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  • Blog Post: Azure Backup now backs up your Client OS’ as well

    Rob Waggoner During my recent Hands on Lab events, we spent time setting up Azure Backup. During these events, only Server OS’ (Server 2008 R2 + SP1 and above) were supported. The common question during these events was “Can I backup my Client OS’ with Azure Backup?”. During the events, the answer was...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows 8 book from Microsoft Press

    Rob Waggoner If you haven’t seen this yet, Jerry Honeycutt authored the Microsoft Press book Introducing Windows 8 An Overview for IT Professionals .  The book looks great, and you can download the preview of it here .  People have said that Windows 8 is a better Windows 7 than Windows 7 itself...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 isn’t just a pretty face

    By Ron Grattopp ….Earlier this week I put together my first Windows 8 presentation/demo.  One of the things I did for that presentation was to develop what I called my “ Top Ten New Business-oriented Features in Windows 8 ” and I thought I would share that with you.  Of course, the list is...
  • Blog Post: How Windows 8 addresses the changing security landscape, having a customer conversation

    By Ron Grattopp   ….You should know by now that security is something of a continuing focus for my blog.  In this vein I want to call out a recent blog by Stella Chernyak from the Microsoft Windows team called The Unsung Hero: Windows 8 Security .   In the post she mentions that she’ll...
  • Blog Post: New USB Flash Drives Certified for Windows-to-Go!!!

    Woody Walton   In my previous post Client Disaster Recovery, Yet another Reason to Consider Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows To Go! on September 30th I discussed one of the many advantages of Windows To Go, which is available through Windows 8 Enterprise.  If you still need to brush up on all...
  • Blog Post: So you want to use Windows 8 with a mouse and keyboard?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Over the past few weeks, I have been speaking with Partners about my experience with Windows 8…. and I LOVE it! I now use my Windows 8 tablet exclusively. And of course I always show it off when I get the chance Inevitably, people ask me how they can...
  • Blog Post: One Tablet to Rule Them All

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- “We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious!” As I do more and more demos with my Windows 8 tablet, I literally hear these words coming from the audience. This slide sums it all up: I always start off by asking, “Who in the audience owns some type...
  • Blog Post: Client Disaster Recovery, Yet another Reason to Consider Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows To Go!

    Woody Walton   Earlier today my peer Ron Grattopp posted a nice recap on the value proposition of Windows 8 Professional and more specifically, Windows 8 Enterprise in his Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise feature overview .  It is a good overall summary and I encourage you to read it,...
  • Blog Post: EXTRA! EXTRA! – Take a look at the revamped Touch Wins Program for selling Windows Touch Devices

    Woody Walton For those that know me, they know I am a skeptic.  I would classify myself more as a pragmatist however.  When an incentive comes to market I instantly seek to rip holes in it and figure out where is does not work.   initially I was skeptical of the Touch Wins program...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Desktop Upgrade Volume License: Is reassignment an option?

        Woody Walton   When it comes to Microsoft licensing, most know that it is necessarily or unnecessarily complex depending on who you are! And although I am by title a Partner Technology Advisor, my support of Microsoft partners in the transaction process expose me to a lot of licensing...
  • Blog Post: How do I get Windows 8 RTM ?

    B  V  A Recently I have had several questions from Partners around Windows 8 and downloading the RTM, as well as, when it will be on the Volume licensing price sheet.  We have a number of programs that provides various audiences early access to the Windows 8 RTM code to help prepare for...
  • Blog Post: How do I get the All Apps View in Windows 8.1?

    Rob Waggoner Q:  When I swipe up from the bottom of the Start Screen, I don’t get the All Apps View ,  I get the Customize View .  How can I access the App Apps View in Windows 8.1? A:  In Windows 8.1, like Windows 8, the traditional “swipe from the bottom of the screen” still gives...
  • Blog Post: Windows RT, the rest of the story

    By Ron Grattopp …. If you’re a consistent follower of this blog, you might remember that I recently did a post around “what you need to know about Windows RT”.   The intent of that was to highlight 2 key points that anyone selling Window RT (WinRT) devices should insure their customers know...
  • Blog Post: Why you should take a Second Look at Microsoft Windows Intune – Training and Promotion Announced for the New Wave D

    Josh Condie - There are significant changes in the pricing, licensing, skus, and key product features of Windows Intune with the new Wave D offering launching this month – greatly enhancing the partner reselling and services opportunity.  Many partners are seeing strong success leveraging Windows...
  • Blog Post: Hosting Your Own Windows 8 Event

    Q: (from Bill) I’ve got a Windows 8 sneak preview event next Thursday.  I’m starting to build up my presentation / demo.  Any topic suggestions?   A: First off, are you aware of Diane Golshan’s blog on Windows 8 Partner Readiness Resources? http://blogs.technet.com/b/msuspartner/archive...
  • Blog Post: Secure booting in Windows 8

    By Ron Grattopp ….I mentioned in my last post that I would follow up on the Trusted Boot process in Windows 8, and give you more details on it as well as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).  First, let’s start with a quick UEFI primer. Historically, most Windows-based computers begin their...
  • Blog Post: Managing Windows 8 and Windows RT

    B  V  A With the anticipated release of Windows 8 and Windows RT, how are you going to manage all those devices?  Microsoft announced on Sept. 10th, 2012 upcoming solutions based on System Center Configuration Manager SP1 and Windows Intune.  J.J.. one of my teammates, blogged about...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition); and More Win 8 Technical Training for Partners

    Josh Condie - We’re happy to announce that we have released the final version of this free ebook.       FREE DOWNLOAD FORMATS: PDF Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals - PDF ebook Mobi Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle ePub...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune June 2012 Release Available Today

    Josh Condie – Employees are becoming more and more tech-savvy and demanding greater flexibility with their work style, where and how they access information and what devices and computing platforms they use.  An increasing number of employees are mobile or home-based today and need to work from...
  • Blog Post: Media Center in Windows 8

    Q: (from Bill) Can you share with me some info on Windows 8 Media Center? I need to see if that will be available for the Enterprise sku...   A: Here are some blog entries from Steven Sinofsky: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/05/03/making-windows-media-center-available-in-windows-8.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Add a 1-click shutdown tile to your Windows 8 Start Screen

    By Ron Grattopp ….Every one I’ve demo’d Windows 8 for always wants to know how I got the Shutdown tile on my Start Screen, so since it’s been such a popular thing I thought I’d go ahead and blog about it, consider it my Christmas gift to you.  Here’s how to create a 1-click Shutdown option for your...
  • Blog Post: Will my Pentium 4 or Celeron run Windows 8?

    Q: (from Paul) I have tried to install the Windows 8 preview on a machine with a Pentium 4 at 3.40 GHz and it says my processor is not compatible. Any suggestions or explanations?  I also tried a celeron machine with the same result.   A: I Bing’d “Can a Pentium 4 run Windows 8” and found the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise feature overview

      By Ron Grattopp ….We are rapidly approaching the public launch (GA) of Windows 8, when it becomes available to all customers, including retail and OEM.  At which time we will also see a spate of new devices running Windows 8 on form factors from small tablets all the way up to large-screen...
  • Blog Post: Windows Licensing and BYOD: A case for Companion Subscription Licenses in the SMB

    Woody Walton I work every day supporting Microsoft Partners of one type or another.  VARs, hosters, distributors, you name it.  Today my opinion was solicited on an aspect of Windows client licensing that is not commonly asked about and it got me thinking that many of you may not know about...