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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How to Build a Successful Cloud Practice

Tim Tetrick   As part of the strategy to help our partners create and accelerate their efforts to develop profitable and successful cloud practices, I wanted to highlight the following Cloud Practice Development Playbooks focused on: Cloud Infrastructure & Management Playbook Cloud Application Development Playbook Data Platform & Analytics Playbook Mobility & Security Playbook Microsoft…

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Center of Reseller Excellence for Microsoft CSP (CORE CSP)

Tim Tetrick     Hello Microsoft Partners, Welcome to CORE CSP With an abundance of content out there, it can be difficult to know where to find the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) resources you’re looking for. That’s why we’ve narrowed the focus. With CORE CSP, we’ve curated the best, most-focused resources and tools to help…

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Call Queues and Auto Attendant trainings updated for General Availability

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Partners, I hope everyone saw the news from last week that the Skype for Business Cloud PBX calling features Auto Attendant and Call Queues are now generally available.  These two features were previously available via Public Preview at www.skypepreview.com but have now been officially released.  You can read more in…

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Save the date: Microsoft Cloud Architect Boot Camp

Tim Tetrick     When: May 15-19, 2017Where: The Westin in Bellevue, WARegistration Fee: USD $1,800.00 per attendee   Hello Microsoft Partners, The Cloud Architect Boot Camp is the same high quality technical training that internal Microsoft architect roles attend, and it is only being extended to Microsoft partners. By attending this event, you’ll be…

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You're Invited: How to Build a Business Intelligence practice

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Partners, I am excited to extend an invitation to join an exclusive new JumpStart program designed to enhance your sales and technical skills with Microsoft technologies. Partners are raving about their participation in JumpStart programs to date: “Great way to jump start a new business line!”, “provided education and tools…

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Join us at SMB Live and build your Microsoft cloud practice

Tim Tetrick   This year’s SMB Live events, coming to 22 cities across the United States, include a day of new in-depth and hands-on marketing content, and a day of 200 & 300-level technical training to modernize your organization’s technical skills and marketing capabilities. You’ll leave SMB Live with the tools you need for cloud…

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Intune Deployment Planning, Design and Implementation Guide

Tim Tetrick   I wanted to highlight this great new Intune Deployment Guide that just recently released. A successful Intune deployment starts with having a good plan and design. The purpose of this guide is to step you through the process of developing a deployment plan, creating a design, onboarding Intune, and conducting a production…

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New OneDrive Admin Center Preview

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners, I hope everyone saw the recent announcement around the new OneDrive Admin Center Preview.  We’ve seen a lot of changes with OneDrive for Business over the past year, including many new features and capabilities for both end users and IT.  As usage continues to grow, our customers and…

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New Cloud PBX Auto Attendant (Preview) and Call Queues (Preview) Training

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners, I know many of you are excited about the new Cloud PBX service that is included in the Office 365 E5 plan and can be added on to existing E1 and E3 Plans.   Cloud PBX is Microsoft’s technology for enabling call control and PBX capabilities in the Office…

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New: Azure training to expand your skills

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners. Whether you are just getting started in your own business transformation, are looking to differentiate yourself as an expert, or are proficient in another cloud solution and are looking to explore ways to become a multi-cloud expert to address any customer need – these trainings will help you…

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Get Started with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials – 4 part series

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners, Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials will provide you with a highly differentiated and compelling pure cloud business management solution to add to your portfolio. Dynamics 365 for Financials delivers a natural upsell/cross-sell motion for Office 365, while also helping to drive increased consumption and high-value usage of Office…

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Join your regional November SMB Partner Insider call

Tim Tetrick   Join your local Microsoft US team for the SMB Partner Insider call this Friday, November 4, 2016. On these calls, you’ll get valuable, actionable information to help your Microsoft business grow. Presenters on these calls include the Microsoft Regional General Manager, and sales, technical, and marketing experts: Partner Sales Executives, Partner Channel…

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SMB JumpStart: Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS)

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners, Our new SMB JumpStart: Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) program kicks off on November 8 and you won’t want to miss this great opportunity designed to help your team comprehend, adopt, and deploy EMS based solutions to expand your business opportunities. Register now This five-week program is comprised…

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Partner Training and Enablement

Tim Tetrick   Plan ahead, and register for upcoming in-person and virtual partner training courses, webcasts, and community calls. The US Partner Community Hot Sheet schedule includes listings for October and November 2016, and is regularly updated as we learn about new offerings. Regardless of your role, our schedule includes opportunities for you to learn…

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Partner Technical Enablement Playbook (Updated!)

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Partners, Wanted to share with you the latest version of the Partner Technical Enablement Playbook for SMB Partners.  I know many of you have used this in the past and it was just recently updated to include the latest information and resources.  For those of you that aren’t familiar, the…

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I can’t connect to my Azure VM

Tim Tetrick   Last week I talked about How do I configure my security system with an Azure VPN as one of the most common Azure Support scenarios that we get.  Another big driver of Azure Support volumes is issues around not being able to connect to your VM running in Azure.  For Windows VMs,…

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How do I configure my security system with an Azure VPN?

Tim Tetrick   When setting up a hybrid cloud scenario with Azure, do you get stuck trying to configure your security system with an Azure VPN?  This is one of the most common Azure Support scenarios that we get.  I wanted to share with you this recommended approach with step-by-step guidance to help you plan…

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Azure RemoteApp update and options for delivering remote desktops and applications via Azure

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft SMB Partners, Wanted to make sure you saw the latest news today on Azure RemoteApp.  Microsoft announced in blog post today that Azure RemoteApp will be phased out over the next year.  New purchases of Azure RemoteApp will end as of October 1, 2016, although existing customers will continue to…

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Office 365 and SEC Rule 17a-4 requirements

Tim Tetrick   I’ve had several questions lately asking whether Office 365 and its archiving capabilities are able to meet SEC Rule 17a-4 requirements.  Many financial institutions such as banks and broker-dealer organizations are subject to Rule 17a-4, which is issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with respect to electronic data storage.  Rule…

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