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  • 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: Can I filter my DHCP address assignment based on MAC addresses?

    Rob Waggoner I received the following question today: Can I configure DHCP to give out a specific IP range for my iPhone and iPad users?  I don’t want them in the same IP range as my normal computers? Answer:  Yes!  Check out the following TechNet article .  It provides the step-by...
  • Blog Post: RDS Licensing Server in a Mixed Windows Server Version Environment

    Q: (from Beth) I have a customer who has a 2008 R2 server as his DC and licensing server. He has a 2012 RDS Server as a member server. He obviously needs 2012 CALs, but he wants to make sure that the 2008 licensing server will read and distribute those 2012 CALs properly. A: A Bing search using "windows...
  • Blog Post: NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner Windows Server 2008 R2 supported NIC teams, but Windows Server 2008 R2 depended on the NIC manufacturers to develop the teaming software.  In Windows Server 2012  the NIC teaming capability is now native to the Operating System.   There are three great things that stand...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Readiness

    Rob Waggoner I wanted to make sure you knew about the Windows Server 2012 sales and technical courses we have available!  There are dozens of courses in the Windows Server 2012 Learning Track that will make every role more knowledgeable about product features and selling techniques.  This is...
  • 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: 10 Tablets to be given away at Windows 8 & Office Partner Summits

    Are you ready ? All attendees will be entered in a drawing for 1 of 10 Windows 8 Tablets to be given away.  Windows 8 and the new Office and Windows Server 2012 are coming soon, and because you’re a valued Microsoft Partner, we would like to invite you to the Microsoft Windows and Office Partner...
  • Blog Post: Disti Summit Question–What about MultiPoint Server ???

    B  V  A While talking about Windows Server 2012 at the Disti Summits last week in Las Vegas and Miami, a question came up that I wanted to double check our status at Corporate.  “What about Multi Point Server ???”  Currently Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Beta is live and available...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Essentials–RTM’s and available Nov. 1st

    B  V  A Windows Server 2012 Essentials (the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 is on it’s way!

    Are you prepared?!? Windows Server 2012 was released to manufacturing (RTM) earlier this month: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/08/01/windows-server-2012-released-to-manufacturing.aspx?Loc=zatfz_zTS1z&type=zEVz&media=zWCz&tech=zCLz&prod=zWSz and will be launched...
  • Blog Post: Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner Have you looked at the Deduplication features in Windows Server 2012?  I thought it was just “enabled by default”, but it’s not.  We have a great article that talks about deduplication, but below are the high points of setting it up. Data Deduplication Overview http://technet.microsoft...
  • 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...