NEWS And Updates!
Bell Techlogix Joins
Microsoft Device Reseller Program
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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/
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
Workstations Management (imaging)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 (email@example.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.
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).
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
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.
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
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.
Bell Techlogix, the leading IT managed services and
solutions company, has joined a limited group of companies in the United States
that are participating in the Microsoft Surface Affiliate Partner Program,
which allows Public Sector and Education clients to purchase Surface tablets,
accessories and services through authorized resellers.
As a Microsoft Surface
Affiliate Partner, Bell Techlogix provides our clients with a single solution
provider for their end-to-end technology requirements. The Microsoft Surface
Affiliate program fits perfectly into the Bell Techlogix service offering
portfolio providing comprehensive managed IT services and integrated solutions
for the Education and Public Sector marketplace.
We are very excited
to be a part of the Microsoft Surface Affiliate Program, which allows Bell
Techlogix to position the Surface for the 21st Century Learning Environment.
said Carol Pendlum, Director, Product Sales. As a
leading Education Services provider we view this program as highly
complementary to our existing offerings and will provide our broad base of
current and prospective education clients with additional benefit when
acquiring solutions from Bell Techlogix; ranging from large scale device and
wireless network deployments to complete mobile device/application management
and support for students.
Bell Techlogix is a
Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with capabilities in Mobility Consulting,
Deployment, Management and Support, as well as Academic Software Licensing.
About Bell Techlogix:
Bell Techlogix is a
leading information technology managed services and solutions company focused
on global and mid-market enterprises, as well as educational institutions. Bell
Techlogix provides our services and solutions to a variety of customers;
leveraging BEAM, our integrated enterprise service delivery platform, across
our offerings portfolio including, End User Computing, Infrastructure
Management and Enterprise Mobility Management. Bell Techlogix's
IT Lifecycle Services provide a comprehensive suite of business process
services that optimize IT assets throughout their entire lifecycle. Bell
Techlogix has leveraged over 25 years of experience to build market leading
solutions such as our Service Desk 3.0 and BEAM as a Service offerings for
comprehensive IT managed services.
Bell Techlogix is a
privately held company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more
information on Bell Techlogix, please visit us on the web at www.belltechlogix.com, follow us on Twitter @BellTechlogixHQ, like us on LinkedIn or become a fan on our Facebook page.
Are you a Trainer? Announcing the Adobe Training
for Trainers online course This summer, Adobe will
launch a training for trainers course for professional development leaders.
This online course is designed for individuals worldwide who seek to facilitate
impactful Adobe trainings within their schools and organizations.
By participating in the course, facilitators
will have the opportunity to hone their presentation skills and deepen their
knowledge of Adobe products, building their capacity to facilitate effective
Adobe professional learning workshops. Successful completion of the course will
enable facilitators to access exclusive resources and support available only to
certified Adobe Education Trainers.
To participate, complete the Adobe interest form, and you will be contacted by Adobe when course registration
Available Now - System Center 2012 SP1
A major milestone in advancing Microsoft's hybrid Cloud
OS vision! This release brings manageability across one consistent platform for
infrastructure, apps, and data spanning customers' datacenters, hosting service
provider datacenters, and the Microsoft public cloud. Manage and secure Mac OS
and Linux workstations today with System Center 2012 SP1. More information can
be found here
Microsoft in Education
Free products and services for teachers
Microsoft offers free tools to help engage students
in a variety of subject areas from movie-making to collaboration to science and
Teachers can download these tools for free, the
majority of which require no special training.
Thank you for your continued business. We are
very pleased to be growing our Bell Team and hope you too have an opportunity
to meet with them in the future.