Monthly Archives: February 2007

Upcoming Training Classes

US Partner Readiness creates thousand of technical, business value, sales and marketing courses each year to enable YOU, our Partners, to make more money with Microsoft. Readiness is a very important component of the partner life cycle, and we are glad to offer these courses to assist YOU in your endeavors.


Below is a current listing of all Readiness Events coming to your area.

US Partner Readiness Events Schedule


Class Start Date


# Seats Capacity


SBSC Onboarding Course 5131A with Exam 70-282

3/2/2007 0:00

Santa Clara



SBSC Onboarding Course 5131A with Exam 70-282

3/5/2007 0:00




SBSC Onboarding Course 5131A with Exam 70-282

3/12/2007 0:00




SQL Migration Virtual Workshop Session

3/19/2007 0:00

Virtual Workshop



Microsoft® Messaging and Mobility on Windows®

3/23/2007 0:00

San Jose



Onramp: Exploring New Technologies in Web Development on the Microsoft Platform

3/26/2007 0:00

San Francisco



SBSC Onboarding Course 5131A with Exam 70-282

3/26/2007 0:00

Santa Clara



Exchange Server 2007 Loadfest

3/29/2007 0:00

San Francisco



Exchange Server 2007 Loadfest

3/30/2007 0:00

Mountain View



Technical and Sales Overview of the High Performance Computing Market Compute Cluster Server

4/2/2007 0:00

Virtual Workshop



Windows Vista: Doing Deployment Right! 

4/5/2007 0:00

San Francisco




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Posted by on February 24, 2007 in Training


Windows Vista for Developers Clinic

For developers who want to create connected applications with visually appealing and highly-differentiated user experiences, Windows Vista provides the most productive, secure and reliable platform.  Developers can take advantage of the .NET Framework for rapidly building connected and secure applications or websites, leverage native Windows APIs for additional functionality and performance or freely mix between the two models.

This one-day instructor-led clinic and hands-on lab for developers introduces students to high-level information and facilitated discovery on the Microsoft Windows Vista platform, maintaining and enhancing their productivity and driving them to further study and adoption of Windows Vista as their preferred application development platform.


Session 1: Introduction to Windows Vista Application Development

The session provides an overview of the major goals and benefits related to developing applications for Windows Vista. The session focuses on the new features available in Windows Vista and on an overview of the application compatibility issues for deploying existing applications that might not be Windows Vista compatible in a corporate environment.

Session 2: Introduction to Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Technologies

The session provides an overview of the .NET Framework 3.0 programming model. After explaining the basic concepts of .NET Framework 3.0, the session describes how to develop applications using Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation as well as how to use CardSpace.

Session 3: Introducing Windows Presentation Foundation

The session provides an overview of how the Windows Presentation Foundation provides the foundation for building applications and high fidelity experiences in Windows Vista, blending together application user interfaces (UIs), documents, and media content.

Session 4: Introducing the Windows Vista APIs

The session provides an overview of the new Windows Vista APIs and demonstrates how to use the new APIs to develop applications for the RSS platform and to query the Windows search engine.

Hands-on Lab: Developing Applications for Windows Vista

The hands-on lab provides students an opportunity to work with developing applications for Windows Vista in a hands-on environment. This lab focuses on new application development features in Windows Vista.

Please register using the information below:

Mountain View – April 3, 2007  
Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus
1065 La Avenida
Mountain View California 94043
Registration: 8:30 am
Event: 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Event ID: 1032329711

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Posted by on February 24, 2007 in Training


SBSC Quarterly Webcast – Feb 27th

Event Date: 2/27/2007

Presenter: Paige Boesen

Event Time: 9:00 AM Pacific, USA & Canada (DST) = GMT – 08:00

Duration: 90 minutes

Course Level: 100

Participate in the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community quarterly webcasts designed to serve as forums where we can unite as a community to hear new developments and gather feedback on the SBSC “Grow Your Small Business Together” strategy.

