Monthly Archives: June 2006

Northern California Partner Community Weekly – June 2, 2006

Survey – Please see “News!” to let your voice be heard!


Microsoft Financing

By using Microsoft Financing a Desert Mountain Partner netted a 6 figure services deal simply because they brought the program to the table. See story below for more details.

News! 1

Request from Kevin Beares, SBS Community Lead, to complete Survey. 1

New Microsoft Small Business Channel Community Website. 2

Training Offerings. 3

Vista Training!! 4

“Microsoft Windows Vista” Web Seminar Series – One More to Attend! 4

User Group & Partner News. 4

Partner Uses Microsoft Finance to Win the Deal! 4

CA Protection Suites Technical Training Webcast Series. 5

Partner Resources. 6



Request from Kevin Beares, SBS Community Lead, to complete Survey

The Small Business Server Product Team would like to hear from the SBS User Community. This direct anonymous survey of the SBS User Community is brought to you by the SBS Product Team. 


You are invited to participate in the *Windows Small Business Server Community program* on the Microsoft Connect Web site at <>.  This site has been set up to directly gather feedback anonymously from the SBS User Community.


Your role in the SBS Community is important to us. Microsoft Connect enables you to connect with Microsoft developers, product managers, and other development team members to help us make our products the best they can be.


To accept this invitation and become a member of this program, please follow these steps:


1) Use your Internet connection to visit our Web site at <>.

2) Click on "Invitations" on the left-side menu.

3) You will need to sign in using a valid Passport and before you can continue to the "Invitations" page.

4) Enter your Invitation ID in the blank.

Your invitation ID is: COMM-GKXK-WJKV

5) Click "Go."

6) If you have not previously registered with Microsoft Connect, you may be required to register before continuing with the invitation process.

This a light registration and we will not use any information that you provide to contact you later unless you tell us otherwise.


Please follow the steps shown to you by that program to become an active participant. Once you complete the steps, you will be automatically approved. From that point forward you should be able to log into this site using your passport account and take any surveys that are available to you.


Here is the link to the survey: SBS Community Survey <>.

You will find this link on the main page of the <> site under Small Business Server Community Site <>.

New Microsoft Small Business Channel Community Website

On Monday, May 15, we will officially launch the new Microsoft Small Business channel community site at (or


The new Microsoft Small Business channel community site is publicly available and contains links to content that are relevant to partners serving small businesses.  Much of the content was informed by the mssmallbiz site, and while there is a new look and feel for the content, the overall intent is to carry forth the sense of community that the mssmallbiz site has built over time, while improving the overall user experience. 


A few examples of how mssmallbiz content maps to the new Microsoft Small Business channel community page:

  • Common Questions and MisperceptionsChannel Resources section, in the FAQ
  • Microsoft US OEM Distributors PDFChannel Resources section, now a link to Microsoft Authorized Distributors
  • Small Business Blog and User Group Community section
  • System Builders (tab) Quick Links section, “See System Builder Resources” takes users to the OEM System Builder website

Training Offerings

Vista Training!!

“Microsoft Windows VistaWeb Seminar Series – One More to Attend!

Windows Vista Technical Drilldown Session Details:

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

TOPIC: Management Infrastructure Improvements in Windows Vista

TIME: 11:00 – 12:00AM (PST) 

SPEAKER: David Zipkin, Microsoft Product Manager and Tom Yoritaka, Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager

LEVEL: 200

DESCRIPTION:  This session will provide a high-level overview of all of the infrastructure improvements in Windows Vista that will both make it more manageable out-of-the-box, and provide a solid platform for the next generation of management tools. Windows Vista features a greatly enhanced event logging infrastructure and a re-architected Event Viewer. A new Task Scheduler provides a powerful tool for ad-hoc management of client machines. New policy settings in Group Policy provide greater control over a number of client operations, including printers, Internet settings, and removable storage devices. We will demonstrate many of the new management technologies in Windows Vista and discuss how Microsoft’s management solutions will leverage this new technology.     

Register Now!

Sign up now for any of these web seminars and a chance to win a dream vacation!!

User Group & Partner News

Partner Uses Microsoft Finance to Win the Deal!

“Our client provides security and trade compliance services to the business, government and non-profit communities. The company’s mission is to ensure that that an organizations products, information and key assets are safe from unwanted intervention. Management recognized that the current set of tools may not grow with the company and decided to evaluate their current position. Our company as well as 2 other Gold Certified Microsoft Partners were requested to evaluate current processes, future direction and make architectural recommendations that supported growth in a cost effective manner.

With our knowledge in the Microsoft Financing program, we were able to extend to our customer the software and services they needed to expand their business and invest in their future. Microsoft Financing allowed for Microsoft Software, 3rd party software as well as service fees.  This knowledge in the Microsoft Financing program was a key differentiator in our offering and allowed us to be more innovative, responsive and focused on the clients needs. These Microsoft programs allow our organization to influence the customer in a positive fashion as well as reiterate the strong partner commitment on behalf of Microsoft to help partners initiate and sustain new clients.”

Learn more at  (search “financing”) or  or for financing flyer





CA Protection Suites Technical Training Webcast Series

NEW! CA is providing customers a no-charge one year trial subscription to CA’s eTrust EZ Antivirus to Microsoft Windows Vista Beta customers. A tremendous offer!!! Here is the press release:

CA Protection Suites Technical Training Webcast Series.


