Windows Server 2003 and Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance

Q: (from Frank) Please send me more information related to the risk clients running Windows Server 2003 will face regarding PCI compliance after July 2015.   A: I did a Bing search on “Windows Server 2003 PCI” and came across the following: Why you should get current: http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/8/D/D8D30224-9CE4-444F-AC06-7BAFCEADBC59/Windows_Server_2003_Why_You_Should_Get_Current_IDC_Whitepaper.pdf PCI Compliance Planning Guide: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18015 3rd party…

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UPDATE #2: Office 365 Demo Provisioning Assistant–NOW KNOWN AS MEC

B  V  A Wanted to provide an update to what was originally called – Office 365 Demo Provisioning Toolkit – See original post here The team recently upgraded the original toolkit to now be part of the Microsoft Experience Center or MEC – Please see POST – http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2013/03/01/get-demoing-office-365.aspx    Office 365 Demo Provisioning Assistant, some…

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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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The Directory Sync tool can now be installed on a Domain Controller!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great news for those that are selling into the smaller SMB accounts that may be running a single Domain Controller and don’t have the resources to have a second server.  Historically you were required to install the Office 365 Directory Sync (DirSync) tool (now called Windows Azure Directory Sync…

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General availability of the two most requested features for Azure Virtual Network

Jeff Stoffel Multiple site-to-site and VNET-to-VNET connectivity At TechEd North America 2014, we announced the general availability of several new Azure features.  I’d like to highlight the general availability of the two most requested features for Azure Virtual Network: Multiple Site-to-Site VNET-to-VNET Connectivity First, Virtual Networks now supports more than one site-to-site connection.  So, you…

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Microsoft Azure and Partner of Record

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some of you may have noticed that there is a new setting in your customers’ Microsoft Azure account subscription settings, notably titled “Partner Information” as shown below: This is indeed where you can now set your firm as Partner of Record on each subscription.  After selecting item above you will…

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Exchange 2010 Standard vs. Enterprise

Q: (from John) We are looking into Exchange 2010 and would like to get a list of all the differences between Enterprise and Standard versions.  Also, we need to know is some of the Enterprise features such as Integrated Archiving, Multi-mailbox search and legal hold, and advanced journaling are available with the Standard version, if…

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Moving your customers to BPOS or Office 365? Check their BANDWIDTH!

Woody Walton There has been a lot of talk in various places lately about BPOS and its impending successor, Office 365.  I have been following BPOS closely for a few years and try to keep abreast of the latest information relevant to partners.  As with many large companies, Microsoft, has a tendency to inadvertently hide…

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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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Windows Server OEM licensing is cheaper, but not always.

Woody Walton   I commonly encounter partners that buy and then resell Microsoft OEM licensing, especially Windows Server and the Windows Client.   The typical reason for this is usually price, but the ease of purchase also comes into play.  There certainly is a measure of convenience in obtaining a server for instance with a copy…

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New Azure Solution Accelerator – Hybrid Cloud

Partners, Getting started with Azure but don’t know where to begin?  I talk with partners everyday that are very interested in investing in building a practice around Azure but are a bit overwhelmed by the broad set of services offered on the Azure platform.  What we’ve discovered is the quickest way to Azure for partners…

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SharePoint 2010 Online Training

B   V   A I recently received the following question from a partner that was listening to the How to Demo Office 365 webcast – Question: Can you tell me if Microsoft has a cloud service for their partners to use for SharePoint training.  I am working on my SharePoint 2010 MCTS, but I need a…

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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…

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Exchange Online Archiving (EOA) NOW Available as Add-on to Any Enterprise Exchange Online Plan

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! GREAT NEWS!  Exchange Online Archiving (EOA) is now available as add-on to any Enterprise Exchange Online plan. What does this mean?  Exchange Online Archiving (EOA), including In-Place hold and unlimited storage, was previously only available to be purchased as an add-on to on-premises Exchange Server 2010 mailboxes. Customers who wished…

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Apps for SharePoint and SharePoint Online

Michael Kophs, Cloud TSP A while back I blogged about adding Apps from the Office App store to Excel.  You can also add apps to the latest version of Outlook, Word and Project as well.  Now if you think Office Apps are cool, then you’re going to love SharePoint Apps! The last time I checked,…

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Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold in Exchange Online

Tim Tetrick I frequently get questions about the compliance archiving capabilities available in Exchange Online and Office 365.  One area that causes a lot of confusion is around Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold.  Is Litigation Hold the same as In-Place Hold?  If not, then when and why would I choose to use one versus the…

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Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure Site Recovery (ASR) – Setup

Rob Waggoner In this video, I’m going to walk through the Azure Site Recovery Process.  We cover the setup of how you can send a Hyper-V Replica to Azure instead of to another Hyper-V host.  I love the idea of having an offsite replica for my VM, and having a Hyper-V replica via Azure gives…

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It’s Official: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) hits Open License and Reseller Community Monday!

Woody Walton  UPDATE:  See Webcast on April 1st on EMS.  New Post here Well the wait is finally over.  Starting Monday, March 2nd, the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite , aka EMS, will be available for sale through distribution via Microsoft’s Open License Program.   EMS was only available via the Enterprise agreement since its inception last…

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How do I change the Disk Witness in Quorum

I received the following question: Hi, I have been following your video on setting up Hyper-V server with the Equallogic SAN which we have. It has been really helpful however I am having a problem getting the CSV to work. After creating the cluster the disk we are planning to use is only shown in…

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Licensing Office on Remote Desktop Services

Q: (from Jeff) I’ve got a customer who will be typically using Office from their Terminal Services (RDS) farm. But if there are connectivity problems, they want the option of running Office locally. Do they need to license Office with Software Assurance. A: I knew I wanted to do some research on this. The number…

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