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Feburary 2017

Microsoft:


Microsoft is conducting an O365 E5 webinar on February 17th at 1PM EDT/ 10AM PST:
Office 365 E5 Update w/ Voice Spotlight "Customer story telling".
Registration Link: https://www.microsoftevents.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x13751076d5e

Microsoft just announced on January 28th they are discontinuing the sale of media kits effective March 1, 2017 for all volume licensing programs in North America. Customers who were buying Microsoft media under their Select Plus or EES agreements will need to use the digital downloads from Microsoft VLSC site.

Microsoft announced that Arvato Student Media will not be available after June 30, 2017. Kivuto will become the solution for all Work at Home and Student Use downloads. If you currently do not offer an online store through Kivuto, contact your Bell Techlogix representative to learn more about this offering.

Intel Security/McAfee:

Are you looking for antivirus software under the MEEC contact? Bell Techlogix holds the MEEC Intel Security/McAfee contract #88300JH until September 30, 2019. Contact your Bell Techlogix representative if you would like a quote or additional information.

Hardware:

We are excited to announce that Bell Techlogix has been awarded some of the groups within the hardware contract for MEEC again contract #972016. This contract is for three years and there are two optional three year renewals (total of 9 years). Bell Techlogix was awarded the following manufactures: Lenovo Servers, VMware, IBM, Aerohive and peripherals for HPI and Lenovo. Contact your Bell Techlogix representative for pricing.

Bell Techlogix:

The main contact at each school would have received an email from your Bell Techlogix representative in January asking if we needed to update our database to reflect a new contact or if the contact we have on file will remain the same. This confirmation is important as we will be sending out Microsoft and Intel Security/McAfee renewal information later this spring. If an email has not been received by someone at your school, please reach out to us directly to provide an update.

The MEEC conference is Thursday, March 30th. Hope you see you there!

January 2017

Microsoft:


Microsoft announced that Arvato Student Media will not be available after 6/30/17. Kivuto will become the solution for all Work at Home and Student Use downloads. If you currently do no offer an online store through Kivuto, contact your Bell Techlogix representative to learn more about this offering.

Starting January 1, 2017, the System Center Client Management Suite (CMS) license will be split into individual component licenses. The System Center CMS sold as a single license providing client management rights to Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager, Orchestrator and Service Manager will be transitioned into corresponding four individual component client management licenses.

Product FamilyComment
SYS CTR DATA PRTCN MGR CLT MGMT LIC Replacing System Center Client Management Suite (CMS)
SYS CTR OPS MGR CLT MGMT LIC Replacing System Center Client Management Suite (CMS)
SYS CTR ORCHESTRATOR SVR Replacing System Center Client Management Suite (CMS)
SYS CTR SERVICE MGR CLT MGMT LIC Replacing System Center Client Management Suite (CMS)


McAfee:

End of Life (EOL) for the following products:


  • McAfee SaaS Email Protection
  • McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection
  • McAfee SaaS Web Protection


  • You may contact your Bell Techlogix representative if you currently have any of these titles and have specific questions.

    Bell Techlogix:

    We are excited to announce that Bell Techlogix has been awarded some of the groups within the hardware contract for MEEC again. Specific details on what is included will be provided by MEEC in a few weeks.

    December 2016

    Microsoft O365 Email:

    Many MEEC customers received the Microsoft "You're about to lose access" notification. All renewals were done back in August. Microsoft is referencing old licenses in these notices. Please make sure you are using your active O365 subscriptions in the tenant instead of the older subscriptions.

    You may take the following steps. Let your Bell Techlogix contact know if you are not able to get this resolved.
    1. Login to their Office 365 Admin Center
    2. Click on Billing
    3. Click on Subscriptions
    4. Then check to see if you have the licenses that you are going to lose access to in the Active area.
    5. If you have the same licenses in the Active Area, then there is nothing to worry about.

    You may also email the O365 team at o365edu@microsoft.com and they will work with you directly.

    Microsoft Webinar:

    Microsoft will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, 12/15 at 1pm discussing Azure. Email MEEC/Pat Collins for registration information pcollins@usmd.edu.

