The Lync Appliance: A Different Twist on Deploying Lync Server!

  Woody Walton In my role as a Partner Technology Advisor for Microsoft Corporation I work as a generalist as it relates to our technology stack.  Basically, I am expected to know and be able to speak intelligently about all of our core business solutions across the full spectrum from productivity solutions to security and…

2

Experience Windows Phone on your iOS or Android device!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- As I talk to partners and customers about their mobile devices, I find that many have not yet experienced a Windows Phone! I’ll typically pull out my personal phone and show them some of the great benefits that Windows Phone can provide, and they are eager to try it out on their…

0

A Concise SQL Server 2012 Licensing Overview

  Josh Condie – With the Release Candidate for SQL Server 2012 now available it is now more important than ever that Microsoft effectively communicate the significant licensing changes that are coming with the new release.  Below is the best, concise summary that I have seen. SQL Server 2012 will be released in 3 main…

16

Office 365 E1 and E2 plans (Exchange Online Plan 1) Mail Item Recovery Limitations & Solutions

  Woody Walton Office 365 is a great solution for many customers.  Its benefits over on premise solutions in terms of cost in infrastructure, deployment, and management are now acknowledged by most partners out there.  As I am sure you are aware, it is not a panacea either.  Certain workloads like email are ripe to…

1

How you add a VirtualCenter Server to SCVMM

Rob Waggoner I’ve talked about how SCVMM can manage ESX servers so I wanted to show you how you add the VirtualCenter server to SCVMM so SCVMM can manage the ESX hosts.      Here is a great article that includes the details / requirements / and limitations of managing VMware servers with SCVMM. Managing…

0

New SQL Server 2012 Content and Resources Now Available

  Josh Condie – MPN has recently been updated with some great training and technical resources to help prepare our partner community for the coming release of SQL Server 2012.  Everything from licensing overviews to technical product training is available in a multitude of formats. URL:  https://partner.microsoft.com/US/productssolutions/servers/40171955     Of special note are the coming…

0

You don’t need SCVMM for High Availability and Live Migration, but you’ll want it!

Rob Waggoner Hello again,   I took some time to put together this video of SCVMM, Hyper-V Manager and Failover Cluster manager because I keep being asked, “Is SCVMM required for High Availability or Live Migration?”.  The answer is No, but as you’ll see in this video, SCVMM adds a lot of power to your…

0

Looking for Office 365 customer training materials

Q: (from Tom) We are looking to deliver end user training around Office 365 and would like to know if Microsoft has published materials we could evaluate?   A: From a June 30th, 2011 email announcement by Don Roessler (Partner Learning) relayed by John Kohl (Partner Business Development Manger): Introducing the Microsoft Office 365 End…

0

Custom DNS records with Office 365

Q: (from Beth) [We have] an end user looking at Office 365 for Office, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync. They are concerned about keeping their DNS in-house as they have existing ecommerce servers. We want to confirm that this can be done…   A: From the Office 365 FAQ: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/faqs.aspx#fbid=hj36PdW4Fha Q. What if I already own…

0

Windows Intune Upgrade Rights

Q: (from Dave) Can Windows Intune be used to upgrade (crossgrade?) from the Mac OS to Windows 7 Enterprise?   A: I love the term “crossgrade” but unfortunately the answer is “no”. According to the Intune FAQ (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windowsintune/faq/default.aspx) in the section titled “Windows 7 Enterprise upgrade benefits”: “All of your managed PCs covered by Windows…

0

Secret Sauce for Selling SA in SMB

  By Ron Grattopp ….. I LOVE alliteration and catchy titles, and I hope this title caught your attention because I have some info to share about a new cloud service that I think you’ll want to know about (but probably don’t yet).  A while back I did a post where I mentioned my favorite…

1

Announcing the SMB Server Experience Tool

  By Ron Grattopp ….. You’ll want to check out the brand new SMB Server Experience and Server Selection Tools on the Midsize Business Solution page (screenshot below) of the microsoft.com Server and Cloud Platform site.  These tools  just launched today and are a unique solution which will hopefully make it very easy for our…

0

Do you need to prepare for the Microsoft Licensing Exams?

Rob Waggoner     If you need to pass either of the MCP Licensing exams, we have some very good preparation content on the Partner Portal that can help you get ready.  The exams I’m talking about are: 70-671 Designing and Providing Microsoft Volume Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium Organizations. 70-672 Designing and Providing…

2

More Central Region VAR Summits

Rob Waggoner     Our VAR Summits, announced here, were really a hit  in the cities we visited and we are now expanding that list.  For those of you that haven’t attended a VAR Summit yet, now is your chance.  I’ve listed the newest cities in the Central Region below, and we continue to add…

0

SMB Windows Server Marketing Campaigns

For partners in the Small and Medium Business space, the Microsoft Windows Server team has a group dedicated to developing a distributing messaging and tools to support your business. For this first round of announcements, the team has hosted two marketing campaign web sites: one for Small Business / First Server and one for Mid-Market…

0

Do you have customer’s transitioning from BPOS to Office 365 ?

B    V    A Customer Transitions of BPOS to O365 – Transition Roadmap, Eligibility and the Role of Advisor Partners (OFF212PAL)  This is a joint Microsoft Internal AND Partner facing Webcast provided by Academy Live. November 08, 2011 8:00 – 9:00 am Pacific Click here to calculate your local time. Presented By: Sanjeevini Mittal, Senior Product…

1

SBS Essentials Office 365 Integration Module goes into beta –

B    V   A David Fabritius, Senior Product Manager from Windows Server and Cloud Marketing just posted on the SBS blog that the Office 365 Integration Module is available for download in beta form.  The Office 365 Integration Module for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials extends the features of the server Dashboard by providing seamless integration with…

1

Sell 30 Windows Intune Seats and Earn $2806!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- No.  I am not joking. Today we launched the Windows Intune 3 for 5 Offer! Microsoft is investing in helping jump start your success building a Windows Intune business. This offer will run from November 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012! The Windows Intune 3 for 5 Offer provides qualifying partners $500…

0