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A time for thanks to share with you

As this Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. has been approaching, I have spent some time reflecting back on this past year and realizing all of the things that I truly have to be thankful for and the thanks that I owe to many people, including all of you. So here are just some of… Read more

What are these Software Assurance Packaged Services I have been hearing about?

I have received a few messages from Partners this week, in addition to seeing a few Blog posts, regarding a recent announcement that went out about two of the new Software Assurance Packaged Services that Microsoft has added to the existing list of Packaged Services previously available through Software Assurance. There seem to be several… Read more

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 more readily accessible,… Read more

Yes, the 70-653 and 70-654 exams will count toward obtaining the Small Business Specialist designation

Back in August I posted that Yes, the Beta SBS 2008 exam does count towards competency requirements since this was raised as a question by a few Partners. Now, I am receiving questions about the 70-653 (TS: Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuring) and 70-654 (TS: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring ) exams and… Read more

Yes, the SBS 2003 solution works in countries other than the United States of America

Earlier today I received a question coming from a Partner in South Africa asking about my “How do I still get SBS 2003 R2 + Software Assurance in October since it was removed from the Volume License pricelists? Final Solution” post and if the information in the post also applied to their market in South… Read more

How do we go from SBS 2003 Standard to SBS 2008 Premium?

This is a question I received through one of the online Partner groups, so I thought I would share it with all of you in case you have the same or similar question. The foundation of the question received was: “We have a client with SBS 2003 standard user with 50 additional CALs upgrading to… Read more

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… Read more

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. In that post, I did call… Read more

Yes, the SBS 2008 single CALs are available in Open License too, not just Open Value.

Shortly after my Can I buy SBS 2008 single CALs or do I have to buy them in 5 and 20 packs? post that I sent a link to off to a Partner who asked this question in our Microsoft SMB Channel Community User Group, I received a follow-up question asking, “That link gives Open… Read more

Is it true that the second Windows Server license in SBS 2008 Premium can only be used for Terminal Services or SQL Server?

Here’s a question that was raised at a licensing bootcamp recently that I thought I would share the answer with all of you on. The question was: “Is it true that ONLY TWO ROLES are supported for the 2nd server in Premium Edition, those being for Terminal Services or SQL Server? That is it, no… Read more