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Announcement:  New Deployment Partner Services Portal Launches at WPC!

We are happy to announce a new Partner resource which provides a comprehensive view of Microsoft's deployment resources in one location.

The new Deployment Partner Services Portal is a broad resource designed to lead you through the deployment and adoption cycle – pointing you to relevant resources at the appropriate stages, and highlighting available benefits along the way.

·    One-stop resource for sales, product and technical information to support your deployment practice and expand your solution opportunities

·    Best practices on which Microsoft resources to use during the sales, deployment, and adoption phases of your deployment engagements

·    Information about new and existing Packaged Services offerings which place partners in front of customers to plan and prepare for successful deployments

·    Prescriptive guidance on how to partner with Microsoft to grow your business and make your services visible to customers

Microsoft Deployment Partner Services Portal (

Announcement:  New Distinguished DDPS Deployment Partner Program!

New for FY09, the Distinguished DDPS Partner Program was created to recognize partners who show an ongoing commitment to performing DDPS engagements and who demonstrate excellence with desktop deployment for customers worldwide. Qualified partners who offer desktop deployment services are able to leverage proven Microsoft tools, methods and technologies to help gain competitive advantage, develop ongoing infrastructure optimization opportunities, expand their service and product offerings to customers, and increase profit margins by lowering their sales costs.

Announcing our first Distinguished DDPS Partners! You’ll continue to hear more about them throughout the year.

·    Arabic Computer Systems, Ltd.

·    CDW

·    Compugen Inc.

·    Crayon AS

·    Datalog Software AG

·    Dimension Data

·    En Pointe Technologies

·    Idea Integration

·    Insight Direct USA, Inc.

·    Microsistemas Gerenciales S.A. de C.V

·    PC-Ware Information Technologies AG

·    Software House International (SHI)

Program Benefits for Distinguished DDPS Partners include:
Priority customer connection: DDPS recommendation to the Microsoft field team based on achievement of Distinguished DDPS Partner Status
Early access to Microsoft Consulting Services’ Desktop Optimization Using Windows Vista® and the 2007 Microsoft ® Office System (DOVO) content
Case study promotion: Partners will be highlighted on internal and external deployment sites
Assistance with Technical Adoption & Rapid Deployment programs for Microsoft® Office 14
Awards: One Top Distinguished DDPS Outstanding Contributor award presented at annual reception

Achieving Distinguished DDPS Partner Status
To achieve Distinguished DDPS status, a partner must achieve the following:
Deliver 25 or more DDPS engagements annually (July through June)
Ensure certification of at least 3 consultants
Develop 2 case studies per year
Deploy Windows Vista® and Microsoft® Office 2007 within your organization
Align with Office Deployment Specialization and/or Windows Desktop Specialization

How to Qualify
Begin working within your own organization to ensure satisfaction of the above requirements The submission process will commence November 1st. Submissions must be received by May 31st to be considered. Distinguished DDPS Partners will be awarded at WPC 2009.

Announcement:   New Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 – Essential Tool for Desktop Deployment

DDPS Partners are now equipped to help customers quickly assess their IT environment and identify the best Windows Vista migration strategies as well as the generate state of health of PCs regarding security.

The new Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 makes it easy for customers and DDPS partners to assess desktops for hardware and device compatibility for Windows Vista, Microsoft Application Virtualization and more. The new release also gives the ability to assess if desktops have Windows Firewall turned on and if they have anti-malware and anti-virus software installed. Download this free tool today!

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1

Microsoft Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS)


Thousands of companies worldwide have found that their organization's complex computing environment makes the job of upgrading their users to the latest versions of Microsoft® Windows® and Office a real challenge. Through Desktop Deployment Planning Services, Microsoft provides you with the tools, training, and support needed to take advantage of this opportunity to help eligible companies overcome that challenge, while helping to increase revenue and grow your business in the process.

Once you are certified to deliver Desktop Deployment Planning Services, you will be in the position to help your current and prospective customers, who participate in the Microsoft Software Assurance program, outline a plan for the deployment of 2007 Microsoft® Office, Microsoft® Office 2003, Microsoft® Windows Vista or Microsoft® Windows XP SP2 using predefined offerings based on the zero-touch deployment solution.


Get paid by Microsoft to deliver a deployment plan to eligible customers.  Click here to learn how.

DDPS v3.0 Now Available!

DDPS v3 was released on February 21stAccess the new engagement materials or review the DDPS in Action Live Meeting where the deck is available for download.  


DDPS v3 has been refreshed to include the latest desktop deployment tools and guidance from Microsoft including:


Key Updates and Changes

·          Updated tools and guidance

o    Vista and Office SP1 support

o    Office 2007 – new decks on Office SP1, Office Migration and Planning Manager (OMPM), the Office Security Guide and updated DDPS Delivery Guide information on Office-centric DDPS engagements

o    Microsoft Deployment (MDT) support: rebranded from BDD, MD now supports deployment of both business desktops and servers and a more robust Task Sequencer

o    System Center Configuration and Operations Manager Support: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 provides many improvements and advancements over SMS 2003 and the OS Deployment Feature Pack

o    Updates to process/design oriented structure

o    Updates to a range of tools used in during  deployment including ACT and MAP

·          Updates to Microsoft Desktop Optimization modules ( MDOP)

·          Licensing and Activation modules updates

·          Updated Demo environment guidance through Hydration: New functionality based on SCCM task sequencer to quickly develop labs and     demonstration environments

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