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Future Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server Development Discontinued – Information, FAQs, and more
Today, Microsoft announced the decision to streamline our server product portfolio and that we will discontinue future development of Essential Business Server, effective June 30 th , 2010. A few points about this announcement: Microsoft remains fully committed to small and medium-sized businesses...
5 Mar 2010
How the Microsoft 50%* Up-to-date discount works and other answers.
In my Big Announcement! 50%* Off Up-To-Date (UTD) Discount Extended to Office XP and Windows XP owners worldwide! post on January 1st, I mentioned that the UTD discount provided a 50%* discount for every qualifying license you had. Since then, I have been seeing and receiving some questions on...
6 Jan 2010
An early announcement: The Big Easy Offer is coming back in January!
R emember in my, “Big announcement coming on New Years Day!” post back on December 18th I mentioned that I was hoping to possibly have a second announcement to make? Well, it turns out that the second announcement is happening and we’re able to make it now instead of having to wait until the 1st...
30 Dec 2009
Partner Learning Paths – Available on the Partner Learning Center
As you probably know, we offer a ton of online training through Live Meeting for Partners on a larger variety of topics. These can be product specific, program specific, audience specific, general topics, and much, much more. Have you ever found yourself looking for guidance though on which...
10 Aug 2009
Agenda for #WPC09 today, Wednesday, July 15th
For all of you @WPC09 this week, here’s a quick overview of the agenda for Wednesday, in case you didn’t look it up on Digital WPC : AGENDA 7:00am – 6:00pm Registration Hours 7:00am – 6:00pm Schedule Meetings using WPC Connect on www.digitalwpc.com 7:00am – 8:15am Breakfast 8:30am – 11:00am Vision Keynotes...
15 Jul 2009
Join me for “Help Your Customers Reduce IT Costs and Risks and Strengthen Your Business” at Worldwide Partner Conference
From 5:00 – 6:00 PM on Monday, July 13 th at Worldwide Partner Conference, I have the pleasure of hosting the, “SMB002 Help Your Customers Reduce IT Costs and Risks and Strengthen Your Business” session, which will be in rooms 218 & 219. Joining me will be Andy Trish, founder of NCI Technologies...
26 Jun 2009
Microsoft Gear Up Worldwide Sales Toolkit Cheat Sheet
Back in November, I put up a post letting you know about how the Microsoft Gear Up Sales Toolkit will now be available online . If you have not used the Gear Up Sales Toolkit yet, you really should, since it combines a wealth of information for you and your staff! Now, to make it even easier for Partners...
10 Jun 2009
New EBS 2008 and SBS 2008 Click-through Demos Available For Partners!
Want a quick, lightweight, and portable way to show off EBS 2008 and SBS 2008? Click-through demos are being posted on the Download Center for you to use starting later today. These click-through demos come with lab manuals that go in depth into the products and how to demonstrate them to potential customers...
15 May 2009
1,000 Free Exam Vouchers for Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Yes, this offer is true and available to Microsoft Small Business Specialists right now. Microsoft is offering a total of 1,000 free exam vouchers to our Microsoft Small Business Specialists and these vouchers are good for the following eligible exams: 70-653 TS: Windows Small Business Server 2008...
5 May 2009
Software Assurance: What you need to know, resources for you, answers, and more
One of the topics I get asked about quite a bit or see being asked about is around the topic of Software Assurance (SA). I have several posts on the Blog about this topic; however, I thought it might be very helpful to package up some of the top questions, resources, answers, and posts into one to make...
29 Apr 2009
Microsoft Partner Online Technical Community Forums Launch Today!
On Friday, I posted about an exciting announcement for our Microsoft Small Business Specialists taking place this morning at 9:00 am PST: Microsoft Small Business Specialist 4 Hour Technical Support Expanding to over 50 products! Well, there is exciting news for all of our Partners starting today. ...
27 Apr 2009
Microsoft Small Business Specialist 4 Hour Technical Support Expanding to over 50 products!
Some of you may recall back when we announced the SBSC Exclusive 4-hour response time managed newsgroup , where Microsoft Small Business Specialist Partners could now get 4 hour response times to their technical questions through our Online Technical Communities on some of the top SMB products, such...
24 Apr 2009
What exams qualify for becoming a Microsoft Small Business Specialist?
