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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Hosting a Virtualization Event

Q: (from Michael) I am a gold partner with the Virtualization Solutions competency. We are working on several server consolidation opportunities and want to enhance our profile in the area as an infrastructure solutions provider by putting together an event. We are finding that sales cycles for Hyper-V Server Virtualization are very long and a…

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Social Media Marketing

Q: (from Alysia) I met you when you spoke at an event for the Chamber of Commerce late last year.  I briefly announced that we planned to host a Social Media series this year and you were kind enough to mention that a former colleague of yours was very well versed in the subject and…

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Other Forms of Encryption You Need to Consider…

We’ve already talked about BitLocker, but I wanted to provide an overview of the other encryption solutions for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Server 2003 / 2008.  If there’s interest, I’ll drill into more detail on any / all of these, so please let me know. RMS – allows you to encrypt your data while…

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What is BitLocker? What does it do? What does it not do?

What is BitLocker? BitLocker lets you encrypt the hard drive(s) on your Windows 7 and Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 and Vista Ultimate or Windows Server 2008 and R2.  BitLocker will not encrypt hard drives for Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003.  Only Windows 7, Vista and Server 2008 include BitLocker.  BitLocker drives can be…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths

I ran across this article today while I was looking for something else 🙂 and thought I would share it with you.  Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths A couple things to note.  You cannot upgrade from a Server 2008 Core installation to a Server 2008 R2 full install.  Core to Core upgrades only. Moving…

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What is the Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows 7 System Reserved Partition?

When you install Server 2008 R2 (or Windows 7) to a fresh partition, sometimes you’ll receive the following message: Then, after installation, when you inspect the disk configuration in Disk Management, you see this partition named System Reserved.  It’s 100MB in size and it doesn’t have a drive letter.  This 100MB partition is where the…

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How does the End-of-Life for Windows Server 2000 impact Small Business Server 2000?

By now you’ve probably seen my post about the End-of-Life for Windows Server 2000.  If you still have SBS 2000 in production, this change raises questions with regard to the support lifecycle of SBS 2000 as well.  Let’s talk through that.  Here’s the support statement for SBS 2000: Isn’t that clear?  Support for SBS 2000…

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Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) Licensing

Q: (from Mandi) I was reviewing the EAP licensing slide deck and I need to understand exactly how the program works to make sure that we are capturing the correct licensing capabilities and are giving the customer accurate license usage counts and consumptions. Are the sku’s bundled? Or just priced differently on the Microsoft Price…

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Windows 2000 Support ends on July 13, 2010

What does End-of-Support really mean?  It means that there will not be any new fixes for Windows 2000.  For the last few years, security fixes have been the only fixes provided; after July 13, 2010, there will not be any more fixes released.  We have the Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center here.  After July 13,…

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What is CLUSTER-INVARIANT??

I’ve been using SCVMM for a couple of years now and I really appreciate all of the time and effort it has saved me, but it has this annoying quirk and it recently annoyed me enough that I started looking for answers.  What has really gotten under my skin is the fact that SCVMM adds…

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