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March, 2012

  • SQL Server 2012 Licensing Guides

    B  V  A Josh Condie, one of my teammates on TS2 did a great post on the upcoming changes of SQL Server 2012 with regards to the licensing changes - http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2011/11/30/a-concise-sql-server-2012-licensing...
  • Register Now: Simple Strategies to Increase Business with System Center and SQL

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- With the upcoming versions of System Center 2012 and SQL 2012 around the bend, are you ready to bring your customers up to date? ======================= Dear Partner, Join us on April 4 to learn and understand...
  • Announcing Office 365 Fast Track $50,000 Partner Sweepstakes!

      by Josh Condie- There’s no better time than right now to sell Microsoft Office 365 because now you could be eligible to win up to $50,000 in the Fast-Track $50,000 Sweepstakes!   I wanted to let you know about this new sweepstakes so you can...
  • Introduction to Administering Office 365–For Partners and Customers

    Josh Condie – I often get asked for training resources by partners looking to familiarize themselves with the administration capabilities and tools provided in Office 365. And they usually want to know what is available beyond setting up accounts...
  • Will SCVMM 2008 R2 Manage a Windows Server 2008 R2 Server with SP1?

    Rob Waggoner I received the following question: Q: Will SCVMM 2008 R2 manage a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Server? A: Yes, but SP1 needs to be applied to your SCVMM 2008 R2 installation first. Here’s the excerpt from the What’s New in Virtual Machine Manager...
  • Windows Server “8” – good to the “core”

    By Ron Grattopp …..Of course there will be lots of goodness coming in Windows Server “8” (WS8 for the rest of this post), in fact, we consider it transformational, that is, with WS8 our server technology is making a paradigm shift of sorts away from the...
  • What Happened to Windows SteadyState?

    Rob Waggoner   Question from one of my Partners: My customer is looking for a way to ensure the state of their Windows 7 Kiosk machines are not inadvertently changed by a random user. What happened to Windows SteadyState?   A: Windows SteadyState...
  • New Lower Prices for Office 365 & Online Services

    B  V  A Did you see the announcement yesterday March 14, 2012?    I am really excited about a couple of the changes - The delta between the P1 sku and the E1 sku is now only $2.00, as we have stated before Partners are leading with...
  • Have you checked out the Windows Server “8” Beta bits yet?

    Rob Waggoner   Here’s the default page for the Windows Server “8” Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/v8-default.aspx   The download location for the Windows Server “8” bits is located here: http://technet.microsoft...
  • Windows Intune and Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade Benefits

    Q: (from Shawn) Intune does comes with windows 7 pro with sa correct?   A: To be precise: Windows Intune comes with the upgrade rights to Windows 7 Enterprise with the same benefits as Software Assurance. From a Microsoft FAQ and Technet article...
  • Windows Intune and 3rd party Anti-Virus Management

    Q: (from several different partners recently) Can Windows Intune manage my preferred AV tool?   A: From the Endpoint Protection section of the Windows Intune FAQ: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windowsintune/faq/default.aspx Can I use Windows...
  • the big easy–back in market

    B  V  A       The Big Easy Offer 8 is back by popular demand! The Big Easy Offer 8 is back and the offer is valid from March 5 th - June 30, 2012.  Remember, the offer includes online as well as on-premise SKUs! About The...
  • Musings about the Business Value of Microsoft Office 2010

      Woody Walton As Microsoft Employees and partners we sometimes take it for granted that everyone is acquainted with the value proposition or rich capabilities of the Microsoft Office line of products, most notably Microsoft Office 2010 Professional...
  • Register for the Worldwide Partner Conference TODAY at a $300 discount!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- 2012 is shaping up to be a VERY exciting year for Microsoft Partners.  New opportunities abound! If you want to maximize and grow your partnership with Microsoft, we definitely encourage you to attend...