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  • Blog Post: PTS Offer: Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery webcast

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Here is a new offer from the Partner Technical Services team to assist with education around Azure Site Recovery - the Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery Webcast .  Details as follows: The Partner Technical Services team is excited...
  • Blog Post: Have you used your Partner Advisory Hours to get up to speed on Azure?

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Cloud Partners, Did you know that with your Microsoft partnership comes Partner Advisory Hours benefits that can assist you with building out your Azure practice? Just call 800-MPNSOLVE, give them your Partner ID and you will be directed to a subject matter...
  • Blog Post: Offering RDS solutions on Microsoft Azure

    Tim Tetrick With all the interest and excitement around Microsoft Azure recently, my colleagues and I have been fielding lots of questions from partners about the ability to host RDS (Remote Desktop Services) within Azure as a solution for customers. This is indeed a supported solution on Azure and provides...
  • 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: What if I have SA on Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium Based Systems??

    Woody Walton   With the Release of Windows Server 2012 next week, you are likely to start getting asked more and more questions regarding the licensing changes to include transitions, retirements, and software assurance (SA) license grants among other things.  BVA, in his Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Part 6. Setting up a Windows Server 2012 Cluster and Placing Virtual Machines into a Hyper-V Cluster on Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner This is part 2 of setting up a Hyper-V Cluster for Windows Server 2012 and placing Virtual Machines into a Hyper-V Custer on Windows Server 2012. There is so much new stuff to show you that I broke this video into two parts. Part 1 will walk through the hardware setup and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, Visual Studio 2012 & System Center 2012 Launch Events

    B  V  A As we head into the New Era at Microsoft, we will be launching new versions of many of our core solutions.  We will have many Partner oriented launch events starting in October, but I wanted to call attention to some other launch events targeting the IT Executives , IT Professionals...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Virtualization Downgrade Rights

    Q: (from Shawn) When you downgrade Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition to Windows Server 2008 R2 how many virtual versions do you get?   A: You can still run two virtual instances. From the Windows Server 2012 Licensing FAQ ( http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/D/B/4DB352D1-C610-466A-9AAF...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Multilingual User Interface

    Q: (from Jessica) I had a request today for Windows Sever, Multi-Language.  I see that SA gives multi language rights to desktop applications, will it so the same for server products.  I can’t find anything specifically saying this.   A: Great question. A Bing search on “Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, New Office Event Materials

    Q: (from Bill) I’m giving a presentation on Tuesday morning.  I’m going to be highlighting Windows 8 but also wanted to talk about the other product launches in this wave.  Do you have any resources that gives some details about the new versions of server and office? I want to highlight both...
  • Blog Post: Up to Speed with Windows Server 2012

    Josh Condie – It’s been a couple of weeks, but these resources are nice ones.  Windows Server 2012 R2 is not just a Service Pack roll-up.  There is significant enhancement and much that is brand new in the areas of virtualization, storage and much more.  This eBook is a great place to...
  • Blog Post: Watch the Samurai Server Web Series for a chance to win a Surface Pro!

      This is the final week to watch the Samurai Server web series for a chance to win a Surface Pro!     Experience the availability, flexibility, and efficiency of Windows Server 2012 today. Watch the Samurai Server Web Series for a chance to win a Surface Pro! * WATCH NOW Master your Windows...
  • Blog Post: Part 5. Setting up a Windows Server 2012 Cluster

    Rob Waggoner Today I wanted to make sure and cover setting up the Hyper-V Cluster for Windows Server 2012. There is so much new stuff to show you that I broke this video into two parts. Part 1 will walk through the hardware setup and the actual cluster wizard. Part 2 will take over...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica Capacity Planner has been Released!

    Rob Waggoner As you know, I think Hyper-V Replica is one of the KILLER features in Windows Server 2012.  As I talk about it and demonstrate it, I always get the question: How can I understand the impact Hyper-V Replica will have on my infrastructure?   Now you can!  We recently released...
  • Blog Post: So you want to get started with (Windows Server 2012) Hyper-V? Start here! – In Summary

    Rob Waggoner   I have put together a number of webcasts around Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, those are here . Now that Windows Server 2012 is coming to the market, I wanted to provide some of the same information (webcasts) around Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012.  ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012–Licensing and Software Assurance Grants

    B  V  A I recently saw some interesting information out on the web on Windows Server 2012 and wanted to make sure everybody understands our licensing changes.  We are NOT moving to core licensing with Windows Server 2012! You can stack additional licenses on top of each other to add virtual...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 has a Timeline!

    Rob Waggoner     Last week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, we released our timeline for Windows Server 2012.  The official announcement is here ; the plan is to have Windows Server 2012 available through multiple channels in September.  What I want to focus...
  • Blog Post: IAMCP Sponsored Windows Server 2012 technical training

    Rob Waggoner   IAMCP is sponsoring this online evening technical training so it doesn’t conflict with your billable hours.    More detail, and the registration link can be found here: http://iamcp.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=318783&group   Until next time,   Rob...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 ???

    B  V  A Question – Can I do an In-Place upgrades to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 ? Answer – Yes you can, but the some old rules still apply – In-place upgrades from 32-bit edition of Windows Server 2008, upgrades from one language to another, or from one build type to another (chk to fre...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Samurai Series – Storage Webcast Follow-up

    Woody Walton I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to present the sixth webcast in the Windows Server Samurai Webcast Series for Partners on the topic of storage last week.   If you missed the webcast, it can viewed online here .   I had a few questions in the question manager...
  • Blog Post: Get a Free eBook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (PDF)

    Rob Waggoner   I ran across this today and wanted to share.  We have a free eBook for Windows Server 2012 based on the Beta of Windows Server 2012.  This was written by our own Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Server Team.  You can download the book here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid...
  • Blog Post: SMB Samurai Server 2012 Part 8–VDI Q&A

    B  V  A As a follow up to our final SMB Samurai Server 2012 webcast, I wanted to post the Q&A log as we had Adam Carter from Microsoft helping out with Q&A for this Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – VDI Configuration session. Question: VDI is strictly related to a brokered connection...
  • Blog Post: Part 4. Creating a Virtual Machine on Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner I built the video How to Setup a Virtual Machine in Windows Server 2008 a few years ago.  It has served us well, but I decided now was the time to update the video for Windows Server 2012 R2.  Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 add some new capabilities for your VMs...