Instant File Recovery from Azure VM backups is now generally available

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  Wanted to pass along this highly requested capability that has been added to Azure VM Backup.  This info is from the Azure blog: Instant File Recovery from Azure VM backups is now generally available… We are excited to announce that Instant recovery of files and folders from Azure VM backups…

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Develop a new Cloud solution - Step-by-step guidance at your own pace!

Are you interested in Azure, EMS, and Office 365 but aren’t sure where to start? Check out the new SMB JumpStart series now available on-demand. These series walk you through key workloads and show you how to get started, with demos and step-by-step assignments. Start today and progress through the content on your schedule! We…

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Forms in Preview for Office 365 Commercial Customers

  Garrett Bundy For quite some time now our Education customers have had access to the service called Forms. Forms allows you to create surveys, polls and quizzes that can collect data from both internal employees as well as external customers and vendors. We are pleased to announce that this functionality is now available, in…

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Develop a new Cloud solution - Step-by-step guidance at your pace

  Are you interested in Azure and EMS, but aren’t sure where to start? Check out the new SMB JumpStart series now available on-demand. These series walk you through key workloads and show you how to get started, with demos and step-by-step assignments. Start today and progress through the content on your schedule! We have…

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Some new Microsoft Azure resources for partners!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  Wanted to pass along some new resources and tools that are available to assist you in positioning, selling and driving consumption of Microsoft Azure. First is the new Microsoft Azure Overview site which is housed on the partner C+E portal.  This is designed to be a one-stop shop for partners…

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Exchange Online Backup & Recovery

Q: (from Megan) It’s my understanding that there is no way to restore an Exchange Online mailbox back to a certain point in time natively in Office 365 and that you would need a third party tool for this.  Is that correct?   A: Exchange natively is set for 14 day retention for deleted items….

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Register today for re-BUILD 2017 Roadshow

We have been talking quite a bit about hosting Linux on Azure.  It certainly was a discussion point at every SMB Live I presented at.  Key point is it’s a new age, a new era, where Microsoft loves Linux and is leading the Open Source revolution.  Microsoft’s Build conference is the developer event of the…

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Check it Out: Azure Roadmap with a new look!

We just recently announced that the new Azure Roadmap experience now live.  One of the key new features is the Azure Roadmap is now connected with Azure feedback, to enable you and your customers to see how their feedback influences the Azure Roadmap.  This encourages you to suggest new capabilities, vote on what others have…

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Public preview of Azure Site Recovery (DR) for Azure IaaS virtual machines is available!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  I am very excited to let you know that the ability to provide disaster recovery services using ASR (Azure Site Recovery) for your servers running in Azure as virtual machines is now available in preview!  This is an ask we have heard many times and is a welcome addition to…

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Join your regional June SMB Partner Insider call Friday, June 2

Garrett Bundy   Hello Partners! Join your local Microsoft US team for the SMB Partner Insider call Friday, June 2, 2017. This is the last call of the fiscal year. You’ll get valuable, actionable information to help your Microsoft business grow. Presenters on these calls include the Microsoft Regional General Manager, Partner Sales Executives, Partner…

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Webinar - Incident Response: Getting The Upper Hand in the Cybercrime Fight

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners! With the recent incidents that have occurred, now is a perfect time to talk about cybercrime prevention. Hear examples of how Microsoft Incident Response team are engaging with real customers (anonymity maintained) experiencing cyberattacks.  This could be helpful in your discussions with customers going forward! By now most firms assume…

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Improving Office 365 Performance

Here is a great collection of resources to help tune Office 365 performance : Tune Office 365 performance  There is a MVA course as well as other great articles to help Office 365 run at its best!  Enjoy! Matt Hester Sr. Partner Technology Strategist

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The Periodic Table of Office 365

Good afternoon everyone,  I recently read a great article by Matt Wade, where he did an Everyday Intro Office 365.  It is a great little article.  I loved the one line from his article here: The most important thing is, no, O365 isn’t just Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook in your browser. That’s like saying…

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Azure Hybrid Use Benefit Guidance Document Now Available

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners! By now, I’m sure that you have heard us talk about the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.  If you have not take a look here. Many of our partners have been looking for some guidance around how to leverage this functionality, especially now that it is available in the portal and doesn’t…

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Azure Hybrid Use Benefit now available directly in the Azure Management Portal

Tim Tetrick   In case you missed the news from a couple weeks back, I wanted to highlight the fact that you can now activate your Azure Hybrid Use Benefit directly in the Azure Management Portal.  If you’re not already familiar with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit, it is a fantastic benefit that helps you get…

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Office 365 ROI Tool

Q: (from Neal) Hello. I hope all is well. I am trying to find, what I recall as being, an Excel workbook that helped partners calculate a customers ROI for Office 365. I know MS has an  online calculator that is highly simplified, but I need something a bit  more detailed. Are you aware of…

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Introducing OneDrive Files On-Demand

Jeff Stoffel   As expected many exciting announcements were made at Build 2017.  I am particularly excited by Joe Belfiore announcement that the new OneDrive Files On-Demand feature will be delivered with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.  With Files On-Demand, you can access all your files in the cloud without having to download them…

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Can I change my onmicrosoft.com domain name?

Q: (from Janelle) Reaching out to you guys to find out if you know for sure if I can or cannot change a client’s onmicrosoft.com initial tenant domain. We have a client whose initial tenant domain is spelled wrong….wasn’t a problem until now because they’re starting to use more features like sharepoint.  yyyyyy.onmicrosoft.com…should be zzzzzz.onmicrosoft.com…

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New SMB JumpStart Series Now Available for Registration

Woody Walton   Partners, You may have seen our previous post by my peer, Jeff Stoffel, titled Registration is open! Four new SMB JumpStart virtual workshops starting soon. The TS2 Team has been running these with great success thus far and we want to make certain you do not miss out! There are 2 new…

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Support for Access Web Apps in SharePoint Online Going Away

Q: (from Megan) Is there a good Microsoft resource with more information on the removal of Access Services from SharePoint Online?  My understanding is that no new Access apps can be created, but I’m trying to confirm whether or not my client that houses their tables in SharePoint Online and accesses them via Access 2016…

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