What is BitLocker? What does it do? What does it not do?

What is BitLocker? BitLocker lets you encrypt the hard drive(s) on your Windows 7 and Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 and Vista Ultimate or Windows Server 2008 and R2.  BitLocker will not encrypt hard drives for Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003.  Only Windows 7, Vista and Server 2008 include BitLocker.  BitLocker drives can be…

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Office 365 Pro Plus and RDS/TS installation with VL PUR

B  V  A WHAT: Many partners are aware by now that the Product Use Rights (PUR) was updated end of January in favor of supporting a RDS or TS deployment of Office, even though the user’s license was a subscription license through Office 365.  UPDATE – It is important to understand that a PUR is…

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Announcing SMB Cloud Office Hours

Jeff Stoffel Are you a Cloud novice or already have a flourishing Cloud practice?  We hear from you all the time that it is tough to keep up with all the new Cloud updates. You have a lot of technical questions for which you need answers. We have listened to you and to help solve…

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Nice Multi-Monitor Enhancements in Windows 8.1

Josh Condie – I am sure this is a feature that a lot of us are interested in knowing about.  Most of the partners that I visit (on their site), have offices full of multi-monitor setups, and not just the developers!   It is truly a productivity enhancement, and Window 8 brought some nice new capabilities…

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Updated Office 365 Plan Selector Tool

Onur Dogruoz In April when we launched the first version of the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool, Josh Condie covered this tool in detail on his blog post. With the introduction of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses, the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool is also updated. This time, instead of…

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Don’t Leave Free Money on the Table: The Customer Ignite Offer expires in two weeks.

Woody Walton   It isn’t often that anyone offers to give you anything for free, so when it comes along you should take advantage.   Recently, the Ready-to-go team at Microsoft put together the Customer Ignite offer.  The offer ends on May 15th and there is still plenty of time to act if you have not…

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How do I get the All Apps View in Windows 8.1?

Rob Waggoner Q:  When I swipe up from the bottom of the Start Screen, I don’t get the All Apps View,  I get the Customize View.  How can I access the App Apps View in Windows 8.1? A:  In Windows 8.1, like Windows 8, the traditional “swipe from the bottom of the screen” still gives…

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Showing All Excel Workbooks on the Taskbar

Q: (from Phyllis) I have been trying to find the default setting in Excel for automatically opening multiple instances when a new workbook is opened. I can manually open them. I am on Windows 7 Pro and Office 2007. Can you give me a shove in the right direction?   A: It’s interesting – Word…

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SharePoint Extranet Connector Licensing

Q: (from Cary) I have a licensing questions as it pertains to the new version of 2013 SharePoint. What is and is not an internet user, because Microsoft no longer sells "internet site license’s" I want to make sure we are good to go. It looks like we can shave 45,000 dollars off our cost….

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Update: How do Microsoft partners sign up to sell Office 365?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I just wanted to send a quick little update on the fastest way for partners to start selling Office 365 and how they can become eligible to receive fees for selling Microsoft Online Services. It all comes down to signing the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement… otherwise known as the MOSPA. In…

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Setting up a File Share for the new Azure File Service

Rob Waggoner I’m excited about the Preview of the Microsoft Azure File Server and today and I want show you how I got it working.  I am using a test account, so I will share all of the details with you as I set this up.  And yes this storage account was deleted before I…

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What are the differences between Office 2010 PKC, FPP, and VL?

  J.J. Antequino ———————————- This is a question that is often asked by Partners.  Often times your customers are interested only in the PRICE of acquiring Office, and are unaware of the limitations and the benefits of each of the different suites and their purchase methods.  As a follow up to Charles’ post from earlier…

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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…

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What are the Top Issues for Bitlocker?

Rob Waggoner   Q: (from Anthony) I want to know the top issues (problems) in BitLocker and their solutions.  What should I be aware of from an architectural perspective as well?   A: I’ve spent a lot of time with BitLocker and I think it has addressed a big need in our industry.  With that…

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If you’re a OneNote aficionado, and using Windows 8, you need to know this

By Ron Grattopp ….OK, so I’m a die-hard OneNote user – it’s probably more important to my daily productivity than any other app – and from way back I’ve used the Win+S shortcut to get screen clips from web pages and other screen shots that I use in documents (including this blog).  In fact, the…

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Clarification of Office 365 Pro Plus support in VDI environments

  In the last two weeks I received 3 separate inquires from partners regarding Office 365 and VDI.  All the questions were slightly different, but the answer was the same.  Two of the partners were under the impression you could not use Office 365 Pro Plus in a VDI environment.   They stated other partners had…

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Office 365 shared computer activation

Tim Tetrick Back in May, I shared in a blog post that “native RDS/TS support for Office 365 ProPlus is coming, and is currently targeted to release in the second half of 2014”. Well I’m pleased to announce that this support is now available as of September 1, 2014.  All SKUs containing Office 365 ProPlus,…

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RDS and shared computer support for Office 365 ProPlus coming soon!

Tim Tetrick I frequently get asked about Office 365 ProPlus running in an RDS (Remote Desktop Services) or TS (Terminal Services) environment.  Currently, Office 365 ProPlus will not physically install in an RDS/TS environment.  There is an exception in the Product Use Rights that allows customers to install a VL/MSI copy of Office Professional Plus…

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Some more info on Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Many should be aware of the recently announced support for Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus. This makes it possible to install and use Office 365 ProPlus (the Office client) onto a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Windows Server, shared virtual machine or a shared workstation. See my colleague Tim…

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