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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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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…


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…

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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…


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…


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…

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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…

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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…


Augment your customer conversations with information from the Microsoft Business Hub

  By Ron Grattopp ….. If you aren’t subscribing to our Business Insights Newsletter, you may have missed this.  We launched this site a couple of months ago and, as you can see, it’s still in beta, but you can use it as a quick reference location for information about our products, news, and offers. …

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HP VirtualSystem for Microsoft Roadshow Trainings Starting this week!

  Woody Walton   I wanted to take a moment to invite all of you out there in the Microsoft partner community to take advantage of some live training events that are rolling out starting this week! I often hear from partners that there is not enough live “In-Person” training anymore.  …I could not agree…


Are your BPOS customers ready to transition to Office 365? Are you?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- We encourage you to check out the Microsoft Online Services Transition Center You will find a number of whitepapers, videos, and guides to help make sure your customers experience a smooth transition from BPOS to Office 365. The page is split into two video sections: “I need to prepare for transition” Admins:…

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REFRESHER: Understanding How You are Paid for Selling Office 365

  Woody Walton   Office 365 has been in market for 4 months now.   With its release on June 28th, 2011, Microsoft instituted an updated fee payment model at the beginning of our new fiscal year which started only 3 days later on July 1st, 2011.  The mechanics of the fees and payments remain largely…


Compete: GMail vs. Exchange

Q: (from Allison) I’m proposing Exchange Online (future option for Office 365) to a 25 seat customer and they have a GMail champion in-house. I think Exchange is the better solution, but I need to offer more supporting evidence so it doesn’t end up being a religious discussion between me and the GMail guy. Help?…


About to host a Microsoft Online Services Event? Get your FREE Event-In-A-Box!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Use Ready-to-Go Marketing Events to schedule a qualifying in-person/seminar event occurring between October 10, 2011 and December 31, 2011 and receive an Event-In-A-Box kit for your event, while supplies last. Each kit features materials to support your in-person/seminar event, such as banners and product information, and fun and informative items to hand…