Archive for April, 2011

#TalkingCloud #Microsoft Cloud Strategy: Partnering or Competing in the #Cloud

April 21, 2011 Comments off


#Microsoft #Office365 #Cloud for Channel Partners, VARs & MSPs

April 21, 2011 Comments off

#Ensim: 5 Steps to Launch #Hosted #Exchange 2010

April 20, 2011 Comments off

Taken from Ensim Blog

For the last several years, hosted service providers have used the Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) solution in order to support hosted Exchange deployments. With the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1, Microsoft has created a new way to support hosted Exchange deployments. Because of this, HMC 4.5 is the last HMC version that will be offered to hosted service providers.

Note: Microsoft will continue to support HMC 4.5 and HMC 4.0 through December 2011. HMC 3.5 will be supported for existing customers until July 2011.

1. Setup a New Domain
Even if you already offer EX2003 or 2007, this new version of HE2010 requires a New Standalone Environment with 64 bit machines.

2. Deploy in Hosting Mode
Exchange 2010 SP1 is the first multi-tenant ready Exchange Server version that includes hosting features that will allow hosted services providers to create and manage multiple organizations in the same Active Directory forest. Exchange 2010 SP1 can be deployed using a special “/hosting” switch that installs Exchange 2010 SP1 in “Hosting Mode”.

3. Select a Control Panel
Since Exchange 2010 SP1 in hosting mode doesn’t allow the usage of the Exchange Management Console (EMC), it’s recommended to use a third party Control Panel such as Ensim Unify SP to help with provisioning of organizations, administrators, users and resellers. The Ensim Unify Service Provider Control Panel supports non MPF for Hosted Exchange 2010.

4. Migrate
Migrating from HMC 4.5 to Exchange 2010 SP1Guidance on how you can migrate (there will not be a direct upgrade option) from HMC 4.5 to Exchange 2010 SP1 is complete and can be downloaded via this link to the Microsoft Hosting Partner Technical Advisor blog.

Note: Microsoft will not create any guidance on how to migrate from HMC 3.5 to Exchange 2010 SP1 running in hosting mode.

5. Licensing
The licensing model for hosted service providers remains consistent with the model used with previous versions of Exchange. That is a hosted service provider can license Exchange via the Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) which provides user/month pricing or via High Volume Sales (HVS) which provides SPLA at steep discounts based on volume.

Tech.Days Online Conference – Virtual Microsoft Management Summit

April 19, 2011 Comments off

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The Architect, The Engineer, and a Hot Air Baloon

April 12, 2011 Comments off

“…Architecture is an answer to a question. So many architects strive for accuracy in their “answers” (the architectural diagrams they produce), and we see countless discussions of the “correct” way to model this thing or that… but while accuracy is great, usefulness is so much more important…”

A Man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a person below. He descended a bit more and shouted…

“Excuse me, can you help? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am”

The person thought carefully for five minutes, and then replied…

“You are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude”

“You must be an engineer” said the Baloonist.

“I am” replied the person. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the Baloonist…

“you took a long time to respond, and everything you told me is technically correct, but it is of no value to my problem. I am still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help so far.”

The Engineer below responded, “You must be an Architect”

“I am” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” said the Engineer…

“you don’t know where you are or where you are going. You have risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault!”

#VMware #VSPP3.0 Program Update

April 11, 2011 Comments off

Information Provided by Insight

VMware has announced some exciting new updates to the VSPP program to respond to ongoing needs of the Hosting community and continue to expand the program offering. Key highlights of the changes are as follows:

 *   New Point value for the vCloud Premier Service Provider Bundle: the current point value of 15 points will be reduced to 7 points per virtual GB of RAM. Additionally, a cap of 24 GB per virtual machine will also be instituted.  This new point value will be effective for VSPP usage from May 1st 2011 onwards.   

 *   The vCloud Standard Service Provider Bundle will be repackaged to include vCenter Chargeback at the same current price of today, 5 points per gigabyte.   Additionally, the legal usage restrictions on vCloud Director in this bundle are being removed.  This change will be effective April 4th 2011.

 *   Version 2 of the cloud usage meter is also being released. This version includes enhancements to improve stability as well as the introduction of a GUI interface.  This new version is available for download effective April 4th 2011 and can be found at

 *   Zimbra Collaboration Server Business E-mail and Business E-mail plus are also being added to the VSPP portfolio.   These new products will need to be added into Aggregator billing systems.  These products will be available effective May 1st.  

Additionally, the current point value of the Zimbra Collaboration Server Professional edition is being reduced from 1.75 to 1.55 points per mailbox.  This reduction will be effective May 1st.

 *   Reduction in point value for vFabric Hyperic HQ EE product from 49 points per machine to 15.  This reduction will be effective May 1st.

 *   Effective now, when a new Service Provider signs up to a VSPP contract after the 20th day of the calendar month, the Aggregator (Insight) will not be required to bill the Service Provider for a full month minimum commitment until the following month.  Any product usage by the Service Provider between the 20th and the end of the month will need to be reported and paid, but they are not required to meet and pay for the minimum commit.  This flexibility is provided to the Aggregator (Insight) to use at our discretion should a Service Provider request this variance.  If an Aggregator (Insight) does bill the Service Provider for the minimum, the Aggregator (Insight) is still required to submit the minimum to VMware.

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