The 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is kicking off today, and with over 12,000 attendees expected, it promises to be an exciting event. The Server and Cloud team at Microsoft has been working furiously over the last few months to make this a successful event for our partners. Over the next few days, our team will provide you regular updates about the announcements and events at WPC. As with all WPCs, there’s a lot going on at the event, so we’d like to highlight some locations and events that our core infrastructure partners will find useful.
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Please remember that this is your event, and we want to hear from you! Please let us know what you liked, and didn’t like, at WPC 2011.We’ll be back over the next few days with many more updates for you.
Partner Marketing, Windows Server and Management Business Group
Everyone is talking about the Cloud. At next week’s Worldwide Partner Conference, you and 12,000 other partners will be encouraged to take the cloud conversation to the next level from traditional virtualization to cloud-based computing. As your customer’s trusted advisor, you will best be able to propose solutions when you understand opportunities around private clouds and public clouds.
At WPC 2011, you’ll learn about our Hyper-V based Private Clouds and Windows Azure-based Public Clouds that can be managed by System Center 2012. Most importantly, you’ll learn how Microsoft can help you ramp up on cloud technologies, generate new revenue streams, and ultimately take your Infrastructure practice to the next level.
We look forward to seeing you at WPC. Please read on for more event-specific information.
Director of Partner Marketing, Server and Tools Business
Take Advantage of the Microsoft Virtualization and System Center offer from Global Knowledge
Global Knowledge, 2011 Microsoft Learning Competency Partner of the Year, is offering partners who visit our booth a discount of at least 20% off the list price on qualifying Microsoft Virtualization and Systems Center courses. Make sure to come to our Microsoft Private Cloud and Server Platforms booth #1221 in the Solutions Innovation Center to learn more!
Don’t miss our sessions led by our executives on Tuesday, July 12th.
Vision Keynote: Winning with the CloudSatya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business
9:00 – 11:30am
Value Keynote: Realizing Your Opportunity in the CloudRobert Wahbe, Corporate Vice President, Server and Tools Marketing Group
12:00 – 1:00pm1:30 – 2:30pm
JW MarriottDiamond Ballroom
Expand Your Service Opportunities with Microsoft Private Cloud (SC03)Turi Widsteen , General Manager, Server and Cloud Product MarketingMike Schutz, Sr. Director, Windows Server Product Management
3:00 – 4:00pm
Capitalize on New Management Opportunities with System Center 2012 (SC05)Garth Fort, General Manager, System Center Product Management
4:30 – 5:30pm
Call to Action
An Update Rollup for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 is now available here: Get Update .
In addition to hotfixes, this Update also includes some important changes to note:
a. Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway
b. Microsoft Lync 2010
You can find more details in the “What’s New” document on the TechNet site. Please check out this KB article for a full list of fixes included in this Update Rollup.
Sr. Technical Product Manager
Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 beta is here! We are extremely excited to announce the availability of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 Beta. Customers and Microsoft Partners can download the Beta software immediately here. You can also download the pre-requisite System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 here
Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 continues to deliver on the promise of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, simplifying and improving endpoint protection while also greatly reducing infrastructure costs. It builds on System Center Configuration Manager 2012, allowing customers to implement endpoint protection as part of a unified infrastructure for securing and managing physical, virtual, and mobile client environments. This shared infrastructure lowers ownership costs while providing improved visibility and control over endpoint management and security.
Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 continues to provide proactive protection against known and unknown threats using multiple technologies in the antimalware engine like behavior monitoring, network inspection system and heuristics. With cloud based updates through the spynet service, endpoints get updated protection against new threats in real time. See the benefits of enabling Dynamic Signature Service in FEP here.
You can find more product details on our Website or TechCenter. And for more information about convergence of management and security, please visit our new Windows Optimized Desktop page.
You can now evaluate Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 beta and System Center Configuration Manager 2012 beta with a community of early adopters. Join the Community Evaluation Program for System Center Configuration Manager and evaluate the products with guidance from the product team and by sharing of experiences and best practices among a community of peers.
In addition, Microsoft Identify & Security partners can take advantage of the Microsoft Solution Incentive Program. This program rewards partners that identify and sell solutions that include Microsoft Forefront client security. Visit our Hyper-V Enabled Private Cloud page on Microsoft’s Partner Network to get more information on eligible opportunities.
We hope you will evaluate the early version and give us your feedback!
Forefront Endpoint Protection team
The Microsoft TechEd Twitter Army is looking for recruits to twitter off the show floor during our premier TechEd event running May 16-19 in Atlanta. If you’re going to the show and want your opinions heard, be sure to check in at the Social Media area in the Microsoft Server & Cloud Platform Booth on Monday afternoon at 12:30 pm. Recruits who do well on the Twitter front lines will compete for an Xbox 360 + Kinnect package and other prizes to be handed out at a private Twitter Army event happening Thursday at 2 pm. Don’t forget, and remember that Uncle TechEd Wants You!