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September, 2010

  • What are the differences between Office 2010 PKC, FPP, and VL?

      J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- This is a question that is often asked by Partners.  Often times your customers are interested only in the PRICE of acquiring Office, and are unaware of the limitations and the benefits of...
  • Microsoft launches the Online Service Health Dashboard for BPOS – Standard customers World Wide

    Article by Charles Van Heusen | Partner Technology Advisor | Microsoft U.S. – SMB&D – TS2 Team | Follow our Blog |Follow me on Twitter     As I’ve interacted with many Partners and customers over the past year discussing Microsoft Online...
  • Report Builder 3.0 – Some Simple Gotchas and Fixes

    Woody Walton I have been working with both SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2 Report Builder 3.0 quite a bit in the past month and I thought I would take the time to share a few things with you that I learned that were not readily apparent with...
  • How to renew your Microsoft Online Service Provider Agreement (MOSPA)

    You may have received an e-mail notifying you that your MOSPA agreement has expired (in some cases, you may have recently signed the agreement). This is not an error, as the MOSPA agreement is paired with your Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) agreement...
  • Want to demonstrate BPOS to customers?–As a Microsoft Partner you can get a free demo account, EASY!

    Woody Walton This is not new news per se, but given that there have been several relevant posts on BPOS on the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog I thought I would dove tail this one in! In fact, one of the reasons you have seen these BPOS posts from J.J. and...
  • You can now P2V of a Windows XP machine into a Windows 7 machine

    Rob Waggoner How else could I say that?  I took a look at TechNet Edge this morning and saw this article.  It was so cool that I had to repeat it.  P2V Migration for Software Assurance Beta with Jeremy Chapman This is still in beta, but...
  • How Easy is it for You to Send Customer Quotes for BPOS?

    J.J. Antequino   ---------------------------------- As the saying goes… It’s so easy a caveman can do it! Once you have signed the Microsoft Online Service Partner Agreement and taken the assessment, all you need to do is go to the Microsoft Online...
  • What does my customer have to do to sign up for BPOS?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Before you read this post, I hope that you have already signed up to receive BPOS Partner of Record fees and have read my previous blog about the “Order on behalf of” experience. If not, please review...
  • IE9 beta released

    by Ron Grattopp….you may have already heard some good things about Microsoft’s next generation browser, but, in case you haven’t let me highlight some of the new features than you should know about in IE9.  And check at the end of this post for links...
  • Take your cloud services practice to new heights wth the SMB Cloud Champions Club

    The US SMB Cloud Champions Club offers resources, funding and training to partners that have made a commitment to the cloud. Benefits: Benefits include engagement from a Microsoft Online Services Business Development Manager, enhanced training and readiness...
  • OCS next – Microsoft Lync

    Are you connected ? Microsoft® Lync™, formerly Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) and Microsoft Communicator, delivers on the vision of a truly integrated communications experience.   Lync is about connecting people in new ways, anytime...
  • Setting up a BPOS account

    Rob Waggoner I took a few minutes to record a brief screen cast on setting up a Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) account.  I start with setting up a 30 day trial account and then walk through upgrading the trial account to a full...
  • West Region VAR Events

      Dear Partner, Microsoft  partners in the Small and Medium Business (SMB) market now have the opportunity to connect with local representatives and technical experts. This series addresses how Microsoft Online Services will help you make money...
  • Microsoft E-mail receives “Strong Positive”

      Gartner MarketScope for E-mail Systems, 2010 (Gartner Research, August 12, 2010)   Microsoft received a “strong positive” rating in the 2010 Gartner MarketScope for E-mail Systems . The report evaluates the major e-mail vendors and Gartner...
  • New Competitive Assistance service for MPN Members

    Hot off the Press!    Based on partner feedback, we’re pleased to announce a new service for MPN Members to help overcome sales blockers when in competitive sales situations.  This new service, called Microsoft Competitive Assistance (MCA...
  • Microsoft doubling BPOS initial margins for top US partners

    by Ron Grattopp….If you haven’t read it already, let me point to great article by Scott Bekker in Redmond Channel Partner (RCP) Online … Microsoft To Double BPOS Margins for Top U.S. Partners .  And, let me take this opportunity to recommend the...
  • Windows 7 for VARs

    If you’re not deploying Windows 7 yet, you need this information. Check out the following Partner site for more information to see how VARs can easily deploy Windows 7. https://partner.microsoft.com/40103868?msp_id=windows7vars Value...
  • Virtualization Training and Resources

      Bryan Von Axelson   MPU  Training Ultimate Sales Guide to MS Virtualization Part 1 - The Basics In Ultimate Sales Guide to MS Virtualization Part 1, The Basics, you will learn what virtualization is, why you (and your customers) should...
  • Central Region VAR Events

    Dear Partner, The VAR Summit is an exclusive event for executives and sellers like you, from top SMB-focused VARS . We’ll discuss ways to help grow your Microsoft business. The VAR Summit is a reseller focused session. We have designed this event to meet...
  • Announcing New Cloud Computing Learning “Snacks”

      What are learning “snacks”? Snacks are high engagement vehicles that offer impactful knowledge transfer on Microsoft new products.  Highlights include: Designed for Internet “bite-sized” culture Delivers short, focused 5 to 15-minute chunks...
  • Are backups still needed?

    Rob Waggoner   Recently I received the question: “With all of the failover and redundancy we now have in place, do we still need backups?” That’s an interesting question, but I hope you’re immediately saying “Yes! we still need backups”.  Here...
  • The latest updates for Hyper-V

      Rob Waggoner Have you ever wondered where you could find a list of the current updates for Hyper-V?  Well I was and I finally found it.  Actually, Tim Cerling, pointed me to it.  If you don’t know Tim, he’s one of our Hyper-V experts...
  • Welcome to Windows PowerShell

      Windows PowerShell is a Windows command-line shell designed especially for system administrators. The Windows PowerShell includes an interactive prompt and a scripting environment that can be used independently or in combination. Unlike most shells...
  • Increased Margins for BPOS!

    Rob Waggoner Microsoft To Double BPOS Margins for Top U.S. Partners http://rcpmag.com/articles/2010/09/16/microsoft-to-double-bpos-margins-for-top-u.s.-partners.aspx Microsoft is preparing to roll out a new cloud computing engagement model for U.S. partners...
  • Experience the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

      Learn more at www.crm2011beta.com Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 delivers the Power of Productivity through familiar, connected and intelligent experiences for users inside and outside an organization.   Familiar experiences through a next-generation...