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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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