WPC 5-1 Exam Testing

  Attend WPC to Receive an Exclusive 5-for-1 Exam Offer Microsoft’s WPC 5-for-1 Exam Pass let’s an individual take up to five exams for the price of one until October 10, 2010. This offer is exclusively available to WPC10 conference attendees and each partner can purchase up to four of these passes, which could mean…

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Tech Guarantee Access to Outlook 2010 with Business Contact Manager

Q: (from Peter) According to the Tech Guarantee those customers that purchase Office 2007 SBE, Pro, and Ultimate have the option of Downloading Office 2010 Home and Business or Pro with the download of BCM. Is this BCM download ONLY for Tech Guarantee customers? Please advise as some of our reps think that Office 2010…

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SharePoint Trial

Q: (from Marc) I have a client who wants to do some discovery and possibly host it (SharePoint) themselves. A: If they want to pilot their own trial, we have a free download that you can host on their hardware: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee388573.aspx If they just want to play with the technology, we have a lab environment:…

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Hosting a SharePoint 2010 Event

Q: (from Marc) We are at it again this time scheduled to do one on SharePoint 2010!  Are there any good decks that you may be able to recommend?  We would like to focus on the benefits and business value for SharePoint then probably end it with a virtual demo. A: When it comes to…

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Direct Access Demo

Q: (from Keith) We have a customer interested in possibly deploying Direct Access technology. He is interested in seeing a demo. Does MS have anything online (virtual lab) or anything we could use to demo this to a customer? Any help you could provide would be appreciated. A: Short of setting up your own Direct…

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Becoming better acquainted with Microsoft Office OneNote 2010

Woody Walton If you have looked at the new SKU matrix for Microsoft Office 2010 you will notice a couple of things.  First, there are less SKUs.  We have moved from eight SKUs in Microsoft Office 2007 to five across OEM, retail, and volume licensing in Microsoft Office 2010 (three cheers!). Second,We have added the…

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A Few Good SQL Server 2008 R2 Resources for Partners

Woody Walton Every time Microsoft ships a new version of a product we all have to adapt to change, and that change comes on many fronts.  Depending on who you are, it could mean learning the new capabilities and enhancements in the product and how they make sense for your customers, how has the licensing…

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Office 2010 Tech Guarantee

Q: (from Mailee) Could you please confirm if the below information applies to upgrades as well? A: “Yes”, from the www.office2010.com/techguarentee FAQ website: http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/tech-guarantee/microsoft-office-2010-technology-guarantee-faq-HA101812304.aspx specifically: “Version upgrades, Academic versions and Military Appreciation products are all eligible for the Tech Guarantee.” Quick! Tell you customer to go buy some copies because they still have to install…

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What’s the difference between High-availability and Live Migration?

As I talk with customers and partners, too many times people think that Live Migration is High-availability.  It’s not.  Live Migration can help create a highly available workload, but Live Migration does nothing if the server delivering your workload fails.  I want to take some time to talk about about High-availability and Live Migration and…

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System Requirements for Exchange 2010

Q: (from Shawn) Will Exchange 2010 work on Windows Server 2003 R2? A: It appears my initial guess of “No” was right: Operating system―Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 Standard and Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 2 or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise Edition. From the Exchange, Product Information, Product Details, System Requirements…

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Windows XP SP2 Support ends on July 13, 2010

I want to remind you that support for Windows XP SP2 ends July 13, 2010.  If you or your customers stay on Windows XP we will still provide updates for Windows XP SP3.  Let’s check out our lifecycle support page to understand how long Microsoft will support SP3, and Windows XP as a whole.  Here’s…

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Application Infrastructure: Cloud Benefits Delivered

  http://www.appinfrastructure.com Want to bring the benefits of the cloud to your current IT environment? Cloud computing offers a range of benefits, including elastic scale and never-before-seen applications. While you ponder your long-term investment in the cloud, you can harness a number of cloud benefits in your current IT environment now. Join us on May…

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Windows 7, Office 2010 Proof of Concept – How To Guide | TechNet

Windows 7, Office 2010 Proof of Concept – How To Guide | TechNet Here’s a site that should be helpful for our partners as well as our customers with their own IT.  This is one of the Springboard Series sites for Windows which offers technical help and information on our client OS, currently Windows 7. …

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Get Compliant, and Get Your Competency Questions Answered

Questions about the new Microsoft Partner Network? Are you close to earning a Microsoft Partner Network competency or do you need to get compliant on new certification exam requirements? If so, we can help by offering you 50% off vouchers on any exam. Contact the MPN Experts at 1-877-254-6825 or msppexp@microsoft.com and request your voucher…

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App-V Summary

I will be working on more details around App-V and I wanted to provide a single landing page for all of my App-V content.  I agree that I have very little content so far, but I wanted to go ahead and get this page setup.   I will follow the same basic format that I used…

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Apple update sets new patch record

This actually happened a few weeks back, but it’s part of my continuing story on how Microsoft’s whole approach to security, in the era since the Trustworthy Computing Initiative, is a better bet for your business than any other platform, even some that have the advantage of perceptions that they are more secure.  Here’s a…

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Microsoft releases new Security Incident Report, version 8, for H2CY09

  Microsoft has released a new Security Incident Report (which you should be able to download as a PDF from this link) that covers H2CY09 (Jul-Dec 2009).  I would also encourage you to visit the homepage (shown above) for this report (Microsoft’s quarterly overview) where you can download it as well as a Key Findings…

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IAMCP Community Event w/Cindy Bates

From Steve Hall – District Computers May 19 Microsoft Partner Network Event Please join IAMCP – DC as we gather at Microsoft’s new Chevy Chase, MD Office to take part in IAMCP’s first virtual national gathering of all IAMCP – United States chapters simultaneously. The Keynote session will feature a Microsoft Partner Network update from…

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Are you Intune?

We have a beta release of Intune, it’s a new management solution for our SMB customers.  Check out the following link for more details: http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsintune/default.aspx I’ve heard this was coming, but I didn’t give it much of a look until I read a few articles about it.  Here’s what cnet has to say: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20002690-56.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0 On…

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