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  • Blog Post: Get Ready for Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 with MAP 7.0 Beta

    Last week we released a beta version of Microsoft Assessment & Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0.  The MAP Toolkit,  a free download , is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness...
  • Blog Post: Become a Licensing Expert

    Licensing. It’s the topic that we all love to hate, or to ignore at any rate . Based on the feedback we get through GRS (the Global Relationship Study) Survey that we send out twice a year, Licensing is a major pain point for many of you. We hear you loud and clear and we’re doing more to...
  • Blog Post: Activation Headaches: Here is your aspirin!

    There are three concepts in Microsoft licensing that people often mistake for a single entity, when in fact the three are connected but very separate.  They are: Licensing Activation Product Keys Because the three are so tied together it is easy to get yourself in trouble if you do not take the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud part 2: unlimited virtualization rights

    A new whitepaper was released in January comparing private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware, taking a look at the functionality, benefits and economics of each solution. This series of blog posts breaks down the components of the whitepaper into consumable chunks and I’ve added my own...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server simplified

    My colleague Damir has written about this topic before on this blog, but I thought it warranted another post so here it is. You see, with past iterations of the Microsoft Windows Server operating system, there were always a number of things to contemplate before selecting which version to purchase –...
  • Blog Post: Back to the basics with Microsoft software licensing options

    My colleagues and I get asked a lot about licensing. Frankly, Microsoft doesn’t have a great reputation for keeping it simple. And to be totally transparent – I, like many of my colleagues, would usually rather stick a fork in my eye that talk about it because it can get complicated. And...
  • Blog Post: Licensing software in the cloud

    A girlfriend of mine called me up this weekend looking for a DVD copy of an older piece of software. She was rebuilding a computer for a family member who had the product key but no installation media. I’m sure many of you have similar stories trying to fix or repair computers for your family and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Editions & Licensing

    Today, we announced which Windows Server 2012 editions will be available and the pricing for each – at least US pricing at for now.  I was going to do a big blog post on it, but someone else already put together a great one , so why re-invent the wheel.  In short, there are 4 editions on Windows...