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  • Blog Post: Are you Intune?

    We have a beta release of Intune, it’s a new management solution for our SMB customers. Check out the following link for more details: http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsintune/default.aspx I’ve heard this was coming, but I didn’t give it much of a look until I read a few articles...
  • Blog Post: You want it, you got it!…great new training opportunity around the cloud and virtualization, and did I mention it’s free!

      by Ron Grattopp……The “Cloud” and Virtualization are arguably the two hottest topics in the industry today, and Microsoft has some great technology for you leverage in your customer solutions portfolio in both of those spaces.  If you didn’t already know about it, the Microsoft Virtual Academy...
  • Blog Post: What’s the difference between Windows Intune and the System Center offerings?

    Rob Waggoner I’ve received this question a lot, so I wanted to share the question and answer directly from the FAQ on Windows Intune.  The FAQ (on the partner site) is very good and answers a lot of questions just like this one.  The URL to the FAQ is: https://partner.microsoft.com/download...
  • Blog Post: There’s a new DPM 2010 SCOM Management Pack

    Rob Waggoner This was just released, check it out. Here’s the URL where you can download this management pack: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=32077d99-618f-43d0-843d-4ba4f8019f84&displaylang=en This is a brief feature summary, I took this...
  • Blog Post: System Center Essentials, The better way to manage your virtual environment…

    Rob Waggoner I should have told you about System Center Essentials (SCE) before now, but better late than never, right? I just watched a video with Kory McCormick and Edwin Yuen discussing Virtualization in the SMB space and Edwin has some good insight into why some of our SMB customers are not using...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune, the Elevator Pitch

    Rob Waggoner   I’ve put together a few quick overviews of different Microsoft Products and today I wanted to provide a quick overview of Windows Intune.  We have some good information on Windows Intune, but this provides an overview of what is available now and what is coming in the near future...
  • Blog Post: Next Rev of Windows Intune Is Now Available

    Josh Condie – Last Monday, Microsoft announced that the next release of Windows Intune is now available (as of 10/17/2011). With this update, we are delivering on our promise of frequent updates to address top customer feedback and enable new scenarios. While the core architecture of Windows Intune...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Licensing Changes Announced

    B  V  A On September 10th, 2012 Microsoft previewed the roadmap for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and the interoperability of Windows Intune and System Center Configuration Manager Console SP1 and Windows Intune.  This is extremely useful with Windows 8, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Learn more about the Microsoft Cloud OS Platform at a city near you!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- You’re probably wondering what this new platform is all about, but the good news is that we are hosting One-Day launch events to tell you all about it! The Cloud OS Signature Event Series will give you the opportunity to engage with the Redmond product...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2012 and Windows Intune Wave C Announcements

    B  V  A Did you see the announcement made at Microsoft Management Summit 2012 in Las Vegas about the next version of Windows Intune.  If not, check out the official blog entry on our “Windows for Business” blog - http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/   Hopefully you already...
  • Blog Post: HP VirtualSystem for Microsoft Roadshow Trainings Starting this week!

      Woody Walton   I wanted to take a moment to invite all of you out there in the Microsoft partner community to take advantage of some live training events that are rolling out starting this week! I often hear from partners that there is not enough live “In-Person” training anymore.  ...
  • Blog Post: Adding an ESX Server to System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager

    Rob Waggoner I’ve talked a lot about virtualization and I even demonstrated how to add a vCenter Server to SCVMM 2008 R2 here .  Today I wanted to show you how to add the same vCenter Server to a System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Server.  If you haven’t seen the information on System...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Beta 2, How Do You Sign Up?

    We just released Beta 2 of Windows Intune, so I wanted to take a few minutes to show you how to sign up and manage clients.  In this session we will walk through how to sign up for Intune and then how to install the management agent on a client.  There are two URLs I want to share with you...
  • Blog Post: More about Windows Intune…

    I had this great idea to create a number of videos on Windows Intune so that I could show you how to setup and manage your customers computers.  Windows Intune even lets you manage computers from multiple customers from a single pane of glass.  No more logging into one customer, then out of...
  • Blog Post: Secret Sauce for Selling SA in SMB

      By Ron Grattopp ….. I LOVE alliteration and catchy titles, and I hope this title caught your attention because I have some info to share about a new cloud service that I think you’ll want to know about (but probably don’t yet).  A while back I did a post where I mentioned my favorite movie...
  • Blog Post: So what is the value proposition for Windows Intune to an SMB VAR?

      Woody Walton I have had several conversations of late with partners and Windows Intune has come up a few times.  …I must admit that I have brought it up on some of those occasions, but only because partners have asked me about it and I wanted to get a clearer picture of what you all were...
  • Blog Post: How you add a VirtualCenter Server to SCVMM

    Rob Waggoner I’ve talked about how SCVMM can manage ESX servers so I wanted to show you how you add the VirtualCenter server to SCVMM so SCVMM can manage the ESX hosts.      Here is a great article that includes the details / requirements / and limitations of managing VMware servers with...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Unified Installer

    Rob Waggoner On January 17th we announced the new System Center 2012 lineup.  One of the improvements we made to System Center hasn’t received a lot of attention… yet.  That’s the new Unified Installer.  While you’ll only use the Unified Installer once, you will love the power and ease...
  • Blog Post: Will SCVMM 2008 R2 Manage a Windows Server 2008 R2 Server with SP1?

    Rob Waggoner I received the following question: Q: Will SCVMM 2008 R2 manage a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Server? A: Yes, but SP1 needs to be applied to your SCVMM 2008 R2 installation first. Here’s the excerpt from the What’s New in Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 . Why is SP1 required?  Because...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Servers and System Center Endpoint Protection, the Elevator Pitch

    Rob Waggoner A few months back, I shared the Forefront for Exchange and SharePoint, the Elevator Pitch video , and today I wanted to share the video that covers the Forefront Servers and the System Center Endpoint protection solution.  I combined all three of these solutions into one video since...
  • Blog Post: System Center Advisor–Now Available for Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010 & SQL Server 2012

    B   V   A Wanted to give a Quick Update: In November Ron Grattopp  blogged about a new benefit of Software Assurance known as System Center Advisor – http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2011/11/21/secret-sauce-for-selling-sa-in-smb.aspx I was recently talking...
  • Blog Post: There is an update for System Center 2012

    Rob Waggoner   If you are already looking at or running System Center 2012, be sure to install Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) for System Center 2012 as well.  It includes some last minute updates that did not make it into the RTM package.  CU1 can be downloaded here: Description of Update Rollup...
  • Blog Post: IAMCP events in Tampa and New Orleans next week!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Are you a member of the IAMCP? The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) represents Microsoft´s best of breed partners from around the globe. Our organization was formed in 1994 and provides Microsoft Partners a voice into Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta

      Now available for download from the connect site is the beta of the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.  What’s new in Security Essentials 2.0 Beta: - Windows Firewall integration – Microsoft Security Essentials will ask if you would like to turn the Windows Firewall on or...
  • 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...