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  • Question

  • As a gold partner and Small Biz Specialist, I can forsee a lot of my clients/friends/etc looking for some "Help" with this, as simple as we think it is, stuff like this still scares people.

    Will there be certifications for this and partner specialties.  I can see some home audio and some home security etc folks looking to play in that arena.

     

    Thanks

    Thursday, April 19, 2007 10:54 PM

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  • I have not heard anything on this forum yet. I think that would be a neat idea. If so, I definitely see a part time job coming up for me. Wink
    Thursday, April 19, 2007 11:19 PM
  • It seems to me that someone looking for certification on a "plug and play," "headless," maintenance-free device like WHS is just looking to add another couple of letters to their business card... ;-)  Seriously, this appliance is so automatic, and users are discouraged from doing anything to rock the software boat, what would you base the certification on?  Removing the monitor and keyboard after installation?  How to set up user names/passwords?  How to copy files?  How to point Office apps to network shares?
    That should take about 10 minutes...anyone who needs to pay money to someone to teach them those basics prob shouldn't have a computer to start with.  Just my humble opinion...
    Friday, April 20, 2007 1:47 AM
  • if there is no potential market... wishes will be inspired by marketing... Wink

    Saturday, April 21, 2007 4:10 PM
  • I am also interested in this.  I run a small service business that serves mostly residential customers.  I have seen my customers struggle with the exact problems that WHS solves (backups, file sharing, etc.) and am looking foward to offering this as a solution to my customers.  Will there be a WHS partner program?
    Monday, April 23, 2007 5:34 PM
  • Add me to the list.

     

    It "should" be so simple that anyone could set it up.  SBS was supposed to be so simple that "anyone" could set it up.  We all know that is not the case.  Migrating all the existing shared files, making sure backups are setup, setting up passwords etc "should" be in the scope of anyone who purchases this product.  As with SBS, getting it setup right the first time should go a long way towards heading off problems down the road.  Also, if I am the one selling it, I will be selling installation as well. 

     

    The markets I am seeing:

     

    There are several home theatre installers in town.  None of them are really network/M$/Sever guys.

    Present an easy and cheap (compared to the options coming from their world) WHS as the core storage and media sharing option.  When compared to the $5000+ media options on their current product list, there is a lot of room to throw in a WHS and installation and configuration by a "certified WHS specialist".  The certificaiton makes it easy to  sell me to their clients.

     

    There are several people who do not WANT to do this sort of thing.  They want to pay a "certified specialist" to do them.  They do not change the oil in their car, mow their own lawn, or clean their own pool.  They just want it DONE and done right.  The certificaiton lets them make an easy decision. 

     

     

    Ken

     

     

     

     

    Tuesday, August 7, 2007 3:31 PM
  • According to Microsoft, the primary target market is technically unsophisticated users who will buy WHS preinstalled. So for most end users, "installation" will consist of taking some hardware with WHS already installed home from the store, plugging it in, and going through one or more wizards to configure everything. Very few users will actually be installing the software on their own hardware.

     

    I really can't see the point to certification in this case, though it would probably be the easiest exam I've ever taken if they do offer one. Smile 

    Tuesday, August 7, 2007 3:50 PM
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