Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 365 Client Update Branches

Onur Dogruoz Hello Cloud Partners, After the release of Office 2016, the way Office 365 clients getting updates have changed. In our blog series, my fellow colleague Todd outlined some resources that you can utilize to get more information on the subject. Please see Todd’s blog here Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office…

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Skype for Business Online Academy – No Cost Partner Webcasts

Onur Dogruoz Valued Partners, Microsoft Partner Technical Services team just announced two Skype For Business Online webcasts. With the new Office E5 suite around the corner, these “free” webcasts are critical for your technical teams to better understand the key capabilities coming to the market and will help you to uncover new opportunities. The Skype…


Jumpstart your Cloud practice with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online!

Onur Dogruoz Jumpstart your Cloud practice with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online! Looking to expand your Office 365 practice by adding highly profitable CRM Online solutions to your offerings? Then you are exactly at the right place. Jumpstart Your Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Practice – Roadshow is coming to a city near you. Want to know…

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It’s time to register for your October 2nd Regional Partner Insider Call!

Onur Dogruoz It’s time to register for your October 2nd Regional Partner Insider Call!  Each region will be covering unique high demand content specifically requested by partners on Office 2016, MPN updates, and Customer Lifecycle Management (CLM) best practices! Learn more and register for your region’s call now! · East- Nancie Williams, East Region General…


NEW – 15% incentive on Windows Server and SQL Server CAL SKUs

Onur Dogruoz Partners – I am very excited to share an important update to the SMB Advantage: Windows Server & SQL Server Incentive. Starting June 1, 2015, Windows Server and SQL Server CAL SKUs are now included in the SMB Advantage for all resellers at 15% partner subsidy payout. See below updated payout table and…


Azure Taste Test extended through June!

Onur Dogruoz Partners –  Azure Taste Test offer now runs through June 30, 2015 and as you know, maximum payout per partner is increased to $1500. You must complete one-time registration by June 30th in order to participate. Don’t miss this great opportunity to “Taste Test” Azure while accelerating your Windows Server sales and get…


Just Announced – New 10% incentive on all Windows Server and SQL Server sales!

Onur Dogruoz Partners – there is no better time than now to have Windows Server and SQL Server conversations with your SMB customers! We are excited to announce a new 10% partner subsidy payout for Windows Server and/or SQL Server Open and Open Value sales from April 15, 2015, thru June 30, 2015. See below…

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Huge savings on Azure Backup – New Pricing is Here

Onur Dogruoz Partners – As you may have heard, Azure team recently announced a new pricing model for Azure Backup and I would like to give you a quick overview as the new model is now in effect. This is exciting news as the new model brings huge savings (more than 70% in most cases)…


Azure in 5 Minutes: Configuring Azure Backup

Onur Dogruoz In this video, I will walk you through the setup and configuration of Azure backup vault and backup schedules on Windows Server. You will see how easy it is to get your data protected with Azure. Be sure to check out our whole series of “Azure in 5 Minutes” blogs and videos at…

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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…


Fundamentals of Azure–Free ebook

Onur Dogruoz Microsoft Press released the first book of Microsoft Azure Essentials series, Fundamentals of Azure. This is a FREE ebook and you can click bellow link to download it from Microsoft Virtual Academy. You can also read the Microsoft Press blog post here. Who should read this ebookThis ebook focuses on providing essential information…


Get Prepared for Microsoft Azure Solutions Certifications

Onur Dogruoz In his recent blog post, Keith Mayer shared a comprehensive early study guide for the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam. Since these Azure certifications are considerably new, it’s harder to find study guides and Keith did an excellent job to put all these resources together in a checklist format. You can access…

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New Office 365 Sales Guidance for SMBs

Woody Walton Hopefully you are now aware of the New Office 365 Business Plans which released at the beginning of October.  These new plans were created based on both customer and partner feedback.  In the eyes of my peers and myself these plans represent some of best value in terms of productivity solutions universally, not…

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Updated Office 365 Plan Selector Tool

Onur Dogruoz In April when we launched the first version of the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool, Josh Condie covered this tool in detail on his blog post. With the introduction of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses, the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool is also updated. This time, instead of…

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How to upgrade SQL Trial to a Paid edition?

Onur Dogruoz After the introduction of each new version of SQL Server, I am getting this question a lot. Given that SQL keys are embedded to the SQL media, i.e. not available on VLSC like other product keys, I wanted to blog about it hoping to clarify the process and help speeding up the sales…

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Get Ready to Move to Azure with Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment

Onur Dogruoz Are you interested in moving your workloads to Microsoft Azure, but not sure if your servers are ready? Latest version of Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment is a free tool to help you with your move to Microsoft Azure.   Once you install, you can start assessing your onprem Active Directory, SQL or…

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SMB Advantage: Don’t Miss the Opportunity–Offer Ends May 31

Onur Dogruoz Yes time is flying and we are almost in the middle of May. It means we now have less than 3 short weeks to take the advantage of this great offer. In March, I have blogged about the details of current SMB Advantage. You can see that blog post here. Just to quickly…

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Office for iPad is Updated

Onur Dogruoz After the launch of Office for iPad almost a month ago, Office Team yesterday announced that Excel, Word and PowerPoint are updated. Updates include some key new features(like printing support) and bug fixes and can be downloaded from App Store now. Please see the announcement on Office Team blog here. Viewing rights for…


Can Intune be used to license virtual desktops?

Onur Dogruoz After the recent updates to Intune service, I am constantly getting this question from our sellers. Can Intune subscription be used to license virtual desktops? Does that have any virtualization rights? Before answering the question, let’s have a quick look at the different Windows Intune offers and programs. As it can be seen…

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FREE SQL Server 2014 Technical Ignite Trainings for Partners

Onur Dogruoz   LOCATION AND DATE: Sunnyvale, CA April 8 to 11, 2014 Chicago, IL April 21 – 24, 2014 Reston, VA April 29 – May 2, 2014 Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Ignite brings to market new in-memory capabilities built into the core database and provides new cloud capabilities to simplify cloud adoption for your…