Hosting competency
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  • A set of core benefits is provided to all partners each time they enroll or renew their membership in the Microsoft Partner Network. Visit the core benefit and requirements page to see the complete list. Review the following table for a list of benefits and requirements specific to this competency.
    Benefits Silver Gold
    Stay up to date on the latest Hosting news by subscribing to the monthly newsletter
    Use no-cost Hosting marketing materials to help you run campaigns
    Access internal-use software licenses (in addition to those you receive as part of your core partner benefits) for products related to this competency
    Requirements
    Silver Gold
    1. 1. Pass a qualifying exam or certification
      • Two individuals each must pass one of the following:
        • Exam 70-246: PRO: Private Cloud Monitoring and Operations with System Center 2012
        • Exam 70-247: PRO: Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012
        • Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
        • Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
        • Exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
        • Exam 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
        • Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
        • Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

        Your organization can attain multiple competencies. If your employees or contractors pass the eligible competency exams for multiple silver competencies, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

        Use Microsoft partner learning paths to find details about related exams and readiness.
    2. 2. Pass the business-focused assessment
      • One individual must pass one of the following:
        • Sales and Marketing Assessment for Private Cloud/Management and Virtualization
        • Sales Specialist Assessment for Datacenter and Data Platform – Hosting Track
        • Sales Specialist Assessment for Messaging – Hosting Track
        • Sales Specialist Assessment for Communications – Hosting Track
    3. 3. Complete your organization’s profile
      • Your Microsoft Partner Network account administrator must provide pertinent information about your organization.
    4. 4. Provide customer evidence
      • Your organization must have three customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency. After a reference has been approved by your customer and by Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years. Review a sample customer reference email that can be used for customer references for this competency.
    5. 5. Pay the silver competency fee
      • To complete your enrollment in the competency, you must pay the silver competency fee. The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be [%silverprice%] [%currency%], not including applicable local taxes and fees. This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company.
    Requirements
    Silver Gold
    1. 1. Pass a qualifying exam or certification
      • Two unique individuals each must pass one of the following:
        • MCSE: Private Cloud
        • MCSE: Server Infrastructure
        • MCSA: Windows Server 2012

        Two other unique individuals each must pass one of the following:
        • MCSA: SQL Server 2012
        • MCSE: Business Intelligence
        • MCSE: Data Platform
        • Exam 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
        • Exam 70-342: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
        • Exam 70-336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
        • Exam 70-337: Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

        Your employees and contractors may take and pass multiple gold competency exams. However, if your organization employs or contracts with someone who holds multiple certifications, that person’s credentials will count toward only one gold competency.

        Use Microsoft partner learning paths to find details about related exams and readiness.
    2. 2. Pass the business-focused assessment
      • Two individuals each must pass one of the following:
        • Sales and Marketing Assessment for Private Cloud/Management and Virtualization
        • Sales Specialist Assessment for Datacenter and Data Platform – Hosting Track
        • Sales Specialist Assessment for Messaging – Hosting Track
        • Sales Specialist Assessment for Communications – Hosting Track
    3. 3. Complete your organization’s profile
      • Your Microsoft Partner Network account administrator must provide pertinent information about your organization.
    4. 4. Provide customer evidence
      • Your organization must have five customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency. After a reference has been approved by your customer and by Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years. Review a sample customer reference email that can be used for customer references for this competency.
    5. 5. Gather customer feedback
    6. 6. Meet a revenue goal
      • Microsoft Partner Network members with a gold competency must meet a minimum revenue goal based on your organization’s location and the requirements for this competency.
    7. 7. Pay the gold competency fee
      • To complete your enrollment in the competency, you must pay the gold competency fee. The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your company earns. According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be
        [%goldprice%] [%currency%], not including applicable local taxes and fees. This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company. If you attain a gold competency after first attaining a silver competency, then you pay only the difference between the two membership fees, unless you are within the 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due.

Related products

  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Lync Server
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft System Center
  • Windows
  • Windows Server

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