    McAfee: If you were unable to attend the McAfee webinar on 11/9, please contact your Bell Techlogix representative for any questions you may have about the new agreement or if you would like a copy of the presentation.

    Bell Techlogix:

    Bell Techlogix offices will be closed on Monday, December 26th and January 2nd. We wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season!

    November 2016

    McAfee Award:

    Bell Techlogix was awarded the MEEC McAfee contract. Visit the MEEC website for additional information www.meec-edu.org or contact your Bell Techlogix representative.

    Webinar: McAfee and Bell Techlogix will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, 11/9 at 10am. Email MEEC/Pat Collins for registration information pcollins@usmd.edu

    Bell Techlogix: Just a reminder that Bell Techlogix offers more than just software. Feel free to visit our website http://belltechlogix.com or contact your Bell Techlogix representative for additional information.

  • Hardware
  • Service Desk
  • Mobility
  • Wireless Networking
  • Deskside Services
  • IT Management
  • Microsoft Services


  • October 2016

    Bell Techlogix responded to the MEEC/Intel Security-McAfee bid. MEEC is expected to announce the awarded vendor in early October.

    McAfee Email Security Solutions:

    Effective January 11, 2016, McAfee SaaS Email Protection reached End of Sale; these products will reach End of Life on January 11, 2017. After this date, email will no longer be delivered to monthly-billed customer recipients.

    McAfee partnered with Proofpoint to assist with the migration of accounts for partners and customers that would like to transition their email security services. Please email Proofpoint at partners@proofpoint.com with questions.

    McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection Suites:

    Effective January 11, 2016, McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection suites reached End of Sale. End of Life and End of Support will be effective January 11, 2019.

    McAfee Endpoint Protection Essential for SMB (TSH SKU) is the replacement SKU for McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection. You may upgrade your current McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection suites customers to McAfee Endpoint Protection Essential. Please follow instructions for this on the Partner Portal.

    Microsoft Licensing Changes:

    Reminder that Microsoft has announced the release of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. The licensing model for these titles has changed to per core. Contact your Bell Techlogix representative if you would like more information about this licensing change.

    September 2016

    Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2016 will be generally available on October 1st. The licensing model for Windows Server is changing from per processor to per core. Schools who already have Windows Servers on their agreements can continue to order the processor based licenses. School adding Windows Server to their agreements for the first time will need to purchase the per-core model.

    Have you heard about Minecraft: Education Edition? Available September 2016 with features, pricing and distribution optimized for education. Annual subscription through volume licensing (EES). Option for org-wide or non-org-wide purchasing with volume licensing: Purchase as needed for any number of faculty, staff and students at $5 (list price) per user. If you commit to organization-wide coverage at $13.20 (list price) per user for faculty and staff, all students are covered. Available cross platform to maximize the opportunity to win share: only Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan. Contact your Bell Techlogix representative for MEEC pricing or additional information.

    Bell Techlogix is pleased to announce that we have appointed a new CEO, Ron Frankenfield. To learn more about this, please read the press release located on our main corporate website. http://belltechlogix.com/about-us/news/ron-frankenfield-as-new-ceo/

    August 2016

    Now that the renewal season is behind us, let us know if we can help you with maximizing your Microsoft investment. We have an experienced engineering team that can provide assistance with implementation, migration and/or deployment of Microsoft technologies such as

  • Security and Identity Management
  • Cloud (Azure, Productivity, Apps, etc.)
  • Enterprise Mobility Solutions
  • Enterprise Strategy and Architectural Guidance
  • Datacenter Services
  • Workstations Management (imaging)
  • Office 365
  • System Center Configuration Manager


  • If you are looking for assistance or guidance, please reach out to your Bell Techlogix representation for more information and to set up a discovery call.

    July 2016

    The MEEC Microsoft renewals are being submitted the last week of July and MEEC members should see email order confirmations as Microsoft completes the processing. Any expiration notices that you may receive from Microsoft are automated messages. As long as Bell Techlogix has your PO for the renewal, you can ignore these email notices. With the amount of orders being submitted, Microsoft processing times are a bit longer than normal. Please notify your Bell Techlogix rep if you don’t see the order confirmation by end of the first week in August.

