How to use MPN Support Incident benefits to open Azure support tickets

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  For many partners getting started on the Azure platform, getting access to technical support can be very important.  Azure has many facets and capabilities, with that the need to work with a qualified technician that understands the platform, (and more important, a specific area such as Virtual Machines or Azure…

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Recommended Telephony Devices for Skype for Business

The launch of the E5 suite of Office 365 and the PSTN calling functionality being built-in to Microsoft solutions has generated a lot of excitement.   Our customers excited about all the new capabilities, but more importantly I am hearing from all our partners about the new solutions they are able to offer their customers.  It…

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US IAMCP Certification Voucher Program

Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, I’m excited to tell you about a great new offer for IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners) members to get a free test voucher for Microsoft certification exams! The IAMCP has negotiated a special program with the Microsoft Partner Network to help you get the training and achieve the…

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Partner Technical Enablement Playbook

Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, Wanted to share with you what I hope will be a great resource for you and your teams.  The Technical Enablement Playbook was created with the idea of developing a “playbook” of the common “partner technical enablement” best practices that my TS2 colleagues and I guide our partners through every…

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Get Prepared for Microsoft Azure Solutions Certifications

Onur Dogruoz In his recent blog post, Keith Mayer shared a comprehensive early study guide for the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam. Since these Azure certifications are considerably new, it’s harder to find study guides and Keith did an excellent job to put all these resources together in a checklist format. You can access…

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Activating your Azure Internal Use Rights benefit

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of this recently posted video that covers the steps on how to set up your Azure Internal Use Rights (IUR) benefit.  Note that Action Pack subscribers and competency partners earn a US$100 credit per month, per tenant.  This allows you to start getting your hands…

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Microsoft Ahead of the Game Technical Series Roadshow Coming to a City near you!

  Todd Sweetser Microsoft technical training is coming to a city near you. Register now to join us for the Ahead of the Game Technical Series event … space is limited. The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a 2 day hands-on training event for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with or without existing…

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Up to Speed with Windows Server 2012

Josh Condie – It’s been a couple of weeks, but these resources are nice ones.  Windows Server 2012 R2 is not just a Service Pack roll-up.  There is significant enhancement and much that is brand new in the areas of virtualization, storage and much more.  This eBook is a great place to start to receive…

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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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Updated “Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses” training available!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!   Some of you may recall some excellent training that was available to help in your preparation for Office 365 Certification testing that is under the name of Office 365 for SMB Jump Start and is available on TechNet.  This training regimen has been updated to the current Office 365…

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Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition); and More Win 8 Technical Training for Partners

Josh Condie – We’re happy to announce that we have released the final version of this free ebook.       FREE DOWNLOAD FORMATS: PDF Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals – PDF ebook Mobi Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle ePub Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for…

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Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions (week starting November 5th)

Josh Condie – Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting. Practice Accelerator enables you to identify customer requirements, analyze their needs, scope projects,…

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Free Window 8 Jump Start Course - Developing Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS & JavaScript – Oct. 10th and 11th

Josh Condie – Jump Start online courses are specifically tailored for experienced IT pros whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map…

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US Partner Skills Development update and resources

By Ron Grattopp ….Just wanted to update you on Microsoft Partner readiness opportunities and resources.  I’m hoping most of you are already familiar with these tools and resources and are using them to your best advantage, but it’s always good to do a refresh.   Here are three primary resources that are available and pertinent to…

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Small Business Competency: Vouchers for Exam 74-324

Josh Condie – In continuing the theme of the blog entry that my friend and colleague Steve Deming posted about 3 weeks back (8/8/12), Microsoft is now making free exam vouchers available for individuals who were unable to pass exam 74-323.  The voucher is for the new exam: 74-324. Steve’s post:  Small Business Competency Exam…

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Microsoft Sales Specialist–Update–Partner Sales Skills Excellence

  B   V  A   Welcome to the all-new: Partner Sales Skills Excellence Program Your Microsoft Partner Network training is about to get even easier. With the growing success of the current Microsoft Sales Specialist program (over 55,000 accreditations and counting), we’ve decided to consolidate and simplify all of the sales partner training programs under…

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Practice Accelerator Sessions – Starting August 13th

  Josh Condie – Below is the schedule for all of the upcoming Practice Accelerator sessions scheduled for next 3 months.  The cost to attend a Practice Accelerator session is now only five Partner Advisory Hours!  A high-value training offering that can help your business expand across the Microsoft Platform. A few things to note:…

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Save the Date: “Office 365 for Small Business” Jump Start August 29-30th

    Josh Condie – Microsoft is creating a new exam, 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Business. This exam will be based on a training course specifically designed to meet the needs of partners administering Office 365 for small business customers. In summary, if you’re seeking Small Business competency attainment, you should complete all…

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More Ways to Stay Current with Partner Training Opportunities

Josh Condie – Last week I posted an overview of the new Partner Learning Tool – a great resource to sharpen your technical and sales skills, across product lines, online and for free.  This caught the attention of our internal U.S. Partner Learning Team, who are also in the process of promoting the many learning…

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Great Resource–MPN Partner Learning Plan Tool

Josh Condie – In my many interactions with our SMB partner community throughout the year, I often come away with requests to assemble and consolidate targeted training resources for partners looking to start a new practice or update old skillsets in preparation for a new product release.  Until recently, this almost always entailed scouring Technet,…

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