Office 365 deployment & Usage Assets for SMBs Now Available

Jeff Stoffel We often focus on selling the benefits of Office 365 to our mutual customers however sometimes forget the activities that take place after the sale.  If is important to remember that a successful Office 365 rollout focuses on driving adoption and helping everyone understand the benefits of working in a new way. We…

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FREE Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! One of the excellent resources available to partners are the Practice Accelerator series of courses.  Normally they would consume some of your advisory hours allocated to you via Microsoft Action Pack subscription or your competencies.  I wanted to make you aware of an offer to attend the Office 365 Practice…

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Azure Training resources on the Microsoft Virtual Academy

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Following my post on the Office 365 courses on the Virtual Academy, wanted to make sure you were all aware of a similar offering for learning and using Microsoft Azure! Microsoft Azure These Microsoft Azure training courses cover key technical topics to help partners gain the knowledge they need to…

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Azure Virtual Networking Improvements

Rob Waggoner During our SMB Live Hands on Lab events, there was a lot of discussion around Virtual Networking with regard to Site-to-Site bandwidth and the number of Site-to-Site tunnels a Virtual Network can provide.  At the time, we only offered one level of service (other than ExpressRoute) when it came to Site-to-Site capabilities, but…

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Partner Technical Services webcasts for Azure and Office 365

Jeff Stoffel We have recently announced a new webcast series being presented by our Partner Technical Services team.  This is a great opportunity to refresh and deepen your knowledge around Microsoft cloud services. Partner Technical Services (PTS) provides Microsoft partners with services and assistance across the customer lifecycle. Through PTS, you can get on boarding…

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Azure Backup now backs up your Client OS’ as well

Rob Waggoner During my recent Hands on Lab events, we spent time setting up Azure Backup.  During these events, only Server OS’ (Server 2008 R2 + SP1 and above) were supported.  The common question during these events was “Can I backup my Client OS’ with Azure Backup?”.  During the events, the answer was no, but…

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Three Questions to Get to the Cloud with Office 365

Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Sellers, As you talk with your customers and prospects about moving to Office 365, here are three questions I would encourage you to incorporate into your discussions.  Working with customers and partners, we’ve found these three questions really resonating as some of the biggest value drivers for customers moving to Office…

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Azure Site Recovery without System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Rob Waggoner We just released the ability to leverage Azure Site Recovery without the System Center requirement.  Azure Site Recovery gives you the ability to send your Hyper-V Replica’s to Azure instead of another Hyper-V Server.  This gives you the ability to use Azure as your DR site!  I’ve talked a lot about Hyper-V Replica…

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New Azure Solution Accelerator – Azure Identity

Partners, This is the second Solution Accelerator focused on getting partners started on Azure.  In our first Solution Accelerator, we provide step-by-step guidance on setting up a Hybrid Cloud or extending your network to Azure.  The next logical step is to take advantage of managing identity in Azure and creating the identity bridge from Azure…

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New Azure Solution Accelerator – Hybrid Cloud

Partners, Getting started with Azure but don’t know where to begin?  I talk with partners everyday that are very interested in investing in building a practice around Azure but are a bit overwhelmed by the broad set of services offered on the Azure platform.  What we’ve discovered is the quickest way to Azure for partners…

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Cloud Support Options for Microsoft Partners

Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I wanted to take a moment to review the pre and post-sales support options that Microsoft Partners have available to them for use with Microsoft Cloud products. First, I want to talk about Partner Advisory Hours, which are a fantastic benefit available to Microsoft Partner Network members.  This benefit has…

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Training Spotlight: Special savings for holiday 2014 – Expires Dec 8th!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- The MPN Training team is helping you kick off 2015 with some great gifts of learning!  Here’s what Burke had to say! Practice tests Do you wish to study before you take your certification exam? Practice tests are a great way to gauge your knowledge and any gaps. The tests offer questions…

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Have you seen the new Microsoft Intune updates?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- With Microsoft Intune being available through Open, I seem to be getting more and more inquiries about it. When it originally launched we positioned as a way for partners to monitor their Windows PCs and standardize on a common Windows Desktop experience across users/customers. Over the years, it has transitioned and improved…

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Azure RMS is now available in Open License!!!

    Woody Walton   Azure RMS  (AZURE RIGHTS MANAGEMENT SERVICES) is now available through your distributor starting tomorrow!  This is good news for resellers!  Until now, only Azure credits were available through open license for consumption based compute resources like virtual machines, etc. Starting tomorrow we add Windows Azure RMS to the price list. …

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Azure IaaS for IT Pros Online Event–Partners should attend!

Technorati Tags: Woody Walton,Mark Russinovich,Rick Claus,Corey Sanders,Matt McSpirit,Simon May,Drew McDaniel,Azure,Microsoft Azure,Azure Training,Azure IaaS Training,Azure Virtual Machine,Azure Storage,Azure Networking,Microsoft Partner Azure Training,exam 70-533 Woody Walton     Tomorrow.  Yes tomorrow. That is when the training you have been coveting is landing (virtually) at a computer near you!  Microsoft Azure.  You have wanted to know more.  Now…

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager P2V

Rob Waggoner   Question:  Will P2V be added back to SCVMM 2012 R2? Answer: I doubt it.  We have a few free P2V tools.  Disk2vhd and the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter.  Here is an excerpt from the What's New in VMM in System Center 2012 R2 document http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn246490.aspx Discontinued support, in System Center 2012 R2,…

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Windows Server 2003 End of Life and your SMB Customers

  Jeff Stoffel As many of you are well aware, the End of Life for the Windows Server 2003 family of products is July 14, 2015. On this date, all support for Windows Server 2003, including R2, will cease. This is a great opportunity to support SMB customers in their migration to Windows Server 2012…

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Lync will become Skype for Business

  Jeff Stoffel On November 11, Microsoft announced that the best of Skype and Lync are coming together.  In the first half of 2015, Lync will become Skype for Business with the release of a new client, new server and updates to the service in Office 365.  It will bring the best of Skype and…

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Office 365 Video…A great opportunity for Partners!

Michael KophsPartner Technology Strategist Partners,Over the past few years I've worked closely with many of our great Office 365 partners in exploring ways they can provide value to their customers around SharePoint Online, the primary collaboration platform of Office 365.  We’ve built out strategies around file collaboration and management, project management, business process management with…

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Windows Server 2003 and Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance

Q: (from Frank) Please send me more information related to the risk clients running Windows Server 2003 will face regarding PCI compliance after July 2015.   A: I did a Bing search on “Windows Server 2003 PCI” and came across the following: Why you should get current: http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/8/D/D8D30224-9CE4-444F-AC06-7BAFCEADBC59/Windows_Server_2003_Why_You_Should_Get_Current_IDC_Whitepaper.pdf PCI Compliance Planning Guide: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18015 3rd party…

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