TechNet on Tour: What’s new with Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and OSS for Modern IT Pros

Todd Sweetser Hi Partners!  Wanted to make you aware of this upcoming in-person training delivered by the TechNet team.  This is open to all so if you have tech’s that could benefit from expanded knowledge on Azure Infrastructure Services be sure and have them attend! What’s new with Microsoft cloud infrastructure and OSS for modern…

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Upcoming Windows Server and SQL Server Webcast Series!

  Todd Sweetser Here are some upcoming webcasts occurring in February and March to help you stay on top of solutions and strategies around Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server!  These will cover topics including security, compliance, migration from VMWare, integration with Azure with SQL as well as for Backup and Disaster Recovery.  Be sure…

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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 Portal has gone General Availability (GA)

On Wednesday 12/2.2015 we announced the general availability of the Azure portal.  The portal improvements was focused on  usability, performance and reliability.  The Azure product group has really been focused on improving the quality and functionality of the Azure portal.   The portal has a lot of improvements and you can read the full compatibility  list…

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Update for Azure: Boot Diagnostics for Virtual Machines v2

We recently announced two debugging features: Console Output and Screenshot support for Azure Virtual Machines v2. When bringing your own image to Azure or even booting one of the platform images, there can be many reasons why a Virtual Machine gets into a non-bootable state. These features enable you to easily diagnose and recover your…

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Azure Taste Test extended through June!

Onur Dogruoz Partners –  Azure Taste Test offer now runs through June 30, 2015 and as you know, maximum payout per partner is increased to $1500. You must complete one-time registration by June 30th in order to participate. Don’t miss this great opportunity to “Taste Test” Azure while accelerating your Windows Server sales and get…

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How to Set up Billing Alerts in Azure using the Billing Alert Service Preview

Woody Walton Billing alerts!  This is important.  Recently I have heard of two situations where services shut down in Azure due to billing issues.  The first involved a customer who purchased credits through a reseller via Azure in Open (prepaid) and the credits ran out, the second when a partner tapped out his MPN Internal…

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PTS Offer: Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery webcast

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Here is a new offer from the Partner Technical Services team to assist with education around Azure Site Recovery – the Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery Webcast.  Details as follows: The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you enhance…

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Get More Azure To Taste, Improved Taste Test Offer You Can Earn Up To $1500!

We heard from partners that you wanted more Azure To Taste and We Listened!  The Azure Taste Test Offer has been improved!  Partners can now attach Azure on up to 15 WS deals… and earn up to $1,500. This is a 5x increase from the original $300 offer for attaching Azure to your Windows Server…

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Internal Use Rights for Enterprise Mobility Suite!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  My colleague Woody Walton recently blogged about the availability of EMS via OPEN here: It’s Official: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) hits Open License and Reseller Community Monday!) Now how can you get up to speed on this solution? Best way is to use it yourself! Starting now you have…

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Azure in 5 Minutes: Setting Partner of Record in an Azure Subscription

Todd Sweetser In this video I walk through the steps involved in setting up Partner of Record in an Azure subscription.  I also share information on how it is used today as well as how it will be used in the coming months. Also see my recent blog post in this topic as well: Microsoft…

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Microsoft Azure and Partner of Record

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some of you may have noticed that there is a new setting in your customers’ Microsoft Azure account subscription settings, notably titled “Partner Information” as shown below: This is indeed where you can now set your firm as Partner of Record on each subscription.  After selecting item above you will…

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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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Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Capitalize on the Opportunity!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  The cloud marks an unprecedented shift in the way we deliver solutions to customers. This shift also marks a need to rethink the partner business model, in order to build a sustainable business. But how? That is the pressing question top of mind for many of our partners. How do…

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Monthly Office Hours covering Microsoft Online Services Advisor Web-Direct and Deploy Incentives!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Wanted to make you aware of a resource that could help answer some questions you may have on incentives around Office 365 and Azure.  This was posted by Diane Golshan on the US Partner Community Blog but thought it deserved repeating here…. On the first Thursday of each month, starting…

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LABs on Azure, a great Partner training resource

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Came across this Azure training resource that has been made available to our partner community.  It is called Labs on Azure.  Here are some details and how you can utilize from link above! What is it? Partners are always in need of development, test, and demo systems that can be…

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Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers!  Wanted to make sure all were aware of the current SMB Advantage program in place, see info below! Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage! The SMB Advantage offers are valid from September 2, 2014 – November 30, 2014. The offers allow you to claim partner subsidy funds on…

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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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Complete Microsoft Azure Session list for WPC

  Woody Walton WPC attendees,  By now I hope you have been perusing the session list at www.digitalwpc.com or better yet, you have built out a schedule on the WPC connect session scheduler! I have always found the “session track”  or “competency” grouping method for conference breakouts to be contrary to my line of thinking. …

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Managing billing and saving money with the new Azure Portal

Woody Walton Some of the most common questions we get from partners around azure relate to pricing and accurate forecasting of expenditures related to consumption of Azure services. As we all endeavor to acquaint ourselves with the world of consumption based billing I thought I would share a short Azure Friday video that demonstrates how…

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