Windows 10 Enterprise E3 for CSP Resources

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  As my colleague J.J. blogged about earlier this month here (and announced at WPC), Windows 10 Enterprise is going to be available via a subscription model, which is right in line with Microsoft’s continued drive to cloud enablement.   I wanted to share a couple of resources that can help partners…

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New offer to migrate from VMware to Hyper-V

Rob Waggoner   With Windows Server 2016 on the horizon, we just announced a new offer that will make moving to Server 2016 more affordable for our customers still on VMware.  We have all the details on this page, but let me highlight the true meat of the deal. Yes, you read that right, get…

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Question about Backups

Rob Waggoner   Question: Our CFO wants to know an estimate of how long each night the Azure backup will take to back up all three of our servers (SQLserver and two domain controllers)? Can I calculate the time needed? SQLServer = 283 GBs Domain Controller 1 = 32 GBs Domain Controller 2 = 69…

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SMB Live is back! Register today for a session near you.

Jeff Stoffel   Microsoft’s SMB Live Roadshow is back featuring two one-day Microsoft Cloud training events for Cloud Solution Providers and Microsoft Partners. Below you can select which event(s) best fit your business needs, find a city near you (21 available), and register today! (Day 1) Microsoft SMB Live: Differentiate Your Cloud Practice for Increased…

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Check out the FREE partner online technical trainings – some starting today!

Jeff Stoffel   I know many of you, like me, enjoy the opportunity to grow your skills with technical training.  And what’s even better, FREE technical training!  Boost your partner transformation to the cloud with technical training designed to help you win more deals, accelerate deployment and increase consumption – available at NO COST! Here’s…

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Azure RemoteApp update and options for delivering remote desktops and applications via Azure

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft SMB Partners, Wanted to make sure you saw the latest news today on Azure RemoteApp.  Microsoft announced in blog post today that Azure RemoteApp will be phased out over the next year.  New purchases of Azure RemoteApp will end as of October 1, 2016, although existing customers will continue to…

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Office 365 and SEC Rule 17a-4 requirements

Tim Tetrick   I’ve had several questions lately asking whether Office 365 and its archiving capabilities are able to meet SEC Rule 17a-4 requirements.  Many financial institutions such as banks and broker-dealer organizations are subject to Rule 17a-4, which is issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with respect to electronic data storage.  Rule…

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Missed the August 5th Insider Call? We’ve got you covered

    Josh Condie – Catch up on your regional Insider call last Friday, August 5, 2016.   Each region covered:   · WPC Highlights: Get caught up on the key announcements that took place at WPC · Partner Insider Scoop: Key upcoming events that you don’t want to miss, offers and resources · Regional…

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Service Assurance Dashboard for Office 365

Garrett Bundy   Hello Partners,   At Microsoft we are continually working to improve the level of trust that our partners and customers have in us.  To that end Microsoft established the Trust Center very early on (http://trustoffice365.com) and we have evolved that over time.  Microsoft believes that as your customers embark on this journey…

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“Let’s meet at Starbucks.”

J.J. Antequino ———————————- You hear this all time, especially in the SMB space.   Those who know me, also know that I love my Soy Iced White Chocolate Mochas… with whipped cream…. And while I’m waiting for that clear plastic cup with the domed lid, I see business conversations happening all around me.   If…

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Join us this Friday, August 5th for the First Insider Call of FY17

Garrett Bundy     Hello Partners, The first US SMB Partner Insider call this fiscal year is Friday, August 5, 2016. Join us to get valuable and executable information to help your Microsoft SMB practice grow. Hear directly from your Microsoft Regional General Manager, Partner Sales Executives, Partner Channel Development Managers and Partner Technology Strategists….

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Windows Server 2016 Core Pack Licensing Calculator

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Hopefully many of you have been downloading and testing Windows Server 2016 and are now wondering how you will license it.   Last week, MVP Mark O’Shea wrote a little about the licensing updates that will happening and included some links to the Licensing Data Sheet and FAQ in his blog post….

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Windows 10 as a subscription?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Partners, one of the big announcements at WPC was around the offer of Windows Enterprise E3 via CSP! In his blog post, Yusuf Mehdi wrote: “Today, we are announcing Windows 10 Enterprise E3 in CSP. Starting this fall, businesses can get enterprise-grade security and management capabilities at just $7 a seat per…

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Using Microsoft Bookings to bring in business 24/7

Garrett Bundy   Hello Partners!     Are you looking for a way to let your customers, or even potential customers book time with you and/or one of your staff members?  Perhaps you have a customer that is looking for a solution Out of the Box that accomplishes this same functionality? We have released a…

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Introducing Enterprise Mobility + Security

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Partners, July is the start of Microsoft’s new fiscal year, and every year at this time we see lots of new announcements coinciding with the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference that just recently wrapped up in Toronto a couple weeks ago.  One of the announcements you may have missed was the…

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Encourage your customers to upgrade to Windows 10 before this offer expires.

Jeff Stoffel     I’ve been asked by partners several times recently what options our customers will have if they miss the free upgrade to Windows 10.  This is telling me that we still have many customers that have not yet upgraded their operating systems to Windows 10.  Now is the time in order to…

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Business & Burgers–New Video Podcast Series

Garrett Bundy   Hello Partners!   This week we have an awesome new video podcast series to tell you about.  Scott Duffy and Alan Taylor have created a video podcast series entitled, Business & Burgers which is geared towards Small Business Owners and entrepreneurs.  In this podcast you will get practical advice, business insight as…

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Free Skype Meetings – A Customer Taste Before the O365 Plan Upgrade

  Josh Condie – If you have customers still using on-premises Office installs, or maybe they’ve only subscribed to Office 365 ProPlus for just the Office Clients via the cloud, then here is a nice, easy way to tempt them into a subscription upgrade (Business Premium, E3, E5, etc.).  The real-time communications experience combined with…

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New resource to help show the Value of Office!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  There is a new resource that is a grouping of tools designed to help you show the full value of Office and Office 365 (as well as Enterprise Mobility & Security.)  It is Transform.Office.com.  This portal is the new home of the Business Value Programs which include the Value Discovery…

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Upcoming Training Opportunities for Partners

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Wanted to pass along some Microsoft Cloud solution training offerings that are available, both short term and in the next couple of months. First, some trainings that are occurring this week: Grow and Manage Your Business with Azure Internal User Rights– Level 200:  Scenarios Internal Use Rights cloud services and…

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