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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What’s Happening to Microsoft Pinpoint?

For years, I’ve recommended to Microsoft partners that part of their marketing strategy was to make sure they had a profile posted on Microsoft Pinpoint. I would also recommend that partners looking to partner with other partners also look to Pinpoint as a way to connect (how many times can I use partner in a…

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Lights… Camera… PANIC!

  In the most recent round of SMB Live events, one of the modules was on modern marketing with mini video clips. They are surprisingly easy to make and can have a tremendous impact on the quality of your customer engagement. At our Richmond, VA event, I pulled my co-worker, Chris Large, into the lobby…

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Windows 10 and EMS Technical Readiness

TS2 is always on the lookout for technical readiness sessions that allow partners to go DEEP into a technology – something that we often can’t do in a one hour webcast. Here is where Partners can go to register for the technical presales or deployment readiness training: http://aka.ms/PartnerTechnicalServicesWin10EMS   Here are dates for the December…

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Azure Single Instance Virtual Machine SLA

For years, we’ve promoted that if you wanted a 99.95% guaranteed up-time SLA for an Azure Virtual Machine, you needed to have two or more virtual machines together in an Availability Set. WELL NO MORE! You can now get a 99.9% financially backed guaranteed up-time SLA for a single instance Azure Virtual Machine! This is…

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EMS Partner Journey

During our SMB Live events this fall, we’ve been encouraging partners follow a prescribed path for adopting a new business practice that I like to call CERT: Nominate a Champion Embrace Internally Leverage Sales/Marketing/Technical Resources Track your progress I’ve been applying this framework to all of the partners with which I’ve been discussing Azure and…

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Influencers, Stores, and Themes – Oh My!

    We’ve listening to your feedback!  You’ve told us that you would enjoy a closer look at some of the marketing resources presented on our SMB Insider Calls.  That is why we created the East Region AMPLIFY MARKETING WEBINAR SERIES. Every 2nd Friday of the month at 9am (EST), we will drill down further…

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Readiness Blitz

You are invited to join us for the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics 365 Readiness Blitz!  Microsoft Dynamics 365 takes a new approach to business applications. Our current CRM and ERP cloud solutions will be unified into one cloud service with new purpose-built apps to help manage specific business functions, including: Sales, Field Service, Customer Service, Project…

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Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) with Redundant Geographic Connections

Q: (from Armand) We have a client interested in a having a Secondary ADFS DC and Proxy Server in our UK Data Center. They Currently have their First ADFS 3.0 2012 R2 Server in our US Maine Data Center with a DMZ Proxy and that is linked with Office 365 without any issues. They also…

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Announcing Windows Small Business Server v.Next

Well, not really… The Small Business Server product line has officially been retired. But now that many of the parts of Small Business Server 2011 are moving out of mainstream support, let’s take this opportunity to review everything that made SBS great and what we can offer to bring our SBS customers into the modern…

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Microsoft Intune Device Wipe

Q: (from Kevin) The engineers in my office have been testing EMS thru our MPN subscription. They said it works great on IOS iPhones but on Android it can’t remove the email account. They sent me the following link; https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Wipe-a-mobile-device-in-Office-365-9d727c7d-8b47-4499-bf24-d046b449214c?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US Can you confirm this is a limitation?   A: That may very well be accurate…

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Exchange Online GAL Segmentation

Q: (from Matt) I have an Office 365 client who has kind of an unusual setup. First, he purchased O365 directly under a non-profit status. Second, he has an on-premise Exchange 2007 server that hosts several (5) separate email domains. We have configured those domains in such a way that they all have their own…

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Windows 10 Azure AD Join

Q: (from John) You had also mentioned that Windows 10 is now more greatly integrated with Azure.  Do you have any white papers on what the integration is?   A: I’m seeing this question come up more often as our Windows 10 sales exceed 270M copies. What is driving the question: “Do I still need…

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Slide Free Office 365 Webinar

    Slide Free Microsoft Cloud Webinar   Slide Free? Yes! I mean No! I mean there will be no PowerPoint slides used in this webinar. Instead, we will use real examples of how to-customer conversations. Join us as we go “Slide Free” and demonstrate the best way to deliver Microsoft cloud solutions to your…

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Windows 7 Remote Wipe with Intune

Q: (from Benjamin) Do you know if InTune can remotely wipe a laptop running Windows 7 Pro? Also, can InTune require a password on a laptop running Windows 7 Pro?   A: From the Microsoft Intune Overview (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn646960.aspx) I noticed that only Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 are included. But when I followed the link…

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Is Multifactor Authentication Part of Office 365?

Q: (from Ben) Multifactor Auth. Some reports this is free others say a cost Is this included in Office 365?   A: The quick answer is that the basics of Multifactor Authentication are included in Office 365 (free) but advanced features are added with Azure Active Directory Premium ($6 per user per month). From the…

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Clutter Details

Q: (from Kristy) Please see the below highlighted area.  I’m reading this as….if I move a message OUT of the clutter folder, Clutter will know that I’ve done this, and learn to not put such messages in the clutter folder next time.  Am I understanding this correctly?  Does this ‘learning’ only work if I pluck…

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FastTrack for Office 365 Now Available to 50+ Seat Customers

Q: (from Alex) What’s up with new FastTrack offer for customers between 50 and 150 seats?   A: OK… I know FastTrack has a sorted history in the SMB space, but frankly most of that frustration and concern was because of poor communication on our part. FastTrack should be viewed as an SMB resource that…

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Beyond SMB Live

Q: (From Jay) Is there any formal training available for some of the add-ons we learned about today? Azure AD premium EMS Intune Azure DRaas / Azure backup E5   A: I’ve grouped them based on common topics, but here are some resources: EMS / Azure AD / Microsoft Intune / Azure Rights Management https://mspartnerlp.mspartner.microsoft.com/LearningPath/LearningPath/DLPaths?trackId=2878&rowId=3561…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Supporting Remote Offices

When this series was initially proposed, my thoughts immediately moved to “what have we not heard about” or at least not too much about? There are so many positive aspects of Windows Server that we dwell on, I wanted to pick something we don’t hear enough about: Distributed File System and BranchCache Although these are…

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