Great New Windows 8 Training Resources on the OEM Sales Center!

  Woody Walton   Keeping in mind that there are many types of Microsoft partners, it is always a good idea to snoop around and see what training, readiness, and customer focused content is available for the partner community at large, even if it does not map to precisely what you do. We are constantly…

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US Partner Skills Development update and resources

By Ron Grattopp ….Just wanted to update you on Microsoft Partner readiness opportunities and resources.  I’m hoping most of you are already familiar with these tools and resources and are using them to your best advantage, but it’s always good to do a refresh.   Here are three primary resources that are available and pertinent to…

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Want to up your Microsoft “game”? Learn and update skills with free Microsoft Press e-books.

  By Ron Grattopp ….besides security and Windows, one of the themes I commonly blog about is training and certification.  A few months back I mentioned the great opportunity for you to win prizes by completing free training on Partner Learning Center, and I also blogged about the re-vamping of our certification program as it…


Secure booting in Windows 8

By Ron Grattopp ….I mentioned in my last post that I would follow up on the Trusted Boot process in Windows 8, and give you more details on it as well as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).  First, let’s start with a quick UEFI primer. Historically, most Windows-based computers begin their boot process using some…


New Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 Now Available

By Ron Grattopp …..Most of you should be familiar with this tool by now, so I won’t go into details here, you can use the links below to get more info and download it. As a quick overview, here are some of the newer key scenarios that MAP v7.0 can help you with: · Determine…


Windows 8 isn’t just a pretty face

By Ron Grattopp ….Earlier this week I put together my first Windows 8 presentation/demo.  One of the things I did for that presentation was to develop what I called my “Top Ten New Business-oriented Features in Windows 8” and I thought I would share that with you.  Of course, the list is subjective, and since…


Update: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR v12)

  By Ron Grattopp …..Well, it’s been over 2 years since I’ve blogged about the SIR (last one I did was for V8, Apr 2010), so I thought it might be time for a reprise.  You might remember that the SIR is published twice a year for the previous 6-month period, so this one (V12)…


New whitepaper gives added ammo for Windows 7 upgrade conversation

  By Ron Grattopp …..As you know, TS2 travels a LOT.  Of course, in my travels I see many folks using business laptops, and even though we all know that Windows 7 is rapidly gaining momentum I still see a significant number of laptops running Windows XP.  So I wanted to give a shout out…


Remember, you can win prizes for completing free partner training (but only until June 30th)

  By Ron Grattopp …..My teammate BVA recently did a post on the new Windows Intune Sales Specialist accreditation, and he included some links to the Partner Learning Center (PLC), where you can find lots of training around almost any Microsoft technology most of it free.  I’m sure you’re all familiar with that resource by…


More ammo on browser security for your customer conversations

By Ron Grattopp …..Back in September, I did a post called “The greatest browser security technology you probably never heard of…” which was a security focused post around the idea that socially-engineered (SE) malware is a far more prevalent threat today than the classic vulnerability exploit (aka drive-by attack) and, of course, extolling the virtue…


Microsoft Certification 20th Anniversary brings program updates

  By Ron Grattopp ….. In case you didn’t know, Microsoft Certification celebrated its 20th anniversary on January 31st and to mark that milestone they have launched a year-long effort called “20 Years|20 Ways”.  And, on April 11, we announced some significant changes to our MCSE Certification program, “MCSE: Reinvented for the Cloud”.  Microsoft’s revamped…

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Windows Server “8” – good to the “core”

By Ron Grattopp …..Of course there will be lots of goodness coming in Windows Server “8” (WS8 for the rest of this post), in fact, we consider it transformational, that is, with WS8 our server technology is making a paradigm shift of sorts away from the traditional focus on an individual physical server OS to…


Is there a DR in the house?

By Ron Grattopp …..Not long ago (November actually) I gave a shout out to Cindy Bates’ blog about DR (disaster recovery).  A couple of interesting factoids that were included in the DR e-guide her post highlighted were that >40% of the SMB respondents believed IT downtime could damage staff morale (as worker productivity goes down),…


You want innovation, I’ve got your innovation right here

by Ron Grattopp……  I’m pretty sure by now that many of you have an idea that Microsoft invests heavily in research, at least you have if you’ve followed my blogs.  I believe our current investment is in the range of $9B/year.  It’s this commitment to R&D that has kept Microsoft as an industry leader in…


Windows 8 to feature new file system

  Ron Grattopp….. This sounded interesting so thought I’d share.  Microsoft has announced (via  a post on its Building Windows 8 blog) that Windows 8 will introduce a new file system known as Resilient File System (ReFS) which will include a next generation on-disk storage engine.  I should assure you upfront that this will not…


Happy Birthday TwC

  Ron Grattopp……most of you know one of my recurring themes is security, specifically the platform security that we provide that’s industry-leading.  And it’s that industry-leading platform security that I regularly remind you should be a key selling factor in your customer conversations.  But you also know that wasn’t always the case, in fact, back…


Announcing myfirstserver.com

  By Ron Grattopp ….. A few weeks back I blogged about the launch of the SMB Server Experience and Server Selection Tools on the Midsize Business Solution page.  Well, now there is a new site, MyFirstServer.com that’s designed to be a customer-ready resource focused on the small business segment.  This new site provides small…


Here’s a shout out to Cindy Bates blog and some business focused resources you should explore

By Ron Grattopp …..Back at the end of October I blogged about the Microsoft Business Hub site.  Hopefully, you were motivated to explore that site and the resources it provides.  If so, you also hopefully noticed that Cindy Bates’ blog is hosted on that site and a link to it is prominently featured on the…


Secret Sauce for Selling SA in SMB

  By Ron Grattopp ….. I LOVE alliteration and catchy titles, and I hope this title caught your attention because I have some info to share about a new cloud service that I think you’ll want to know about (but probably don’t yet).  A while back I did a post where I mentioned my favorite…

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Announcing the SMB Server Experience Tool

  By Ron Grattopp ….. You’ll want to check out the brand new SMB Server Experience and Server Selection Tools on the Midsize Business Solution page (screenshot below) of the microsoft.com Server and Cloud Platform site.  These tools  just launched today and are a unique solution which will hopefully make it very easy for our…