Step Up To Windows 8! Up to 40% off!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Today (November 1st) marks the launch of the Step Up to Windows 8 Promo! By including Software Assurance as part of their migration to Windows 8, your customers can gain upgrade and downgrade rights to Windows Enterprise Editions and the option to attach Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). Additional benefits of Software…

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More info on enhanced security in Windows 8 and trusted boot redux

By Ron Grattopp ….You’ll hear us TS2 guys and others say the Windows 8 is “a better Windows 7 than Windows 7”.  One of the most important aspects of this is the improvements Windows 8 has made in the area of security.  I’ve made the case in other posts that Windows 7 is actually the…

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Windows RT: Using the New (and BEST) Remote Desktop App

Woody Walton     Windows RT devices have been on the shelf for only a few days with Microsoft’s very own Surface and the ASUS Vivo Tab RT gathering the most press by far.   If you are wanting information on Windows RT specifically I would recommend Ron Grattopp’s post What you need to know about…

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Hurricane Sandy and Hyper-V Replica

Rob Waggoner When we built Hyper-V Replica for Windows Server 2012, our goal was to provide a low cost and easy to use Disaster Recovery (DR) solution for our customers.  We’ve had a number of customers and partners setup Hyper-V Replica as a DR solution and now we hearing some of the post Hurricane Sandy…

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SharePoint Online: How to Share a Site Externally and Invite External Users

Woody Walton   I am presently sitting in a hotel in Chicago, having just finished presenting at a VAR summit downtown at our office in the AON Center.   It is always great to get in front of partners and hear what the word on the street is.  For anyone out there that was in attendance,…

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Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions (week starting November 5th)

Josh Condie – Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting. Practice Accelerator enables you to identify customer requirements, analyze their needs, scope projects,…

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4 More Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshows Left!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- If you are in one of the following cities, don’t miss the opportunity to hear about Windows Server 2012 straight from the mouths of our MVPs! Denver Monday, November 12, 2012 8:00 AM-12:00PM Mountain Houston Tuesday, November 27, 2012 8:30 AM-12:30 PM Central Austin Thursday, November 29, 2012 8:30 AM-12:30 PM Mountain…

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Hosting Your Own Windows 8 Event

Q: (from Bill) I’ve got a Windows 8 sneak preview event next Thursday.  I’m starting to build up my presentation / demo.  Any topic suggestions?   A: First off, are you aware of Diane Golshan’s blog on Windows 8 Partner Readiness Resources? http://blogs.technet.com/b/msuspartner/archive/2012/10/08/how-to-prepare-for-windows-8.aspx When I deliver a Windows 8 presentation, I focus on smooth transition…

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Fall 2012 Promotions: Big Easy 9 and Cloud Easy Re-launch

If you haven’t been keeping up with the current promotion announcements – don’t let these two pass you by! Microsoft has just announced the fall lineup of subsidy rebate promotions for customers: Big Easy 9 Cloud Easy Re-launch Q: What is a Subsidy Rebate Promotion? A: Our subsidy rebate promotions are financial incentives, directed toward…

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials–RTM’s and available Nov. 1st

B  V  A Windows Server 2012 Essentials (the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive. Windows Server 2012 Essentials is an ideal first…

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Outlook Password Expiration Notification in Office 365

Tim Tetrick   I know many of you have struggled through the current issue with Office 365 in which users of Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 don’t receive notification when their password is about to expire.   In addition, once the password has already expired, Outlook goes into a disconnected state and doesn’t let the user…

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Free Preview Windows Azure Online Backup

B  V  A As we get ready for Launch of some of our major flagship products, obviously I am very excited, but one of the changes coming to our Windows Azure cloud services as a benefit of the new launch products has me pretty giddy.  SEAMLESS online backup, through the console of Windows Server 2012…

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Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2012

Rob Waggoner Have you looked at the Deduplication features in Windows Server 2012?  I thought it was just “enabled by default”, but it’s not.  We have a great article that talks about deduplication, but below are the high points of setting it up. Data Deduplication Overview http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831602.aspx   Step 1 is to ensure you’ve installed…

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Office 365 Readiness Programs for partners selling to SMB

  Todd Sweetser – Hi there Cloud Sellers!  Wanted to make sure you are aware of some current programs in place to assist with your Office 365 Readiness. First, be aware of the Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365.  You can use this training to be prepared to help your customers make that move to…

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Managing Windows 8 and Windows RT

B  V  A With the anticipated release of Windows 8 and Windows RT, how are you going to manage all those devices?  Microsoft announced on Sept. 10th, 2012 upcoming solutions based on System Center Configuration Manager SP1 and Windows Intune.  J.J.. one of my teammates, blogged about using our current release of Windows Intune and…

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