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Melissa Curtis - Microsoft Partner Development Specialist

Melissa Curtis

Melissa is a Partner Development Specialist for Microsoft at Connection with expertise in Microsoft Contracts and Licensing. In her free time, Melissa enjoys traveling, modifying cars, and spending time with her family

Areas of expertise:LicensingMicrosoft

Articles by Melissa Curtis


Microsoft

What’s New in Windows Server 2016

Advances You Can’t Get Anywhere Else

by Melissa Curtis | 11.01.16

With Windows Server 2012, there wasn’t much that distinguished Windows Server Standard and Windows Server Datacenter beyond the licensing details. Microsoft really decided to shake things up and introduce new features that would change that with their release of Windows Server 2016.

Tags:AzureData CenterMicrosoftMicrosoft WindowsNano ServersPassportPasswordsSoftwareSoftware AssuranceWindows ServerWindows Server 2012Windows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 R2Windows Server 2012 StandardWindows Server Enterprise

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Roaming Rights, Windows VDA, and You

Key Changes to Virtual Desktop Access Licensing

by Melissa Curtis | 04.19.16

For years now, Microsoft has offered virtual desktop access (VDA) through Software Assurance. Soon, this feature will no longer be available.

If you’re like me, sometimes it feels as if life revolves around Microsoft licensing. I love digging into the details—and one thing that I was slightly surprised to see in Microsoft’s product terms was that roaming rights were retired for Windows Enterprise and Windows VDA. You may ask, “What does this mean?” Well, it means that you may have to change the way that you license your environment.

Tags:CloudMicrosoftSoftware AssuranceVirtual Desktop AccessWindows Server Enterprise

Cloud Software Benefits

The Fries of Microsoft Licensing

Dishing Out the Details on Software Assurance

by Melissa Curtis | 01.06.16

Would you like some fries with that? It’s a question that most of us have been asked at least one time in our lives. If you’re anything like me, it’s tempting but do you really need it? With Microsoft licensing, a similar question is asked: would you like those licenses with Software Assurance?  Read More for the answer.

Tags:ConnectionLicense MobilityMicrosoftMicrosoft Open BusinessSoftware AssuranceSQL Server 2014SQL Server 2016

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Discover, Assess, Target, Migrate: Windows Server

The Four Steps to Moving on from Windows Server 2003

by Melissa Curtis | 05.27.15

July 14, 2015 is the date to remember. Windows Server 2003 is going end of support, and like thousands of others, your organization must consider the best path to upgrade. For most, the greatest benefit can be derived by examining the entire server infrastructure (including hardware, operating systems, and application modernization) all at once. For the four key steps to this critical process, read on.

Tags:AzureConnectionData CenterMicrosoftMicrosoft AzureServersWindows Server 2012

Microsoft Migration: Act Now

Microsoft Migration: Why Should You Act Now

Be Ready to Move Forward with These Helpful, Handy Reminders

by Melissa Curtis | 04.08.15

Have you made a plan for Microsoft Windows 2003 Server end of support? Sure, July sounds warm, distant, and far away at the moment; but if you don’t plan for the future, it will happen anyway—with or without your servers being up to date. Decide on the front end how you will approach the migration with poise and grace.

You have a lot to look forward to with the new Microsoft offerings of 2015. Small Business Server 2011 is going away, but that’s okay—Microsoft is offering Windows Essentials 2012 and Windows Server Foundation 2012 in its place. Luckily, these two do not require CALs, so cheers to that! One less wrinkle on your forehead, right?

Tags:MicrosoftWindows Server 2003