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  • Blog Post: FREE SQL Server 2014 Technical Ignite Trainings for Partners

    Onur Dogruoz LOCATION AND DATE: Sunnyvale, CA April 8 to 11, 2014 Chicago, IL April 21 – 24, 2014 Reston, VA April 29 – May 2, 2014 Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Ignite brings to market new in-memory capabilities built into the core database and provides new cloud capabilities to simplify cloud adoption...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions for Partners – Starting May 7th

      Josh Condie - Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live...
  • Blog Post: What feature set is included with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Developer Edition?

    Q: (from Geoff) Does Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Developer Edition deliver the same functionality as Standard, Business Intelligence, or Enterprise edition?   A: From: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144275.aspx “SQL Server 2012 Developer edition lets developers build any kind of application...
  • Blog Post: So what happens if I have Software Assurance on SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup edition?

      Woody Walton As many of you know, March 7th is the launch of SQL Server 2012.   With a little over one one week to go, the time is now to dig in and see what SQL Server 2012 is all about!  You can join in the festivities next week by attending the virtual launch event ( register...
  • Blog Post: New MCSE Certification Paths for SQL Server 2012–Available This Month

    Josh Condie – Microsoft has just announced the 2 certification paths to receive your MCSE for SQL Server 2012.  These tracks will be built upon the new technical certification redesign that Microsoft introduced just a few months back.  Following the April launch of SQL Server 2012, two new...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Licensing Guides

    B  V  A Josh Condie, one of my teammates on TS2 did a great post on the upcoming changes of SQL Server 2012 with regards to the licensing changes - http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2011/11/30/a-concise-sql-server-2012-licensing-overview.aspx With General availability coming...
  • Blog Post: Report Builder 3.0 – Some Simple Gotchas and Fixes

    Woody Walton I have been working with both SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2 Report Builder 3.0 quite a bit in the past month and I thought I would take the time to share a few things with you that I learned that were not readily apparent with Report Builder 3.0. You see I come from an infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 coming soon, are you ready ?

    B   V   A SQL Server 2012 is coming soon and will bring exciting opportunities  with our enhanced database platform, BI and developer tools.   Training titles below have been organized by Sales & Licensing and Technical, with partner-type and role-specific titles noted...
  • Blog Post: Get the FREE Express Version’s

      Looking for a way to start with SQL Server or Visual Studio??? I recently delivered a SQL Server 2008 R2 webcast and while talking about the versions the Express edition, which is FREE, came up.  One of the big changes from SQL Server 2008 Express edition is the database size.  It is...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Great Resource–MPN Partner Learning Plan Tool

    Josh Condie – In my many interactions with our SMB partner community throughout the year, I often come away with requests to assemble and consolidate targeted training resources for partners looking to start a new practice or update old skillsets in preparation for a new product release.  Until...
  • Blog Post: Register Now: Simple Strategies to Increase Business with System Center and SQL

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- With the upcoming versions of System Center 2012 and SQL 2012 around the bend, are you ready to bring your customers up to date? ======================= Dear Partner, Join us on April 4 to learn and understand the new System Center and the new licensing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Sales Demos

        Have you heard about Microsoft Sales Demos located at http://www.mssalesdemos.com .  This site was developed by the Microsoft Business and Products group to provide solutions and demonstrations across the full range of Microsoft technologies. Users have access to live hosted Virtual...
  • Blog Post: A Concise SQL Server 2012 Licensing Overview

      Josh Condie – With the Release Candidate for SQL Server 2012 now available it is now more important than ever that Microsoft effectively communicate the significant licensing changes that are coming with the new release.  Below is the best, concise summary that I have seen. SQL Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: A Few Good SQL Server 2008 R2 Resources for Partners

    Woody Walton Every time Microsoft ships a new version of a product we all have to adapt to change, and that change comes on many fronts.  Depending on who you are, it could mean learning the new capabilities and enhancements in the product and how they make sense for your customers, how has the...
  • 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: Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions (week starting November 5th)

    Josh Condie - Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting...
  • Blog Post: Report Builder 3.0 in SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition – A few points

    Woody Walton I have been delivering Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 familiarization sales training to our various transaction partners over the last few weeks and I wanted to share a a few questions that I think are representative of what many of you may be thinking about or asking yourself. One of the...
  • Blog Post: PowerPivot – next gen Business Intelligence (BI)

    by Ron Grattopp…….Although PowerPivot has been available for a few months now, I recently saw the following Network World blog post ( How Microsoft PowerPivot will disrupt BI ) and thought it was an interesting take on the impact of PowerPivot, Microsoft’s “ PivotTable on steroids ” (link to a webcast...
  • Blog Post: Being a Nerd: Exploring data with the WorldWide Telescope, Layerscape, and NUIverse

    For those of you who have seen my posts in the past, you may already have some idea that I’m a nerd and I love technology. And just to confirm your first impressions, my nerd quotient rises when technology is used in new and interesting ways. Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen several blogs talking about...