Moving from PMC to Partner Center

We are making it easier for you to do business with us by introducing a single website (Partner Center) that serves as a central point of engagement. You will find everything you did in Partner Membership Center (PMC) can be accomplished from your dashboard in Partner Center.

You can also accomplish much more and all without leaving the one web site. Some of the terminology and features may look different though. To mitigate any initial concerns about where and what things are, take the site tour of your dashboard.

This table presents some of the differences between PMC and Partner Center.

Renewing your Microsoft Partner Network membership

PMC Partner Center
Renewals started 90 prior to anniversary and must have been completed by the anniversary date Partners can renew starting the day after anniversary and up to 30 days after anniversary.

Account structure

PMC Partner Center
Headquarters plus locations – each evaluated separately. Evaluation of competencies were done at local level One global company, (aka Partner Global Account PGA), including locations, evaluated as a whole; performance and skills data aggregated at PGA level; includes several profile views for programs such as Partner profile and business profile for referrals and marketing

Sign in

PMC Partner Center
Could use your Microsoft account (MSA) or personal account credentials joe@outlook.com You must use your work account credentials, (joe@joescompany.com.)

User roles

PMC Partner Center
You had many roles in PMC which are not specified in Partner Center The admin who performs the move to Partner Center is automatically assigned the MPN Admin, Account Admin, and Referrals Admin roles. They can then assign other users to user roles.
Users were managed at location level Users are managed at the company level (PGA) rather than the location level. The exception is the Incentives admin which works at the location level.
Partner Center has two broad sets of roles: the roles that administer the Azure AD tenant, and the roles that administer the company's business. You can organize the roles in the way that makes sense for your company. Once person can do everything or many people can be assigned separate roles and permissions.

How competencies and benefits are accounted for

PMC Partner Center
Accrued per location and administered per location Benefits are per entire company including benefits administration, however, you can manage the benefits in the way that best suits your company
Could have Additional Benefits tool kits (ABTKs) until they were retired in October 2018. No ABTKs; one MAPs per company; one silver competency per company; one gold competency per company
Benefits were accessed at Partner Digital Download (PDD) All benefits are accessed in Partner Center
Competencies and benefits spread and divided across multiple locations Your competencies and benefits from all your locations are consolidated at the company (PGA) level and will be retained until your anniversary date. At that time, you will need to purchase or renew at the company level. Performance and skills, as well as competencies, are aggregated globally
Software Assurance voucher claims are made in the Voucher Valication and Redmption (VVR) tool You can now access and manage Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATV) and/or Deployed Planning Services (DPS) within Partner Center. The legacy VVR tool will be decommissioned on October 1, 2019.

Visual Studio benefits and MSA

PMC Partner Center
Allocation of Visual Studio benefits to MSA Visual Studio benefits allocated to MSAs will be honored and retained.
MSA allocations of Visual Studio will be preserved after renewal in Partner Center.
In Partner Center, a partner can add work accounts and guest user accounts which are MSA from the same tenant where the partner is MPN admin in the Azure AD tenant. If the partner is a global admin in multiple Azure AD tenants and all these tenants are associated to the same Partner Center account, then the partner is allowed to add users across all these tenants into the Visual Studio benefits and Azure usage-based allocations. Although guest users can be assigned usage-based subscriptions of Visual Studio by the MPN admin or global admin, guest users can't sign in to Partner Center using their MSA. Guest users can, however, sign in to Azure and Visual Studio to validate and use their assigned benefits.

Programs now located and managed in Partner Center

PMC Partner Center
PDD Benefits
CHIP, ICP, PIE Incentives
Referrals
Partner Insights Analytics
Voucher Validation and Redemption tool Voucher Validation and Redemption tool
Cloud Solution Provider programs

Yes. Visual Studio benefits allocated to MSAs will be honored and retained. They will also be preserved after renewal in Partner Center. However, if you remove an MSA allocation once migrated in Partner Center, it can’t be added back into Partner Center.

In Partner Center, a partner can add work accounts and Guest user accounts which are MSA from the same tenant where the partner is MPN admin in the Azure AD tenant. If the partner is a global admin in multiple Azure AD tenants and all these tenants are associated to the same Partner Center account, then the partner is allowed to add users across all these tenants into the Visual Studio benefits and Azure usage-based allocations.

Although guest users can be assigned usage-based subscriptions of Visual Studio by the MPN admin or global admin, guest users can't sign in to Partner Center using their MSA. Guest users can, however, sign in to Azure and Visual Studio to validate and use their assigned benefits.