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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Azure in 5 Minutes: Backup and Restore your entire Azure IaaS Virtual Machine!

In March of 2015, Azure Backup added support for backing up entire Virtual Machines from the Azure Admin Portal.  Azure VM backup is a feature of Azure Backup and is initiated in the “Recovery Services” section of your Azure Admin Portal.  Watch the following video to see how easy it is to backup and restore…

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Start a $100/$300 Azure customer POC with the Azure Taste Test offer!

Partners, As a follow-up to my colleague, J.J. Antequino’s blog a few weeks ago, introducing the Azure Test Test offer, I wanted to share with you a quick (3 mins) video on how to take advantage of the Azure Taste Taste offer today! Here is a link to the presentation deck, which includes instructions on…

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Azure in 5 Minutes: Configuring Azure Backup

Onur Dogruoz In this video, I will walk you through the setup and configuration of Azure backup vault and backup schedules on Windows Server. You will see how easy it is to get your data protected with Azure. Be sure to check out our whole series of “Azure in 5 Minutes” blogs and videos at…

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Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure Active Directory Application Integration

Partners, Watch a demo of how to add an application integration to your user accounts in Azure Active Directory.  Give users one web portal to access ALL of their SaaS applications, whether they are on their laptop, tablet or phone!  Your users may be using several SaaS solutions, but will only have to remember one…

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Azure in 5 Minutes: Cloud App Discovery

Partners, Watch a quick demo of setting up Azure Cloud Application Discovery, an Azure service (currently in Preview) that provides insight into the SaaS solutions being used in an organization.  Use Cloud App Discovery to determine which SaaS applications are being used in your customer’s environment and how often they are being accessed.  Impress your…

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New Solution Accelerator: Azure Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Partners, I am pleased to announce the availability of a new Azure Solution Accelerator – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR)! Solution Accelerators are technical documents that offer in-depth, step-by-step guidance on implementing Microsoft solutions. The third in an ongoing series, this solution accelerator focuses on providing guidance in developing a business continuity and disaster…

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Azure Cloud App Discovery

Michael KophsPartner Technology Strategist Partners, A few weeks ago, I blogged about the brand new Azure Identity Management Solution Accelerator, which provides detailed guidance on how to integrate your on-premises Active Directory with Azure Active Directory (AAD).  Why integrate Azure AD with on-premises AD?  In short, this integration allows users to use their on-premises Active…

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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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Have you used your Partner Advisory Hours to get up to speed on Azure?

Michael KophsPartner Technology Strategist Cloud Partners, Did you know that with your Microsoft partnership comes Partner Advisory Hours benefits that can assist you with building out your Azure practice?  Just call 800-MPNSOLVE, give them your Partner ID and you will be directed to a subject matter expert that will provide technical guidance on your area…


New Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool!

Partners, Need help moving on-premises server workloads to Azure VMs?  I’ve been talking to partners about building their business around Azure, specifically Azure IaaS, for over a year now and I consistently hear that partners need help in determining what size VM their on-premises workload would require on Azure.  I am delighted to share with…

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Backup Dynamics GP to Azure Blob Storage

Partners, As a follow up to my last blog post Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure I want to let you know about an exciting new update to Dynamics GP 2013 R2 that allows for GP to be easily backed up to Azure Blob Storage!  Whether you are offering Dynamics GP as an RDS…

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Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure

Partners, If you’ve contacted Microsoft requesting guidance on building a successful Azure practice, chances are you’ve received the following messaging:  Azure is a platform on which partners can design and offer their own solutions or packaged offerings.  Partners can leverage Azure’s Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service offerings as the foundation for…

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Azure will be available via Open Licensing

Partners, Last week Microsoft announced the addition of Azure to Open Licensing, scheduled to be available on August 1st. Microsoft is committed to providing resellers, like you, with new opportunities to create flexible, affordable and comprehensive solutions for their customers.  Over the past 6 months I’ve spoken with many partners looking for a simpler way…

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TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camp Links

Partners, As you may know from previous posts, we are hosting the TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camps throughout the month of May, starting today in Bellevue, WA!  Throughout the Boot Camp series, we’ll be referencing several important Azure links that provide guidance in specific areas.  This list will certainly grow throughout the month, so be…

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TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camp in a city near you – Register today!!!

Partners, Are you ready to learn how to cloud optimize your business with Microsoft Azure! Please join us for a daylong event with our Microsoft TS2 team where we will demonstrate how to build a successful Microsoft Azure cloud practice in SMB.  Space is limited and it will fill quickly.  Please sign up today! Microsoft…

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Expand Your SMB Practice with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is one of the fastest growing Microsoft products in SMB. If you are new to Azure, now is the time to get started and get ahead of the competition … especially with Azure in Open licensing becoming available starting in August! Just launched! Everything you need from A to Z can be found…


Upcoming Cloud 1-2-3 webinar on Azure

Partners, Are you interested in learning more about Microsoft’s exciting Azure service and all of the recent new additions?  In case you weren’t aware, you can now provision hosted VM’s, host websites, easily add blob storage, provide online backups for your Windows Servers and much more!  What are your options as a partner to learn…