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…


Hybrid Cloud Identity Part 4: Monitoring

Azure AD Connect Health
Azure AD Connect Health

At this step we have On-Premise Active Directory, integrated and federated with Azure AD using AD Connect and ADFS. We have an Exchange environment, integrated with Exchange Online. We have Multi-factor authentication for stronger security in place. What else do we need? Of course, we need to have a way to monitor that hybrid identity solution…


Azure Subscription Migration to CSP

Azure CSP Migration
Azure CSP Migration

Last Update: 01 February 2017 I receive a lot of requests regarding traditional Azure subscription migration to CSP model. I see that CSP becomes more and more popular, and a lot of customers prefer CSP against EA/Pay-as-you-go because of its great benefits. It is easy to start using Azure in CSP if you haven’t used…


List of Azure services in CSP

Last update: 10 March 2017 This is a regularly updated list of Azure services, available in CSP business model. Here is a nice picture of all services, that are available in Azure. Partners and customers, that already use Azure through OpenEADirect, need to keep in mind, that not all Azure services are currently available in CSP. Non-ARM Azure services are not available, because CSP supports…


Identity and Rights Management in CSP model

Today I will describe how identity works in CSP model, because it is not obvious for CSP Partners. The main part of identity process in CSP is based on Azure Active Directory. There are 2 types of directories in CSP – Partner directory and Customer directory. Each CSP Partner authenticates on Partner Center portal using…