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Earn the Gold Management and Virtualization competency

When you achieve the Microsoft Gold Management and Virtualization competency, you demonstrate greater value to your customers by showcasing best-in-class capabilities that have undergone a rigorous and auditable approval process. Here you’ll find the steps and requirements that can put you on your way to earning valuable competency benefits.

Note: Stay up to date on upcoming changes to competency requirements and benefits. Review the changes, so you can ensure you will be in compliance by your next renewal date.

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Competency requirements are designed to closely align with customer needs. The following information is a comprehensive listing of the requirements your company must fulfill to attain the Gold Management and Virtualization competency. If you need assistance, contact your Regional Service Center.

1. Pass the qualifying exams

Your organization must demonstrate the appropriate credentials by meeting the following exam requirements.1

Your organization must employ or contract with four unique Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have each passed:

  • Exam 70-693: PRO: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator

And

  • Exam 70-400: TS:  Operations Manager 2007, Configuring OR
  • Exam 70-401: TS:  Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring OR
  • Exam 70-658: TS:  Data Protection Manager 2007, Configuring OR
  • Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

And

  • Exam 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization OR
  • Exam 70-669: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization OR
  • Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

OR two unique professionals must pass the MCSE Private Cloud certification
and two unique professionals must pass both of the following exams:

  • Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
  • Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

Resources and next steps:

  • Click the exam links in the preceding lists to learn what skills are measured.
  • Find training to help you prepare.
  • Register for an exam at Prometric.
  • Chat with an exam expert in real time and get answers to your questions.

2. Meet the revenue commitment

Microsoft Partner Network members with a gold competency must meet a minimum revenue commitment based on geography and competency.

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3. Pass the licensing overview assessment

The licensing overview assessment is the same for every competency that requires it.

Your company must employ or contract with one person who has passed the assessment (which then counts toward all gold competencies).

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4. Pass the sales and marketing assessment

The sales and marketing assessment is tailored specifically to the Management and Virtualization competency.

Your company must employ or contract with two people in a sales or marketing role who have passed this assessment. The people who pass the sales and marketing assessment are also qualified for the Sales Specialist accreditation.

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5. Provide customer evidence

Customer references demonstrate your success at building and deploying solutions relevant to the Management and Virtualization competency. Approved references can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years.

Your company must submit five unique2 customer references3 that each showcase the design and implementation of a solution that uses System Center and Microsoft server virtualization technologies.

Each reference must feature a project that you have completed within the past 12 months and that can be verified with your customer.

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6. Gather customer feedback

Your company must use the Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) Index survey to measure performance and help drive customer satisfaction

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7. Pay the gold competency fee

To complete your enrollment in the Gold Management and Virtualization competency, you must pay the gold competency fee.4



1Partner organizations can attain multiple gold competencies, and individual 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.
 
2You may use customer references from your silver competency toward the corresponding gold competency. However, you cannot use the same reference to fulfill the requirements for more than one gold competency.

3After you have five references, your account administrator can assign them to your competency by clicking the Requirements and Assets menu and then clicking Create Customer References.

4The gold competency fee varies by geography. You must pay the gold competency fee one time, per year—no matter how many competencies your organization has attained. 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.

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