Redundant Site to Site VPNs are supported in Azure

Rob Waggoner   Question: Most customers now a days are going to have more than one ISP and need a redundant connection to their Azure .  Dynamic failover capabilities are surely a must for most organizations.  Does Azure support redundant Site to Site VPN connections? Answer: Yes Azure now supports redundant Site to Site VPNs. …

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Just Launched: A New Partner Marketing Experience on MPN

We just launched the new ready to go marketing experience on MPN.   You have been great at giving us feedback and telling us it was a “challenging to find the content you’re looking for!”   We listened and we have a new MPN Sales & Marketing site – that includes all the same great content in…

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Windows Server 2016 was announced at Ignite

Rob Waggoner     Good morning partners,   I am attending Microsoft Ignite, and earlier this week, we announced the release of Windows Server 2016.  Here is the complete announcement.  As the announcement says: Windows Server 2016 is available for evaluation beginning today and will be on the October price list. Volume licensing customers will…

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Modern Microsoft Partner eBook Series – Download All 5 Parts Now!

In march we announced the launch our first eBook The Modern Microsoft Partner Series, Part 1:  The Booming Cloud Opportunity in the five-part series with IDC. Our objective for this research was to update the data from the study conducted two years ago with IDC and expand on what it takes for partners to build…

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Announcing the SMB JumpStart Series

Garrett Bundy     Hello Partners!  This year across the entire US SMB Organization we are very focused on helping our partners to accelerate their cloud practices.  Through SMB Live events (http://aka.ms/smblive), 1:1 coaching sessions with your PCDM, PSE or even local TS2, scaled Webinars and Partner Insider calls.  We are happy to announce the…

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I can’t connect to my Azure VM

Tim Tetrick   Last week I talked about How do I configure my security system with an Azure VPN as one of the most common Azure Support scenarios that we get.  Another big driver of Azure Support volumes is issues around not being able to connect to your VM running in Azure.  For Windows VMs,…

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Readiness Blitz

You are invited to join us for the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics 365 Readiness Blitz!  Microsoft Dynamics 365 takes a new approach to business applications. Our current CRM and ERP cloud solutions will be unified into one cloud service with new purpose-built apps to help manage specific business functions, including: Sales, Field Service, Customer Service, Project…

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How do I configure my security system with an Azure VPN?

Tim Tetrick   When setting up a hybrid cloud scenario with Azure, do you get stuck trying to configure your security system with an Azure VPN?  This is one of the most common Azure Support scenarios that we get.  I wanted to share with you this recommended approach with step-by-step guidance to help you plan…

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Information about the renaming of SharePoint Online sites from *.microsoftonline.com to *.sharepoint.com

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Was alerted to this information and wanted to share it with the SMB partner community.  I have been involved with the Microsoft Cloud solutions since the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) days and worked with many partners during the early times with BPOS.  For those that don’t know, SharePoint Online…

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Missed the September 2 Insider call? We’ve got you covered.

Garrett Bundy     Hello Partners! Did you miss the September 2nd Insider call?  Good News we are here to help! Get caught up on your regional Insider call that was held last Friday, September 2, 2016. Access the presentation and the recording via the links below. Each region covered the following: Partner Insider Scoop:…

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Amplify Marketing Webinar Series

Yes, I know this is often viewed as a technical blog, but I view this as a blog to help Small Business Partners succeed with Microsoft technology. Did you know that the original definition of TS2 was TS2 which stood for Technical Sales for Technology Specialists? It was because we recognize that in the SMB…

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Azure Shortcuts and Quick Reference at your Fingertips.

Okay, so who knows everything about Azure?  If you raised your hand and you are not Mark Russinovich, the CTO of Microsoft Azure, I doubt you should have.  Most folks don’t realize just how much they don’t know about Azure, myself included.  One the best things about the Azure platform is that is constantly evolving…

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Customer Immersion Experience (CIE) Bootcamps!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  The Office 365 Customer Immersion Experience continues to be a powerful tool to give partners the tools and skills to allow customers to sell themselves on the value that the Microsoft platform could deliver for their business.  Many partners use these events to help close deals and expand solution usage…

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Join us this Friday, September 2, 2016 for the SMB Insiders call

Rob Waggoner     The second Insider call of the fiscal year, this September 2, 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. To join your regional call…

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Favorite Part of WPC with Tony Krijnen

Here is another interview I did with my friend and fellow Microsoftie, Tony Krijnen.  We talk parties and partnering partners.    Listen in to hear one of his favorite parts from WPC. Join us at WPC next year in Washington, DC: https://partner.microsoft.com/en-US/wpc/ Matt HesterSr. Partner Technology Strategist Microsoft SMB&D

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Favorite Part of WPC with Chris Henley

I know this one is a bit late, but better late then never.  I was able to chat with a few folks at WPC.  In this video I talk with my good friend Chris Henley.  Listen in to hear his one thing for partners!   To learn more about Veeam take a look here:  https://www.veeam.com/ …

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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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