Jabra 6470 Headset–the Ultimate UC headset solution for the mobile worker

Posted by Charles Van Heusen I’ve been doing a fair amount of research for the past few months looking for a wireless headset solution that I could use as my primary headset in my home office to connect with my desk phone as well as a softphone solution to connect to Office Communicator 2007 and…

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Microsoft Wave redux

by Ron Grattopp…..Back in March I blogged about something called “Microsoft Wave” and how it’s something of a showcase for our technology.  In that post I called out technologies such as: Live Mesh, Photosynth, pptPlex, Songsmith, WorldWide Telescope, AutoCollage, DeepZoom, Tag, Surface, Xbox Project Natal.  Some of those technologies are now mainstream, e.g. Live Mesh…

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System Center Essentials, The better way to manage your virtual environment…

Rob Waggoner I should have told you about System Center Essentials (SCE) before now, but better late than never, right?  I just watched a video with Kory McCormick and Edwin Yuen discussing Virtualization in the SMB space and Edwin has some good insight into why some of our SMB customers are not using virtualization.  It’s…

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Converting Windows XP to a VHD

Rob Waggoner Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell released an application in October, Disk2vhd, that will convert a physical OS installation to a virtual machine. The application performs the P2V so that your old physical OS can become a virtual OS.  I was still running one Windows XP machine because I have a USB EPROM burner…

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Windows Small Business Server 2011 Training

Q: (from Chris) I am very excited about the new Microsoft Server 2011, Office and Windows 7 family. My question is how can I learn more about these products? I am a small business but have a large client base that almost all use your software. I would like to be trained more on all…

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Finding a Partner

Q: (from Jason) We’re looking for a Microsoft Partner in our area that resells Great Plains. I’m having a really hard time finding this information through the Microsoft Partner website. Is it possible that you can help me out?   A: Have you used the PinPoint (http://pinpoint.microsoft.com) tool to find a local partner? I did…

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SharePoint Online Training

Q: (from Willie) Do you know where I can send my partner for training on SharePoint Online basic setup and configuration?   A: The resource that we recommend for partners to search for training is: http://training.partner.microsoft.com I searched for “SharePoint Online” (include the quotes) and came up with the following courses: SharePoint Online Application Capabilities…

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CRM Online Internal Use Rights

Q: (from Matt) Do you know the process on how to get a IUR (internal use licenses) for hosted CRM?   A: As of November, we’ve got a posted PDF: https://partner.microsoft.com/us/40149008 Which talks about access to 250 IUR CRM seats for partners who are Gold or Silver certified in the CRM competency or partners who…

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Hey Partners, Are you Cloud Power Ready? Then get the word out with the Cloud Power Campaign

Cloud technology is getting a lot of attention. And a lot of businesses have questions about what the cloud can help them do. Materials from Ready-to-Go Marketing can help you provide answers about the cloud—and promote the uniqueness of Microsoft cloud solutions—to your customers. With the Cloud Power campaign: Introduce your customers to the Microsoft…

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Release Candidate (RC) Announcement

The CRM team just announced the Release Candidate availability.  As things slow down over the holidays, this is a perfect time for you to get your hands dirty with the Release Candidate to prepare for the launch.  Here is the official announcement: The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Release Candidate (RC) is now available for download…

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2010 released

With the release of the security bulletins for December 2010, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued December 9, 2010. For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification. For December 2010, our regular monthly security update consists of 17 bulletins affecting Microsoft Office, Windows, Internet…

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Windows Essential Business Server Migration Kit (for free) before December 31st!

  Hurry time is running out on your FREE EBS migration kit.  This Kit helps partners and customers migrate from the suite to the standalone products by providing most of the individual component software from the suite at no charge. This offer and kit availability expires December 31st, 2010. Following December 31st, the EBS Migration…

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Windows Small Business Server 2011 RTM’s

    SBS 2011 (which is based on Windows Server 2008 R2 technologies) has been released to manufacturing. Official Announcement: http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2010/12/13/windows-small-business-server-2011-standard-releases-to-manufacturing.aspx

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News Flash: Practice Accelerator Training is Free if you Register before December 31st!!

Woody Walton   Hey all! I wanted to convey some good info that relates to a post I made a few weeks back concerning Practice Accelerators.  I just got word from an internal source that if you register for upcoming Practice Accelerators in January, February, or March 2011 by December 31st, 2010; that is to…

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Downloading and Licensing the Office Preinstallation Kit

Q: (from Norman) I’ve been having trouble finding where I need to go to purchase the licenses for Office 2010 Starter. At the Intel show in Philly you mentioned going to oem.microsoft.com which then referred me to partner.microsoft.com, but I didn’t find a link in either site to actually purchase. I could download the OPK,…

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Software Assurance Home Use Program

Q: (from Jeff) The last time you spoke with us, delivering Office 2010 VL training you mentioned that Home Use Rights is a new feature in Open Business VL with Software Assurance. We were recently told by a licensing specialist that Home Use Rights is a feature of Open Value with Software Assurance. Can you…

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Lync 2010 Client Licensing

Q: (from Willie) I know that the Enterprise CAL is not a prerequisite of the Plus CAL, but if the customer only wanted voice functionality would they still need the Standard CAL (I feel confident the answer is yes, but I could not find it in the licensing guide and I didn’t want to assume)?…

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Last Chance! Building a Ladder to the Clouds

Our friends at MSPTV in conjunction with Redmond Channel Partner are hosting a pre-holiday webcast to help you plan for the new year and making that transition to the cloud.  I know many partners are wondering how Cloud services fit in their practice and how its going to impact their business.  There’s no better way…

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