New US SMB Partner Center on MPN!

Todd Sweetser A new helpful resource has been created to help Microsoft partners focused on the SMB (Small and Medium Business) space!  We know that the amount of information that is out these can be quite challenging to navigate.  A web HUB has been created to help narrow down some of the most common needs…

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Accessing your Office 365 Admin Console using Azure (WAADM)!

Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist This is really cool!  We’ve been waiting for this!  By “we” I mean us cloud geeks that envision a 100% cloud only platform on which we run our business.  First lets discuss some very important acronyms that make this happen: WAAD (Windows Azure Active Directory):  If you or your customers…

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Quick Reference for Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2

With the announcement of Windows Server 2012 R2 I have been receiving a lot of questions around upgrading.  To assist, I have put together a quick reference slide.  For details utilize the link referenced at the bottom of the slide. Notes: Clean Install – wipe clean – install and restore via back-up Upgrade – In…

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Which Office 365 plans work with Dynamics CRM Online?

Q: (from Bill) Quick question, we are now thinking of going with Dynamics CRM.  But I think we cannot use Small Business Premium with Dynamics.  I think we have to go with Mid-Sized business? A: It took me a few minutes to find something, but a the Bing search that produced the winning answer was:…

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The Directory Sync tool can now be installed on a Domain Controller!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great news for those that are selling into the smaller SMB accounts that may be running a single Domain Controller and don’t have the resources to have a second server.  Historically you were required to install the Office 365 Directory Sync (DirSync) tool (now called Windows Azure Directory Sync…

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Cross-Family SKU Transitions

Tim Tetrick Earlier this year Microsoft enabled automatic user transitioning for Office 365 direct and advisor customers within product families (i.e. E1 to E3; Small Business to Small Business Premium).  Starting December 19, 2013, eligible customers will now be able to complete automatic user transitions for “cross-family” upgrades as well (i.e. Small Business to Midsize…


Can I filter my DHCP address assignment based on MAC addresses?

Rob Waggoner I received the following question today: Can I configure DHCP to give out a specific IP range for my iPhone and iPad users?  I don’t want them in the same IP range as my normal computers? Answer:  Yes!  Check out the following TechNet article.  It provides the step-by-step details on how to configure…


Sign up for the Free On-line Microsoft Virtualization Training Sponsored by Microsoft Virtual Academy Today!

Virtualization is hot.  Adding Hyper-V knowledge can help improve your career options. Sign up for the Microsoft Virtual Academy free online training on November 19 & 20, 2013 – then receive a voucher to take the new Microsoft virtualization certification exam.  Learn, try and take the exam to get certified on Microsoft virtualization. Get expert…

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Use Your Partner Advisory Hours to Win Sales!

Did you know your partner advisory hours can be used to access technical solution guidance? As a Microsoft Partner you can use your partner advisory hours to help build your skill set through Practice Accelerator offerings developed by Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) experts. Practice Accelerator is based on successful customer deployment experiences on the latest…


Highly Available Solutions for our SMB Customers – Cluster-in-a-box

Rob Waggoner Have you heard of our Cluster-in-a-box (CIB)?  Microsoft influenced the hardware manufacturers a while back to build a fully resilient piece of hardware at a more SMB friendly price.  I mentioned our Hyper-V Road shows here, we are actually using a white box version of the CIB as our demonstration platform at these…

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Delivering a Windows To Go Demo

Q: (from Jeff) So, I wanted to show a customer the Windows to Go.  They previously consolidated their enterprise on Open value in Windows XP, but have since upgraded to a mix of Vista Business and Windows 7 pro with OEM licensing.  I can’t seem to make one of the Windows to Go USB sticks…


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…


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…