I've just had notice that Microsoft are rolling out more partner training around Desktop Deployment. They plan to offer a course, known as Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS). This training is aimed at partners servicing Microsoft Select and Enterprise Agreement customers. The DDPS course, which I understand start in November, is four days long - we're running several in both Swindon and London. The first three days are self paced Hands-on-Labs drilling down into latest version (version 2.5) of the Business Desktop Deployment Solution Accelerator. This is followed by a final day providing more details of the overall deployment programme, as well as details on how to create the lab envivironment in which do demonstrate the deployment solutions to a customers.
Microsoft says the course "has been developed to train partners to successfully deliver these pre-defined service offerings to our customers. It will help partners understand the business value of upgrading and how to assess costs of migration for customers. They will see the latest tools, technologies, and best practices for deployment including the zero-touch deployment solution. They will learn to create a lab-based setting for the customers to demonstrate the solution. In addition, they will learn how to create a high-level desktop deployment plan for customers to help them upgrade to the latest version of Windows and Office.
This should be a lot of fun, as well as useful to the partners doing deployment. So if you are a MS partner elegible to attend, please book early as these are likely to get filled up fairly quickly!