Hands on Training with top solutions in the Azure Marketplace

  I wanted to pass along an announcement that went out on the Microsoft US Partner Community Yammer network earlier this week as I think it needs reinforcement and additional exposure.   As Azure Training is a topic I am continuously asked about, I want to make certain you are all aware of these upcoming trainings…

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Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines

Protecting your customers servers, whether it is on-premises, physical, virtual or cloud is vital to making sure you keep your customers safe and secure.   A good friend of mine, Yuri Diogenes, just published a fantastic article on the Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines is a real-time protection capability that helps identify…

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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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Technical Webcasts Pubilshed for New Enhanced ASR (From VMWare)

  Josh Condie – With yesterday's announcement of the GA for Enhanced VMWare to Azure disaster recovery and migration via Azure Site Recovery (ASR), customers and partners can now replicate their physical servers and virtualized VMWare environment directly to the Azure cloud.  The details of this capability were just posted yesterday HERE. There are significant…

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Help Lead Your Customers to the Cloud with MPN Advisory Hours: Sample Scenarios

One of the most valuable resources you may have access to as part of your MPN benefits is:  Advisory Hours    This is one of the core benefits of being a MPN partner, and often times a underutilized benefit.   Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft Partner Network…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2

Welcome!  To close out the fantastic year of 2015, we are going to be doing a quick blog series on Windows Server 2012 R2.  The primary goal is to help you lead your customers to Modern IT with the powerful functionality built-in to Windows Server 2012 R2.  Not only can this provide a key component…

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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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Red Hat Coming Soon To A Microsoft Cloud Near You!

Partners what an exciting announcement today about support for Red Hat on Microsoft Azure.   Scott Guthrie just made the announcement today on the Microsoft Blog.   You can read the full post here: Microsoft and Red Hat partner to deliver more flexibility and choice In a nutshell here is what the announcement means for your customers…

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Office 365 Things You Need to Know: The Opportunity Behind Identity and Azure Active Directory Premium

One of the great technologies you can leverage with your Office 365 customers is the identity.  As you probably know behind every Office 365 tenant is Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD).  Which in itself is a fantastic benefit for your customers.  More importantly AAD provides you some great managed service opportunities to help you keep…

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Cloud for Tomorrow – our NEW SMB to-customer content portal for Azure

Just launched: an Azure portal specifically for SMBs: www.cloudfortomorrow.com This mobile-friendly site features articles, videos, whitepapers, webcasts, and more to provide SMBs with the information they need to move their business forward using the cloud.   It is scenario based content to help your customers understand some of the scenarios they could leverage in the cloud. …

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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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Showcase Azure Solutions with the Cloud Platform Immersion Sales Program

Cloud Platform Immersion Sales Program Partners, A lot of partners are familiar with using the Customer Immersion Experience (formerly MEC Demo) to showcase Office 365, but what about showcasing solutions on Azure and Microsoft’s Cloud Platform?  The Cloud Platform Immersion Sales Program is a great way for partners to showcase common Azure solutions and expand…

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Microsoft Technical Partner Readiness Resources

We are moving fast as a company and our technology is moving faster.  Technical readiness is vital to success for you and your business.   There are some excellent resources for you to view on the Partner Network.  Below you will find the main pages on some of our technologies.  If you want to find all…

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Microsoft a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites

I have some exciting news from Gartner about our EMS suite: “Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Visionary in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites, based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. This Magic Quadrant rates vendors on their ability to help organizations integrate mobile devices into their security frameworks…

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Azure in 5 Minutes: Customize the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal

In this brief screencast, I take you through the basics of customizing  the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal.  For more Azure videos take a look here: Azure.msts2.com  Matt HesterSr. Partner Technology Strategist

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Azure in 5 Minutes: A Quick Tour of the New Azure Portal

In this brief screencast, I take you through the basics of the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal.  For more Azure videos take a look here: Azure.msts2.com   Matt HesterSr. Partner Technology Strategist

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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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Recommended Reading — Consumption Economics: The New Rules of Tech

We are in an exciting and scary time in the IT industry! The cloud provides amazing possibilities that can help you provide fantastic solutions for you and your customers.  The cloud is also fundamentally changing on how the world of IT does business and how you do you business as well.  It is impacting the…

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Azure in 5 Minutes: Managing your customer accounts in Azure

Partners, Over the past 18 months I’ve been working closely with many partners that resell customer solutions on Azure.  One of the initial challenges partners face with Azure is how to properly setup and manage their customer accounts, ensuring the best possible management experience moving forward.  There are many variables to consider when setting up…

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