Crayon's xSP blog has moved to a new location
28 November 12 01:18 PM | micedhol | with no comments

To consolidate all information for our current partners we have moved the blog to the same server where the license reporting is conducted. Please find our new and refreshed blog at https://xsp.crayon.com/blog. See you soon!

 

 

Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Launch
21 November 12 12:55 PM | micedhol | with no comments

Microsoft has announced the launch of Dynamics AX 2012 R2 in SPLA effective January 1, 2013. Please see attached guide for details. The simplified license model includes the following SALs:

  • Enterprise User/Device SAL
  • Functional User/Device SAL
  • Task User/Device SAL
  • Self Serve User/Device SAL

Be advised about the new, changed, and deprecated product features described in the attached guide to the Dynamics AX 2102 R2 customer technical preview.
All SPLA partners should refresh their license keys during January to remove discontinued modules.

 

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Forefront End of Life in SPLA
21 November 12 12:48 PM | micedhol | 1 comment(s)

A number of Forefront products have been removed from the SPLA pricelist. See the list below.
Partners that are using and reporting these products today can continue to do so until their contract expires.

In the attached faq you will find more detailed information about each FF product.

o   Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE)

o   Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP)

o   Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS)

o   Forefront Protection Server Management Console (FPSMC)

o   Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG)

o   Forefront Threat Management Web Protection Services (TMG WPS)

For more information please contact your local Crayon representative.

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vCloud community day in the Nordics
06 November 12 12:06 PM | micedhol | with no comments

Dear Service Provider!
We are pleased to invite you to Crayon vCloud Community Days in the Nordic countries, which is an event we are running together with VMware and Veeam, only for Service Providers.

At vCloud Community Day you will find experienced, exciting and talented speakers who can help give you and your company get a good understanding of the opportunities and products around VMware VSPP (Service Provider rental agreement). You will also get a good understanding of what Veeam can offer you as a Service Provider.

Dates:
Sweden 26th of November >>
Norway 27th of November >>
Denmark 28th of November >>
Finland 29th of November >>
For more information click on each country above.


Program:
8:30 Breakfast
09.00 Welcome
09.15 vCloud Vision and Strategy - Graham Crich Senior Partner Manager Cloud VMware EMEA
(news around VSPP announced at Vmworld)
10:00 vCloud Powered - Bart Schneider vCloud Partner Manager Northern VMware EMEA (VMware bringing customers to the SP)
10.45 Coffee break
11.00 Technical Update vCloud Products VMware (vSphere 5.1/vCloud Director 5.1 mm)
11:45 Crayon update
12.15 Veeam
13.00 Light lunch served

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Relaunch of Microsoft training site
22 October 12 08:23 PM | micedhol | with no comments

Microsoft have redesigned some of their learning material and also made some pretty specific training courses for hosting companies. All the trainings are grouped by product or area of interest and secondly based on your role as an individual or company.

This means for example you can find a SQL training specifically targeted to hosters. We have recieved word also that there will come more specific trainings for hosters during the next couple of months.

Click here to get to the Microsoft training site >>

Updates to VMware VSPP program
17 October 12 11:11 AM | micedhol | with no comments

At VMworld Barcelona VMware announced some upcoming changes to the VSPP program which are really interesting for all Service Providers.

There will be a new vCloud bundle launched called VMware vCloud Service Provider Bundle Premier and is comprised of VMware vCenter Operations Suite Enterprise (including vCenter Configuration Manager and vCenter Chargeback), vCenter Server, vCloud Network and Security Advanced, vCloud Director, vSphere Enterprise Plus and Production Support. The bundle is priced at 10 points per GB reserved vRAM per month and represents a discount off of the a la carte components.

With the new management bundle, there has been a change to the bundle names. The three offerings will be called VMware vCloud Service Provider Bundle: Standard, Advanced and Premier. The Standard bundle is the same. The former Premier bundle will now be called Advanced but offer the same functionality and price. The new management bundle will be called Premier. They made these change to be more consistent with our package naming across the company.

