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Helping partners understand the value of Microsoft solutions.

May, 2011

  • Small Business Server 2011 with Server 2008 R2 SP1?

      Are you wondering if you should install the SP1 Service Pack for Server 2008 R2 on your SBS 2011 ? YES – it can and should be installed on SBS 2011 Standard edition. What about SBS 2011 Essentials ? – Great question – It is already part of Essentials...
  • Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool (Beta) is available now

    We are excited to announce that the “ Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool beta is now available on the Community Portal.  The beta version of Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool, is the first of a variety of tools that will be released...
  • TS2 Office 365 & Online Services Partner Roadshow, May-Jun 2011

      by Ron Grattopp…..Heard about Office 365, the follow on to BPOS?  It’s already out in public beta and launch is not too far off.  Your customers will be asking about it soon, if they haven’t been already, and you need to get ready for...
  • Get the FREE Express Version’s

      Looking for a way to start with SQL Server or Visual Studio??? I recently delivered a SQL Server 2008 R2 webcast and while talking about the versions the Express edition, which is FREE, came up.  One of the big changes from SQL Server 2008...
  • Intel/Microsoft “Building Solutions Together” roadshow coming May-June

    By Ron Grattopp…..I’m excited to announce a limited engagement roadshow co-sponsored by Microsoft and Intel.  You can read the registration blurb below and then follow the “Register now” link to get more information on when and where we will be. ...
  • Selling BPOS and Office 365: Why in the heck would you want to associate with a Distributor?

      Woody Walton I talk about Microsoft Online Services a lot.  I talk to partner about BPOS, about the forthcoming Office 365 release, about the shift to the cloud, and the choices customers have.  It is my job to help Microsoft partners...
  • Exchange Online Purchase and Restrictions

    Q: (from Greg) 1. is Exchange Online available as a standard-alone service using the Exchange 2010 standard? (just as Office 365 Beta uses the Office 2010 editions) 2. is there an SMTP relay or outgoing message limit with Exchange Online? (I have a client...
  • 3 Day Office 365 Ignite Events

    For those of you who want more detail than a 1/2 day TS2 Office 365 event , there are the Office 365 Ignite events. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time blocking time out of my schedule to prepare for new technology – going to a live event not...
  • Don’t miss out on the VAR Rebate and the Big Easy

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Last week I met with partners from across the country who were excited about their partnership with Microsoft.  We spoke about virtualization and competencies and how to make money implementing solutions...
  • Windows Intune Cloud Services Sweepstakes Ends May 31st!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- There is still time to win a small business office! Your customers depend on you to keep their PCs running at their best, whether they are in the office or on the road. Windows Intune simplifies and helps...
  • Would you believe…?

      By Ron Grattopp….Some of you may be old enough to remember an old TV show called “Get Smart” where the principal character was a somewhat bumbling secret agent named Maxwell Smart who used his famous byline “Would you believe… in situations where...
  • You want it, you got it!…great new training opportunity around the cloud and virtualization, and did I mention it’s free!

      by Ron Grattopp……The “Cloud” and Virtualization are arguably the two hottest topics in the industry today, and Microsoft has some great technology for you leverage in your customer solutions portfolio in both of those spaces.  If you didn...
  • Still on the Fence for WPC? 40 Days left!

    Rob Waggoner If you still haven’t registered, you can register at http://digitalwpc.com/Registration .  Why register?  While we offer http://www.digitalwpc.com again this year so that you can view the sessions from the comfort of your own desk...
  • Windows 7 Phone App for Partners

    For years, Eric Ligman has been an outspoken advocate and consolidator of resources for the Microsoft Partner community. Today he advances his game one more step with the release of the Microsoft Partner Info app for Windows 7 Phone. The uncluttered interface...