    June 2016

    Please turn in your completed Microsoft true-up if you haven’t already done so. We will need to you issue your Microsoft renewal Purchase Order by July 11th.

    McAfee quotes are also being created for anyone enrolled in that contract. You may contact your Bell Techlogix representative with any questions.

    May 2016

    Microsoft true-ups have been emailed out to the main contact at each school. Please return your completed true-up by June 1st. Feel free to contact your Bell Techlogix representative regarding any questions you may have about the renewal this year.

    Microsoft/MEEC Webinar to discuss Azure and adding EMS to your MEEC renewal is scheduled for May 31, 2016 @ 10am

    April 2016

    The primary contact at your school for the MEEC/Microsoft Agreement with Bell Techlogix will receive the true-ups by May 2nd. Please let your Bell Techlogix representative know if the main contact has changed so they can reach out directly to the new contact with the renewal information.

    If your school participates in the MEEC/McAfee agreement, those renewal true-ups will also be emailed out soon. That agreement has been extended to September 2016.

    Wanted to highlight THREE just launched tools that will be integrated in the near future:

    1. Microsoft Classroom - homepage for managing all of your classes
    2. Microsoft Forms - quickly asses student progress and provide real time feedback
    3. School Data Sync - SDS helps automate integration with your SIS


    Learn more about the latest O365 for Education Features here

    March 2016

    True-Up documents will be coming out next month. Please make sure Bell Techlogix has the correct main contact for your school so you don't miss out on the email notification.

    Keep in mind that Bell Techlogix can assist you with implementing and/or deploying various Microsoft products such as SCCM, O365 and EMS. Contact your inside representative or Sarah Taggart (staggart@belltechlogix.com) for more information.

    If your school is using Office 365, you may want to consider Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). You already have access to deploy Exchange Online Protection (EOP) for $0 which will protect your mail against known spam, viruses and malware. ATP will take this protection a step further to cover the zero day attacks and unknown threats. Since this is Office 365 based, you will need to purchase a license these for each user, not FTE. Contact your Bell Techlogix representative to obtain a price quote.

    February 2016

    Imagine Academy is replacing the IT Academy title. IT Academy renamed to Imagine Academy effective January 1st 2016. As an organization, Microsoft is aligning their learning programs under a single identity, Microsoft Imagine, to demonstrate their commitment to technology and computer science education. Microsoft IT Academy is being renamed to Microsoft Imagine Academy to more easily identify where students get access to software, curriculum, encouragement and challenge. There is no change the mix of products, offerings, existing skus or benefits of the newly renamed Imagine Academy program.

    OneDrive for Business update: MEEC customers will be very excited about the new sync client (see the blog post below).

    https://blogs.office.com/2015/12/16/onedrive-for-business-update-on-storage-plans-and-next-generation-sync-client/

    OneNote in Education: Microsoft launched Learning Tools for OneNote, which helps everyone improve their reading and writing skills -- including students with learning differences such as Dyslexia or Dysgraphia, English Language Learners (ELL) and ESL, or a combination of any number of unique student differences. Learning Tools for OneNote does not require a specific Office 365 plan; it is a free public preview. To enable the dictation feature, you need to have either an Office 365 ID or MSA ID. It works as an add-in for OneNote 2013 and OneNote 2016 for Windows desktop.

    Learn more at the Learning Tools for OneNote website

    Learning Tools for OneNote public demo

    January 2016

    Windows and System Center Server is transitioning to the per Core model licensing used for SQL Server (with minor exceptions). Note that this won’t release until the second half of 2016. Below is the basic overview that has been released by Microsoft. Pricing will not be available until 30 days prior to the release. Contact your Bell Techlogix representative for FAQ documents and Datasheets for these titles. These changes to the Windows Server will not impact those institutions that participate in the Core Server Site License. During the MEEC renewal this summer, institutions are encouraged to look at the Core Server Site License to fully license all Windows Servers and the Enterprise Server Site License for System Center prior to these changes.

    The Windows Server 2016 licensing model for Standard and Datacenter will be Cores + CAL. The current model is processers + CAL

    License all the physical cores in the server. Core licenses will be sold in packs of two.

    A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor in the server and a minimum of 16 cores is required to be licensed for servers with one processor. This means 8 two-core packs will be the minimum required to license each physical server.

