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November, 2011

  • A Concise SQL Server 2012 Licensing Overview

      Josh Condie – With the Release Candidate for SQL Server 2012 now available it is now more important than ever that Microsoft effectively communicate the significant licensing changes that are coming with the new release.  Below is the best...
  • Do you need to prepare for the Microsoft Licensing Exams?

    Rob Waggoner     If you need to pass either of the MCP Licensing exams, we have some very good preparation content on the Partner Portal that can help you get ready.  The exams I’m talking about are: 70-671 Designing and Providing Microsoft...
  • Office 365 E1 and E2 plans (Exchange Online Plan 1) Mail Item Recovery Limitations & Solutions

      Woody Walton Office 365 is a great solution for many customers.  Its benefits over on premise solutions in terms of cost in infrastructure, deployment, and management are now acknowledged by most partners out there.  As I am sure you...
  • The Lync Appliance: A Different Twist on Deploying Lync Server!

      Woody Walton In my role as a Partner Technology Advisor for Microsoft Corporation I work as a generalist as it relates to our technology stack.  Basically, I am expected to know and be able to speak intelligently about all of our core business...
  • SBS Essentials Office 365 Integration Module goes into beta -

    B    V   A David Fabritius, Senior Product Manager from Windows Server and Cloud Marketing just posted on the SBS blog that the Office 365 Integration Module is available for download in beta form .  The Office 365 Integration...
  • Do you have customer’s transitioning from BPOS to Office 365 ?

    B    V    A Customer Transitions of BPOS to O365 - Transition Roadmap, Eligibility and the Role of Advisor Partners (OFF212PAL)   This is a joint Microsoft Internal AND Partner facing Webcast provided by Academy Live...
  • Secret Sauce for Selling SA in SMB

      By Ron Grattopp ….. I LOVE alliteration and catchy titles, and I hope this title caught your attention because I have some info to share about a new cloud service that I think you’ll want to know about (but probably don’t yet).  A while back...
  • Windows Intune Upgrade Rights

    Q: (from Dave) Can Windows Intune be used to upgrade (crossgrade?) from the Mac OS to Windows 7 Enterprise?   A: I love the term “crossgrade” but unfortunately the answer is “no”. According to the Intune FAQ ( http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows...
  • Custom DNS records with Office 365

    Q: (from Beth) [We have] an end user looking at Office 365 for Office, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync. They are concerned about keeping their DNS in-house as they have existing ecommerce servers. We want to confirm that this can be done…   A: From...
  • Looking for Office 365 customer training materials

    Q: (from Tom) We are looking to deliver end user training around Office 365 and would like to know if Microsoft has published materials we could evaluate?   A: From a June 30th, 2011 email announcement by Don Roessler (Partner Learning) relayed by...
  • You don’t need SCVMM for High Availability and Live Migration, but you’ll want it!

    Rob Waggoner Hello again,   I took some time to put together this video of SCVMM, Hyper-V Manager and Failover Cluster manager because I keep being asked, “Is SCVMM required for High Availability or Live Migration?”.  The answer is No, but as...
  • New SQL Server 2012 Content and Resources Now Available

      Josh Condie – MPN has recently been updated with some great training and technical resources to help prepare our partner community for the coming release of SQL Server 2012.  Everything from licensing overviews to technical product training...
  • How you add a VirtualCenter Server to SCVMM

    Rob Waggoner I’ve talked about how SCVMM can manage ESX servers so I wanted to show you how you add the VirtualCenter server to SCVMM so SCVMM can manage the ESX hosts.      Here is a great article that includes the details / requirements...
  • SMB Windows Server Marketing Campaigns

    For partners in the Small and Medium Business space, the Microsoft Windows Server team has a group dedicated to developing a distributing messaging and tools to support your business. For this first round of announcements, the team has hosted two marketing...
  • More Central Region VAR Summits

    Rob Waggoner     Our VAR Summits, announced here , were really a hit  in the cities we visited and we are now expanding that list.  For those of you that haven’t attended a VAR Summit yet, now is your chance.  I’ve listed the...
  • Experience Windows Phone on your iOS or Android device!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- As I talk to partners and customers about their mobile devices, I find that many have not yet experienced a Windows Phone! I’ll typically pull out my personal phone and show them some of the great benefits...
  • Sell 30 Windows Intune Seats and Earn $2806!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- No.  I am not joking. Today we launched the Windows Intune 3 for 5 Offer ! Microsoft is investing in helping jump start your success building a Windows Intune business. This offer will run from November...
  • Announcing the SMB Server Experience Tool

      By Ron Grattopp ….. You’ll want to check out the brand new SMB Server Experience and Server Selection Tools on the Midsize Business Solution page (screenshot below) of the microsoft.com Server and Cloud Platform site.  These tools  just...