Azure CSP Documentation released

I’m glad to announce that Azure CSP documentation was published today as a part of Azure technical documentation. It is accessible using vanity URL: http://aka.ms/azurecsp or using a full URL: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cloud-solution-provider. Azure CSP documentation provides answers to the most popular partner questions about Azure specifics in Cloud Solution Partner model, including: Which Azure services are…


Migration Datacenter to Azure – Part 2

This post provides an overview of key technical considerations, actionable recommendations and common pitfalls related to migration of workloads from an on-premises datacenter to Microsoft Azure. The business related considerations were addressed within the Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 1. Migrating IT systems and infrastructure to a private or public cloud can be a challenge…


Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 1

Background Quite  a while back a Managed Service Provider partner (hereafter referred to as “the MSP”) approached Microsoft regarding migrating one of their datacenter facilities to Azure. The MSP is an experienced managed service provider providing Dynamics ERP, ISV solutions focused on a few industries like automotive, retail and finance. Longer term they are looking…


Identity and Rights Management in CSP model – Part 2

The CSP program is currently rolling out at scale and many service providers are embarking on the journey to provide management infrastructure services for their customers. In addition to the first article about Identity in CSP, we will show more tricks from the field. While the scale is rapidly increasing the ask for operational optimization…


Azure Germany in CSP

Azure Germany in CSP
Azure Germany in CSP

Azure in Germany was launched in 2016, and if you’ve heard about that, you may already know, that Azure in Germany is different from other Azure regions. Azure in Germany is an isolated instance of Azure. It doesn’t connected to other Azure regions. Azure Portal URL is different – https://portal.microsoftazure.de. I recommend to read this article to…


StorSimple in CSP

Azure StorSimple in CSP
Azure StorSimple in CSP

In February a long-awaited Azure solution – virtual StorSimple – became available for all CSP partners. Azure StorSimple is a Hybrid Storage solution from Microsoft. It can be deployed as a physical device or as a virtual appliance, and it uses Azure Storage to store cool data. StorSimple storage is accessible through iSCSI or SMB protocol, so an existing…


OMS in CSP

OMS in CSP
OMS in CSP

A lot of CSP partners ask about OMS availability in CSP. In this article I’ll show what OMS components are available in CSP and how to use them. Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) includes several management solutions for hybrid cloud. It was introduced in May 2015 as an evolution of System Center, and it’s capable…


Azure subscription rights challenge in CSP

Let’s imagine a situation when you are a CSP Partner and you provide Azure services to your customer. Customer purchases Office 365 licenses from another reseller (e.g. under Enterprise Agreement), and that reseller is a managing partner (delegated admin) for customer’s tenant. Customer wants you to manage Azure services only, and don’t manage Office 365. You’ve…


Azure AD now available on the New Azure Portal

Recently Azure AD management capabilities were added to the New Azure Portal. It means that customers, that purchased Azure CSP subscriptions, can manage their Azure Active Directory using Azure Portal web-interface. No more need to use old workarounds like Office 365 Management Portal and Azure AD PowerShell, no need to create a trial Azure Subscription or buy Azure AD Basic/Premium CSP Subscription to…


Windows 10 in CSP

On the 1st of September a new item was added to the list of services on Partner Center – Windows 10 Enterprise E3. End-user with Windows 10 Enterprise E3 license, assigned through CSP, can convert up to five Windows 10 Pro devices to Windows 10 Enterprise by logging in using Azure AD account. In a month after…