Here’s a question I have received from a few Partners over the last couple of weeks, so I thought I would share it here. As you know, we have been talking about the 70-282 “Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small and Medium-sized Business” exam for quite some time as one of...
12 Mar 2009
Downgrade rights for second Windows Server in SBS or EBS 2008 Premium – What’s the deal?
As some of you may recall, shortly after the launch of SBS 2008, there were originally some questions around the downgrade rights associated with the SQL 2008 component of the SBS 2008 Premium license, which we worked with the Server Team here at Microsoft to qualify and clarify for you . Since that...
4 Dec 2008
Microsoft Gear Up Sales Toolkit now to be available online
Many of you have seen and used the Microsoft Gear Up Sales Toolkit, the printed book that is sent out with information on products, part #s, licensing programs, and much, much more. To keep up with the demand for these powerful and information-rich resources, as well as making the delivery and availability...
26 Nov 2008
U.S. Partners – Big Easy online and offline calculators now updated with SBS 2008 and EBS 2008
Good news! Based on the questions I saw earlier on when SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 would be fully integrated into the Big Easy online and offline calculators, I wanted to make sure you are aware that both versions of the calculators now have SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 integrated into them and here is how to access...
19 Nov 2008
Updated: What qualifies for the 50%* off Up-To-Date (UTD) discount for Open Value Subscription?
Back in January when we launched the Open Value Subscription Program in the U.S. (it already existed in many other countries at that time and still does), I posted the graphic showing what products qualify for the 50%* first year Up-to-date (UTD) discount through the Open Value Subscription program....
19 Nov 2008
Solutions Pathway - SBS and EBS upgrades - FAQ For Partners
With the Windows Essential Server Solution launch coming up on Wednesday, helping customers get into these and through these solutions is a topic of several conversations. For those customers with Software Assurance on their SBS 2003 Servers, they already get all of the benefits of the SBS 2003 R2 offering...
10 Nov 2008
What are the SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 media kit part #s through Volume Licensing?
A question I have been seeing and receiving from Partners is, “What are the SBS and EBS media kit part #s through Volume Licensing?” that would be used to order these for your clients purchasing either Small Business Server 2008 or Essential Business Server 2008 through the Open License programs. To...
6 Nov 2008
View the Windows Essential Server Solution Launch Webcast Live and invite your clients
We are quickly closing in on the LIVE Launch Webcast for the Windows Essential Server Solutions, and you are all invited, along with your clients. During this event, you and your clients can see how partners like you and Microsoft can make it possible for SMBs to achieve new business capabilities that...
30 Oct 2008
Central Region in-person licensing bootcamps coming soon. Register today.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have posted the West Region and East Region in-person licensing bootcamp schedules with overviews and registration details for all Partners located in these areas. To finish off the remainder of the country, here is the information on the upcoming in-person licensing...
23 Sep 2008
West Region in-person licensing bootcamps coming soon. Register today.
Shortly after my In-person licensing bootcamps coming to the East Region post last week, I started receiving inquiries from Partners here in the West to see if there are any licensing bootcamps taking place near them. Well, I am happy to announce that, yes, we are going to be hosting some here in the...
19 Sep 2008
Windows SBS & EBS 2008 Technical Training online sessions available to you
We are kicking off a series of sixteen online technical webcasts focused on SBS 2008 and EBS 2008. The series will include eight on SBS 2008 and eight on EBS 2008 and will run from August 21 st until September 10 th . To view the full lineup and register for these online sessions, simply CLICK HERE ...
18 Aug 2008
New Microsoft Midsize Business Solutions Brochure – Another exclusive offer here on the Blog
Some of you may recall the “Microsoft Small Business Solutions Brochure – Exclusive offer for my Blog readers” post back in February where I offered 50 free copies of the Microsoft Small Business Solutions Brochure to the first 50 people who requested them through the Blog. Well, we have just released...
29 Jul 2008
Get FREE Essential Business Server (EBS) configuring beta exam vouchers
Here is a great offer just announced by the Essential Business Server (EBS) Team. Free beta coupons for the EBS exam by Prometric! And to make it even sweeter, we’ll take an additional 50% off that, so now it’s FREE! Yes, I know that 50% off Free doesn’t really save you anything else, I’m just testing...
28 Jul 2008
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