OEM competency
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OEM


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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
    Get no-cost OEM-specific training at the OEM Training Zone
    Reach more potential customers with marketing resources, including:
      • OEM marketing campaigns at OEM Partner Center
      • OEM sales resources through syndication
    Get reimbursements and rebates for selling solutions built on Microsoft
    technologies through the Local OEM Incentives Program

    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 technical assessments, exams, and certifications
      • Systems Builder track
        One individual must pass one of the following:
        • Exam 70-684: OEM Reseller (exam is no longer offered, but still valid toward competency attainment)
        • Exam 74-697: OEM Preinstallation

        Another individual must pass one of the following: (Windows 7 related exams will be retired soon. Although they still count against competency attainment, please consider taking Windows 8 exams.)
        • 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 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
        • Exam 70-577: TS: Windows Embedded Standard 2009, Development
        • Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring (Retire soon)
        • Exam 70-681: TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying (Retiring on July 31, 2015)
        • Exam 70-682: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (Retired)
        • Exam 70-683: TS: Windows 7, Preinstalling for OEMs (Retired)
        • Exam 70-687: Configuring Windows 8
        • Exam 70-688: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8
        • Exam 70-689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8
        • Exam 74-697: OEM Preinstallation
        • Exam 70-684: OEM Reseller (exam is no longer offered, but still valid toward competency attainment)
        • Exam 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Business
        • Exam 74-325: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses

        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, assessments, and readiness.

        Device Manufacturer track
        Your organization must submit a device certified by the Windows Hardware Certification program (previously known as the Windows Logo program).
    2. 2. Pass business assessment
      • One individual must pass the following:
        • Sales Assessment for Device Sellers
    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 submit three unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:
        • 1. Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
        • 2. Have passed the Windows Certification Program test or feature customer technical support services delivered by Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) employed by your organization

        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 technical assessments, exams, and certifications
      • Option 1: Systems Builder track

        Two unique individuals each must pass one of the following exams
        • Exam 70-684: OEM Reseller (exam is no longer offered, but still valid toward competency attainment)
        • Exam 74-697: OEM Pre-Installation

        Another two unique individuals each must pass one of the following exams: (Windows 7 related exams will be retired soon. Although they still count against competency attainment, please consider taking Windows 8 exams.)
        • 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 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
        • Exam 70-577: TS: Windows Embedded Standard 2009, Development
        • Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring (Retire soon)
        • Exam 70-681: TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying (Retiring on July 31, 2015)
        • Exam 70-682: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (Retired)
        • Exam 70-683: TS: Windows 7, Preinstalling for OEMs (Retired)
        • Exam 70-687: Configuring Windows 8
        • Exam 70-688: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8
        • Exam 70-689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8
        • Exam 74-697: OEM Preinstallation
        • Exam 70-684: OEM Reseller (exam is no longer offered, but still valid toward competency attainment)
        • Exam 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Business
        • Exam 74-325: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses

        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, assessments, and readiness.

        Option 2: Device Manufacturer track
        Your organization must submit two devices certified by the Windows Hardware Certification program (previously known as the Windows Logo program).

        Option 3: Agreement track (for partners with Microsoft agreements)
        Your organization must have one of the following current agreements:
        • Desktop Operating System (DTOS) Microsoft Agreement
        • OEM Master License Agreement (MLA)
        • Refurbishment License Agreement
    2. 2. Pass business assessment
      • Systems Builder track
        Two individuals must pass the following:
        • Sales Assessment for Device Sellers

        Device Manufacturer track
        One individual must pass the following:
        • Sales Assessment for Device Sellers

        Agreement track
        No assessment required
    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 submit five unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:
        • 1. Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
        • 2. Have passed the Windows Certification Program test or feature customer technical support services delivered by MCPs employed by your organization

        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. 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.

        Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained that silver competency, can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).

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