Vista: less support required than XP

Found an interesting quote from IT Pro today: For customers who do switch to Vista, there are fewer issues than with XP; fewer users are calling Microsoft or the OEMs for Vista support compared to the first 90 days of XP and the call volume is decreasing four times faster than it did with Windows…

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Vista makes deployment and management easier

Today sees the launch of Windows Server 2008 and the campaign we’re pushing out into market is one of turning IT guys and girls into heroes within their companies.  Don’t get it? Imagine turning the perception of your IT department as a cost centre and a black hole for budget into one of delivering true…

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Demos for Partner use

Chris has got info on new product demos featuring System Center and Business Intelligence: The Microsoft Partner Demo Showcase download has been extended to include Deep Dive/Product virtual environments which are available to ALL Microsoft partners, including SBSC. Only Demo Showcase remains as the Gold/Cert benefit moving forwards… The following are now available globally for…

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Partner Training for System Center Mobile Device Manager

As one might expect, Mr Mobile – aka Jason Langridge has details on upcoming training for System Center Mobile Device Manager.  Worth checking out if you need to easily manage all your mobile devices from one place. Windows Mobile Security and Device Management:  Business Value for Partners   Event Date: Feb. 25, 2008    Event Time: 8:00…

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Forefront Edge and System Center VPC for download

Matt passed this link on to me today and thought it might be useful to help understand and demonstrate the capabilities in our Edge security offering.  In particular Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) which provides secure access to company applications and resources wherever you are connected to the internet. Here’s what you get: Secure Remote Access…

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IT Management from the Desktop to the Datacenter

One of things we are currently talking to our customers and partners about is the concept of having end-to-end management of IT products and solutions from desktop all the way to the datacenter servers and all the infrastructure in between. New products in System Center including Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager, Configuration Manager and Data…

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Learn how to efficiently deploy Vista and Office 2007 in your business

One of the things that I spend much of time talking to partners about is how to use the excellent tools and resources available to them so that they can turn their deployment of Vista and Office 2007 into a efficient, cost effective operation. IT can be the competitive differentiation between you and the next…

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What is MDOP and what’s the big deal?

We’ve sold 1,000,000 licenses for MDOP since October 2006 – so it must be pretty important right?  So what is it?  Well, it stands for Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (you’ll need to use Optimization if you want to Live it) and is a set of desktop management tools available through Software Assurance.  With the pack…

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How to save $1,000,000 on your IT deployment and support with application virtualisation

Well, it depends a lot on your individual circumstances as a organisation but the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle have managed to do save $1,000,000.  Their IT is quite big with 500 applications across 4,500 desktops and 150 thin desktops and they have just over 7200 employees. They made their savings by being smart about…

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