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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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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