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Announcing Windows Server 2012 R2 Samurai Webcast Series
Q: (from Brenda) I liked the Windows Server 2012 Samurai Webcast Series , but has the content been refreshed since the launch of Windows Server 2012 R2? A: To stay ahead of the game, partners need to be ready now to show their customers how Windows Server 2012 R2 can help them be lean and stay lean by...
9 Dec 2013
Being a Nerd: Wireless VGA/HDMI Part 2
Q: (from Jeff) When you find a minute if I could trouble you to send me links to the HDMI connector for surface pro, as well as the device that allows you to connect to your television for both video and audio. A: This is a follow up question from my original post Being a Nerd: Wireless VGA/HDMI . In...
26 Nov 2013
Which Office 365 plans work with Dynamics CRM Online?
Q: (from Bill) Quick question, we are now thinking of going with Dynamics CRM. But I think we cannot use Small Business Premium with Dynamics. I think we have to go with Mid-Sized business? A: It took me a few minutes to find something, but a the Bing search that produced the winning answer...
18 Nov 2013
Administrative & Service Account CALs
Q: (from Chip) I have a client looking to renew some licensing and I have a CAL question. The question is that he has Exchange server and had user CALS for his people but he has servers like his Blackberry Server, CA Backup Server that require logins to function properly. Does he need user licenses...
5 Nov 2013
Delivering a Windows To Go Demo
Q: (from Jeff) So, I wanted to show a customer the Windows to Go. They previously consolidated their enterprise on Open value in Windows XP, but have since upgraded to a mix of Vista Business and Windows 7 pro with OEM licensing. I can’t seem to make one of the Windows to Go USB sticks work...
4 Nov 2013
Deploying Office 365 ProPlus using App-V
Q: (from Tim) Can Office 365 be deployed at a client site through SCCM (traditional deployment model) or APP-V (application virtualization)? A: The answer is “Yes". A quick Bing search using “Deploying Office 365 with App-V” resulted in the following links: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library...
24 Oct 2013
MEC Webcasts now Available! As part of the on-going effort to scale the proven, winning message from the MEC (Microsoft Experience Center) program in FY14, we are pleased to announce the launch of the U.S. MEC “Experience the Possible” Webcast Series starting Thursday, October 24 th at 11:30 AM PT ....
23 Oct 2013
Common Objections to Office 365 Small Business Premium
Q: (from Leianni) When discussing Office 365 SBP with my peers, we frequently return to the same objections: subscription hard to sell low margin for partners no incremental sale channel killer Help me understand Microsoft’s position. A: I find myself frequently answering these questions. I just came...
14 Oct 2013
Essential Resources for Cloud Partners
Over the last two weeks, I’ve been on-the-road in the Northeast Area with two of my co-workers: Gail Corey and Chris Large. During that time we visited with more than eight partners, a few customers, and delivered two SMB Live events. As we neared the end of our tour, we noticed that independent of if...
3 Oct 2013
RDS Licensing Server in a Mixed Windows Server Version Environment
Q: (from Beth) I have a customer who has a 2008 R2 server as his DC and licensing server. He has a 2012 RDS Server as a member server. He obviously needs 2012 CALs, but he wants to make sure that the 2008 licensing server will read and distribute those 2012 CALs properly. A: A Bing search using "windows...
22 Sep 2013
Adding Storage to SkyDrive Pro
Q: (from Shali) Do you know how someone can add additional storage to their SkyDrive pro in Office 365? A: Based on what I’ve found, you can’t add storage to SkyDrive Pro today: http://community.office365.com/en-us/forums/148/t/177236.aspx http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-sharepoint...
19 Aug 2013
Beat VMware with the new Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool
Normally I’m not impressed with TCO calculation tools. They often rely on unrealistic assumptions, request obscure data points, and deliver dry results. However, the new Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool ( www.datacentertcotool.com ) impressed me as being different. The first thing that caught my attention...
