Azure Virtual Machines – Stopping versus Stopping (Deallocating)

  In the Small and Medium size business environment you often hear of the concept of saving consumption expenses by stopping virtual machines not in use.  While this is not a concept I fully agree with being an old enterprise IT person; it certainly has it virtues in situations such as non-production or seasonal computing. …

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Azure Essentials Web Series – Prescriptive technical & business guidance to jump start your Azure practice

We have an upcoming new web series starting on Thursday, September 4, that every SMB cloud partner will find of interest. The Azure Essentials Web Series is designed to provide business and technical knowledge needed to ramp your SMB Azure practice quickly. Our first two webcasts are on September 4 (“The 4 Fastest Solution Paths…

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Creating Virtual Machines Using Hyper-V

  As I walk through creating Hyper-V virtual machines I wanted to share with you some interesting points I learned from the Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 Training Guide written by Mitch Tulloch that may save you a call to the Help Desk or at least you won’t have to miss your kid’s…

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Migrating from VMWare to Hyper-V

I am often asked about tools that will help migrate VMWare virtual machines to Hyper-V.  There are a lot of options to choose from these days.  Let me give you just a few with links so you can research and decide for yourself. Double-Take MOVE – This is a third party product from Vision Solutions. …

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Web Site and Azure – Many Ways to Host

  During the Azure Boot Camp we provided an overview of Azure Web Sites.  As you now know there are several ways for your customers to host their web sites in Azure.  Let’s take a look at the various ways in order to better understand why you might choose one over the others. In Azure …

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Program Updates for Free and discounted training resources from Brainstorm now available to resell

Based on feedback received, we have made some updates to simplify this Thru-partner To-customer training resource offer for Windows 8.1 & Office 365.  See below for details and updates. What are the Details? Partners can support every customer with simple to use, highly effective training resources available on demand and under your own brand. This…

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Announcements Regarding SharePoint Online Storage Limit Increases

Last week at the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, Microsoft made some exciting announcements regarding SharePoint Online storage limit increases.  Since April 2013, we have seen a 485% growth in user access of SharePoint Online.  This secure environment provides a great location for your business related documents.  SharePoint Online has been a great solutions…

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Office 365 Message Encryption Capabilities Extended to Outside Your Company

November last year, Microsoft unveiled plans to release Office 365 Message Encryption, a new service allowing you to send encrypted emails to anyone outside your company. Today, the service has become generally available. The message encryption service means that no matter the end destination of your email being sent via Office 365, Microsoft is adding…

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SharePoint Conference 2014

  If you are looking for a way to expand your practice with SharePoint on premise, hybrid or in the cloud the SharePoint Conference could be for you. From Monday, Mar 3, 2014 11:00 AM to Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 12:00 PM Microsoft is taking over the Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada,…

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Scripts – A Very Helpful Resource Available via the Azure Portal

  Windows Azure enables you to script and automate functionality available via the GUI interface as well as enhanced features currently not  available via the GUI using Windows PowerShell or the cross platform command line tools, which can be used from Windows, Mac, or Linux.  For more information about the command-line tools available for Windows…

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You are Invited! One Day Office 365 Drumbeat Sales Training

  The Drumbeat Sales day, provides partners in sales and pre-sales technical roles with best practice sales training for Office 365.  Selling Office 365 requires a new way of selling, come hear about it.  In addition to sharing Microsoft best practices, programs, and selling tools, we will also present insights into the cloud services market…

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Anti Malware Signatures for Windows XP until July 14, 2015 does NOT indicate an extension of support for XP.

  Many partners have reached out for clarification around the recent news released by Microsoft last week stating we will continue to release antivirus and malware signatures through July 14, 2015.  These alone will not be enough to protect your customers still on XP.  Please note we are not extending End of Life Support for…

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Proactively Keeping your IE Browser Safe

  According to recent blog postings Google made the decision to pull two Chrome extensions for pushing malware on their users. According to The Wall Street Journal the malware purveyors took advantage of an existing extension's user base and Chrome's security standards. "Google doesn't review changes to the code of Chrome extensions, and Chrome allows…

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SkyKick Turbo Program has Launched

Office 365 “Turbo” is a new program designed to help partners sell more Office 365 and make Office 365 deployment projects easier and more profitable.   Focused on driving improved partner reach and amplified frequency, Turbo gives partners use of the SkyKick Migration Suite, and rich discounts on migrations to grow their Office 365 practice. With…

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RDS Use Rights for non-VL Office 365

Question: We get mixed information from Microsoft and distributors. Could you please inform me if there is any update on non-VL Office 365 rights to install/run on RDS? We are using office365 now (through advisory model). We need to start using RDS. And changing office365 to a VL-license forces us to completely rebuild our office365…

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders–The On-Premise Solution for Controlling Sensitive Data

While many small and medium size businesses are moving their IT infrastructure to Azure for hardware and operational cost savings, there are still times when technology solutions will need to stay on premise due to the sensitivity of data as the prevalent reason.  Microsoft provides excellent hybrid solutions with Windows Server 2012 R2 that allow…

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Windows 8.1 Preview License Expires Jan 2014

Thank you for using the Windows 8.1 Preview. Partners should communicate with their customers to make sure they move to the final released versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 before January 2014 when the license for the preview will expire. Plans should be made to move to the released version of Windows 8.1…

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Quick Reference for Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2

With the announcement of Windows Server 2012 R2 I have been receiving a lot of questions around upgrading.  To assist, I have put together a quick reference slide.  For details utilize the link referenced at the bottom of the slide. Notes: Clean Install – wipe clean – install and restore via back-up Upgrade – In…

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Sign up for the Free On-line Microsoft Virtualization Training Sponsored by Microsoft Virtual Academy Today!

Virtualization is hot.  Adding Hyper-V knowledge can help improve your career options. Sign up for the Microsoft Virtual Academy free online training on November 19 & 20, 2013 – then receive a voucher to take the new Microsoft virtualization certification exam.  Learn, try and take the exam to get certified on Microsoft virtualization. Get expert…

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Use Your Partner Advisory Hours to Win Sales!

Did you know your partner advisory hours can be used to access technical solution guidance? As a Microsoft Partner you can use your partner advisory hours to help build your skill set through Practice Accelerator offerings developed by Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) experts. Practice Accelerator is based on successful customer deployment experiences on the latest…

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