Using the Azure Pricing Calculator to price out a simple VM based solution

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners! I recently recorded a quick video that walks through using the Azure Pricing Calculator to price out a simple virtual machine based solution, and thought I would share it here as well.  If you’re not yet familiar with the Azure Pricing Calculator, this will provide a quick overview…

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Catch the February Insider Call on Wednesday!

Todd Sweetser Catch the February Insider Call on Wednesday! Join the Microsoft US team for the February SMB Partner Insider call on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 where you’ll get valuable, actionable information to help your Microsoft business grow. When: February 7, 2018 Time: 10:00 AM PT Register at: http://aka.ms/InsiderCall The February agenda will cover: Insider…

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Azure Active Directory (AD) Domain Services now available for Azure Cloud Solution Providers!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Wanted to make all aware of the availability of Azure Active Directory (AD) Domain Services being available now for Azure Cloud Solution Providers (CSP!)  Here is some info from recent documentation update: Overview of Azure CSP Azure CSP is a program for Microsoft Partners and provides a license channel for…

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2018 Microsoft Azure Community Study Groups

Interested in earning your Microsoft Azure MCSA, MCSD, or MCSE Certification? Need to study in a way that compliments your busy schedule? The Microsoft Azure Community Study Group is what you’ve been looking for! Microsoft is hosting a community-based study group that helps you prepare for the Microsoft Azure Certification exams. Each study groups lasts…

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Looking for Azure IaaS Presales Consultation assistance?

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Working on an Azure deal? Receive technical guidance as you pitch and close Azure deals during this one-on-one consultation. Get assistance with cost estimates, POC/value proposition as well as architecture planning and design​, helping you to propose the right solution and mitigate potential issues. During the technical consultation with a…

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Azure Stack Resources and Training

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners! I am hearing a lot of excitement from partners about the opportunity that Azure Stack represents, and many partners are looking for training and resources to help them get started.  I wanted to share some of those items with you here. A new Azure Stack e-book was released…

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Benefits of Moving to the Cloud for State and Local Governments

WebinarThe Benefits of Moving to the Cloud for State and Local Governments State and Local Governments are under more and more pressure to innovate. With budgets tight and security concerns rampant, IT leaders and implementers at State and Local Governments are expected to find solutions and make that innovation possible. The key is digital transformation,…

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I have Azure VM performance issues, what do I do?

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Partners! I recently came across this guidance from the Azure Support team on how to address Azure VM performance issues.  This is one of the most common issues that Support deals with so wanted to share the guidance with you. Step 1: Start with the fundamentals Make sure you are…

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Windows Server CALs in a Hybrid Azure Environment

Q: (from Brian) I am working on a quote for a client where we will have an Azure server running their Active Directory and one running their file server. We are also looking at adding a physical server in their office to sync the AD with Azure and also doing some local file storage (one…

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IP Staircase – Virtual Workshop Series!

More revenue, higher margins Partners selling Packaged IP see Gross Margins of upwards of 65%*. Partner own IP is pivotal both to satisfying customer demand in the Cloud and making money for your company. In this 4-week Virtual Workshop series, we will introduce you to the fast track framework for cost-effectively creating your own packaged…

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Get hands-on with the Microsoft Cloud

Tim Tetrick   Take free instructor-led classes Learn from experts with live, hands-on training and practice with your peers.  Classes include…   Getting Hands-on with Microsoft Azure Backup, Archive and Disaster RecoveryDuration: 2.5 hours Learn through extensive hands-on labs how to protect your data and applications using Backup, Archive and Disaster Recovery in Azure.  …

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Instant File Recovery from Azure VM backups is now generally available

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  Wanted to pass along this highly requested capability that has been added to Azure VM Backup.  This info is from the Azure blog: Instant File Recovery from Azure VM backups is now generally available… We are excited to announce that Instant recovery of files and folders from Azure VM backups…

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Develop a new Cloud solution – Step-by-step guidance at your pace

  Are you interested in Azure and EMS, but aren’t sure where to start? Check out the new SMB JumpStart series now available on-demand. These series walk you through key workloads and show you how to get started, with demos and step-by-step assignments. Start today and progress through the content on your schedule! We have…

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Some new Microsoft Azure resources for partners!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  Wanted to pass along some new resources and tools that are available to assist you in positioning, selling and driving consumption of Microsoft Azure. First is the new Microsoft Azure Overview site which is housed on the partner C+E portal.  This is designed to be a one-stop shop for partners…

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Register today for re-BUILD 2017 Roadshow

We have been talking quite a bit about hosting Linux on Azure.  It certainly was a discussion point at every SMB Live I presented at.  Key point is it’s a new age, a new era, where Microsoft loves Linux and is leading the Open Source revolution.  Microsoft’s Build conference is the developer event of the…

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Public preview of Azure Site Recovery (DR) for Azure IaaS virtual machines is available!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  I am very excited to let you know that the ability to provide disaster recovery services using ASR (Azure Site Recovery) for your servers running in Azure as virtual machines is now available in preview!  This is an ask we have heard many times and is a welcome addition to…

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Azure Hybrid Use Benefit Guidance Document Now Available

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners! By now, I’m sure that you have heard us talk about the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.  If you have not take a look here. Many of our partners have been looking for some guidance around how to leverage this functionality, especially now that it is available in the portal and doesn’t…

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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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Join your regional April SMB Partner Insider call this Friday, April 7

Garrett Bundy   Hello Partners! It’s time for the April US SMB Partner Insider call. Join your local Microsoft US team for the SMB Partner Insider call this Friday, April 7, 2017. You’ll get valuable, actionable information to help your Microsoft business grow. Presenters on these calls include the Microsoft Regional General Manager, Partner Sales…

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Azure Marketing Workshop for Partners

Jeff Stoffel   I am always amazed at the quantity and quality of learning opportunities we make available for partners.  I realize that marketing Microsoft Azure to our SMB customers can be challenging.  Sometime we all need a little guidance to determine the best approach.    Now there’s help!  Registration is open again for the…

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