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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Why Move From Windows XP to Windows 7?

Q: Now that Windows 7 has been around could you provide me with good reasons to convince some doubtful clients I have who are still reluctant to switch from XP. A: You’re in luck! Because Windows 7 has been out for six months and we’ve been promoting it for almost a year, both Technet (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx)…

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Avoid Double Licensing the Desktop OS

Q: (from Mark) I ran into some licensing issues concerning how we image etc … so yes,  the deal has been delayed until I can straighten this out.   Short story is,  I don’t want to pay for 2 windows licenses,  one from  the OEM license that comes with the PC and another one that I…

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OEM Reimaging Rights

Q: (from Claudine) If a customer is legally licensed for Windows 7 Professional on 15 computers: 10 computers were bought with Windows 7 Professional preinstalled (OEM) and 5 they bought Windows 7 Professional Upgrades through Volume Licensing Can they use the Volume License media to install a standard Windows 7 Professional image on all 15…

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What’s the difference between App-V and MED-V

I’ve been spending time with App-V and MED-V, as I talk about them, the same question always comes up.  What’s the difference between App-V and MED-V?  What are they and how are they different?  The description of the whole MDOP suite is here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/mdop/default.aspx To net out the difference between App-V and MED-V, the easiest…

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Licensing Bootcamps

Q: (from Kristy) Previously, I have attended Microsoft hosted ½ day or full day “Licensing 101” or “Licensing for Partners” training sessions.  Are you still involved in training partners in the MD/DC region?  Are any training sessions like this on track for this summer or fall ?  Other recommendations for similar training (Microsoft Web Training)…

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Windows 7 Deployment & Activation

Q: (from Stephen) My customers are starting to move from Windows XP to Windows 7 and I’m starting to see more volume activation opportunities. Where can I go to get a quick overview of the deployment and activation tools available for Windows 7? A: I recently recorded 20 minutes in LiveMeeting on that exact topic:…

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Virtualization Sales Specialist

Q: (from David) During your presentation, I remember something about a reference to a Virtualization Sales Assessment or something similar… A: It is the Virtualization Sales Specialist; as series of courses designed to prepare sales people to communicate the value of Microsoft’s virtualization vision. To verify comprehension of the training there are also two assessments…

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Out of Band Security Fix, Please Take Action Now

Today we released an Out of Band security fix for Internet Explorer.  This fix covers IE 6, 7 & 8 and it is a critical fix.  We don’t release normal fixes Out of Band and we recognize how difficult it is for our partners and customers to react to a release like this, but we…

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Microsoft Wave, it’s not what you think, but I think you’ll be interested

Microsoft Wave No this isn’t our “Wave 14” 2010 products but in it’s own way it’s just as cool.  Also, you hear about some other companies that seem to get all the “innovation” credit and buzz, but Microsoft spent over $9b last year on research and the results of that is sometimes turned into products…

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Second shot at Second shot

For those of you who are Microsoft technology certified already, or for those who are thinking about the value of adding technology certifications to your portfolio of industry acumen, there WILL be exams (to use a variation on the movie title phrase that’s really popular these days).  [Those already certified may well be refreshing or…

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Here’s some food for thought the next time someone complains about “buggy” Microsoft software, also please check out the recommended reads listed toward the end

Most of you already know that in this age of the Secure Computing Initiative (aka Secure Development Lifecycle) at Microsoft that we actually have made tremendous strides in providing not only more secure software but more robust software as well.  Of course, whenever you make a platform change, as we did with Vista, you’re going…

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Free Windows Phone Developer Kit

Windows Phone 7 Series holds a promise to be an amazing personal mobile phone with new innovative user interface and functionality, as well as a great development platform on which you can quickly and easily build games and applications. With a myriad of new devices, a powerful and immersive software platform, and a new marketplace…

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Windows Essential Business Server Discontinued

Q: (from Suzanne) With discontinuing this product, do we have a factsheet or something we can give to partners who have actively been selling this product? A: http://www.microsoft.com/ebs/en/us/faq.aspx One of the REALLY important tid bits… “Beginning on June 30, 2010 until December 31, 2010, current EBS 2008 customers can get most of the individual component…

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Which Server is Right for SOHO or Micro-biz customers?

Technorati Tags: Windows Foundation Server,SBS As most of you know, I seldom do the standard “cut-paste” thing for this blog and like to at least put my own spin around things, but this is something I ran across (the Q&A section below) that I think may be valuable, or at least interesting, to you even…

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SA Benefits

Q: (from Gail) Do you know what the specific vouchers are that a partner gets with SA? A: There are two types of vouchers: training and deployment planning. My starting point for details on those benefits is the SA Benefits PDF: Software Assurance Benefits Chart If you click on a particular benefit, it takes you…

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Package Services: Exchange Deployment Planning Services

Q: (from Stacey) We have a customer who has an Exchange migration project coming up.  He has (2) Software Assurance vouchers, each for 1 day.  I looked on the Microsoft site & it looks like you have to be a Packaged Service Provider & that this is for Exchange Deployment Planning? The customer wants to…

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Marketing your Windows 7 or Office Event

Q: (from Barbara) Our company is planning to host a Window 7 Seminar for clients in April. The first need I have is for postcard that we can send out about our event. I have found one on the MS  website but it is a PDF copy and needs to modified to include in our…

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XP Mode No Longer Requires Hardware Assisted Virtualization

This is great news for people that do not have Hardware Assisted Virtualization (HAV) available in their machines.  When we released XP Mode, we said that it required HAV, we’ve now released an update that provides XP Mode functionality on non-HAV ready machines.  If you’re wondering, why didn’t we do this from the beginning?  We’ll…

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