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Earn the Silver Management and Virtualization competency

​Now that you’ve decided to earn the Microsoft Silver Management and Virtualization competency, you need to know exactly how to go about it. Here you’ll find the steps and requirements that can put you on your way to earning valuable competency benefits.

More and more companies across the IT industry are recognizing the strategic value that cloud solutions can provide to their businesses. Microsoft has reinvented its certification program to support this shift and to ensure that your skills are aligned with the latest technology innovations. With this in mind, the Microsoft Partner Network will be evaluating new certifications or exams to determine which ones should be included as requirements for certain silver or gold competencies.

Stay up to date on upcoming changes to competency requirements and benefits, so you can ensure that you will be in compliance by your next renewal date. To find out if the competencies you’re interested in attaining will include any of the new certifications—or any other updates—check the partner portal or the competency roadmap guide.

Note: Partners who previously held the Systems Management competency or the Virtualization competency were automatically moved to the new Management and Virtualization competency at the beginning of June 2012. To maintain the Management and Virtualization competency, partners must fulfill the new requirements by their next annual renewal date. For more information, refer to the Management and Virtualization competency guide.

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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 Silver 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 requirements.

Exam requirements

Your organization must employ or contract with one Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) who has passed one of the following exams:1
 
  • Exam 70-246: PRO: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012
  • Exam 70-400: TS: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring
  • Exam 70-401: TS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring
  • Exam 70-658: TS: Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007, Configuring
 
In addition, your organization must also employ or contract with another MCP who has passed one of the following exams:
 
  • Exam 70-247: PRO: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012
  • Exam 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
  • Exam 70-669: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization
 
Note: Beginning May 2013, Exam 70-246: PRO: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012 and Exam 70-247: PRO: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012 will be the two exams related to System Center 2012 that will remain valid. Therefore, we recommend that your MCPs pass these two exams now.
 
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. 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 silver competencies). If someone in your company is knowledgeable about Microsoft licensing, we suggest you have that person take the assessment.
 
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3. 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 one person in a sales or marketing role who has passed this assessment. The person who passes the sales and marketing assessment is also qualified for the Sales Specialist accreditation
 
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4. Provide customer evidence

Customer references demonstrate your success at building and deploying solutions relevant to the Management and Virtualization competency. Approved references are valid for up to two years.
 
Your company must submit three unique2 customer references.3 Be sure that each reference:
 
  • Showcases the design and implementation of a solution using System Center and Microsoft server virtualization technologies.
  • Details a project that your organization has completed within the past 12 months and that can be verified with your customer.
 
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5. Pay the silver competency fee

To complete your enrollment in the Silver Management and Virtualization competency, you must pay the silver competency fee. The fee varies by geography and will be presented to you during the enrollment process.4
 
 
1Partner organizations can attain multiple silver competencies. If your employees or contractors pass the eligible competency exams for multiple silver competencies, then your organization is eligible to count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

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 silver competency.

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

4The silver competency fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your company earns.

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