In addition to the new bundle, there are new stand alone products in VSPP:

  • vFabric App Director for Provisioning– enables more efficient application deployment and management through console that manages all the tiers in the application layer (e.g. app server, middleware, database) and an intuitive drag and drop UI.
  • vCenter Protect Standard – an easy to use patch management solution optimized for Windows VM images.

Key takeaways for Service Providers:

  1. There is a new vCloud bundle in VSPP that includes management and automation capabilities, building on the two existing service provider bundles.
  2. There are also new stand alone management products being added to VSPP – vFabric App Director for Provisioning and vCenter Protect Standard.
  3. The new management bundle and the stand alone products are expected to be available in VSPP in Q4 2012.
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Upcoming price/productchanges to Microsoft SPLA - January 2013
19 September 12 01:33 PM | micedhol | 1 comment(s)

 As every year Microsoft will conduct their annual price Changes to their SPLA program in accordance with their agreements.

This year very few Products are affected but it still may have a Heavy impact on the hosting Community especially the Changes to the SQL SAL pricing.

The following Products has been flagged to receive a price increase starting January 2013;

  • 228-05018 SQL Server 2012 Standard SAL + 78%
  • FUD-00009 Core Infrastructure Server Suite  Datacenter   + 11.2%
  • N5F-00074 Visual Studio Premium 2012 + 12%
  • N4F-00074 Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 + 12%
  • 4CL-00126 Dynamics NAV Advance Management Edition Full User SAL +52.4%
  • 65D-00074 Dynamics GP Advance Management Edition Full User SAL +52.4%
  • 4CL-00386 Dynamics NAV Business Essentials Edition Full User SAL +50%
  • 65D-00113 Dynamics GP Business Essentials Edition Full User SAL +50  

In addition, Microsoft has decided to discontinue their Small Business Server which results in that the following Products will be removed;

  • T72-01694 Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard SAL
  • 2XG-00481 Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on SAL

For support on how to calculate to find an optimal SQL utilization please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local Crayon representative.

Updates to the VMware VSPP program
30 August 12 12:15 PM | micedhol | 1 comment(s)

Starting on September 10, 2012 VMware will conduct an update to their VSPP program with some new additions to the program, some changes and a few products will be removed.

What will happen is the following;

  • vCloud Network and Security Advanced will replace vShield Edge in the vCloud Premier bundle
  • vCloud Network and Security Advanced will be launched as a separate product for 4 pts per Virtual Machine
  • VMware Mirage will be included in the VSPP program
  • The vShield products currently in the VSPP program will be discontinued as they are replaced by vCloud Network and Security

The changes which are conducted in the perpetual licensing program will not affect the VSPP program.

For further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local Crayon offfice.

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Windows Server ETL upgrade
28 August 12 10:23 AM | micedhol | with no comments

Microsoft is pleased to announce SPLA partners with Windows Server Extended Term Licenses ("ETLs") may upgrade to Windows Server 2012. Partners are not required to do anything to take advantage of the upgrade right.

Please note the following details:

1) Replacement. Partners may run Windows Server 2012 instead of Windows Server 2008 R2. Partners may not run both versions under the same ETL.

2) Additional Quantity. Additional licenses, if needed, must be acquired by reporting the published Windows Server SKUs. Partners may not order additional quantities of ETL SKUs under their Agreement.

3) Expiration. Partners may only continue using Windows Server 2012, after expiration of the ETL, by reporting the published Windows Server SKUs. Partners may not renew ETLs when they renew their SPLA.

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Microsoft announced Azure like control panel for System Center SP1
13 July 12 07:32 PM | micedhol | 1 comment(s)

Yesterday at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Satya Nadella announced a new offering that provides Windows Azure services (Web Sites and Virtual Machines) for Windows Server using System Center 2012 SP1 including VMM and SPF >>
 
The information is pretty scarse at the moment but some further details can be found in Takeshi Numoto’s blogpost >>>

For more information please contact your local Crayon representative or have a look here >>

