Allison Watson moves out of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group

Its a whooper of a story. Microsoft announced on June 24th that Allison Watson is turning over the Worldwide Partner Group to Jon Roskill. She will take on the role of Corporate Vice President of the Business & Marketing Organization in the U.S.reporting to Robert Youngjohns. Jon Roskill takes over the role as the Head of the partner group. Having spoken with Allison a number of times, I know the US Business and Marketing role and her new colleagues will welcome her. For more information please see the above link. Good luck Allison and Jon. Allison’s letter to the Global Microsoft … Continue reading Allison Watson moves out of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group

What is the thing about CAPEX and OPEX

In the past 2 to 3 years Microsoft’s messaging has included the terms CAPEX and OPEX and I had assumed that everyone understood the terms. Recently a conversation with fellow partners revealed that the terms have been received with ambiguity. In that conversation which happened by email I wanted to capture this note for the general public which helps to clarify why OPEX maybe preferable for tax avoidance on what are truly operating expenses. Talk about swapping capex to opex is essentially related to tax avoidance and not reducing payroll costs. In capital expense (CAPEX) you incur a large expense in one … Continue reading What is the thing about CAPEX and OPEX

Influencers SMB Power 150

Hello, Over the past year I have been writing blog posts and talking to partners all over the globe both in the SMB space and other places. I have been speaking to Microsoft Executives and advocating on the needs of partners. If you read this blog you will know that I have covered trends and engaged executives at Microsoft and elsewhere on your behalf. I hope that you have a chance to take less than a minute to touch base let Jim Locke and Harry Breslford know how this has been helpful to you by putting my name on their … Continue reading Influencers SMB Power 150

End of Support for Windows 2000 and XP SP2 (not XP SP3)

Here is a note direct for you and your clients. Please make sure you talk to your clients to make sure their needs are covered with the end of support for these two market vetrans. Microsoft’s Wealth of valuable information Eric Ligman writes: As part of the standard Microsoft Support Lifecycle, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, and Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will reach “End of Support” on July 13, 2010. If you are not familiar with the Microsoft Support Lifecycle web site (which includes the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy), please check it out. The Microsoft Support Lifecycle … Continue reading End of Support for Windows 2000 and XP SP2 (not XP SP3)

SCVMM 2008 R2 Rollup releases

It is hot off the press. List of issues that are resolved:SCVMM Server Rollup Issue 1: A high availability virtual machine with a GPT pass-thru disk is reported is reported as “Unsupported Cluster Configuration.”  Issue 2: When you manage VMware Virtual Center that has distributed switches, the Virtual Machine Manager service (Vmmservice.exe) crashes. Issue 3: After Quick Storage Migration is completed, the Failover Cluster Management MMC snap-in reports that the VM still uses the old CSV volume. Issue 4: If a VM is configured with 3 virtual processors, the SCVMM Admin Console crashes. Issue 5: The settings for the virtual … Continue reading SCVMM 2008 R2 Rollup releases