Microsoft Azure infrastructure solutions webcasts in April and May 2017

Since January, thousands of partners have joined our webcast series featuring Azure Infrastructure ISV solutions. These compelling solutions can help you address customer needs and accelerate Microsoft Azure adoption. The schedule for April and May, and links to January through March webcasts on demand, are below. After May, the series will be on hiatus for…


NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Tools and References from Microsoft – Protect Function

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework provides voluntary guidance – a set of industry standards and best practices – for reducing cybersecurity risks to critical infrastructure. Organizations that want to utilize the framework may find the task daunting at first, but it is helpful to remember that many of the subcategories in the…


April 2017 Hot Sheet partner training schedule

Welcome to the US Partner Community Hot Sheet, a comprehensive schedule of partner training, webcasts, community calls, and office hours. This post is updated frequently as we learn about new offerings, so you can plan ahead. Looking for product-specific training? Try the links across the top of this blog. Connect and engage with us in…


Delivering a compelling DevOps demo

Prior to working at Microsoft, I worked with partners as a technical sales resource. One of my responsibilities – a challenging one – was to create and deliver a demo that was compelling to both business and IT leadership. I was constantly creating demo scripts and environments to meet the needs of the sales process. Then Microsoft released the Customer Immersion…


Windows as a service: Windows 10 deployment rings

In my last blog post, I talked about Windows as a service as a new way to build, deploy, and service Windows. Continuing that discussion, today’s post is about deployment rings. For Windows as a service, maintenance is ongoing and iterative. This approach is useful to partners that want to provide value to customers through managed services. Customers…

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EMS Partners: A closer look at Azure Active Directory Connect

Welcome to part 2 of our series for Enterprise Mobility and Security Partners about Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect. The introductory post by my colleague Travis Guinn provided an overview of Azure Active Directory Connect, when to use it, how to configure it, and technical concepts and resources for deployment. In this post, I’ll provide a closer look…


Collaboration options: Office 365 Groups, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer

With the recent release of Microsoft Teams and updates to Office 365 Groups and Yammer, I have been asked more than a few times to explain how organizations and teams should think about each of these collaboration products, how to determine which product is the right one, and how to effectively use them. Microsoft recognizes there are many ways for…

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 resource guide to Field Service and Project Service Automation

Our Dynamics 365 Partner community focus this month is on Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service and Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation, business apps that can help improve customer satisfaction and efficiencies for our shared customers. Read the introductory blog post Watch the community call on demand I’ve compiled this resource guide to help…

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NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Tools and References from Microsoft – Identify Function

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework provides voluntary guidance – a set of industry standards and best practices – for reducing cybersecurity risks to critical infrastructure. Organizations that want to utilize the framework may find the task daunting at first, but it is helpful to remember that many of the subcategories in the…


Windows 10 deployment tools and resources highlights

Here is a list of new Windows 10 deployment assets, courtesy of Microsoft MVPs and Windows experts Johan Arwidmark (@jarwidmark) and Mikael Nystrom, (@mikael_nystrom). Take a look at these resources and use them in your Windows 10 deployment practice. New MBR to GPT conversion utility (MBR2GPT) in Windows 10 Creators Update Getting Started with MBR2GPT, by Mike Terrill…