Should I buy Windows Server 2012 R2 or wait for Windows Server 2016?

Rob Waggoner   Partners, You are starting to hear news about Windows Server 2016, and I agree that Windows Server 2016 is looking great, but that doesn’t mean Windows Server 2012 R2 isn’t up to the task.  As I like to remind Partners, Software Assurance is always a great value, but right now, the value…

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Should I buy Windows Server 2012 R2 or wait for Windows Server 2016?

Rob Waggoner   Partners, You are starting to hear news about Windows Server 2016 and I agree that Windows Server 2016 is looking great, but that doesn’t mean Windows Server 2012 R2 isn’t up to the task.  As I like to remind Partners, Software Assurance is always a great value, but right now, the value…

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TechNet on Tour: What’s new with Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and OSS for Modern IT Pros

Todd Sweetser Hi Partners!  Wanted to make you aware of this upcoming in-person training delivered by the TechNet team.  This is open to all so if you have tech’s that could benefit from expanded knowledge on Azure Infrastructure Services be sure and have them attend! What’s new with Microsoft cloud infrastructure and OSS for modern…

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Upcoming Windows Server and SQL Server Webcast Series!

  Todd Sweetser Here are some upcoming webcasts occurring in February and March to help you stay on top of solutions and strategies around Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server!  These will cover topics including security, compliance, migration from VMWare, integration with Azure with SQL as well as for Backup and Disaster Recovery.  Be sure…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit

Tim Tetrick During this series, Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2, we’ve learned about some of the great capabilities and benefits of getting your customers to modern with Windows Server 2012 R2.  Once you’re ready to start migrating your customers, I want to make sure you’re taking advantage of a…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Windows Clustering

Rob Waggoner When we talk about Windows Clustering, we are always talking about the need for High Availability.  Clustering is the way we achieve High Availability in the event of a hardware failure of one of your servers.  Clustering ensures that your roles or workloads fail over to another node so users can continue to…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Supporting Remote Offices

When this series was initially proposed, my thoughts immediately moved to “what have we not heard about” or at least not too much about? There are so many positive aspects of Windows Server that we dwell on, I wanted to pick something we don’t hear enough about: Distributed File System and BranchCache Although these are…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: The Essentials Experience Role Step-By-Step

In Windows Server 2012 we introduced a new version called Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition.  The Essentials server is very flexible and easy-to-use.  This was a server solution that was primarily designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices.  This provided a great first server for many customers, as…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Minimal vs Core install (and what is this Nano thing?)

Todd Sweetser Everyone is familiar with the traditional install of Windows Server 2012r2.  Many are not familiar with some of the other options at install time that can assist with limited hardware resources or requirements around security, limiting the amount of overall exposure from outside. How can this be accomplished?  By using other Windows Server…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Storage Spaces

Woody Walton I know this little gem is not getting enough play with many partners and SMB customers; Storage Spaces.   We talked a lot about it when it was initially released with Windows Server 2012, and then again when we updated it and added functionality in the R2 release, but I am still amazed at…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Time to Upgrade

Jeff Stoffel Do you still have customers that haven’t made the jump to Windows Server 2012 R2?  If so, now it the time to help them move to the latest version of Windows Server.  Depending on what you are running now, you have lots of options to get there. Installation If you want to move…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2

Welcome!  To close out the fantastic year of 2015, we are going to be doing a quick blog series on Windows Server 2012 R2.  The primary goal is to help you lead your customers to Modern IT with the powerful functionality built-in to Windows Server 2012 R2.  Not only can this provide a key component…

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New SMB Advantage Offer!

  Colin Esaias Hello Partner Community! As December begins, so does the latest SMB Advantage offer.  With this latest offering we are focusing on Windows Server.  Here are the highlights: 15% Windows Server partner subsidy offer through SMB Advantage from December 1st, 2015 through January 31st, 2016. NOTE: Follow on announcement will go out as…

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Changing World of Work

Jeff Stoffel We have been talking quite a bit lately about the new world of work – a changing workforce, changing ways of sharing information, and the changing technologies that enable us to work faster, better, and smarter. The smartphone has existed for less than a decade yet it has completely changed the way we…

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Continued Access to the SMB Live Hands-on-Labs

Q: (from Nalinda) Can we access these labs again for my people?   A: I’m sorry to report that the codes from the most recent event in DC expired about a week ago. They were only good for the month following the SMB Live Events. Instead, you can leverage the Technet Virtual Labs. They have…

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Three reasons why now is a good time to upgrade your customers to Windows Server 2012 R2

Jeff Stoffel We have been talking about the upcoming end of support for Windows Server 2003 for quite some time now.  Hopefully all of your customers have made the move off of Windows Server 2003 however I am sure we have a good number of customers not running the latest and greatest server operating system. …

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PTS Offer: Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery webcast

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Here is a new offer from the Partner Technical Services team to assist with education around Azure Site Recovery – the Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery Webcast.  Details as follows: The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you enhance…

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SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open!

Tim Tetrick SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open!   We’re excited to announce new in-depth & hands on marketing content, along with 300-level technical training to modernize your organizations’ technical skills and marketing capabilities- leaving you with the tools you need to grow your cloud practice and modernize…

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Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Capitalize on the Opportunity!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  The cloud marks an unprecedented shift in the way we deliver solutions to customers. This shift also marks a need to rethink the partner business model, in order to build a sustainable business. But how? That is the pressing question top of mind for many of our partners. How do…

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