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  • 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: 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...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: How do I upgrade my Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard?

    Rob Waggoner   Q:  (from Bruce) I just read your article on the free upgrade to Win Server 2008 R2 standard but saw that the time frame expired a while back. Do you know what product we would need to buy and if it is possible to do a “In-place” upgrade of Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation to...
  • 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...