Five Keys to Partner Success in SMB with Office 365

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Looking for some ideas on how you can succeed with your Office 365 practice? Take a look at this whitepaper! Five Keys to Partner Success in SMB with Office 365 (Note: You will need your MPN ID/Password to access) It’s a short 13 page read that shows how high-performing partners are implementing…

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Virtual Desktop Architectural Reference Guides (Including Azure) Just Released

Josh Condie – With VDI becoming more and more an opportunity for partners who host client services for small and mid-sized customers, Microsoft just released the guidance necessary to help you design effective desktop services using our latest Hyper-V, VDI and RDS technology in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.  Key to success here is…

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Microsoft’s New Remote Desktop Clients for iOS, Mac OS and Android

Josh Condie – Microsoft has just released the first official Remote Desktop clients for iOS and Android. Now, users can bring the Windows desktop (even Windows 8.1 which released earlier this month) directly to their mobile devices that may be running on competing platforms.  The apps let you connect to a remote PC while mobile,…

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Do you know what’s scarier than Halloween? Staying on Windows XP!

Rob Waggoner   As of October 31, 2013, there are 159 days of Windows XP support left.  If you don’t have a migration plan for your customers yet, please do it now!  We have three versions of Windows that are more current than Windows XP and support will end April 8, 2014.  We have a…

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Cloudy with a chance of ZOMBIES!!!

Todd Sweetser Just a little lighthearted fun for Halloween from the team at Channel 9! Click here to go to Channel 9 Bizarre things happen around All Hallows Eve…and Microsoft is no exception. This year we tell you the tale of an over-worked Cloud employee…and his terrifying solution. Sit back, relax and enjoy our comical…

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Want to learn more about Hyper-V?

Rob Waggoner If you are already deploying VMware but want to understand more about Hyper-V, we have the event for you!  We are delivering the Hyper-V Road shows throughout the country.  The Hyper-V Road shows consist of two sessions.  We will have a sales session that will cover how to sell Hyper-V and how you…

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Upcoming Cloud 1-2-3 webinar on Azure

Partners, Are you interested in learning more about Microsoft’s exciting Azure service and all of the recent new additions?  In case you weren’t aware, you can now provision hosted VM’s, host websites, easily add blob storage, provide online backups for your Windows Servers and much more!  What are your options as a partner to learn…

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Managing spam notifications with Exchange Online Protection

Tim Tetrick In March 2013, Microsoft released a brand new version of its email filtering service that was previously known as FOPE (Forefront Online Protection for Exchange).  The new service is called EOP (Exchange Online Protection), and it provides spam and malware filtering in the cloud.  EOP is included in all Office 365 for business…

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Easily Brand Your Customer’s SharePoint Online Sites

Michael Kophs – Partner Technology Strategist Did you know the latest version of SharePoint Online includes some very cool custom branding options?  Impress your Office 365 customers by giving their SharePoint sites a familiar look and feel, that showcases their own brand and colors.  Following is an example of the cool out-of-box options that you…

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Windows Azure Friday

                                                                                                     Kathleen Molosky, TS2 Windows Azure Friday  is a new series hosted by Scott Hanselman a Principal Program Manager for Azure.  Each Friday Scott and various Developers or Program Managers that built Azure will focus on a different Azure topic  The solutions will be delivered in bite size chunks – short and…

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Deploying Office 365 ProPlus using App-V

Q: (from Tim) Can Office 365 be deployed at a client site through SCCM (traditional deployment model) or APP-V (application virtualization)? A: The answer is “Yes". A quick Bing search using “Deploying Office 365 with App-V” resulted in the following links: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg998766.aspx http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2772509 http://blogs.technet.com/b/pauljones/archive/2013/08/28/office-2013-click-to-run-with-configuration-manager-2012.aspx Which goes on to identify the Office Deployment Tool as the…

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Your customers have less than 6 weeks to grab hold of the SMB Advantage!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Partners, are you missing out on valuable Partner Subsidy dollars?  If you earned them with the Big Easy and Cloud Easy offers a few months ago, you will want to make sure you earn them again! The SMB Advantage offer is like Big Easy and Cloud Easy on Steroids… with a shot…

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MEC Webcasts

MEC Webcasts now Available! As part of the on-going effort to scale the proven, winning message from the MEC (Microsoft Experience Center) program in FY14, we are pleased to announce the launch of the U.S. MEC “Experience the Possible” Webcast Series starting Thursday, October 24th at 11:30 AM PT. This series of live and recorded…

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Qualifying SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals via the Cloud Deployment Partner program!

Todd Sweetser What is the Cloud Deployment Offer? Overview: Qualifying CDP SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals! Details: Customers who purchase a minimum of 150 seats of eligible Office 365 Enterprise SKUs will qualify for an investment toward their deployment. During the offer period, Microsoft will reimburse…

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Office 365 Feature Excel Web Part for comparing all Plans

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a new resource that has been created that can make it easier to learn, discuss and be aware of what capabilities are in each of the many Office 365 offerings.  Of course the Office 365 Service Descriptions continue to be there, but for a…

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End user training resources for Office 365 and Office 2013

Tim Tetrick   From time to time I get asked about end user training resources for Office 365.  Some partners are looking for help in building out their own end user training for customers, and some are just looking for resources they can pass along to their customers for self training. I was recently made aware…

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Common Objections to Office 365 Small Business Premium

Q: (from Leianni) When discussing Office 365 SBP with my peers, we frequently return to the same objections: subscription hard to sell low margin for partners no incremental sale channel killer Help me understand Microsoft’s position. A: I find myself frequently answering these questions. I just came back from SMB Nation in Las Vegas where…

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Tailoring the Windows User Experience using Group Policy

Kathleen Molosky, PTS Group Policy As I am out visiting our partner community I receive many inquiries as to how to tailor the Windows client user experience to accommodate business and security requirements.  One of the best ways is through deployment of Group Policy Objects (GPO).  In addition to addressing user experience, Group Policy can…

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