8 Aug 2013
Microsoft VDI Licensing
Q: (from Kellie) If an end user is hosting virtual desktops on a server, is there a limit to the number of virtual desktop instances they may run? If so, is the limit different for Standard and Datacenter? I know VDA is required to license the devices accessing a Virtual Desktop and VDA is available...
9 Jul 2013
Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)
Q: (from Lee) If I set up DFS-R and it is scheduled vs all the time, what will happen in the following scenario: Joe makes a change to files.txt at 9am. and saves changes Sandy makes a change to files.txt at 11am and saves changes Vince makes a change to files.txt at 1pm and saves changes The servers...
1 Jul 2013
Cloud Now Promotion
Q: (from Jake) As I push to close business for the end of Microsoft’s fiscal year, are there any promotions in market now that the Big Easy and Cloud Easy have lapsed? A: Thanks for your efforts and thanks for asking! “YES” we do have a June 2013 promotion announced Friday of last week and retroactively...
10 Jun 2013
Office 365 with Multiple Domains
Q: (from Jason) Is there a limit to how many Domains that can be added to an Office 365 account? As long as we own a domain, can we just keep on adding domains, or is there a limit? Is it based on subscription? Licenses? Secondly, if we wanted to use several domains for email...
29 May 2013
More Windows To Go USB Drives
Q: (from Gary) I was at the seminar and asked you about the specs on a jump/flash drive for Windows to Go setup. Could you let me know the which one would work best for me? I have tried LEXAR, KINGSTON, Data traveler and a few off brands that we have here. I haven’t been successful with any 32G or 64G...
29 May 2013
Where is my Office 365 data located?
Q: (from Darryl) I am looking for a ITAR compliant hosted email solution and wanted to check with you to see if this is something your group could provide. I also need to make sure all email servers are based in the US. As a DOD contractor, we are not able to use Google Apps or most other hosted or cloud...
29 Mar 2013
Office 365 Open Licensing Readiness
Office 365 on Open Licensing. You Bill, We Deliver. You don’t want to miss this webcast series! With the release of Office 365 on Open & Full Package Product (FPP), you now can deliver Office to your customers in the way that makes the most sense for them and you. The new Office 365 Midsize Business...
22 Mar 2013
SharePoint Extranet Connector Licensing
Q: (from Cary) I have a licensing questions as it pertains to the new version of 2013 SharePoint. What is and is not an internet user, because Microsoft no longer sells "internet site license's" I want to make sure we are good to go. It looks like we can shave 45,000 dollars off our cost. ...
7 Mar 2013
Demo’ing the new Office
Q: (from Patrick) I am delivering a new Office presentation shortly. Do you have a recording of you demoing Office 2013 that I would watch? Do you have the sample files you use to conduct the demo? A: For demo files, I now use the “Take a Tour” templates that come with the new Office. They can...
20 Feb 2013
EDU pricing for Office 365
Q: (from David) One of my agents has an EDU customer with the following questions. This EDU customer has 200 students and 75 Faculty & Staff. They are currently on Office 2007. Can you help me with this? Link for EDU purposes. Office 365 comes with the code to put on computers plus the Office running...
5 Feb 2013
Lync Conference Limit
Q: (from Nikkia) I have a client who would like to know how many attendees can be in a Lync audio, video, web, chat meeting, please. Do you know? Thanks! A: It took some hunting with Bing, but I found several aspects to the answer: Previous versions of Lync have been tested and support...
19 Jan 2013
Being a Nerd: Wireless VGA/HDMI
OK… So I’m a self proclaimed nerd AND a presenter. This naturally leads to a frustration around showing Windows 8 to customers while using a tablet: the tablet computer is all about mobility and freedom but I had to be “tethered” to the projector with a VGA or HDMI cable. Now I found several devices...
29 Nov 2012
Windows Small Business Server 2011 with Software Assurance
Q: (from Ed) Have you given or planning to give a license review of how the dropping of SBS Standard has affected current OV SBS customers and Microsoft’s recommendation of what Partners should discuss with those customers. A: Obviously, current customers on SBS with SA have the option...
27 Nov 2012
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