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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Auditing and Reporting in Office 365

Tim Tetrick   I commonly get questions around the auditing and reporting capabilities available in Office 365, so I wanted to make everyone aware of an updated Whitepaper that just recently became available called Auditing and Reporting in Office 365.  Microsoft Office 365 includes several auditing and reporting features that customers can use to track…

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Azure Maintenance

Q: (from Seth) I’m working with a client on designing an Azure deployment for them and the question came up of how often are there scheduled maintenance windows in Azure and how can we decide who should get notifications about these maintenance windows.   A: Although we’d love for it to be perfect, it’s software…

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Office 365 for Business Community has moved to the Microsoft Community

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  Many of you (as well as your customers) have utilized the Office 365 for Business Community.  This resource was implemented when Office 365 was released (5 years ago!) and has been a great resource to learn, ask and obtain information on the Office 365 platform.  Over time some topics were…

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Plug into disti @ WPC

  We know WPC can be overwhelming, so we’ve consolidated everything you need to know about your US SMB distributors in one place. The Microsoft distributors are going BIG in FY17 to meet you and show you the new offerings, incentives, and capabilities they are bringing in 2017! We encourage all partners to discover each…

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Microsoft Azure Datacenter IP Ranges

Rob Waggoner   Q: From a security perspective, I’d like to know the IP Addresses the Microsoft Azure datacenters use.  Is there is published list of the IP addresses used? A: Yes there is.  Check out Azure Datacenter IP ranges, it’s a downloadable XML file that is broken out by region.   Until next time,…

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Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) with Redundant Geographic Connections

Q: (from Armand) We have a client interested in a having a Secondary ADFS DC and Proxy Server in our UK Data Center. They Currently have their First ADFS 3.0 2012 R2 Server in our US Maine Data Center with a DMZ Proxy and that is linked with Office 365 without any issues. They also…

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US SMB Champions Club Awards Reception at WPC 2016

  All US SMB Partners and especially US SMB Champs! You are invited to join us for the US SMB Champions Club Awards Reception at WPC 2016. We will celebrate your successes in serving small and medium businesses across the United States as we recognize this year’s top Microsoft US SMB partners. Your contributions continue…

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Azure in 5 Minutes

  Welcome!  My team will be doing a number of videos around various components in Azure. The goal of this series is to give you very short messages around a number of the key Azure components needed to build a solution on Azure.  We will start with the basics and build from there.  This page…

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Azure in 5 minutes: Azure Site Recovery (ASR) for VMware – Protecting VMs

Rob Waggoner In this video, I will walk through the process to protect a VMware based VMs with ASR.  This is part two of the VMware based videos.  If you haven’t read this yet, this article is a very good read.  It provides an excellent overview of the requirements of ASR for VMware workloads: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/site-recovery-vmware…

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Azure in 5 minutes: Azure Site Recovery (ASR) for VMware – Setup

Rob Waggoner Azure Site Recovery (ASR) provides a Disaster Recovery solution for companies of all sizes (including SMB) that cannot afford, or do not want, to maintain their own Disaster Recovery site.  With ASR, customers can leverage Azure as their Disaster Recovery site, and execute non-business impacting DR drills to ensure all of their workloads…

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Re-Post: Skype for Business Partner Training Schedule

  Josh Condie – Found another great set of technical training resources that our SMB partners should be taking advantage of.  Please take a look below.  Voice is a massive, long-term practice opportunity in SMB. Yet it is a foreign language to many of our traditional partners.  This collection is a great collection that was…

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Windows 10 and Office 365 Solution Selling – OnDemand Immersion Coming

  Josh Condie – Re-blogging for the Office Team, from yesterday.  These cross-solution immersion sessions are geared towards a customer audience, but also represent a great way to train your sales resources on how to solution sell.  O365 on a Windows 10 device (such a Surface 4 Pro) is a great way to sell Mobility,…

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