TechEd Barcelona 2014 Azure Resources


Sessions and Resources from TechEd Barcelona to share with your technical and presales teams:

Become an undisputed Cloud Champion

The team have recently launched a 12-week step-by-step course to help partners start selling cloud solutions. I know there’s lots of information available to Microsoft partners to help them transition their business to the cloud, but it’s often hard to find. When you do come across things, it can be sometimes overwhelming the amount to consume.

This course will break down these resources into 12 bite size chunks. I will send an email out every Monday (with an unsubscribe link in each if it becomes too much) as well as a invitation to a webinar on the Thursday to delve deeper into the content.

Would love to hear your stories about your success, or if you have a great cloud customer story. Otherwise any feedback on what you think about the course would be great.

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Business Strategy Melbourne ISV Event


Many companies that have historically bought packaged software solutions are evaluating software as a service (SaaS) and cloud-backed software solutions to replace their legacy software.

This new cloud market presents tremendous opportunity for established software vendors. But capturing that opportunity brings not just technical changes, but fundamental shifts to your company’s business model.

Join this event to learn how your peers in the industry have leveraged the benefits of the cloud to build a successful business. You’ll hear from owners and leaders of successful software businesses about best practices and lessons learned, and gain insight about the cloud opportunity for a software business. This event is focused on business strategy, and is not a technical learning event.

  • When? Tuesday, 25 March 2014
  • Where? Sofitel Melbourne at Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
  • Agenda:
    8:00 am – Breakfast and Registration
    Cloud Business and Cost Models
    Compliance, Security and Trust
    Extending Your Reach with SharePoint and Office
    The Cloud OS Opportunity
    How ISVs Succeed: Local Stories
    5:00 pm – Networking Reception

Click here for more information and to reserve your seat today.

Partner Summit 2013 Cloud Resources

We have just completed our Australian tour for the 2013 Partner Summits.
During our Business Transformation Workshops, many partners asked for a summary of resources.

Windows Azure Developer Camps 2013

Join a Windows Azure Developer Camp and leave with code running in the cloud!

7-8 November 2013

11-12 November 2013

14-15 November 2013

This is a two day “no cost” Windows Azure Instructor led Workshop where you roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with the latest Windows Azure services, development tools and technologies. Day One is an Introduction and Day Two is Advanced. Please read the agenda for each camp to determine what suits your skills and needs best.

Pre-requisites: please bring your own laptop with you and sign up for a Windows Azure trial. That way, during the workshop, you’ll be able to try out the newest features of Windows Azure for yourself.

  • Day One: Introduction to Windows Azure
    • Meet the new Windows Azure
    • Web Applications on Windows Azure
    • Cloud-Ready Data Services
    • Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks
  • Day Two: Advanced Course on Windows Azure
    • Windows Azure and Mobile Applications
    • Windows Azure and Identity in the Cloud
    • Windows Azure, Messaging and Integration
    • Windows Azure and Big Data

Ready Cert Go

Our training team have announced new two-stage Exam Preparation Sessions to assist with Cloud Certification. This will hopefully help you pass the exams the first time.

Sarah will shortly announcing Intensive Exam Preparation sessions designed to help you pass exams with flying colours, beginning in early December 2013. Find out more.


Server and Tools:
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  • Day 1 – Monday 4 November (2pm)
    Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
  • Day 2 – Tuesday 5 November (12pm)
    Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • Day 3 – Wednesday 6 November (12pm)
    Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Day 4 – Thursday 7 November (12pm)
    Exam 70-688: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8
  • Day 5 – Friday 8 November (12pm)
    Exam 70-487: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

Register now for the Server and Tools sessions >

Business Productivity:
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  • Day 1 – Monday 4 November (12pm)
    Exam 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • Day 2 – Tuesday 5 November (2pm)
    Exam 70-337: Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013
  • Day 3 – Wednesday 6 November (2pm)
    Exam 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Day 4 – Thursday 7 November (2pm)
    Exam 74-325: Administering Office 365 for Small Business
  • Day 5 – Friday 8 November (2pm)
    Exam 70-321: Deploying Office 365

Register now for the Business Productivity sessions >

Azure Remote Desktop Services now permitted for Service Provider Partners

Windows IT Pro reports that Microsoft has announced a licensing change to Remote Desktop Services (RDS), allowing service providers (partners) to use RDS to offer remote connections to applications and shared desktops that are being hosted in a VM on Windows Azure.

The Microsoft Product User Rights has been updated to also reflect the changes:  Microsoft Product Use Rights and Product List. The licensing has been updated in the Windows Azure Licensing FAQ here: Remote Desktop Services on Windows Azure (as per the below snippet):


Note that the licensing changes are only for partners, not Enterprises or end users.

This table may also be useful for partners wanting to know what licensing options are available for other Microsoft Server workloads supported by Windows Azure Virtual Machines from 


New Horizons Windows Azure Seminar

Together with New Horizons, Microsoft have arranged complimentary training all about Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. You will learn about Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Networking, and how to manage it all. This session is a must for IT professionals in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane – but sign up now, because seats will certainly go fast!

Event Highlights:

  • Explore the capabilities and benefits of Windows Azure
  • Learn how to meet growing demands with limited resources
  • Discover the secrets to reducing IT costs while increasing scalability, & flexibility
  • Understand how to build applications across a global network
  • Master seamless public cloud – existing IT environment integration
  • Stay relevant in the constantly evolving world of Cloud Computing


  • Network Managers
  • IT/Infrastructure Managers
  • Info. Services Managers
  • Chief Operations Officers
  • Cloud Systems Manager
  • Cloud Alliance Managers
  • Cloud Computing Architect


SYDNEY: Tue, 18th June, 2013
Microsoft – Sydney, North Ryde, NSW (Map)
8:30am – 10:00am
10:30am – 12:00pm

BRISBANE: Wed, 19th June, 2013
Microsoft – Brisbane, Brisbane City, QLD (Map)
10:00am – 11:30am

MELBOURNE: Fri, 21st June, 2013
Microsoft – Melbourne, Southbank, VIC (Map)
9:00am – 10:30am