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…


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…


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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Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure Portal Walkthrough

Tim Tetrick If you are new to Azure, this Azure Portal walkthrough will help you get familiar with how to create, configure, and monitor services within Azure.  We’ll also look at how to add co-admins, how to check your services usage and Open credits, and more. Be sure to check out our whole series of…

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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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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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New and updated Azure Infographics/Posters

Tim Tetrick Wanted to make everyone aware of a valuable resource that has just recently been updated.  They are Inforgraphics/Posters that cover the key messaging concepts for Azure, including Overview, Security, Scalability, Identity and Access, and Infrastructure Services. I would encourage you to utilize these for training yourself and your internal staff, as well as…

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Load Balancing in Microsoft Azure

  Jeff Stoffel During our TS2 Azure Boot Camp we discussed the benefits of an Availability Set.  We went into details on how our SLA states that you will have external connectivity at least 99.95% of the time when you have two or more instances deployed in the same Availability Set.  Today I would like…

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Best Practices for securing access to your Azure Virtual Machines

Tim Tetrick When using a public cloud service like Microsoft Azure, securing access to your Virtual Machines should be a primary security concern.  With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some best practices you can use to help reduce your exposure to attacks. Username/Password Hackers utilize brute force tools that try frequently…

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General availability of the two most requested features for Azure Virtual Network

Jeff Stoffel Multiple site-to-site and VNET-to-VNET connectivity At TechEd North America 2014, we announced the general availability of several new Azure features.  I’d like to highlight the general availability of the two most requested features for Azure Virtual Network: Multiple Site-to-Site VNET-to-VNET Connectivity First, Virtual Networks now supports more than one site-to-site connection.  So, you…

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Microsoft Azure IaaS Implementation Guidance

  During the last TechReady Conference  in Seattle I attended a session created and delivered by two Microsoft Premier Field Engineers  and one Technical Account Manager entitled  Azure IaaS: From Playground to Large Scale Deployment – Lessons learned from the Field.  The session objectives included: Know the challenges that can occur after implementation in Azure…


Azure Technical Training Webinars

Partners, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the following technical learning opportunity to help you prepare to sell and deploy on the Windows Azure Infrastructure.   The first 4 session recordings are available on-demand and the final 4 are being delivered in April.  I attended the first 4 and they are extremely useful…

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