to seeing you there!