FREE Exchange 2010 Training available

  Exchange 2010 Upgrade and Deployment (HOLO)   This 300 level hands-on labs online course (including seven hands-on labs) will prepare learners with the knowledge to engage with customers to help them implement best practices for smooth Exchange 2010 upgrades and deployments. These hands-on labs online (HOLOs) are provided at no charge to Microsoft partners,…

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Office 365 Plan 1 vs. Plan 2

Q: (from Willie) Can you elaborate on the difference between the plan 1 and plan 2 for the E3 and E4 suites? A: When you look at the differences in Exchange in E1 & E2 compared to E3 & E4, you will see we’ve added Voicemail & Advanced Archive Capabilities. That is the difference between…

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So, how do you “take it (the cloud) to market”?

by Ron Grattopp…..In my previous post I introduced an article on CRN, by Rauline Ochs, called Shopping For Cloud Vendors.  Rauline works, I believe, for IPED, apparently a research arm of CRN, and my post included an overview of the 4 main questions she proposes that VARs should be asking as they consider and select…

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We know you have a choice when you fly…

by Ron Grattopp…..I’ll bet all of us have heard that phrase on a flight followed by the crew’s thanks for your business.  This post isn’t so much about thanking you for your loyalty – it should be a given that we appreciate your partnership – but rather pointing out a couple of key examples of…

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FREE Microsoft Practice Accelerator for Cloud Services

If you’ve been trying to figure out how to make the transition to the cloud, but didn’t know where to begin, this is the perfect opportunity for you to gain the in depth knowledge you need and get your questions answered at the convenience of working from your desk or home office.    Microsoft is offering…

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FREE! ACT NOW!. Four Days of Training – Practice Accelerator for Business Productivity Online Suite Standard on December 13th!!!

Woody Walton   NO MORE EXCUSES!  You want to get into the game?  You want to have a thorough understanding of BPOS and how to plan, deploy, migrate, and administrate the service for your customers?  Spend FOUR days on LiveMeeting at this Practice Builder and you will be on track! Just check out the sessions…

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How to deploy the App-V client and install Office 2003 from an App-V Package

Rob Waggoner This is part two of my discussion around App-V.  In part one, I covered how to sequence Office 2003, in this session I’ll walk through the client side setup and installation of the Office 2003 sequenced package.      Until next time, Rob   Technorati Tags: Microsoft App-V,Application Virtualization,MDOP,Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack,Virtualize Office…

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How to Sequence Office 2003 with App-V

Rob Waggoner I’ve talked about virtualization for a long time and while most people think of server virtualization, there are other forms of virtualization that can make a big impact on our customers.  Application Virtualization is another form of virtualization that allows us to virtualize individual applications on a desktop machine.  Whenever I talk about…

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Practice Accelerator for Business Productivity Online Suite – Standard

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Hopefully by now you have taken a look at how to “Transform Your Business Model.”  But let’s get a little more technical and accelerate your Microsoft Online practice! Go HERE to learn more: “Help your customers move from their on-premises environments to online services with the same functionality, security, and agility of…

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Moving your customers to BPOS or Office 365? Check their BANDWIDTH!

Woody Walton There has been a lot of talk in various places lately about BPOS and its impending successor, Office 365.  I have been following BPOS closely for a few years and try to keep abreast of the latest information relevant to partners.  As with many large companies, Microsoft, has a tendency to inadvertently hide…

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Is the version of Office Professional Plus in Office 365 “special”?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Sort of.  You will have the same access to the following applications as you would in the Volume Licensing version of Office: However, the activation, licensing, and use rights differ. Here’s some good info from the Office 365 Beta Service Descriptions site (I highlighted some…..highlights ): Administration, Provisioning, and Activation of Office…

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Dynamics CRM Online–Oh yes we DO !!!

  http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/news/article.aspx?Feed=FOOL&Date=20101110&ID=12380458&Symbol=MSFT – When I read this article I was shocked.  With customers like U.S. Air Force, Sara Lee, HP, Best Buy, and Polaris; Microsoft is one of the leaders in CRM as well.  The strength of Microsoft, not demise, is that we are a Software company and we offer a flexibility in deployment un-paralleled…

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Business Model Transformation Workshop

Q: Where can I get help understanding the considerations that need to be addressed to successfully move my business to support Cloud solutions? A: The Cloud is here and it is real. According to a study recently completed by Everything Channel’s IPED Research division, by 2012, at least 50% of all customers will have some…

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Making the transition from BPOS to Office 365

  As I have been traveling around, as well as my counterparts, talking with partners about Office 365; a common theme has arisen. “What about my existing BPOS customers?” First I hope you are aware of the Office 365 transition center, which will be your one stop shop for ongoing guidance and discussion about the…

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Exchange Online Public Folders

Q: (from Scott) We did our first install for Microsoft BPOS. We have an issue with the customer public folders for Exchange. We can not upload these. We were told we need to use Sharepoint. Is BPOS going to support public folders for Exchange later? A: It appears neither Exchange Online nor BPOS support Exchange…

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Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta

  Now available for download from the connect site is the beta of the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.  What’s new in Security Essentials 2.0 Beta: – Windows Firewall integration – Microsoft Security Essentials will ask if you would like to turn the Windows Firewall on or off during installation. – Enhanced protection…

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Have you seen our Private Cloud guidance?

Rob Waggoner     We just released guidance on how you can build your private cloud based on System Center and Hyper-V here.  What is a Private Cloud and how do they differ from our standard Data Center?  Our site provides a good definition: What Is a Private Cloud? Private cloud is the implementation of…

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You may be in for a surprise if you haven’t worked with the latest versions of Windows Live apps (in Windows Live Essentials 2011)

by Ron Grattopp…. I have been doing a series of events lately known as the Intel Channel & Embedded Conference.  Even though this series is targeted to our OEM audience, one of the subjects I present on at these events I believe is important for all partners, and that’s Windows Live, especially the Windows Live…

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