As a member of the CA SMB Specialist Reseller Track, we are offering you a four-part technical training webcast series focusing exclusively on the technical components of the CA Protection Suites. This is a great way for you to learn the product quickly and easily so you can start earning revenue today.


Part 1: CA Protection Suites Management Console & Anti-Spyware Functionality

Part 2: Server Backup and Restore

Part 3: Backup and Restore for Laptops and Desktops

Part 4: Antivirus & Desktop Migration


We are offering 2 ways to attend the webcast series for your convenience:

–          Live – We will hold a live, 1 hour webcast for 4 consecutive days each month where you can ask specific questions after each presentation  

–          Recorded – We will be offering a recording of each part of the webcast series and will make this available to you on our website for "on-demand" learning.
If you missed the May training’s, they are available via the links below.


To join us, see the webcast information below:


Registration URL

Part 1: May Replay

Part 2: May Replay

Part 3: May Replay

Part 4: May Replay



Part 1: 6/12/06 1pm – 2pm PST

Part 2: 6/13/06 1pm – 2pm PST

Part 3: 6/14/06 1pm – 2pm PST

Part 4: 6/15/06 1pm – 2pm PST



Part 1: 7/17/06 1pm – 2pm PST

Part 2: 7/18/06 1pm – 2pm PST

Part 3: 7/19/06 1pm – 2pm PST

Part 4: 7/20/06 1pm – 2pm PST

Partner Resources

¨      Partner Resource Desk (for General Information)  / 800-426-9400 – Platform ext. 81797 or MBS ext. 81792 

¨      Regional Service Center (for Action Pack and Partner Program) / 800-765-7768 (SOL-PROV)

          Action Pack email address:


¨      Small Business Channel Community

¨      Subscriptions & Profile Center

¨      West Region & Local Event Notification

¨      Marketing Services for Partners

¨      Partner Learning Center

¨      Pre-Sales Competitive Sales Support

¨      Resource for volume license special offers

Local Event Notifications via Email Newsletter

¨      Training & Other Local Events via Newsletter – email name, address, company name & partner level to your area’s PCM.

¨      West Region Monthly Partner calls – email  with “subscribe sales calls” in subject line

Small Business Specialist Certification

¨      For more information:

¨      To enroll:


Pre-sales Technical Support 800 426 9400 4-2-3-1


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Here is a special offer for Microsoft Partners for pacificITpros sponsored TechDays.  The cost is $1,299.  Register early and receive a Microsoft partner registration discount of $1,000; making your cost only $299.  For those who have not been to any of pacificITpros events, they are all technical; NO marketing and NO sales hype.  I hope you find the event worth attending, and would appreciate hearing from you after the event on whether we should offer more of these discounted events for Microsoft Partners.

 WHAT:           TechDays – Two days of technical training for IT Professionals on

                        Microsoft and Cisco Technologies

WHEN:          Friday, June 23, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. & Saturday, June 24, 9a.m. – 4p.m.

WHERE:       Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill (Walnut Creek/Concord)


SESSIONS Lectures and Hands-on Labs

Deploy IT – Hands-on Lab

Clustering Microsoft Server

David Lozano – EqualLogic

Cisco Call Manager and VoIP and Microsoft’s Exchange

Douglas Renner – peakIP Solutions

Build your own Virtual Machine Test Lab

Bring Your own Machine – We’ll supply the software

Mike Hanson

Best techniques migrating for migrating to Exchange Server 2003

Chris Avis – Microsoft

Cisco NAC vs Microsoft NAP

Exchange – How to configure OWA and RPC over HTTPS

Hands-on lab – server consolidation using virtual servers

Hands-on lab – server consolidation using virtual servers

How to configure Exchange, troubleshooting problems with ActiveSync

How to deploy MRTG

How to Deploy Windows XP with Office 2003 in 15 minutes

Mike Hanson

Integrating Microsoft’s CRM with CISCO’s Call Manager

Robert Kszan – CRM Source

Intro to PIX firewall/ASA

Intro to VoIP and Cisco Call Manager for IT Professionals

Microsoft’s DPM vs Microsoft’s Shadow Copy – Comparison of NAS, SAN, iSCSI

Microsoft’s Next Generation Network found in Vista and Longhorn

Microsoft’s OneNote

Microsoft’s Small Business Server – Hands-on training

Trouble Shooting Active Directory

Chris Avis – Microsoft

Troubleshooting DNS on Windows Server 2003 and SBS

Chris Avis – Microsoft

Troubleshooting Exchange Server on Exchange Server 2003 and SBS

Chris Avis – Microsoft

SBS – Tips, tricks, troubleshooting and best practices

Susan Bradley- Microsoft MVP

True Image Software for Server and Workstations backups

Acronis Software

Workstation/Server imaging with True Image software from Acronis Software

(Note:   Speakers and sessions are subject to change without notice.)




Hotels within a 5-8 minute drive

Hilton – Concord (10 minute walk)

Marriott – Walnut Creek

Less than $100/night

Holiday Inn – Concord

Courtyard – Pleasant Hill

Motel 6 – Walnut Creek



AIRPORT:   Oakland (45 minutes), San Francisco (55 minutes), Sacramento (75 minutes)




COST:           The cost for this event is $1299.  Microsoft Partners receive a $1,000 early registration discount.  YOUR COST for two days of technical hands-on training is $299 including lunch, drinks and snacks.



Register NOW at

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Posted by on June 15, 2006 in Special Offer