Windows Server 2003 End of Life and your SMB Customers

  Jeff Stoffel As many of you are well aware, the End of Life for the Windows Server 2003 family of products is July 14, 2015. On this date, all support for Windows Server 2003, including R2, will cease. This is a great opportunity to support SMB customers in their migration to Windows Server 2012…

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Lync will become Skype for Business

  Jeff Stoffel On November 11, Microsoft announced that the best of Skype and Lync are coming together.  In the first half of 2015, Lync will become Skype for Business with the release of a new client, new server and updates to the service in Office 365.  It will bring the best of Skype and…

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Microsoft partner training, calls, and webcasts

Jeff Stoffel I have had requests from many partners on where to go for additional training…. of all types. The November 2014 US Partner Training Hot Sheet is now on the US Partner Training blog and is a terrific way to find out about available trainings. In the Hot Sheet, you’ll find a list of…

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New Azure Technical Hands-on Labs Training is coming soon to a city near you!!

    Jeff Stoffel   I want to make sure you didn’t miss the upcoming in-person training session built solely around one of Microsoft’s hottest products, Microsoft Azure.  Learn directly from Microsoft technical experts and take your cloud practice to the next level with this hands-on technical training. Don’t miss it! REGISTER TODAY (SEATING IS…

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Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) Upgrades through the Open License Program

Jeff Stoffel As many of you are aware, Microsoft is in the process of transitioning Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) customers to a new service called Office 365 Message Encryption.  I have had several questions from our partners regarding the potential impact.  I want to detail the process and potential action items in the unlikely event…

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OneDrive enhancements keep coming

Jeff Stoffel Late last week we announced the first OneDrive for Business native experience on Android which is part of a significant update to the existing OneDrive app. This is our first app bringing together both OneDrive and OneDrive for business in a single client experience.  This is an exciting announcement – let me explain…

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Expand your Customer Reach with Microsoft Led Events

Jeff Stoffel In the last few weeks I have been asked to participate in a number of customer facing events.  As much as I’d like to join in on every event I simply can’t participate in them all.  I believe this is a situation we all face – not enough time in the day to…

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Accelerate your Office 365 Migrations with Turbo

Jeff Stoffel I often hear from partners that they are looking for ways to build an even more profitable Office 365 business.  Migration projects can be time-intensive, impacting your company’s ability to sell more Office 365 with confidence. This ultimately impacts the most important thing – your profitability. Introducing TurboMicrosoft and SkyKick have teamed up…

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Azure Technical Training Opportunities

  Jeff Stoffel As we all know cloud adoption is accelerating at a tremendous rate.  Many of our SMB partners include cloud offerings based on Azure as a core part of their business.  I also realize many other partners are just starting down the path.  In this post I want to highlight a few of…

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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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Azure in Open Licensing Ramp Up Summit

  Jeff Stoffel   To build on J.J.’s earlier post, here is another opportunity for you to dig into the details of the upcoming Microsoft Azure in Open opportunity.  This is sure to be an educational webinar on this opportunity for our SMB partners. Please join as we kickoff the Azure Ramp Up Summit on…

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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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Announcing the TS2 Office 365 Partner Admin Center Quick Start Video Series

Jeff Stoffel TS2 Video Quick Start Series We just finished creating a short video series on how to utilize the Microsoft Online Partner Administration Center and wanted to give our blog readers a first look.  This builds on the recent post by J.J., How do partners sign up to sell Office 365? The video series…

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How Lync Online sells Office 365

  Jeff Stoffel Having used Lync and predecessors – Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server – for over 10 years, I take for granted sometimes that the market knows all about Lync and the value it brings to small businesses. After returning from a number of partner events I realized once again that this…

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