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  • Blog Post: Office 365 Drumbeat Sales Training now On-Demand

    Woody Walton You used to have to wait for us to come to you for a full day of Office 365 Sales training. Now the new Virtual Drumbeat Sales Resources for Office 365 Training is available on demand after our most recent virtual event on April 18th! What is more, an Alumni of our very own TS2 Team, Bryan...
  • Blog Post: Migrating to SQL Azure or thinking about SQL Server 2008 R2

    With the updated version’s of SQL Server Migration Assistant’s you can now migrate an existing database platform currently running on MySQL, Oracle, Sybase, and Access to any edition of SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, or SQL Server 2005.  Brand new to this release is the ability for MySQL and...
  • Blog Post: 2011 WPC – Registration Now Open

    Welcome to WPC 2011 July 10th-July 14th in Los Angeles, California Why Attend WPC 2011? • Meet and network with other partners and with Microsoft • Hear the product and technology roadmap from Microsoft executives • Learn about Microsoft priorities for the partner business in our new fiscal year (FY12...
  • Blog Post: OCS next – Microsoft Lync

    Are you connected ? Microsoft® Lync™, formerly Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) and Microsoft Communicator, delivers on the vision of a truly integrated communications experience.   Lync is about connecting people in new ways, anytime, anywhere.   Microsoft Lync ushers in a new...
  • Blog Post: Sign-up for the Beta of SBS ”7” and SBS “Aurora”

    Windows Small Business Server (SBS) Code Name “7” is the next release of Windows Small Business Server Standard, which is a fully on-premise solution. Windows Small Business Server “7” minimizes initial acquisition and deployment times by offering an easily deployed single server solution that combines...
  • Blog Post: 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 out of the box. Note - If you download the...
  • Blog Post: Announcing SMB Advantage – Now available

      Big Easy and Cloud Easy come together to creating SMB Advantage   SMB Advantage gives your customers choices on Microsoft products and online solutions to fit their organization’s unique IT productivity and investment requirements.   Customers who make a qualifying purchase earn money...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Demo Provisioning Toolkit–NOW KNOWN as MEC

    B   V   A UPDATE – We have a NEW Microsoft Experience Center – Check out Todd’s Post - http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2013/03/01/get-demoing-office-365.aspx New Link for TOOL – https://www.usmec.com Looking for a great way to really demo Office 365 for your customers...
  • Blog Post: Making money with Office 365 Open and Office 365 FPP

    B  V  A Microsoft is introducing new business models for Office 365, available March 1st.  This video, Part 1 of 3, highlights Office 365 Open and Office 365 Full Package Product. Many partners have asked for the ability to control billing and customer relationship, both new business models...
  • Blog Post: Making the transition from BPOS to Office 365

      As I have been traveling around, as well as my counterparts, talking with partners about Office 365; a common theme has arisen. “What about my existing BPOS customers?” First I hope you are aware of the Office 365 transition center , which will be your one stop shop for ongoing guidance and discussion...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012–Licensing and Software Assurance Grants

    B  V  A I recently saw some interesting information out on the web on Windows Server 2012 and wanted to make sure everybody understands our licensing changes.  We are NOT moving to core licensing with Windows Server 2012! You can stack additional licenses on top of each other to add virtual...
  • Blog Post: Get the RC of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

      Today we are pleased to announce the availability of the Release Candidate for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials . Ideal as a first server for small businesses with up to 25 users, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials provides a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help...
  • Blog Post: IGNITE+ – Now available online !!!

    B  V  A Office Ignite Sales and Technical Content Available for Partners on MPN The Office Ignite Sales and Technical content is now available for partners with MPN credentials on the Partner Learning Center (PLC). Each session module features a video recording of the session content delivered...
  • Blog Post: Are you joining us in Toronto, Canada for WPC 2012 July 8-12

    B  V  A The 2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is the partner event of the year—a unique event that will bring partners from the U.S. and around the globe together. Here are the top 10 reasons to attend:  Register now at Digital WPC   Why Attend WPC 2012? • Meet and network...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Licensing Changes Announced

    B  V  A On September 10th, 2012 Microsoft previewed the roadmap for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and the interoperability of Windows Intune and System Center Configuration Manager Console SP1 and Windows Intune.  This is extremely useful with Windows 8, Windows...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2012 and Windows Intune Wave C Announcements

    B  V  A Did you see the announcement made at Microsoft Management Summit 2012 in Las Vegas about the next version of Windows Intune.  If not, check out the official blog entry on our “Windows for Business” blog - http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/   Hopefully you already...
  • Blog Post: BIG EASY is BACK–Big Easy 7

      B    V    A Announcing the new Big Easy Offer 7! The offer will run from September 19, 2011 through December 31, 2011.   About The Big Easy Offer 7 The Big Easy Offer 7 allows US customers who make a qualifying purchase to earn a partner subsidy. Similar to previous...
  • Blog Post: Windows Small Business Server 2011 RTM’s

        SBS 2011 (which is based on Windows Server 2008 R2 technologies) has been released to manufacturing. Official Announcement: http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2010/12/13/windows-small-business-server-2011-standard-releases-to-manufacturing.aspx
  • Blog Post: 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.  This security update resolves one publicly disclosed...
  • Blog Post: Updates to Microsoft Office 365 Partner Compensation

      B  V  A Announced today July 12, 2011 during the keynotes at WPC - Partners earn money faster with Office 365. We will now pay partners at the beginning of the quarter (not at the end), which will significantly improve our partners’ cash flow. Partners that help customer with Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: FREE BPOS End User Toolkit for Partners

      I thought you’d be interested in the Getting Started with Business Productivity Online Suite End User Training Toolkit which is a complete package of prepared trainings designed to help grow your business by adding a potential revenue stream and by increasing value on each BPOS sale. The training...
  • Blog Post: 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 the E sku’s. E3 which includes Office Professional...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 ???

    B  V  A Question – Can I do an In-Place upgrades to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 ? Answer – Yes you can, but the some old rules still apply – In-place upgrades from 32-bit edition of Windows Server 2008, upgrades from one language to another, or from one build type to another (chk to fre...
  • Blog Post: Creating Windows 8 USB Windows to Go Drive

    B  V  A One of my favorite new features that offers significant business value to move to Windows 8 is the USB Windows to go .  Windows To Go workspace is an enterprise feature of Windows® 8 that enables users to boot Windows from a USB-connected external drive. Windows To Go drives can...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Server 2012 Samurai Webcast Series

    B  V  A With the success of the SMB Ranger event in Redmond, and strong feedback from our partners thirsting for MORE technical information on Windows Server 2012, we are happy to announce the SMB Samurai Server Webcast Series.  The series will be an 8 part series diving into several key...