Crayon @ WPC in Toronto
04 July 12 09:42 PM | micedhol | with no comments
Crayon will be present at WPC in Toronto with 18 people where 3 of us are actively working with Microsoft SPLA and other xSP related programs. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a 1on1 session. Michael Edholm, Business Area Manager xSP, michael.edholm@crayon.com Artur Zamorski, Key Account Manager - Denmark, artur.zamorski@crayon.com Tomas Larsson, Business Development - Gulf, Tomas.Larsson@crayon.com Looking forward to see you all in Toronto!
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Microsoft August SPUR now available
02 July 12 01:02 PM | micedhol | with no comments

The August 2012 Services Provider Use Rights (SPUR) is now available for download from Microsoft.com and includes the following updates: 

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Product Additions:

  • Visual Studio Premium 2012
  • Visual Studio Professional 2012
  • Visual Studio Ultimate 2012
  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 with SQL Server 2012 Technology
  • Visual Studio Test Professional 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter Editions
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 with SQL Server 2008 Technology
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 with SQL Server 2008 Technology
  • System Center Service Manager 2010
  • System Center Service Manager 2010 with SQL Server 2008 Technology
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

 

Product Deletions:

  • Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011
  • Visual Studio 2010 Premium
  • Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  • Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
  • Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere 2010
  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 with SQL Server 2008 Technology
  • Visual Studio Test Professional 2010

 

 

Changes:

  • Windows Server 2012 is only available under the Per Processor licensing model.

 

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Academy Live Webcasts for Service Providers
12 June 12 01:30 PM | micedhol | 1 comment(s)

Microsoft will host three interesting webcasts in June/July. We hope to see many of our customers joining the webcasts but should you not be able to attend please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local Crayon representative for a briefing on the subject.

 

Windows Server 2012 for Service Providers (EPG300PAL)
Join us in this live webcast to learn about how Windows Server 2012 can accelerate new business opportunities and lower your operational costs for your existing hosted cloud services including Windows Server virtual machines, web hosting and application hosting. This session will cover the new features of Windows Server 2012 as well as new business opportunities including Desktop Hosting.

When: June 14th 2012, 17.00 GMT+1
Presented By: Scott Ottaway, WW B2B Industry Director, Microsoft
Register here: https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?ActivityId=808649

 

System Center 2012 for Service Providers (EPG301PAL)
Join us in this live webcast to learn about the newest features and improvements around System Center 2012, including new business opportunities by selling System Center to your customers so they can self-managed their cloud hosted applications, databases and web sites.  This session will also cover how System Center 2012 delivers best-in-class Windows management and lowers your operating costs by enabling automation and end-to-end management and monitoring from hardware to applications.

When: June 19th 2012, 17.00 GMT+1
Presented By: Scott Ottaway, WW B2B Industry Director, Microsoft
Register here: https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?ActivityId=808651

 

Windows Server Licensing Update for Service Providers (EPG305PAL)
Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate is now available and later this year Windows Server 2012 will be available in the SPLA license program. This session will cover Windows Server 2012 capabilities designed specifically for Hosting Service Providers and the market opportunity for Windows Server with enterprises and small and medium business. The primary focus of this session is to cover in-depth the new Windows Server 2012 product line-up and licensing changes.

When: July 31st 2012, 17.00 GMT+1
Presented By: Scott Ottaway, WW B2B Industry Director & Michael Chacon, B2B Licensing Program Manager, Microsoft
Register here: https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?ActivityId=810521

New Licensing Guide for Partner Hosted Microsoft Office
12 June 12 01:27 PM | micedhol | with no comments

There is a new guide explaining that the Partner Hosted Microsoft Office solution stack includes Windows Server Processor Licenses or SAL’s, Remote Desktop Services SAL’s and Office SAL’s for each end-user.

The guide also includes more information about counting User SAL’s and evaluation rights.

You can download it here >>  (link behind the 3rd bullet, “Product-Specific Licensing”).

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Update of VMware Usage metering tool (2.3)
02 March 12 09:37 AM | micedhol | with no comments

VMware has just launched an upgraded version of their usage metering tool.

For the first time it has gone through both an internal and external beta testing phase so hopefully all bugs has been cleaned out before beeing published.

Our advise is to upgrade as soon as possible as earlier versions hassome identified bugs as well as this new version handles all the updated which arrives in April.

Download link >>>

For more information please contact you local InmetaCrayon representative.

 

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