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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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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