OEM

Be known for growing your customers’ opportunities and expertise in designing and delivering hardware solutions with the latest Microsoft software. Differentiate your business and receive internal-use software licenses, marketing resources, and more.

This competency is scheduled for retirement. Learn more about the competency that would be the best fit for your business.

 

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Benefits

Silver

Gold

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

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

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Silver
Gold
Reach more potential customers with marketing resources, including:
  • OEM marketing campaigns at OEM Partner Center
  • OEM sales resources through syndication
Silver
Gold
Get reimbursements and rebates for selling solutions built on Microsoft technologies through the Local OEM Incentives Program
Silver
Gold
Access internal-use software licenses (in addition to those you receive as part of your core partner benefits) for products related to this competency
Silver
Gold

Silver

Gold


Not applicable

Your organization must obtain one of the following current agreements:

This track is for partners with Microsoft agreements.


Your organization must submit three unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Your organization must submit five unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.


Silver

Not applicable

Gold

Your organization must obtain one of the following current agreements:

This track is for partners with Microsoft agreements.


Silver

Your organization must submit three unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Gold

Your organization must submit five unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.


Silver

Not applicable

Gold

Your organization must obtain one of the following current agreements:

This track is for partners with Microsoft agreements.


Silver

Your organization must submit three unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Gold

Your organization must submit five unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.


Your organization must submit a device certified by the Windows Hardware Certification program (previously known as the Windows Logo program).

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

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

Your organization must submit two devices certified by the Windows Hardware Certification program (previously known as the Windows Logo program).

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.


Your organization must submit three unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Your organization must submit five unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.


Silver

Your organization must submit a device certified by the Windows Hardware Certification program (previously known as the Windows Logo program).

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

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

Gold

Your organization must submit two devices certified by the Windows Hardware Certification program (previously known as the Windows Logo program).

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.


Silver

Your organization must submit three unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Gold

Your organization must submit five unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.


Silver

Your organization must submit a device certified by the Windows Hardware Certification program (previously known as the Windows Logo program).

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

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

Gold

Your organization must submit two devices certified by the Windows Hardware Certification program (previously known as the Windows Logo program).

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.


Silver

Your organization must submit three unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Gold

Your organization must submit five unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Silver

Gold


One person must pass one of the following exams:

Another person 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.)

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner Learning Path link.

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

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

Two people must pass one of the following exams:

Two people must pass one of the following exams: (Windows 7 related exams will be retired soon. Although the Windows 7 exams still count against competency attainment, please consider taking the Windows 8 exams.)

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner Learning Path link.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.


Your organization must submit three unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Your organization must submit five unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.


Silver

One person must pass one of the following exams:

Another person 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.)

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner Learning Path link.

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

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

Gold

Two people must pass one of the following exams:

Two people must pass one of the following exams: (Windows 7 related exams will be retired soon. Although the Windows 7 exams still count against competency attainment, please consider taking the Windows 8 exams.)

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner Learning Path link.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.


Silver

Your organization must submit three unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Gold

Your organization must submit five unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.


Silver

One person must pass one of the following exams:

Another person 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.)

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner Learning Path link.

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

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

Gold

Two people must pass one of the following exams:

Two people must pass one of the following exams: (Windows 7 related exams will be retired soon. Although the Windows 7 exams still count against competency attainment, please consider taking the Windows 8 exams.)

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner Learning Path link.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.


Silver

Your organization must submit three unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Gold

Your organization must submit five unique customer references from within the previous 12 months that feature hardware solutions (PC or server) that:

  • Were preinstalled with genuine software licenses for the Windows Server or Windows operating system
  • 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 both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

Benefits

Silver

Gold

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

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

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Silver
Gold
Reach more potential customers with marketing resources, including:
  • OEM marketing campaigns at OEM Partner Center
  • OEM sales resources through syndication
Silver
Gold
Get reimbursements and rebates for selling solutions built on Microsoft technologies through the Local OEM Incentives Program
Silver
Gold
Access internal-use software licenses (in addition to those you receive as part of your core partner benefits) for products related to this competency
Silver
Gold

OEM resources

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As an admin for your organization, you can manage and track your company’s competency in the Partner Membership Center