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February, 2012

  • Does Visual Studio 2010 Professional come with Action Pack?

    Q: (from Shawn) Visual Studio 2010 Professional comes with the action pack correct?   A: Sort of… There are now two Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) editions found at: https://partner.microsoft.com/US/program/memsubscriptions Microsoft Action...
  • What are the Top Issues for Bitlocker?

    Rob Waggoner   Q: (from Anthony) I want to know the top issues (problems) in BitLocker and their solutions.  What should I be aware of from an architectural perspective as well?   A: I’ve spent a lot of time with BitLocker and I think it...
  • So what happens if I have Software Assurance on SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup edition?

      Woody Walton As many of you know, March 7th is the launch of SQL Server 2012.   With a little over one one week to go, the time is now to dig in and see what SQL Server 2012 is all about!  You can join in the festivities next week...
  • Microsoft Online Demo Solutions–Updated with System Center 2012 and SQL Server 2012 content

      Woody Walton We all know a picture is worth a thousand words.  This could not be more true than when selling software solutions.   As a partner you have many avenues to get ahold of the product bits to build your own demo environments...
  • The Benefits of Standardizing on Windows 7 and the Value of the Enterprise Edition

      Josh Condie – Adding to Woody’s great comments about the value proposition of Windows Intune.  I was preparing for a presentation on Intune recently and came across a whitepaper that IDC recently wrote about the value of Windows 7 for SMBs...
  • Office 365 Partner Update–February 2012

    Josh Condie – Great updates, training and marketing resources for SMB cloud partners, below: Feb 29, 2012 www.microsoft.com/MyOffice365 IN THIS ISSUE…...
  • Why System Center?

      Rob Waggoner I have these conversations a lot.  Why System Center, especially with Hyper-V?  What’s the story? First, I’m passionate about Hyper-V and System Center.  Together they are a knockout combination.  Hyper-V is the...
  • Adding an ESX Server to System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager

    Rob Waggoner I’ve talked a lot about virtualization and I even demonstrated how to add a vCenter Server to SCVMM 2008 R2 here .  Today I wanted to show you how to add the same vCenter Server to a System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Server...
  • Small Business Server 2011, the Elevator Pitch

    Rob Waggoner Do you need a quick overview of the Microsoft Small Business Server offerings?  If so, this discussion is for you.      Here are a few links that will give you more detail on SBS.  This is the SBS Overview https:...
  • Test Drive Lync 2010!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- You’ve heard me say it before….. Lync is a killer app…. it’s a deal closer. Whether you use it in the cloud with Office 365 or install it on-premise, Lync will provide value to every business. Within the...
  • How do I license…

    This is the gist of questions I see frequently from partners; “How do I license Microsoft XYZ?” Although I live with our products, I rarely have what I would call an authoritative answer off the top of my head; I usually have to look it up myself. Let...
  • Is there a DR in the house?

    By Ron Grattopp …..Not long ago (November actually) I gave a shout out to Cindy Bates’ blog about DR (disaster recovery).  A couple of interesting factoids that were included in the DR e-guide her post highlighted were that >40% of the SMB respondents...
  • Assessment Tool’s–Now Available–

    B  V  A Private Cloud, CIO Conversation assessment, and Five Application Workload-Specific assessments There are actually 2 different Cloud Assessment tools, the first is targeted to the End-User Customer, you can use this to introduce the topic...
  • East Region Winter 2012 VAR Summits

    A Roadmap for Increased Revenue in 2012 A nnuities. B usiness Building. C loud Computing. How to Increase Your Services and Licensing Revenue with Small and Medium Business Customers Please join us for the continuation of the East Region VAR Summit Series...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, the Elevator Pitch

    Rob Waggoner I’ve put together a few quick overviews of different Microsoft Products. Today I wanted to share the overview of Windows Server 2008 R2.  While most of us have been using Windows Server 2008 R2 for a while, hopefully this video will...
  • You want innovation, I’ve got your innovation right here

    by Ron Grattopp ……  I’m pretty sure by now that many of you have an idea that Microsoft invests heavily in research, at least you have if you’ve followed my blogs.  I believe our current investment is in the range of $9B/year .  It’s this...
  • Making more Margin with FY12–H2 VAR Rebate

      B  V  A U.S. Partner Rebate Program: Microsoft FY12-H2 U.S. VAR Rebate Program Eligibility: In order to receive U.S. Partner Rebate Program rebates from Microsoft, you must be a Value Added Reseller of Microsoft Corporation software ...
  • Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp

    So you’ve stumbled into your first online service deal. Now what? How do you turn what you learned into a successful, repeatable business practice? Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track   Bootcamp Are you looking for tools and guidance on closing more Office...