Update for Azure: Boot Diagnostics for Virtual Machines v2

We recently announced two debugging features: Console Output and Screenshot support for Azure Virtual Machines v2. When bringing your own image to Azure or even booting one of the platform images, there can be many reasons why a Virtual Machine gets into a non-bootable state. These features enable you to easily diagnose and recover your…

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Why you should take a Second Look at Microsoft Windows Intune – Training and Promotion Announced for the New Wave D

Josh Condie – There are significant changes in the pricing, licensing, skus, and key product features of Windows Intune with the new Wave D offering launching this month – greatly enhancing the partner reselling and services opportunity.  Many partners are seeing strong success leveraging Windows Intune to help drive new customer conversations around: (1) Unmanaged…

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Managing Windows 8 and Windows RT

B  V  A With the anticipated release of Windows 8 and Windows RT, how are you going to manage all those devices?  Microsoft announced on Sept. 10th, 2012 upcoming solutions based on System Center Configuration Manager SP1 and Windows Intune.  J.J.. one of my teammates, blogged about using our current release of Windows Intune and…

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Windows 8 References Just Released

Josh Condie – Microsoft Press has just release 3 great new books to arm yourself with as your colleagues and customers begin to explore the new client OS. Help them deploy, manage, use and experience all the new features and form factors that are about to hit the market:   Troubleshoot and Optimize Windows 8…

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Windows Intune Licensing Changes Announced

B  V  A On September 10th, 2012 Microsoft previewed the roadmap for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and the interoperability of Windows Intune and System Center Configuration Manager Console SP1 and Windows Intune.  This is extremely useful with Windows 8, Windows RT devices, and Windows Phone 8 coming soon, as you look…

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Learn more about the Microsoft Cloud OS Platform at a city near you!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- You’re probably wondering what this new platform is all about, but the good news is that we are hosting One-Day launch events to tell you all about it! The Cloud OS Signature Event Series will give you the opportunity to engage with the Redmond product team experts and check out all the…

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Practice Accelerator Sessions – Starting August 13th

  Josh Condie – Below is the schedule for all of the upcoming Practice Accelerator sessions scheduled for next 3 months.  The cost to attend a Practice Accelerator session is now only five Partner Advisory Hours!  A high-value training offering that can help your business expand across the Microsoft Platform. A few things to note:…

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Veeam Backup and Replication now FREE

B  V  A Veeam introduced a new free version of its award-winning Veeam Backup & Replication™ software. The free version, Veeam Backup™ Free Edition, provides a subset of the functionality in the full (paid) editions of Veeam Backup & Replication. One of the coolest utilities in Veeam Backup™ Free Edition is VeeamZIP™. With VeeamZIP, you…

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Windows Intune June 2012 Release Available Today

Josh Condie – Employees are becoming more and more tech-savvy and demanding greater flexibility with their work style, where and how they access information and what devices and computing platforms they use.  An increasing number of employees are mobile or home-based today and need to work from anywhere, at any time, and they expect their…

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Windows Intune, the Elevator Pitch

Rob Waggoner   I’ve put together a few quick overviews of different Microsoft Products and today I wanted to provide a quick overview of Windows Intune.  We have some good information on Windows Intune, but this provides an overview of what is available now and what is coming in the near future.  As you can…

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Private Cloud–What does that mean to Microsoft ?

B  V  A Just because you are using Virtualization technologies, does not mean you have a private cloud.  I have been speaking about Pro-active Management for several years, and now as we move into the “Cloud World” we start to hear certain definitions – Public Cloud, Private Cloud, SAAS – Software as a Service, PAAS…

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Sales Specialist Virtualization & Management merge

B  V  A Hopefully you are aware Microsoft, based on feedback from many partners, changed the Virtualization and Systems Management individual competencies into one competency starting in May 2012.  For more information check out this post – Competency Merge  Part of this change was a new Sales Assessment that is now available, or download the…

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Forefront Servers and System Center Endpoint Protection, the Elevator Pitch

Rob Waggoner A few months back, I shared the Forefront for Exchange and SharePoint, the Elevator Pitch video, and today I wanted to share the video that covers the Forefront Servers and the System Center Endpoint protection solution.  I combined all three of these solutions into one video since they all address the security needs…

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There is an update for System Center 2012

Rob Waggoner     If you are already looking at or running System Center 2012, be sure to install Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) for System Center 2012 as well.  It includes some last minute updates that did not make it into the RTM package.  CU1 can be downloaded here: Description of Update Rollup 1 for…

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System Center Advisor–Now Available for Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010 & SQL Server 2012

B   V   A Wanted to give a Quick Update: In November Ron Grattopp  blogged about a new benefit of Software Assurance known as System Center Advisor – http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2011/11/21/secret-sauce-for-selling-sa-in-smb.aspx I was recently talking with partners about this great tool, and noticed that we have added a few new workloads that can be analyzed: Exchange 2010, SharePoint…

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MMS 2012 and Windows Intune Wave C Announcements

B  V  A Did you see the announcement made at Microsoft Management Summit 2012 in Las Vegas about the next version of Windows Intune.  If not, check out the official blog entry on our “Windows for Business” blog – http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/  Hopefully you already know that Windows Intune is our cloud-based management solution that provides tools,…

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Will SCVMM 2008 R2 Manage a Windows Server 2008 R2 Server with SP1?

Rob Waggoner   I received the following question: Q: Will SCVMM 2008 R2 manage a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Server? A: Yes, but SP1 needs to be applied to your SCVMM 2008 R2 installation first. Here’s the excerpt from the What’s New in Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1. Why is SP1 required?  Because…

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The Benefits of Standardizing on Windows 7 and the Value of the Enterprise Edition

  Josh Condie – Adding to Woody’s great comments about the value proposition of Windows Intune.  I was preparing for a presentation on Intune recently and came across a whitepaper that IDC recently wrote about the value of Windows 7 for SMBs:  The Benefit of Using Windows 7 in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses.  You can…

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Why System Center?

  Rob Waggoner   I have these conversations a lot.  Why System Center, especially with Hyper-V?  What’s the story? First, I’m passionate about Hyper-V and System Center.  Together they are a knockout combination.  Hyper-V is the best hypervisor on the planet… Period.  It’s fast, its scalable and its included!  That’s right, Hyper-V is included in…

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