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  • Blog Post: Microsoft SMB Accelerated Sales Process

    B  V  A The Accelerated Sales Process was specifically designed to address the challenges described below, and create a pro-Microsoft bias, by re-aligning buying and selling activities.  Customers have fundamentally changed how and when they engage with sales professionals during their...
  • Blog Post: Revamped SkyDrive

        B  V A As we prepare for Office 365, I am still amazed at the number of Partners and Customers that are not aware of our Free consumer offerings marketed, or rather under-marketed as “Live”.  Specifically I wanted to remind you of SkyDrive .  SkyDrive is not only a free 25gb...
  • Blog Post: Disti Summit Question–What about MultiPoint Server ???

    B  V  A While talking about Windows Server 2012 at the Disti Summits last week in Las Vegas and Miami, a question came up that I wanted to double check our status at Corporate.  “What about Multi Point Server ???”  Currently Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Beta is live and available...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Essentials–RTM’s and available Nov. 1st

    B  V  A Windows Server 2012 Essentials (the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Learning JumpStart course for 74-325 Office 365 Exam and the Small Business Competency

    B  V  A Saw this one come in to my inbox today and wanted to get this out to you ASAP as many partners have asked us about training for these exams and competency. Next week ( 6/11 1-5PDT – 6/12 9-5PDT ) we will be broadcasting live from the Microsoft Learning Studios to teach the SMB world...
  • Blog Post: Are you a TPAM managed Partner??? – Earn $1000.00 for 1st BPOS Deal

    US Exchange Extend Offer Sell your first BPOS or Exchange Online deal, and you could earn $1000! As a TPAM-managed VAR that sells Exchange on-premise, you could earn $1000 for selling your first BPOS or Exchange Online deal. Qualifying deals must be sold between January 7 th and March 31 st , 2011 (Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 with downgrade to XP – Going away???

    Not Exactly, which is why I am writing this post.  As I have been training several OEM partners of Microsoft, I thought it was important for all to understand what is upon us. For those of you that didn’t know the OEM license of Windows 7 gives you N-2 rights for downgrade.  What does that...
  • Blog Post: VAR Rebate now available !!!

      On January 1, we launched the FY11 H2 VAR Rebate Program. It will run from January 1 through June 30, 2011, the second half (H2) of the current Microsoft fiscal year (FY11).   The FY11 H2 U.S. VAR Rebate Program allows you to earn up to 20% in rebates when you sell annuity agreements, specifically...
  • 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