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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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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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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Partner Online Technical Training Available at No Cost

Jeff Stoffel   Where do I go to get more information or training on __________ (fill in the blank) is one of the more common questions I hear from partners.  For this reason I always like to highlight upcoming technical training opportunities.  Below is list of upcoming technical trainings designed to boost transformation to the…

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How Do You Build a New Business Practice?

Recently Microsoft employees like me have been focusing on helping partners adopt new technologies that they can weave into their business solutions. A decade ago it was embracing being a managed service provider; five years ago it was leveraging Office 365 (OK it was called BPOS, but you know what I mean) and today it’s…

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Azure Virtual Machine JumpStart

In line with the Hybrid Identity and Enterprise Mobility + Security JumpStarts held in the fourth quarter last year, we are kicking off January with a NEW JumpStart: Learn Azure Virtual Machines with SMB JumpStart Are you interested in Azure, but you aren’t sure where to start? Our new SMB JumpStart: Azure Virtual Machines program…

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Join your regional January SMB Partner Insider call this Friday, January 6th

Jeff Stoffel   Happy New Year everyone! Kick off the New Year with a BANG! Join your local Microsoft US team for the SMB Partner Insider call Friday, January 6, 2017. 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,…

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Announcing the Demystifying SMB Office Mix Series

Jeff Stoffel   The pace at which change impacts us is faster than ever before. To compound this, we operate in a highly complex, multi-channel business where simplification and speed to understanding are paramount. Across the dimensions of numerous licensing models, a broad catalog of products and services, multiple partner business models, and the nuance…

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Project LeadGen–Pricing and Designing Azure Solutions

Garrett Bundy     Hello Partners! Ok I’ll admit this one is a bit of a selfish plug .  If you haven’t heard of Project Lead Gen, then you are truly missing out on some amazing content.  I know we have talked about it during multiple SMB live events, and if you have been to…

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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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So you want to build an Azure Practice: MPN and Cloud Platform Competency

  Let’s start at the very beginning of the Azure journey. For those who are not part of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) yet, you’ll want to do that first.  Details are below to get that step completed. THEN, it’s time to think about obtaining the MPN competency attached to Azure, Cloud Platform. Achieving 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 Shortcuts and Quick Reference at your Fingertips.

Okay, so who knows everything about Azure?  If you raised your hand and you are not Mark Russinovich, the CTO of Microsoft Azure, I doubt you should have.  Most folks don’t realize just how much they don’t know about Azure, myself included.  One the best things about the Azure platform is that is constantly evolving…

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SMB Live is back! Register today for a session near you.

Jeff Stoffel   Microsoft’s SMB Live Roadshow is back featuring two one-day Microsoft Cloud training events for Cloud Solution Providers and Microsoft Partners. Below you can select which event(s) best fit your business needs, find a city near you (21 available), and register today! (Day 1) Microsoft SMB Live: Differentiate Your Cloud Practice for Increased…

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Check out the FREE partner online technical trainings – some starting today!

Jeff Stoffel   I know many of you, like me, enjoy the opportunity to grow your skills with technical training.  And what’s even better, FREE technical training!  Boost your partner transformation to the cloud with technical training designed to help you win more deals, accelerate deployment and increase consumption – available at NO COST! Here’s…

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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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