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January, 2012

  • Cloud Essentials Pack and Office 365 Partner features: How to

      Woody Walton   There are many posts on this blog about how to transact Office 365, software advisor fees, and the general benefits and opportunity represented in Microsoft’s Online Services.  The impetus of this post however, has its...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-100 Out-of-Band Critical Alert

    B   V   A  As we all get back in the saddle this week, after the Q4 end of year and holiday season, I wanted to make sure and call attention to an Out-of-Band Critical Security update that was released on December 29, 2011. ...
  • SharePoint External User Licensing

    Q: (from Beth) A customer is looking at a SharePoint deployment. They will have 10 internal users, all requiring enterprise CALs. They will also have 150 external users (customers). They have a set number of external users and their site will not be public...
  • Windows 8 to feature new file system

      Ron Grattopp ….. This sounded interesting so thought I’d share.  Microsoft has announced (via  a post on its Building Windows 8 blog ) that Windows 8 will introduce a new file system known as Resilient File System (ReFS) which will include...
  • In-Person Office 365 Deployment Training Announced

      Josh Condie - Office 365 Partner Deployment Training is designed for partners with a focus on building Office 365 deployment capabilities. Developed by the Microsoft Premier Deployment team, the training sessions use Office 365 Deployment Guide...
  • Microsoft Licensing Boot Camps in Minneapolis & Houston

      Woody Walton I live in Kansas City.  If you are from the Mid West too, you know there are not as many “live” Microsoft events coming to town as in say New York or L.A with maybe the exception of perhaps Chicago or Dallas.   So ...
  • Office 365 + BlackBerry Business Cloud Services = Available!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Partners, I know some of your customers have been asking about this…. and it’s finally here! Read more about it [HERE] : Connect anytime, anywhere with BlackBerry Business Cloud Services BlackBerry Business...
  • System Center 2012 Unified Installer

    Rob Waggoner On January 17th we announced the new System Center 2012 lineup.  One of the improvements we made to System Center hasn’t received a lot of attention… yet.  That’s the new Unified Installer.  While you’ll only use the Unified...
  • System Center Advisor Officially Launched

    B    V    A Announcing System Center Advisor officially launched - my teammate Ron Grattopp had a great post in November introducing the “Secret Sauce” to a brand new benefit available to Software Assurance customers – It...
  • Windows XP and Office 2003 End Of Support – Intune is a Great Next Step

      Josh Condie - Windows XP and Office 2003 End of Support Windows XP and Office 2003 End of Support is just over 800 days away (April 8, 2014)! Great progress has been made to help raise the awareness of XP End of Support through field, partner and...
  • How Managed Service Providers Can Thrive with Microsoft Online Services

    Microsoft just announced a four part webcast series for Managed Service Providers. The series features Gary Pica, president of TruMethods and a pioneer in the managed services field, and will be held weekly at 9am PST starting Wednesday, January 18th...
  • Exchange Online Archive Service Description Now Available

    Josh Condie - Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving is a cloud-based, enterprise-class archiving solution for organizations that have deployed Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on-premises . Exchange Online Archiving assists these organizations with their...
  • MPN Partner Learning Center–Cloud Sales Training for SMB Partners

    Josh Condie – The Partner Learning Center has just released some high quality, multi-media training on each of our core MS Online Solutions: Office 365, Windows Intune and CRM Online. The training is between a 100-200 level and has valuable compete...
  • What does Five Nines mean?

    Rob Waggoner     We tout the virtues of three nines , four nines , and five nines … I even heard someone use six nines recently!  We want our data centers to achieve the best possible up time, but what does that really mean?  We need...
  • SQL Server 2012 coming soon, are you ready ?

    B   V   A SQL Server 2012 is coming soon and will bring exciting opportunities  with our enhanced database platform, BI and developer tools.   Training titles below have been organized by Sales & Licensing and Technical...
  • Live Business Model Transformation Workshop Roadshow

    Last month I wrote about the refreshed recordings of the BMT ( Updated Business Model Transformation Training for Office 365 ) – this month I’m pleased to report that the live workshop series is back as a roadshow for Small and Medium Business (SMB) and...
  • Microsoft Office365 YouTube Channel Has Been Revamped

      Josh Condie – The Office365 YouTube Channel has a new look and feel with links to more and different resources: Enormous, current library of video presentations and demonstrations that address all levels of technical acumen and each subcomponent...
  • Happy Birthday TwC

      Ron Grattopp ……most of you know one of my recurring themes is security, specifically the platform security that we provide that’s industry-leading.  And it’s that industry-leading platform security that I regularly remind you should be a key...
  • Calling all Partners! Make sure to attend Private Cloud Day on January 17th

      Woody Walton As a Microsoft partner it is important for you to keep abreast of the latest developments on the solutions you sell, implement, and service.  2012 will be a year of many product releases at Microsoft.  This means changes...
  • External Partner Access to Office 365 Team Sites

    Q: (from Stephen) … If the customer had office 365 could he set up users to only access the folders they are allowed to on the Sharepoint Team site? Q: (from Luis – July 2013) I received a question from a partner asking about the Office 365 E3 plan PAL...
  • Office 365 + Windows Phone = Unique Integration!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- I’m not sure what’s up with me and my Office 365 equations…. but I’ll hope you agree that they add up to some great customer value! With an Office 365 account and a Windows Phone, you’ll be blessed with...