    The price of 16-core licenses of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard Edition will be same price as the 2 proc license of the corresponding editions of the Windows Server 2012 R2 version.

    The two-core pack for each edition is 1/8th the price of a two proc license for corresponding 2012 R2 editions.

    Customers with processor licenses with Software Assurance (SA) can upgrade to Windows Server 2016 at no additional cost. At end of the SA term, processor licenses will be exchanged for core licenses and customers can renew their SA on core licenses.

    There is also a hybrid Azure/Server benefit that will allow deployment of Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance on Azure coming in Q1 of 2016. More details to be announced later.

    The server management licensing of System Center 2016 will move to be based on physical cores. The current model is physical processers. The core based licensing will align with Windows Server 2016 model to provide a consistent licensing metric for managed VMs.

    License all the physical cores in the server being managed. Core licenses will be sold in packs of two.

    A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor in the server and a minimum of 16 core licenses required for each server. This means 8 two-core packs will be the minimum required to license each physical server under management.

    The price of 16 core licenses of System Center 2016 will be same price as the 2 proc license for the corresponding editions of System Center 2012 R2.

    The two-core pack for each edition is 1/8th the price of 16 cores for the 2016 editions.

    Customers with processor licenses with Software Assurance (SA) can upgrade to System Center 2016 at no additional cost. At end of the SA term, processor licenses will be exchanged for core licenses and customers can renew their SA on core licenses.

    All System Center 2016 server management licenses with active Software Assurance qualify for License Mobility through the Software Assurance benefits. Server MLs can be assigned to manage OSEs running in public cloud infrastructure. SA on a Standard Edition license permits management of 2 OSEs and SA on a Datacenter Edition licenses permits management of 10 OSEs in the cloud. Licenses for 16 physical cores will be required for the license mobility SA benefit.

    December 2015

    Free Visual Studio download options: https://www.visualstudio.com/products/free-developer-offers-vs.aspx
    If you are attempting to acquire the free version and run into a problem, you will have to enter a support ticket via the Microsoft portal.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/getsupport?oaspworkflow=start_1.0.0.0&wf=0&wfName=productselection&gprid=1117&ccsid=635816337390659704

    Visual Studio Pro 2013 was part of the previous MEEC Campus Agreement Program. Therefore, the downloads were only good to use through the end of July 2015. This title is not part of MEEC Plan A or Plan B in the new contract.

    Visual Studio is also part of the DreamSpark Program which is one way to get the download if you are signed up and renew the free subscription through EES on the VLSC site. It is for teaching purposes for faculty and students. https://www.dreamspark.com

    Individual Developers can buy MSDN Subscriptions to Use Visual Studio Pro for development purposes. It is licensed per user to allow them to install on as many machines as needed in their development projects. Contact your Bell Techlogix representative to request a quote. This link has a comparison for each subscription type https://www.visualstudio.com/products/msdn-subscriptions-vs

    New titles are available on Microsoft VLSC. Office for both Windows and Macintosh, Project and Visio along with a few other titles are now available for you to download.

    November 2015 - With SQL Server 2005 EOS date quickly approaching on April 12, 2016, security updates and hotfixes are no longer available from Microsoft. There’s never been a better time to upgrade and achieve Mission Critical Performance, Maintain Security and Compliance and Optimize the data platform infrastructure SQL with Server 2014. Please contact your Bell Techlogix representative to obtain a SQL 2014 price quote.

    November 2015

    Did you know that Microsoft has announced several new and exciting products specific to the Surface family including the Surface Pro 4 and the ultimate new laptop… the Microsoft Surface Book! Contact your Bell Techlogix representative for all available models or to obtain a price quote.

    Bryan Zatkulak - bzatkulak@belltechlogix.com - 888-989-8560
    USM Institutions and JHU Affiliates
    Dana McNeil - dmcneil@belltechlogix.com - 877-394-7900
    All K-12 Private Schools and K-12 Public Schools M-Z
    Lisa Goolsby - lgoolsby@belltechlogix.com - 877-213-5990
    Public Libraries, Community and Private Colleges, and K-12 Public Schools A-L
    Sarah Taggart - staggart@belltechlogix.com - 800-962-3550

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