Windows 7 with downgrade to XP – Going away???

Not Exactly, which is why I am writing this post.  As I have been training several OEM partners of Microsoft, I thought it was important for all to understand what is upon us. For those of you that didn’t know the OEM license of Windows 7 gives you N-2 rights for downgrade.  What does that…

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What is the Microsoft Web Platform Installer?

  The Microsoft Web Platform runs a magnitude of popular and free web apps that help you do everything from blogging to selling products online. Getting up and running with a Web app is a cinch. For supported Web apps, Web PI will handle the download, installation and the configuration of the Web app for…

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MPN, it’s a major evolution, not just a name change…here’s a review of some of the key changes to Microsoft’s new partner program

by Ron Grattopp…..Well, I’m hoping that all of you already know that Microsoft made/is making some pretty sweeping changes to what you used to know as the “Microsoft Partner Program (MSPP)”; in fact, one of the changes was the name, it’s now the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN).  I’ve recently had the opportunity to do some…

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Take advantage of the Upgrade Plus Promotion to get your customers off of Windows XP and Office 2003 today!

Use this promotion to capture expiring annuity revenue for small- and medium-business (SMB) customers by offering a cost-effective way to upgrade to the Windows 7 operating system and Microsoft Office 2010. The Microsoft Open Value Subscription program up-to-date discount for existing desktop platform licenses of current (N) and previous (N-1) versions has been expanded to…

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Forefront Client Security Architecture and Licensing

Q: (from Keith) Is there a resource for using the Forefront product and to help me understand what parts and pieces are required from a licensing perspective? A: When you are looking for Forefront, I’m going to assume you mean Forefront Client Security (not Exchange, SharePoint, OCS, Threat Management, Identity, etc.). For Forefront Client Security,…

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New Certification Pack offering will help you get or upgrade your certifications for less

by Ron Grattopp…….Most of you, being Microsoft partners, should already be familiar with the fact that the former Microsoft Partner Program, now Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), has undergone some significant changes.  One of the major changes is the requirement for partners looking to qualify for “competencies” to be certified on our “current” technology/products.  For many…

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Understanding Microsoft’s Online Services Privacy Policy

  One of the most common questions I hear from Partners when it comes to using “Cloud” solutions is “How do I know you are protecting my customer’s privacy"? I thought I should dig into this so you know where to go to find the information to share with your customers.  There are two main…

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Getting ready for Windows Small Business Server “Aurora”

Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” is a new edition of Windows Small Business Server that introduces cross-premise functionality, providing small businesses with on-premise file and print, security, backup, remote access, and identity management services, combined with optional off-premise services. A Cross-Premise Small Business Solution Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” incorporates best-of-breed…

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Sign-up for the Beta of SBS ”7” and SBS “Aurora”

Windows Small Business Server (SBS) Code Name “7” is the next release of Windows Small Business Server Standard, which is a fully on-premise solution. Windows Small Business Server “7” minimizes initial acquisition and deployment times by offering an easily deployed single server solution that combines several server technologies under one Microsoft license. With Windows Small…

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Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 – Beta

Evaluate the latest virtualization technologies for your organization. Download the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta package today to get the SP1 Beta releases for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  SP1 Beta Overview The Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Betas are concurrent releases…

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Windows MultiPoint Server 2010

Q: (from Stacy) We are still getting requests from resellers for quotes on Multi-Point Server.  These are resellers who are selling the nComputing devices into smaller schools and they are coming to us for guidance.  The only thing is we haven’t had training to really address their questions.  Below are some of the questions we…

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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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Migrating to SQL Azure or thinking about SQL Server 2008 R2

With the updated version’s of SQL Server Migration Assistant’s you can now migrate an existing database platform currently running on MySQL, Oracle, Sybase, and Access to any edition of SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, or SQL Server 2005.  Brand new to this release is the ability for MySQL and Access to support simple…

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Microsoft Cloud Essentials

  On July 28th, Microsoft announced two offerings available to partners wishing to either sell and service or build and develop on the cloud platform providing you ways to engage that complement their existing Microsoft Network benefits. Microsoft® Cloud Essentials Pack The Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack is a subscription designed for Microsoft Partner Network (MPN)…

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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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