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The Microsoft® Configuration Manager team is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for participation in the Configuration Manager v.Next Community Evaluation Program (CEP). The goal of this program is to provide early adopters a streamlined approach to evaluating Configuration Manager v.Next.

For customer and partners who want to efficiently manage implementation, test scenarios, discover and contribute to best practices, the CEP provides a structured approach for connecting with the product group and a community of peers. As a member of the Configuration Manager v.Next community, you will be asked to participate through the sharing of your learnings, questions, and experiences.

Program Participation

From Microsoft

From Customers

· Guided Learning Theme Activities

· Participation in Theme Activities

· Ready Built Evaluation VHD (Hyper-V)

· Implementation of CM v.Next in test environment*

· Product Group Access

· Sharing of Best Practices

· CEP Community Access

· Willingness to Share Experiences

Application Instructions
If you are interested in participating in the program, please complete the Configuration Manager v.Next Community Evaluation Program Application by September 24, 2010. Late applications may be accepted but members added after the program launch will be expected to move through the exercises and themes at their own pace.  You will have some homework to do!

Please note: Submitting an application does not guarantee participation in this program. All rights of selection are reserved by the Configuration Manager v.Next CEP to ensure we have the broadest possible distribution of participants.

Accepted applicants will be informed and invited to the portal September 27, 2010.

For questions, please email

me15Jeff Wettlaufer
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System Center, Management and Security Division
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