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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool!

    Partners, Need help moving on-premises server workloads to Azure VMs? I’ve been talking to partners about building their business around Azure, specifically Azure IaaS, for over a year now and I consistently hear that partners need help in determining what size VM their on-premises workload would require...
  • Blog Post: Backup Dynamics GP to Azure Blob Storage

    Partners, As a follow up to my last blog post Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure I want to let you know about an exciting new update to Dynamics GP 2013 R2 that allows for GP to be easily backed up to Azure Blob Storage! Whether you are offering Dynamics GP as an RDS solution running on an Azure...
  • Blog Post: More on Azure Announcements at TechEd

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There were many announcements at TechEd regarding Azure.  Enhancements of current capabilities as well as new functionality that continue to make the Microsoft Azure toolset more and more powerful! My colleague Jeff Stoffel wrote a blog post on the new capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Can Intune be used to license virtual desktops?

    Onur Dogruoz After the recent updates to Intune service, I am constantly getting this question from our sellers. Can Intune subscription be used to license virtual desktops? Does that have any virtualization rights? Before answering the question, let’s have a quick look at the different Windows Intune...
  • Blog Post: TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camp Links

    Partners, As you may know from previous posts, we are hosting the TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camps throughout the month of May, starting today in Bellevue, WA! Throughout the Boot Camp series, we’ll be referencing several important Azure links that provide guidance in specific areas. This list will certainly...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Hosting a Virtualization Event

    Q: (from Michael) I am a gold partner with the Virtualization Solutions competency. We are working on several server consolidation opportunities and want to enhance our profile in the area as an infrastructure solutions provider by putting together an event. We are finding that sales cycles for Hyper...
  • Blog Post: So you have VMware deployed – Why not consider exploring Microsoft Virtualization

      So you have VMware deployed and you're happy with it; why not consider Microsoft Virtualization.  Integrating Microsoft Virtualization with existing VMware deployments is not “Rip and Replace”.  What about Cost differentials?  Can you deliver a comprehensive management solution...
  • Blog Post: Part 11 - An Overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

    I wanted to continue my discussion on Hyper-V so I decided to show you some of the additional tools that will help with your Hyper-V deployments.  First up is my overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 ( SCVMM R2 ).    This session is one part of a series of screen casts...
  • Blog Post: SMB Windows Server Marketing Campaigns

    For partners in the Small and Medium Business space, the Microsoft Windows Server team has a group dedicated to developing a distributing messaging and tools to support your business. For this first round of announcements, the team has hosted two marketing campaign web sites: one for Small Business ...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Live Migration between Processor Generations

    I’ve talked before about the fact that we cannot Live Migrate from an AMD CPU to an Intel CPU or vice-versa, but what about Live Migrating from an older Intel CPU to a newer Intel CPU?  I’m going to show you a Live Migration from a three year old Intel Xeon 5050 CPU to a new Intel Xeon 3440 CPU...
  • Blog Post: Part 5 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Setting up a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Cluster I spent some time in one of our Microsoft Technology Centers and was able to setup a Hyper-V cluster on some pretty impressive hardware.  I had access to a Domain Controller and three servers that were running Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition...
  • Blog Post: App-V Summary

    I will be working on more details around App-V and I wanted to provide a single landing page for all of my App-V content.  I agree that I have very little content so far, but I wanted to go ahead and get this page setup.   I will follow the same basic format that I used in my Hyper-V discussions...
  • 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: Is Microsoft eating lunch?

    I saw this headline today and I just had to take a look.  Microsoft hungry to eat VMWare's lunch http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20015123-56.html?tag=mncol Sometimes titles like this make me take a look, but as I read the article, they have a few very interesting points… "VMware is asking...
  • Blog Post: Part 4 - How to Setup a Virtual Machine in Windows Server 2008

    I was talking to one of my partners that has spent a lot of time with VMware and I was showing him some of the capabilities Hyper-V had to offer.  When I showed him how easy it was to setup a virtual machine in Hyper-V and he was impressed.  He told me that setting up virtual machines in VMware...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Virtualization - Hyper-V Replica

    Rob Waggoner Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 includes some new capabilities.  Today I want to walk through the setup of one of those capabilities called Hyper-V Replica.  Hyper-V Replica provides a way to replicate a Virtual Machine to another Hyper-V server in case the primary Hyper-V hosts...
  • 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: Want help setting up Hyper-V for High Availability?

    I have a series of screen casts ( here ) that talk about setting up Hyper-V, but I wanted to let you know that we just released a new Hyper-V: Live Migration Network Configuration Guide here . I wish I would have had this when I was building out my demos. This guide does a good job of detailing the different...
  • 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: How to Sequence Office 2003 with App-V

    Rob Waggoner I’ve talked about virtualization for a long time and while most people think of server virtualization, there are other forms of virtualization that can make a big impact on our customers.  Application Virtualization is another form of virtualization that allows us to virtualize individual...
  • Blog Post: Assessment Tool’s–Now Available–

    B  V  A Private Cloud, CIO Conversation assessment, and Five Application Workload-Specific assessments There are actually 2 different Cloud Assessment tools, the first is targeted to the End-User Customer, you can use this to introduce the topic of Private Cloud, and utilizing Process and Management...
  • Blog Post: Sign up for the Free On-line Microsoft Virtualization Training Sponsored by Microsoft Virtual Academy Today!

    Virtualization is hot.  Adding Hyper-V knowledge can help improve your career options. Sign up for the Microsoft Virtual Academy free online training on November 19 & 20, 2013 – then receive a voucher to take the new Microsoft virtualization certification exam.  Learn, try and take the...
  • 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...