More about Windows Intune…

I had this great idea to create a number of videos on Windows Intune so that I could show you how to setup and manage your customers computers.  Windows Intune even lets you manage computers from multiple customers from a single pane of glass.  No more logging into one customer, then out of their account…

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Windows Intune Beta 2, How Do You Sign Up?

We just released Beta 2 of Windows Intune, so I wanted to take a few minutes to show you how to sign up and manage clients.  In this session we will walk through how to sign up for Intune and then how to install the management agent on a client.  There are two URLs I…

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An Out of Band Security Update was Just Released

Please take a moment to look at this latest security patch.  We felt it was important to release this update before our release cycle next week. There is malicious software in the wild and you need to update your systems as soon as possible.  It affects Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003,…

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E-books (free) for Office 2010 training and reference

This is not breaking news as it were, but I thought as Office 2010 sales start to ramp up, I’m sure there’ll be a need for training or just general info around it.  Of course, if your customers have volume licensing and SA, they get e-learning provided as an SA benefit which is great for…

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New Developer Tools coming for Windows Phone Platform

Andy Lees announced at #WPC10 the final beta of the Developer Toolkits for the Windows Phone is available to everyone at http://developer.windowsphone.com   There are also a Windows Phone emulator that will allow you to see how your applications will appear and act upon a device even if you don’t have access to a test version…

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Wave 14 Loadfest at WPC 2010

For US Partners ONLY: While at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, you can go online and take: at least 1 of the following courses for Office 2010 for a copy of Office Professional 2010 at least 1 for Visio 2010 for a copy of Visio 2010 at least 1 for Project 2010 for a copy…

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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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A noted hacker’s view of Microsoft security (updated)

Marc Maiffret–the quick rise of a teen hacker (Q&A) – Insecurity Complex blog post by Elinor Mills 4/15/10 Of course, I’ve done more than a few posts over the last couple of years around security in my continuing quest to help our partner readers overcome some of the antiquated misconceptions around Microsoft and security that…

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A Tale of Two Articles (on Office 2010)

I found this rather interesting and had to share.  I’m not a Wired reader, but I ran across two Wired articles as “related” links to other Office 2010 info gathering I was doing.  The first one turns out to be a reasonably interesting article called How Microsoft Crowdsourced the Making of Office 2010 which I’ve…

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Microsoft Office OneNote 2010 REDUX

A month ago, my teammate (and esteemed colleague) Woody Walton did an excellent post on OneNote 2010 – if you haven’t read it, I definitely give it a “must read” and you should go back and read it right now, do not pass “Go” and do not collect $200 <grin> (probably showing my age if…

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SharePoint Foundation Licensing

Q: (from Maureen) I have client that would like to open their SharePoint site up for access by their customers. I want to figure out if they should buy individual Windows Server CALS for the external customer users or an external connector. Would you know what the price is for the external connector for SharePoint…

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So you have VMware deployed – Why not consider exploring Microsoft Virtualization

  So you have VMware deployed and you’re happy with it; why not consider Microsoft Virtualization.  Integrating Microsoft Virtualization with existing VMware deployments is not “Rip and Replace”.  What about Cost differentials?  Can you deliver a comprehensive management solution at less cost?   Topics covered: Microsoft Virtualization with Hyper-V Coexistence with VMWare Management with System…

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Partner Education: Where to Start?

Q: (from Bob and Aaron) I would like to know more about Exchange, Data Protection and System Center tools.  We have very little to no knowledge in these products and would very much appreciate any help you could give us with what on-line courses to take. I find it somewhat overwhelming when I surf around…

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Full Package Product (FPP) Individual Office Application Portable Use Rights

Q: (from Peter) We have received a couple of inquires in regards to portability rights on individual FPP applications such as Word 2010, Excel 2010, Visio 2010, etc. How can we verify if these FPP versions have portability rights? A: This one took some digging. First off, did you know we don’t call them End…

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Report Builder 3.0 in SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition – A few points

Woody Walton I have been delivering Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 familiarization sales training to our various transaction partners over the last few weeks and I wanted to share a a few questions that I think are representative of what many of you may be thinking about or asking yourself. One of the three key…

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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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