Microsoft Partner Azure IUR SkyKick Cloud Backup Offer

While we are on the subject of Free (see my post from earlier today), I wanted to make certain each and every partner selling (and using) Office 365 is taking advantage of this offer. As the above banner states, Microsoft MPN and our friends over at SkyKick have teamed up to provide you with this…

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FREE Partner Online Technical Trainings until March 31, 2016

As we are on the cusp if the new year, I thought it would be a good idea to inform the Microsoft Partnersphere of  technical training resources that usually require Partner Advisory Hours (a finite MPN Network Benefit), but are free for the next 90 days! The Intention is to “Boost partner transformation to the…

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Skype for Business Online Licensing Resource

Todd Sweetser With all of the recent updates to Skype for Business Online there may be many questions about how it is licensed and what capabilities can be utilized based on what SKU was purchased.  I recently found this new resource that can help clear much of this information up. The page is titled “Skype…

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Updated Azure Virtual Networking documentation

Rob Waggoner We updated our documentation on the VPN devices supported in Azure and I wanted to share the new link and some of the details.  The updated list of devices is here now, and I will try to update my documentation going forward.   As the article states, we have moved away from the “Static”…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit

Tim Tetrick During this series, Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2, we’ve learned about some of the great capabilities and benefits of getting your customers to modern with Windows Server 2012 R2.  Once you’re ready to start migrating your customers, I want to make sure you’re taking advantage of a…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Windows Clustering

Rob Waggoner When we talk about Windows Clustering, we are always talking about the need for High Availability.  Clustering is the way we achieve High Availability in the event of a hardware failure of one of your servers.  Clustering ensures that your roles or workloads fail over to another node so users can continue to…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Software Assurance Benefits

J.J. Antequino ———————————- When configuring or upgrading server hardware for customers, I often have conversations with partners about the value of selling a new Windows Server license under a Volume Licensing agreement as opposed to buying one pre-installed or even installing an older version [gasp!]. Partners definitely see the benefits to Volume Licensing such as…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Supporting Remote Offices

When this series was initially proposed, my thoughts immediately moved to “what have we not heard about” or at least not too much about? There are so many positive aspects of Windows Server that we dwell on, I wanted to pick something we don’t hear enough about: Distributed File System and BranchCache Although these are…

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How to Enable Skype For Business Broadcast Meetings

  Garrett Bundy Hello Partners.  A recent announcement was made that Skype for Business Broadcast meetings are now available for use if you have an Office 365 tenant, with E1, E3, E5 or Skype for Business Online Plan 2.  Skype Meeting Broadcast enables licensed Office 365 users to produce and broadcast a Skype for Business…

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Help Lead Your Customers to the Cloud with MPN Advisory Hours: Sample Scenarios

One of the most valuable resources you may have access to as part of your MPN benefits is:  Advisory Hours    This is one of the core benefits of being a MPN partner, and often times a underutilized benefit.   Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft Partner Network…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: The Essentials Experience Role Step-By-Step

In Windows Server 2012 we introduced a new version called Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition.  The Essentials server is very flexible and easy-to-use.  This was a server solution that was primarily designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices.  This provided a great first server for many customers, as…

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Azure Site Recovery (ASR) for VMware based solutions.

Rob Waggoner Question: (from Joe) Do you have any documentation on how to set up Azure Site Recovery (ASR) for VMware based VM’s? Answer: Yes, we have some great documentation right here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/site-recovery-vmware-to-azure/  I used this documentation to setup ASR for VMware based VMs and I had it happily replicating by the next day. ASR…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Minimal vs Core install (and what is this Nano thing?)

Todd Sweetser Everyone is familiar with the traditional install of Windows Server 2012r2.  Many are not familiar with some of the other options at install time that can assist with limited hardware resources or requirements around security, limiting the amount of overall exposure from outside. How can this be accomplished?  By using other Windows Server…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Storage Spaces

Woody Walton I know this little gem is not getting enough play with many partners and SMB customers; Storage Spaces.   We talked a lot about it when it was initially released with Windows Server 2012, and then again when we updated it and added functionality in the R2 release, but I am still amazed at…

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Missed the December 4th US SMB Partner Insider Call? We’ve got you covered!

Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Did you happen to miss the December 4th US SMB Partner Insider Call?  Well no worries – we’ve got you covered!  All the regional calls are available on demand as well as the presentations located on the SMB Partner Center. Be sure to register for your regional January 8th US SMB…

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FindTime Helps You Save Time When Scheduling Meetings

  Garrett Bundy Hello Partners – Garrett Bundy here the newest TS2 Team member with my first blog post! I wanted to share with you an exciting application that Microsoft has just released from the Microsoft Garage.  The application is called FindTime and it is a true time saver when it comes to scheduling meetings…

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Delegate Meeting Scheduling in Skype for Business

Q: (from Mitch) Skype Meeting Delegation: Currently we have some users that schedule meetings for others. (ie: CEO’s assistant, Sales team assistant…) These users are already delegates on office365 and can schedule regular meetings on their people’s calendars. But when the user tries to schedule a Skype meeting, they see this image below:   A:…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Time to Upgrade

Jeff Stoffel Do you still have customers that haven’t made the jump to Windows Server 2012 R2?  If so, now it the time to help them move to the latest version of Windows Server.  Depending on what you are running now, you have lots of options to get there. Installation If you want to move…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Series Introduction

  Long Tran Ah December and the holidays, so this month we decided to bring you a gift of from the past, present and help you and your customers to the future.  That is the gift of Windows Server 2012 R2.  While we talk about the public cloud technologies, and that is where Modern IT…

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