Partner Resolutions for the New Year!

Woody Walton   If you are in the eastern Time zone it is already 2013!  So happy New Year to you.  If you are like me, you have an hour or two left.  In any case with the new year comes resolutions!  …As I am recommending resolutions to you, I will refrain from the “quit…


Office 2013 Version Economics: An Example.

Woody Walton   Well the new year is almost upon us and I thought I would close out 2012 with an illustration of why a customer might choose to purchase Office 2013 though either our volume licensing programs or through our Office 365 subscriptions, rather than buy it through retail, such as Office 2013 Professional,…


Keep up to date with the Windows Intune Partner Digest

J.J. Antequino ———————————- What I love about Windows Intune is how quickly we are improving, adding to, and updating this online service.  However this also means that our partners must also keep up to date with these changes.  The good news is that we have a resource to keep you in the know! Head on…


Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition); and More Win 8 Technical Training for Partners

Josh Condie – We’re happy to announce that we have released the final version of this free ebook.       FREE DOWNLOAD FORMATS: PDF Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals – PDF ebook Mobi Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle ePub Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for…


How Windows 8 addresses the changing security landscape, having a customer conversation

By Ron Grattopp   ….You should know by now that security is something of a continuing focus for my blog.  In this vein I want to call out a recent blog by Stella Chernyak from the Microsoft Windows team called The Unsung Hero: Windows 8 Security.  In the post she mentions that she’ll be sharing…


Office 365 Preview Service Descriptions

J.J. Antequino ———————————- With the new Office 365 currently available to preview, partners and customers have the opportunity to check out the new interface and features…. but even so, there are often questions that arise. The good news is that the Office 365 Preview Service Descriptions are available for you to review. They do a…


Add a 1-click shutdown tile to your Windows 8 Start Screen

By Ron Grattopp ….Every one I’ve demo’d Windows 8 for always wants to know how I got the Shutdown tile on my Start Screen, so since it’s been such a popular thing I thought I’d go ahead and blog about it, consider it my Christmas gift to you.  Here’s how to create a 1-click Shutdown…


Part 5. Setting up a Windows Server 2012 Cluster

Rob Waggoner Today I wanted to make sure and cover setting up the Hyper-V Cluster for Windows Server 2012.  There is so much new stuff to show you that I broke this video into two parts.  Part 1 will walk through the hardware setup and the actual cluster wizard.  Part 2 will take over after…


New Office Online Ignite Training

B  V  A I was recently out on the Microsoft Partner site, and ran across this link to some New Office Ignite Trainings:  Each Technology header provides multiple trainings that are available on each solution available for you to watch online.  


Windows Server 2012 Essentials includes DirectAccess!

Rob Waggoner While most people look at the Windows Server 2012 Essentials offering as being “just the next version of SBS Essentials 2011”, it includes some enterprise solutions that fit well in our SMB customer space.  Windows Server 2012 Essentials now includes the ability to be a DirectAccess server!  In the Windows Server 2008 R2…


Deploying “on-premise” Server 2012 Essentials

  B  V  A Are you looking at an alternative solution to Small Business Server Standard edition ?  Let me discuss a supported solution, that will scale beyond 25 users, while keeping value-add features of Windows Server 2012 Essentials, such as Remote Web Access!!! Target Customer Needs: Existing SBS 2003/2008 Standard wanting equivalent on-premises capabilities….


Office 365 Archiving

Tim Tetrick I often get questions from partners and customers confused about the archiving capabilities of Office 365. The full archiving story of Office 365 involves a number of different capabilities of Exchange Online including Personal Archive, Multi-Mailbox Search, Legal Hold, and Journaling. The Personal Archive is a specialized mailbox that appears alongside users’ primary…


Microsoft Office 365 December MigrationWiz Offer

  Todd Sweetser Easily move more customers to the Cloud with this great offer! Hi Cloud Sellers!  I wanted to make sure you knew you could receive up to 100 MigrationWiz Premium Mailbox Migration licenses for qualifying Office 365 E3 SKU customer sales completed this December. This offer ends December 31, 2012, get started today….


Microsoft Cloud How-To Webinar Series

  Samir Kukreja – I wanted to make sure you were aware of the upcoming sessions, part of the Microsoft Cloud How-To Webinar Series. Microsoft experts will provide a technical overview on how to position and demo products like Office365 and Windows Intune. You will also learn about the current offers, incentives and resources to…


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…


Why buy Office Standard 2013 or Office Professional Plus 2013?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Because those are the only versions of the New Office that you can purchase for your customers and install today! December 1st is here, and all of your Volume License customers can now get their hands on it. The Office 365 and Consumer offerings will be here soon, but I wanted to…


Add-On Software Now Available for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

J.J. Antequino ———————————- By now, I’m sure most of you are aware that SBS 2011 (Standard & Essentials) is the final version you will be able to purchase (through June of next year)…. but did you know that SBS blog is still alive and well.…. and it’s been updated to include Windows Server 2012 Essentials!…


New Thorough Office 2013 Content on MPN to Support Launch

Woody Walton   The needle in the haystack.  This syndrome is one I routinely hear from partners looking for good content on the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) or even on Microsoft proper form time to time.   These sites are not perfect and one can sometimes experience difficulty finding the right resource, but recent strides have…


Exchange Server Supportability Matrices–Exchange 2010 and 2013

Josh Condie – One of the most valuable resources on the Microsoft public domain that I consistently have partners thank me for exposing to them is the Exchange Supportability Matrix.  These are condensed, single page charts providing all the details necessary for implementing a “supported” Exchange Server configuration. Inclusive of the following: Lifecycle Dates Release…