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What's New in Windows Server 2016 Preview Jump Start
Todd Sweetser With the release of Windows 10 partners have been asking about what the next version of Windows Server will entail. Here is information on an upcoming training event that will be covering Windows Server 2016 – called the What's New in Windows Server 2016 Preview Jump Start . ...
10 Aug 2015
Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Capitalize on the Opportunity!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! The cloud marks an unprecedented shift in the way we deliver solutions to customers. This shift also marks a need to rethink the partner business model, in order to build a sustainable business. But how? That is the pressing question top of mind for many of our partners...
5 Nov 2014
LABs on Azure, a great Partner training resource
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Came across this Azure training resource that has been made available to our partner community. It is called Labs on Azure. Here are some details and how you can utilize from link above! What is it? Partners are always in need of development, test, and demo...
9 Oct 2014
Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers! Wanted to make sure all were aware of the current SMB Advantage program in place, see info below! Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage! The SMB Advantage offers are valid from September 2, 2014 – November 30, 2014. The offers allow you to claim partner...
4 Sep 2014
Azure RemoteApp… give it a try!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! As I mentioned on my previous post, More on Azure Announcements at TechEd , one of the solutions announced is Azure RemoteApp. While there is not a large amount if info available yet, there is some basic documentation. Go to the Azure RemoteApp Preview page to review...
28 May 2014
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...
5 Feb 2014
SBS 2011 Essentials vs. Server 2008 R2 Foundation
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- I am absolutely excited that SBS 2011 Essentials is coming soon… and the fact that you don’t have to worry about any CALs makes me even more excited So while we are on the topic of not having to worry about any CALs… it’s only fitting that we take yet...
1 Apr 2011
Add-On Software Now Available for Windows Server 2012 Essentials
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- By now, I’m sure most of you are aware that SBS 2011 (Standard & Essentials) is the final version you will be able to purchase (through June of next year)…. but did you know that SBS blog is still alive and well.…. and it’s been updated to include...
1 Dec 2012
Exchange Server Supportability Matrices–Exchange 2010 and 2013
Josh Condie – One of the most valuable resources on the Microsoft public domain that I consistently have partners thank me for exposing to them is the Exchange Supportability Matrix. These are condensed, single page charts providing all the details necessary for implementing a “supported” Exchange...
30 Nov 2012
It’s official, we now have the names, launch windows, and prices for the next generation Windows SMB Servers
by Ron Grattopp…..Some of my TS2 cohorts and I have been presenting sessions on SMB Servers (up to now known by their codenames, SBS 7 and Aurora) for a series of OEM-focused, Intel-hosted events around the country. Of course, the two questions we always get are: 1) “when will it be available in...
3 Nov 2010
Aero Glass on Remote Desktop Services?
As you’ve already read , we’ve renamed Terminal Services to Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2008 R2. RDS also gives us the ability to leverage Aero Glass from a Remote Desktop Connection. This is a multi-step process, but there are really two phases. Phase I is enabling the Desktop Experience...
9 Mar 2010
Practice Accelerator Sessions – Starting August 13th
Josh Condie – Below is the schedule for all of the upcoming Practice Accelerator sessions scheduled for next 3 months. The cost to attend a Practice Accelerator session is now only five Partner Advisory Hours! A high-value training offering that can help your business expand across...
1 Aug 2012
How does the End-of-Life for Windows Server 2000 impact Small Business Server 2000?
By now you’ve probably seen my post about the End-of-Life for Windows Server 2000. If you still have SBS 2000 in production, this change raises questions with regard to the support lifecycle of SBS 2000 as well. Let’s talk through that. Here’s the support statement for SBS 2000: Isn’t that clear? Support...
11 Mar 2010
The SBS 2011 Partner Page is Now Live on MPN!
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The team has consolidated some of the most relevant PARTNER facing materials to help you sell SBS 2011: I have included a few of the highlights under each section below: Product References Windows SBS 2011 Family Brochure Why Upgrade to Windows SBS 2011...
13 Apr 2011
Upgrade a Foundation Server to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
Rob Waggoner If you bought Windows Server 2008 Foundation or Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation and you’re now out growing it, Microsoft is offering a limited time upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard . Until September 30th, 2011, you can “trade-in” your copy of Foundation for credit toward...
10 Aug 2011
Windows 8 to feature new file system
Ron Grattopp ….. This sounded interesting so thought I’d share. Microsoft has announced (via a post on its Building Windows 8 blog ) that Windows 8 will introduce a new file system known as Resilient File System (ReFS) which will include a next generation on-disk storage engine. ...
21 Jan 2012
Announcing the SMB Server Experience Tool
By Ron Grattopp ….. You’ll want to check out the brand new SMB Server Experience and Server Selection Tools on the Midsize Business Solution page (screenshot below) of the microsoft.com Server and Cloud Platform site. These tools just launched today and are a unique solution which...
18 Nov 2011
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...
24 May 2011
Office 365 is out… what will SBS 2011 Essentials integration look like?
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The SBS team updated their blog with a post that contains some new details: http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2011/06/30/sbs-2011-essentials-and-office-365-great-value-for-our-customers.aspx The Office 365 Integration module for SBS 2011 Essentials...
1 Jul 2011
What happened to Terminal Services? What’s Remote Desktop Services??
Remember Terminal Server? And then Terminal Services? We’ve now renamed it to Remote Desktop Services (RDS). The core functionality of Terminal Services is now included in the new RDS functionality. We renamed it because it now encompasses more than just Terminal Services. It now also supports VDI and...
3 Feb 2010
SBS 2011 Licensing – Can I downgrade?
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Although we think your customers are going to love Exchange 2010 in SBS 2011…. we do understand that there may some instances where you will need to downgrade. For a high level look at SBS Licensing please head over to: http://www.microsoft.com...
26 Jan 2011
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...
9 Feb 2011
Which Server is Right for My Customer?
Rob Waggoner Should they deploy Windows Server Standard, or Foundation, or should they deploy SBS? If SBS, which one Standard or Essentials? It makes me yearn for the days of Henry Ford when he said People can have the Model T in any...
18 Aug 2011
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...
20 Jan 2010
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...
7 Feb 2011
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