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June, 2010

  • WPC 5-1 Exam Testing

      Attend WPC to Receive an Exclusive 5-for-1 Exam Offer Microsoft’s WPC 5-for-1 Exam Pas s let's an individual take up to five exams for the price of one until October 10, 2010. This offer is exclusively available to WPC10 conference attendees and...
  • Hosting a SharePoint 2010 Event

    Q: (from Marc) We are at it again this time scheduled to do one on SharePoint 2010!  Are there any good decks that you may be able to recommend?  We would like to focus on the benefits and business value for SharePoint then probably end it with...
  • Direct Access Demo

    Q: (from Keith) We have a customer interested in possibly deploying Direct Access technology. He is interested in seeing a demo. Does MS have anything online (virtual lab) or anything we could use to demo this to a customer? Any help you could provide...
  • SharePoint Trial

    Q: (from Marc) I have a client who wants to do some discovery and possibly host it (SharePoint) themselves. A: If they want to pilot their own trial, we have a free download that you can host on their hardware: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter...
  • Full Package Product (FPP) Individual Office Application Portable Use Rights

    Q: (from Peter) We have received a couple of inquires in regards to portability rights on individual FPP applications such as Word 2010, Excel 2010, Visio 2010, etc. How can we verify if these FPP versions have portability rights? A: This one took some...
  • Report Builder 3.0 in SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition – A few points

    Woody Walton I have been delivering Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 familiarization sales training to our various transaction partners over the last few weeks and I wanted to share a a few questions that I think are representative of what many of you may...
  • Becoming better acquainted with Microsoft Office OneNote 2010

    Woody Walton If you have looked at the new SKU matrix for Microsoft Office 2010 you will notice a couple of things.  First, there are less SKUs.  We have moved from eight SKUs in Microsoft Office 2007 to five across OEM, retail, and volume licensing...
  • SharePoint Foundation Licensing

    Q: (from Maureen) I have client that would like to open their SharePoint site up for access by their customers. I want to figure out if they should buy individual Windows Server CALS for the external customer users or an external connector. Would you...
  • A Few Good SQL Server 2008 R2 Resources for Partners

    Woody Walton Every time Microsoft ships a new version of a product we all have to adapt to change, and that change comes on many fronts.  Depending on who you are, it could mean learning the new capabilities and enhancements in the product and how...
  • Tech Guarantee Access to Outlook 2010 with Business Contact Manager

    Q: (from Peter) According to the Tech Guarantee those customers that purchase Office 2007 SBE, Pro, and Ultimate have the option of Downloading Office 2010 Home and Business or Pro with the download of BCM. Is this BCM download ONLY for Tech Guarantee...
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2010 REDUX

    A month ago, my teammate (and esteemed colleague) Woody Walton did an excellent post on OneNote 2010 – if you haven’t read it, I definitely give it a “must read” and you should go back and read it right now, do not pass “Go” and do not collect $200 <grin>...
  • A noted hacker’s view of Microsoft security (updated)

    Marc Maiffret--the quick rise of a teen hacker (Q&A) - Insecurity Complex blog post by Elinor Mills 4/15/10 Of course, I’ve done more than a few posts over the last couple of years around security in my continuing quest to help our partner readers...
  • A Tale of Two Articles (on Office 2010)

    I found this rather interesting and had to share.  I’m not a Wired reader, but I ran across two Wired articles as “related” links to other Office 2010 info gathering I was doing.  The first one turns out to be a reasonably interesting article...
  • Partner Education: Where to Start?

    Q: (from Bob and Aaron) I would like to know more about Exchange, Data Protection and System Center tools.  We have very little to no knowledge in these products and would very much appreciate any help you could give us with what on-line courses...
  • So you have VMware deployed – Why not consider exploring Microsoft Virtualization

      So you have VMware deployed and you're happy with it; why not consider Microsoft Virtualization.  Integrating Microsoft Virtualization with existing VMware deployments is not “Rip and Replace”.  What about Cost differentials?  Can...