Join us to learn about:

  • CRM Offer
  • Small Business Summit Update
  • SBSC Exclusive Rebate
  • MS Finance
  • And More…

Register Here:

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Posted by on February 23, 2007 in Uncategorized


East Bay Loadfest for Vista for Microsoft Partners

March 6th, Pleasanton, 10:00 – 3:00, lunch provided.
Only 20 seats available. This is a No Cancellation event, we need to fill every seat. Each attendee will receive one copy of Vista, please bring your laptop to this event if possible. Otherwise you’ll team with someone else to watch the installation.
Chris Henley will be hosting this event and will answer your Vista Deployment and Installation questions.
Email me to get on the list to attend this event.
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Posted by on February 22, 2007 in Uncategorized


Win a Microsoft ZUNE!!

March 6 – Licensing Bootcamp

Calling all Resellers! Participate in this event and get a chance at winning a Zune – more details coming soon!! But registere NOW!!

Informative, Hands on, and Impactful.  Mandatory for Top Producers. 

 Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus, Building #1, 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View

8am – 12:30pm

Ingram Micro is proud to partner with Microsoft to bring you the "Microsoft Licensing Bootcamp".  Join us for a half day interactive bootcamp tailored just for resellers.  The bootcamp will be presented by Todd Juchem, the Microsoft Market Development Manager at Ingram Micro.

Demonstrating your expertise in providing licensing solutions and services to customers opens new opportunities for you to earn additional income, develop continuing revenue streams, and expand your services business. Attending this half-day bootcamp can help you differentiate your services from your competitors and most importantly, help you be recognized as a Microsoft Certified Partner specializing in providing licensing solutions and services.

Discover, learn and take advantage of the opportunities offered by Microsoft® Licensing. This half-day bootcamp will help build your capabilities in the areas of Open License, Open Value and Financing Options.  The new pricing and licensing for 2007 Office and Vista will be included.  The entire session will also be infused by the most common licensing scenarios that are escalated to Ingram Micro by partners just like you. 


Any partner participating will be expected to participate in follow up Blitz Days (we’ll provide the call down lists for prospects)!

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Posted by on February 22, 2007 in Uncategorized


Load up on knowledge about Exchange Server 2007 – in one day!

Attend Exchange Server 2007 Loadfest and get introduced to the new and enhanced features of Exchange Server 2007. This workshop will provide a set of best practices for implementing and administering new functionality. Upon completion of the workshop, you will have knowledge of the necessary tools and skills to implement a secure and robust messaging environment.


Exchange Server 2007 Loadfest

This one-day technical hands-on workshop provides attendees with specific knowledge to implement and manage a secure and scalable messaging solution. You will learn about key technologies in server storage, server roles, and high availability are enabled in Exchange Server 2007.  At the conclusion of the course, you will have a better understanding of:

  • Installation requirements and installation options for Exchange Server 2007
  • The new features and user interface improvements in Exchange Server 2007
  • How to configure Server Roles in Exchange Server 2007
  • The Exchange Management Console and the Exchange Management Shell
  • How to administer Client Access Servers in Exchange Server 2007
  • Implementing security, compliance, and archiving in Exchange Server 2007
  • Local Continuous Replication (LCR) and Clustered Continuous Replication (CCR) to ensure high availability
  • The importance of load balancing and fault tolerance in Unified Messaging

Register Today!  

Sign up for the course below to take advantage of the partner price of $95!


For further information on when this workshop is coming to a city near you, please visit the US Partner Readiness Website.

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Posted by on February 20, 2007 in Training


Weekly Partner Live Meeting

 Email me to get recurring calendar request, others note details below.

March 2 – Inside Scoop on Microsoft Financing – How to Make Money Using this Invaluable Tool

March 9 – The Ultimate Small Business Demonstration

March 16 – Microsoft Marketing Programs – Understand What’s Available and How to Use Them

March 23 – Microsoft’s Exchange Hosted Services


Which topic would you like to hear about next? Email

Live Meeting Details:

  Meeting URL:
  Meeting ID: TZ557W
  Meeting Key: 8\C5rx9X8

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Posted by on February 20, 2007 in Uncategorized