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  • Blog Post: Have you seen the new Microsoft Intune updates?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- With Microsoft Intune being available through Open, I seem to be getting more and more inquiries about it. When it originally launched we positioned as a way for partners to monitor their Windows PCs and standardize on a common Windows Desktop experience...
  • Blog Post: Should I use DirSync or AAD Sync?

    Tim Tetrick Hi Cloud Partners, I’m sure many of you out there are familiar with DirSync . DirSync is a tool that has been around for a while that allows customers to keep their on-premises Active Directory continuously synchronized with Azure AD. It syncs users, groups, and optionally passwords into...
  • Blog Post: Get Familiar with Microsoft’s New Partner Cloud Competencies

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, If you attended WPC in D.C. or have had a conversation with your partner contact at Microsoft recently, then you know that Microsoft is in the process of transforming to a “Cloud First” model. Of course, this type of significant change means inevitable...
  • Blog Post: Cloud SureStep Announced: Partner Path to Establish, Grow and Thrive with Microsoft Online Services

    Josh Condie – About a week ago, Thomas Hansen (Microsoft VP, SMB Worldwide) announced the launch of a comprehensive online (MPN-based) guide for success with Microsoft Online Services: Cloud SureStep . The link to his announcement is here . SureStep is a highly accessible, very rich and organized series...
  • Blog Post: IUR (Internal Use Rights) Changes for Microsoft Cloud Partners – Action Required!

    Tim Tetrick In the past, MPN Partners with Cloud Essentials / Cloud Accelerate designation had access to Internal Use Rights for Office 365, CRM Online, Windows Intune, and Azure. Moving forward, however, only partners with a Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) or partners with a Silver or Gold...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Trust Center Resources

    Tim Tetrick I know many of you are familiar with the Office 365 Trust Center and use it on a regular basis to help address your customer’s questions and concerns around Privacy, Transparency, Security, Compliance, and Certifications. What you may not be aware of is that Microsoft has similar Trust Centers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ahead of the Game Technical Series Roadshow Coming to a City near you!

      Todd Sweetser Microsoft technical training is coming to a city near you. Register now to join us for the Ahead of the Game Technical Series event … space is limited. The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a 2 day hands-on training event for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio

    Tim Tetrick I want to make everyone aware of a newly updated resource to assist with your Online Services selling efforts.  The Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio is a collection of over 120 unique documents all related to the Microsoft Online Services business across Office 365 , Windows...
  • Blog Post: New Version of the Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet

    Michael Kophs Microsoft Cloud PTS Back in February, I blogged about the Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet.  Well a lot has changed since then, so check out the new Cost Comparison Worksheet - v2 by clicking on the link below! Looking to provide your customers/prospects with a detailed comparison...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune or a couple of frappucinos, actually you can have both…

    By Ron Grattopp…..of course, with Windows Intune launching this past week one would expect a lot of commentary on it around the blogoshere.  This particular one, Microsoft's InTune: Price Too High for SMB? , from a “Channel Insider Staff” on the Channel Insider blog caught my attention, and after...
  • Blog Post: Now Available – Work Smart Guide for Windows 8 – The Quick and Essential Training for End-Users

    Josh Condie – For those of you who subscribe to the weekly Technet Newsletter, you may have already seen this.  For those of you who don’t, or may not have reviewed the entire newsletter, this resource is worth calling out.  The Work Smart Guide for Windows 8 is a condensed, visual guide to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Upgrade Rights

    Q: (from Dave) Can Windows Intune be used to upgrade (crossgrade?) from the Mac OS to Windows 7 Enterprise?   A: I love the term “crossgrade” but unfortunately the answer is “no”. According to the Intune FAQ ( http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windowsintune/faq/default.aspx ) in the section...
  • Blog Post: Why you should take a Second Look at Microsoft Windows Intune – Training and Promotion Announced for the New Wave D

    Josh Condie - There are significant changes in the pricing, licensing, skus, and key product features of Windows Intune with the new Wave D offering launching this month – greatly enhancing the partner reselling and services opportunity.  Many partners are seeing strong success leveraging Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 References Just Released

    Josh Condie – Microsoft Press has just release 3 great new books to arm yourself with as your colleagues and customers begin to explore the new client OS. Help them deploy, manage, use and experience all the new features and form factors that are about to hit the market:   Troubleshoot and Optimize...
  • Blog Post: 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 Intune endpoint protection to replace my current...
  • Blog Post: Up Selling and Cross Selling Windows Intune and Office 365

    Steve Deming I got the opportunity to attend the Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles this week and between partner meetings, I even got to attend some of the breakouts. One of those breakouts was “Up Selling and Cross Selling Windows Intune and Office 365”. Although most of the information was...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Ready-to-Go (RTG) Sneak Peek Campaign Marketing Materials

    Q: (from Russ) We want to leverage some of the media wave focused on Windows Intune for our own customer facing event – timing is everything. Does Microsoft have materials (slide decks, scripts, data sheets) we can leverage to turn this around quickly?   A: Great timing! I just received an email...
  • Blog Post: UPDATED: Everything you ever wanted to know about Microsoft Cloud Computing Resources – or at least where to find it.

    By Ron Grattopp …..As you likely know, there have been some major changes in the Microsoft Partner Network program as well as the MPN Portal so it’s time to update this list of resources for you.  I’d also like to give a shout out to Diane Golshan from the US Partner Program team for her assistance...
  • Blog Post: Partner Portal for all things Office 365

    By Ron Grattopp ….. Recently, I’ve been doing some partner training on Office 365, and one of the KEY resources available to Microsoft partners that I continually point to is QuickStart for Microsoft Online Services Portal .  It occurred to me that I didn’t remember seeing any previous posts around...
  • Blog Post: Exclusive Mid Atlantic Microsoft Workshop - Implementing and Supporting with Windows Intune Workshop

    Join us for this one-day, hands-on workshop enables attendees to manage and administer computers and software through Windows Intune™. Windows Intune is a new solution that simplifies how businesses manage and secure PCs by using Windows cloud services and Windows® 7 – so your computers and users can...
  • Blog Post: 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:  The Benefit of Using Windows 7 in Small and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune June 2012 Release Available Today

    Josh Condie – Employees are becoming more and more tech-savvy and demanding greater flexibility with their work style, where and how they access information and what devices and computing platforms they use.  An increasing number of employees are mobile or home-based today and need to work from...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Sales Specialist

    B  V  A I was recently out looking for the update to the Systems Management and Virtualization merge on the Microsoft Sales Specialist site, and ran across the new Windows Intune Sales Specialist Accreditation: “The Windows Intune accreditation, featured on Microsoft Sales Specialist, prepares...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Desktop Proposition–Crunching the numbers

      B  V   A I was recently at the San Diego VAR Summit, while we talked about a lot of the Microsoft Solutions, I was posed a question by a partner that started me thinking about delivering the Microsoft Desktop, so here is what I came up with: Windows 7 Enterprise Edition AV/AS Multi...
  • Blog Post: UPDATED Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio

    Tim Tetrick In a blog post from January , I talked about the Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio as a resource to assist with your Online Services selling efforts.  I’m happy to announce that we have an updated version of the PDF Portfolio now available with completely refreshed content...