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  • Blog Post: Microsoft launches the Online Service Health Dashboard for BPOS – Standard customers World Wide

    Article by Charles Van Heusen | Partner Technology Advisor | Microsoft U.S. – SMB&D – TS2 Team | Follow our Blog |Follow me on Twitter     As I’ve interacted with many Partners and customers over the past year discussing Microsoft Online Services, the one question that often came up is...
  • Blog Post: How to renew your Microsoft Online Service Provider Agreement (MOSPA)

    You may have received an e-mail notifying you that your MOSPA agreement has expired (in some cases, you may have recently signed the agreement). This is not an error, as the MOSPA agreement is paired with your Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) agreement expiration date, and must be renewed annually. To...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Microsoft’s Online Services Privacy Policy

      One of the most common questions I hear from Partners when it comes to using “Cloud” solutions is “How do I know you are protecting my customer’s privacy"? I thought I should dig into this so you know where to go to find the information to share with your customers.  There are two main...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010: Understanding the Suite Line-ups and Changes to Licensing

    While I’ve been working with my counterparts on the US Partner Readiness team to build the training for Office 2010, I felt it was important to share some of the key changes to the Office 2010 product lines up with you. I’ve included a few screenshots from the online training course that is available...
  • Blog Post: MS10-002 : IE | Critical – Partner Briefing

    I will be hosting a webcast on Monday, January 25th to discuss the Critical patch for Internet Explorer that was announced on January 21st.  We will discuss the details around this vulnerability within the various versions of Internet Explorer and the steps you need to take within your organization...
  • Blog Post: Free Workshop on Building your Cloud Practice–Sign up Today!

        The Cloud is here and it is real. According to a study recently completed by Everything Channel’s IPED Research division, by 2012, at least 50% of all customers will have some form of a cloud solution underway.  Many partners continue to ask these questions:   How do I get started...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Downgrade Rights - Your choice Vista or Windows XP - For a Limited Time

    (republishing from archived my blog site) Several news articles are out in circulation regarding the recent announcement that Windows XP will be an optional selection for the downgrade rights, which has spurred a lot of questions at the SB2@TS2 events around the reasoning behind this decision. When this...
  • Blog Post: New Virtualization Features in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

    posted by Charles Van Heusen Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 adds a number of serviceability enhancements to Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition and as a result of customer feedback, SP1 also adds two new virtualization features: Dynamic Memory and RemoteRX.    For those of you who haven’t...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Instant Reference Book…. Get it while its HOT!!

    Congratulations is in order! Matt Hester , Chris Henley , and Harold Wong from the Microsoft TechNet team have put a lot of blood, sweat, and time into the creation of one of the best IT Pro books on the market. While I haven’t had the privilege to read all of it just yet, I’m looking forward to picking...
  • Blog Post: FREE Microsoft Practice Accelerator for Cloud Services

    If you’ve been trying to figure out how to make the transition to the cloud, but didn’t know where to begin, this is the perfect opportunity for you to gain the in depth knowledge you need and get your questions answered at the convenience of working from your desk or home office.    Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Where to download SBS2011 Standard for Installation

    As many of you are aware, Small Business Server has never been available for download from the Volume License Service Center.  However, it is available for download for those of you with a TechNet subscription and rumor has it that it will be making it way into the Action Pack Subscription soon...
  • Blog Post: Jabra 6470 Headset–the Ultimate UC headset solution for the mobile worker

    Posted by Charles Van Heusen I’ve been doing a fair amount of research for the past few months looking for a wireless headset solution that I could use as my primary headset in my home office to connect with my desk phone as well as a softphone solution to connect to Office Communicator 2007 and Lync...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 SKU Lineup – Understanding your options

    In the graphic below, you’ll find a total of 6 different SKU’s listed for the new Windows 7 family. If you are wondering what makes sense for you, let me help you understand your choices. Let's start at the bottom and work our way up. The Windows 7 Starter SKU is designed for an entry level solutions...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance! Building a Ladder to the Clouds

    Our friends at MSPTV in conjunction with Redmond Channel Partner are hosting a pre-holiday webcast to help you plan for the new year and making that transition to the cloud.  I know many partners are wondering how Cloud services fit in their practice and how its going to impact their business. ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool (Beta) is available now

    We are excited to announce that the “ Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool beta is now available on the Community Portal.  The beta version of Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool, is the first of a variety of tools that will be released in the Office 365 Deployment Resource Kit. ...
  • Blog Post: Hey Partners, Are you Cloud Power Ready? Then get the word out with the Cloud Power Campaign

    Cloud technology is getting a lot of attention. And a lot of businesses have questions about what the cloud can help them do. Materials from Ready-to-Go Marketing can help you provide answers about the cloud—and promote the uniqueness of Microsoft cloud solutions—to your customers. With the Cloud Power...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Server Virtualization: Advanced Planning, Assessment, Architecture, and Management 3 Day Training Available in Select Locations

      A 400-level, three-day, instructor-led course focused on advanced virtualization design, architecture, project planning, and holistic management. This course will be led by an experienced MCS Senior Consultant who brings real-world experiences and Microsoft Product Group prescriptive guidance...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Content to help you Sell!

      We are pleased to announce the recent availability of more Office 365 key readiness messaging to help you take our value proposition to market. Take advantage of all of the resources listed below in your conversations and engagements with customers. Module 01: Office 365 Ignite (Beta)—What's New...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune–Microsoft's Desktop Management Solution in the Cloud–Coming March 23rd

    Get Ready to Deliver the Best Windows Experience, from the Cloud Today at CeBIT in Germany Microsoft announced that Windows Intune will be commercially available on March 23, 2011. Windows Intune offers your customers a comprehensive solution that brings together cloud services and an upgrade subscription...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Essentials

      On July 28th, Microsoft announced two offerings available to partners wishing to either sell and service or build and develop on the cloud platform providing you ways to engage that complement their existing Microsoft Network benefits. Microsoft® Cloud Essentials Pack The Microsoft Cloud Essentials...
  • Blog Post: SBS2011 Ready To GO (RTG) Campaign is Live

      Small Business Server 2011 Standard is out and ready for Prime Time!  Now its time to get the word out and we have put together the resources to enable you to start marketing it today.  So what are you waiting for ??  https://readytogo.microsoft.com/Campaign/Pages/Windows%20Small...
  • Blog Post: Save Time and Costs with the Windows SBS 2011 Standard OPK

    posted by Charles Van Heusen The OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) is now available for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard. The OPK is a free set of tools and documentation that help you automate the process of preinstalling Windows SBS 2011 Standard. Download the OPK Today Technorati Tags: SBS...
  • Blog Post: CRM Product News–Partner Ready Resources to expand your Practice

    Posted by Charles Van Heusen Since most traditional Microsoft Channel Partner don’t receive the Dynamics Partner Newsletters, I thought this would be worth sharing.  Especially for those of you have interesting in pursuing opportunities with CRM 2011 and CRM Online as a way to expand your practice...
  • Blog Post: Experience the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

      Learn more at www.crm2011beta.com Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 delivers the Power of Productivity through familiar, connected and intelligent experiences for users inside and outside an organization.   Familiar experiences through a next-generation native Microsoft Outlook client, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: New Developer Tools coming for Windows Phone Platform

    Andy Lees announced at #WPC10 the final beta of the Developer Toolkits for the Windows Phone is available to everyone at http://developer.windowsphone.com    There are also a Windows Phone emulator that will allow you to see how your applications will appear and act upon a device even if you...