How to use MPN Support Incident benefits to open Azure support tickets

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  For many partners getting started on the Azure platform, getting access to technical support can be very important.  Azure has many facets and capabilities, with that the need to work with a qualified technician that understands the platform, (and more important, a specific area such as Virtual Machines or Azure…

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Advisor to CSP Transitions and avoiding the Lose Access to Office 365 emails that can follow

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners! We know that many partners are taking a serious look at the Cloud Solution Provider program as an avenue to procure and manage your Microsoft cloud customers, be it Office 365, CRM Online, Enterprise Mobility Suite and/or Azure.  There are many benefits to this program, ultimately about giving you as…

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Regional March US SMB Partner Insider call(s) are Friday, March 11th with partner case studies! Attend the call and complete the evaluation to get an entry to win $15 Grand* and JBL Synchros E40BT On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones**!

Todd Sweetser Regional March US SMB Partner Insider call(s) are Friday, March 11th with partner case studies! Attend the call and complete the evaluation to get an entry to win $15 Grand* and JBL Synchros E40BT On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones** If you haven’t already registered, click the link below for your regional call. If you have…

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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…

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Office 365 E5 and Skype for Business Resources on Drumbeat!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of some new resources that are available on the Office 365 Drumbeat portal focused on the upcoming Office 365 portal for partners.  For those not familiar with Drumbeat,  you can learn about proven sales best practices, programs, tools, and market insights. Then take advantage of…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Partner Technical Benefits

Tim Tetrick We are a little more than halfway through our blog series this month on Office 365 Things You Need to Know.  So far you’ve picked up some great information to help you sell and deploy Office 365 to your customers.  If along that journey you find yourself needing technical support, training, or assistance,…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Internal Use Rights

Tim Tetrick As we kick off the blog series this month on Office 365 Things You Need To Know, I first want to make sure that as Microsoft Partners you are taking full advantage of your Internal Use Rights benefits. Microsoft Partners receive Internal Use Rights (IUR) licenses for Microsoft software and online services as…

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Windows 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Tim Tetrick Now that Windows 10 has released, I wanted to share a few of the frequently asked questions (and answers!) that I am getting from partners so far. Can I use the free upgrade offer to do a clean install?  You cannot use the free upgrade offer to perform a clean install on the…

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Project Online and Visio Online Internal Use Rights now available

Tim Tetrick Microsoft recently announced that select competencies now include Internal Use Rights (IUR) for Project Online and Visio Online.  If you’ve got a Cloud Performance Competency (Small & Midmarket Cloud Solutions, Cloud Productivity, Cloud Platform, Cloud Customer Relationship Management), or one of the other competencies listed below, I would encourage you to take advantage…

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US IAMCP Certification Voucher Program

Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, I’m excited to tell you about a great new offer for IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners) members to get a free test voucher for Microsoft certification exams! The IAMCP has negotiated a special program with the Microsoft Partner Network to help you get the training and achieve the…

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New MPN Offer – Internal Use Rights for SkyKick

Onur Dogruoz MPN Team announced a new Internal Use Rights (IUR) offer to help you with your migration to Office 365. This offer is called “Office 365 IUR SkyKick Migration Offer” and gives you free use of SkyKick’s Migration Suites to easily migrate and deploy your own business to Office 365. We hope you take…

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Internal Use Rights for Enterprise Mobility Suite!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  My colleague Woody Walton recently blogged about the availability of EMS via OPEN here: It’s Official: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) hits Open License and Reseller Community Monday!) Now how can you get up to speed on this solution? Best way is to use it yourself! Starting now you have…

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Partner Technical Enablement Playbook

Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, Wanted to share with you what I hope will be a great resource for you and your teams.  The Technical Enablement Playbook was created with the idea of developing a “playbook” of the common “partner technical enablement” best practices that my TS2 colleagues and I guide our partners through every…

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Azure in 5 Minutes: Setting Partner of Record in an Azure Subscription

Todd Sweetser In this video I walk through the steps involved in setting up Partner of Record in an Azure subscription.  I also share information on how it is used today as well as how it will be used in the coming months. Also see my recent blog post in this topic as well: Microsoft…

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Office 365 Partner admin mobile app now available

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of another tool you can use to help perform administration tasks on behalf of your customers while you are on the road.  The new Office 365 Partner admin mobile app is now available for Android and iOS and coming soon for Windows Phone.  This will…

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Microsoft Azure and Partner of Record

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some of you may have noticed that there is a new setting in your customers’ Microsoft Azure account subscription settings, notably titled “Partner Information” as shown below: This is indeed where you can now set your firm as Partner of Record on each subscription.  After selecting item above you will…

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FREE Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! One of the excellent resources available to partners are the Practice Accelerator series of courses.  Normally they would consume some of your advisory hours allocated to you via Microsoft Action Pack subscription or your competencies.  I wanted to make you aware of an offer to attend the Office 365 Practice…

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Azure Training resources on the Microsoft Virtual Academy

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Following my post on the Office 365 courses on the Virtual Academy, wanted to make sure you were all aware of a similar offering for learning and using Microsoft Azure! Microsoft Azure These Microsoft Azure training courses cover key technical topics to help partners gain the knowledge they need to…

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Cloud Support Options for Microsoft Partners

Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I wanted to take a moment to review the pre and post-sales support options that Microsoft Partners have available to them for use with Microsoft Cloud products. First, I want to talk about Partner Advisory Hours, which are a fantastic benefit available to Microsoft Partner Network members.  This benefit has…

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Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers!  Wanted to make sure all were aware of the current SMB Advantage program in place, see info below! Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage! The SMB Advantage offers are valid from September 2, 2014 – November 30, 2014. The offers allow you to claim partner subsidy funds on…

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