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  • Blog Post: Hosting a SharePoint 2010 Event

    Q: (from Marc) We are at it again this time scheduled to do one on SharePoint 2010!  Are there any good decks that you may be able to recommend?  We would like to focus on the benefits and business value for SharePoint then probably end it with a virtual demo. A: When it comes to a SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp is Coming to a City Near You…

      Josh Condie – If you have just begun to sell Microsoft Online Services such as Office 365 and are looking for the deep guidance to accelerate your new practice, then this course is just what you need.  You will learn about all of the programs and resources available to you and your customers...
  • Blog Post: Package Services: Exchange Deployment Planning Services

    Q: (from Stacey) We have a customer who has an Exchange migration project coming up.  He has (2) Software Assurance vouchers, each for 1 day.  I looked on the Microsoft site & it looks like you have to be a Packaged Service Provider & that this is for Exchange Deployment Planning? The...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Government Announced

    Josh Condie – Yesterday, Microsoft announced Office 365 for Government.  This represents a great opportunity for our SMB partner community, especially at the local and regional government level.  Small State and Local Government entities are the perfect candidates for secure and private cloud...
  • Blog Post: OCS next – Microsoft Lync

    Are you connected ? Microsoft® Lync™, formerly Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) and Microsoft Communicator, delivers on the vision of a truly integrated communications experience.   Lync is about connecting people in new ways, anytime, anywhere.   Microsoft Lync ushers in a new...
  • Blog Post: Test Drive Lync 2010!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- You’ve heard me say it before….. Lync is a killer app…. it’s a deal closer. Whether you use it in the cloud with Office 365 or install it on-premise, Lync will provide value to every business. Within the last month, I have visited with many partners who...
  • Blog Post: Jabra 6470 Headset–the Ultimate UC headset solution for the mobile worker

    Posted by Charles Van Heusen I’ve been doing a fair amount of research for the past few months looking for a wireless headset solution that I could use as my primary headset in my home office to connect with my desk phone as well as a softphone solution to connect to Office Communicator 2007 and Lync...
  • Blog Post: The Lync Appliance: A Different Twist on Deploying Lync Server!

      Woody Walton In my role as a Partner Technology Advisor for Microsoft Corporation I work as a generalist as it relates to our technology stack.  Basically, I am expected to know and be able to speak intelligently about all of our core business solutions across the full spectrum from productivity...
  • 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: The Unified Communications Customer Conversation for SMB, Part 1: Setting the Stage

    By Ron Grattopp    ….. My teammate JJ just did a great post on Lync (specifically Lync Online which you get with Office 365) where he pointed out, rightly so, that Lync is a game changer .   I’ve just come off several weeks of training for one of our major distribution partners...
  • Blog Post: System Requirements for Exchange 2010

    Q: (from Shawn) Will Exchange 2010 work on Windows Server 2003 R2? A: It appears my initial guess of “No” was right: Operating system ―Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 Standard and Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 2 or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise Edition. From the Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Standard vs. Enterprise

    Q: (from John) We are looking into Exchange 2010 and would like to get a list of all the differences between Enterprise and Standard versions.  Also, we need to know is some of the Enterprise features such as Integrated Archiving, Multi-mailbox search and legal hold, and advanced journaling are...
  • 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: Lync 2010 Client Licensing

    Q: (from Willie) I know that the Enterprise CAL is not a prerequisite of the Plus CAL, but if the customer only wanted voice functionality would they still need the Standard CAL (I feel confident the answer is yes, but I could not find it in the licensing guide and I didn’t want to assume)? Is there...
  • Blog Post: The Unified Communications Customer Conversation for SMB, Part 2: understanding Unified Communications as a solution and the extraordinary value of Microsoft’s UC stack

    By Ron Grattopp    ….. OK, so last post I laid the foundation of “productivity” as the underlying theme on which we can then layer the messages around Unified Communication AND Collaboration.   The Collaboration component of UC&C is built around our rapidly growing SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync 2010, a Demo

    Rob Waggoner Steve Deming Steve and I sat down and put together a demo of Lync 2010. It’s one thing to talk about it, but seeing is believing. Take a look at this video and let us know what you think! Just a bit of background… During this demonstration, I...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft E-mail receives “Strong Positive”

      Gartner MarketScope for E-mail Systems, 2010 (Gartner Research, August 12, 2010)   Microsoft received a “strong positive” rating in the 2010 Gartner MarketScope for E-mail Systems . The report evaluates the major e-mail vendors and Gartner found “E-mail/calendar systems are the most important...
  • Blog Post: The Unified Communications Customer Conversation for SMB, Part 3: Lync, the special sauce

    By Ron Grattopp ….. Hopefully, by now we’ve laid the foundation of why a customer should be interested in UC in general, as well as why they should specifically be interested in the Microsoft UC&C solution in particular. Before moving to our Lync discussion, let me again highlight a couple of key...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: SharePoint Trial

    Q: (from Marc) I have a client who wants to do some discovery and possibly host it (SharePoint) themselves. A: If they want to pilot their own trial, we have a free download that you can host on their hardware: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee388573.aspx If they just want to play with...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Demo Environment

    Q: (from Stephanie) We would like to do a March briefing around Exchange 2010’s Impact on Business E-mail. Unfortunately, we’re not fully prepared to handle demo capabilities after the fact. We’re looking for access to an Exchange 2010 environment that we can drive on our side. Is this possible? A: Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Default Database Size

      Got a question about Exchange 2010 and the Database size limit: The default database size limit for Exchange 2010 Standard Edition is 1024 gigabytes (GB), which equals 1 TB. There is no default database size limit for the Exchange 2010 Enterprise Edition. The Exchange store checks any database...
  • Blog Post: Which IM protocol does Microsoft use?

    Q: (from Bill) I was looking at a telephone system for which they demonstrated "presence." I asked if was compatible with Microsoft's presence, and he said it depended on whether MS is xmpp compatible. Is it? If not, what protocols does MS presence require? A: I had a great time researching...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications, the Elevator Pitch

    Rob Waggoner Need a quick overview of the Microsoft Unified Communications Solution?  I’ve put together a video just for you! I mention a few items in the video, they are: Messaging Competency Communications Competency The Unified Communications Business Value Assessment Download Microsoft Lync...