Skype for Business Online Licensing Resource

Todd Sweetser With all of the recent updates to Skype for Business Online there may be many questions about how it is licensed and what capabilities can be utilized based on what SKU was purchased.  I recently found this new resource that can help clear much of this information up. The page is titled “Skype…

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Office 365 E5 and Skype for Business Resources on Drumbeat!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of some new resources that are available on the Office 365 Drumbeat portal focused on the upcoming Office 365 portal for partners.  For those not familiar with Drumbeat,  you can learn about proven sales best practices, programs, tools, and market insights. Then take advantage of…

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Free eBook! Skype for Business User Tips & Tricks for Anyone!

Todd Sweetser I came across this excellent resource and felt it would be a great tool for your toolbox when working with customers.  It has a plethora of tips and tricks around utilizing  Skype for Business!  The goal of course is to get folks consuming the services, and this grouping of tips can give you…

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Exchange Server Supportability Matrices–Exchange 2010 and 2013

Josh Condie – One of the most valuable resources on the Microsoft public domain that I consistently have partners thank me for exposing to them is the Exchange Supportability Matrix.  These are condensed, single page charts providing all the details necessary for implementing a “supported” Exchange Server configuration. Inclusive of the following: Lifecycle Dates Release…

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Exchange 2013 and Data Loss Prevention–Set Your Messaging Proposal Apart from the Others

Josh Condie – Exchange Server 2013 will be available next week, and comes with many new features as well as improvements on existing features that are already familiar to those who have worked with Exchange Server 2010. In a nutshell: Great new experiences in the touch-friendly Outlook 2013, as well as a streamlined OWA experience…

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Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions (week starting November 5th)

Josh Condie – Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting. Practice Accelerator enables you to identify customer requirements, analyze their needs, scope projects,…

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Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp is Coming to a City Near You…

  Josh Condie – If you have just begun to sell Microsoft Online Services such as Office 365 and are looking for the deep guidance to accelerate your new practice, then this course is just what you need.  You will learn about all of the programs and resources available to you and your customers, and…

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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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Office 365 for Government Announced

Josh Condie – Yesterday, Microsoft announced Office 365 for Government.  This represents a great opportunity for our SMB partner community, especially at the local and regional government level.  Small State and Local Government entities are the perfect candidates for secure and private cloud computing, especially when it comes to productivity and collaboration solutions.  So often,…

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Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions for Partners – Starting May 7th

  Josh Condie – Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting. Practice Accelerator enables you to identify customer requirements, analyze their needs, scope…

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Test Drive Lync 2010!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- You’ve heard me say it before….. Lync is a killer app…. it’s a deal closer. Whether you use it in the cloud with Office 365 or install it on-premise, Lync will provide value to every business. Within the last month, I have visited with many partners who are anxious to show off…

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Microsoft Lync 2010, a Demo

 Rob Waggoner Steve Deming       Steve and I sat down and put together a demo of Lync 2010.  It’s one thing to talk about it, but seeing is believing.  Take a look at this video and let us know what you think! Just a bit of background… During this demonstration, I was in Nashville, TN…

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Unified Communications, the Elevator Pitch

Rob Waggoner   Need a quick overview of the Microsoft Unified Communications Solution?  I’ve put together a video just for you! I mention a few items in the video, they are: Messaging Competency Communications Competency The Unified Communications Business Value Assessment Download Microsoft Lync Server 2010 180-Day Trial There is a whole host of benefits…

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The Lync Appliance: A Different Twist on Deploying Lync Server!

  Woody Walton In my role as a Partner Technology Advisor for Microsoft Corporation I work as a generalist as it relates to our technology stack.  Basically, I am expected to know and be able to speak intelligently about all of our core business solutions across the full spectrum from productivity solutions to security and…

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The Unified Communications Customer Conversation for SMB, Part 3: Lync, the special sauce

By Ron Grattopp ….. Hopefully, by now we’ve laid the foundation of why a customer should be interested in UC in general, as well as why they should specifically be interested in the Microsoft UC&C solution in particular. Before moving to our Lync discussion, let me again highlight a couple of key online resources that…

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The Unified Communications Customer Conversation for SMB, Part 2: understanding Unified Communications as a solution and the extraordinary value of Microsoft’s UC stack

By Ron Grattopp    ….. OK, so last post I laid the foundation of “productivity” as the underlying theme on which we can then layer the messages around Unified Communication AND Collaboration.   The Collaboration component of UC&C is built around our rapidly growing SharePoint technologies; and as JJ also alluded to in the opening of his…

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The Unified Communications Customer Conversation for SMB, Part 1: Setting the Stage

By Ron Grattopp    ….. My teammate JJ just did a great post on Lync (specifically Lync Online which you get with Office 365) where he pointed out, rightly so, that Lync is a game changer.   I’ve just come off several weeks of training for one of our major distribution partners around Lync and helping them…

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Exchange 2010 Default Database Size

  Got a question about Exchange 2010 and the Database size limit: The default database size limit for Exchange 2010 Standard Edition is 1024 gigabytes (GB), which equals 1 TB. There is no default database size limit for the Exchange 2010 Enterprise Edition. The Exchange store checks any database size limits periodically and dismounts a…

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Jabra 6470 Headset–the Ultimate UC headset solution for the mobile worker

Posted by Charles Van Heusen I’ve been doing a fair amount of research for the past few months looking for a wireless headset solution that I could use as my primary headset in my home office to connect with my desk phone as well as a softphone solution to connect to Office Communicator 2007 and…

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Lync 2010 Client Licensing

Q: (from Willie) I know that the Enterprise CAL is not a prerequisite of the Plus CAL, but if the customer only wanted voice functionality would they still need the Standard CAL (I feel confident the answer is yes, but I could not find it in the licensing guide and I didn’t want to assume)?…

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