Azure Readiness: Check out the Azure Partner Readiness Catalog

Woody Walton Building your skills on Azure is extremely important to not only a fledgling practice, but also to those wishing to stay current.  As we have seen an increase in uptake of Azure in the SMB space, our partners sometimes struggle to get the right training they need to quickly learn the ever increasing…

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Enterprise Mobility Suite Upcoming Webcasts

Woody Walton   As the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) continues to grow in awareness more and more partners are coming to the realization that this is an excellent solution set to build a practice on.  Make no mistake, Enterprises and larger organization have been buying EMS for some time and sales are increasing. There are…

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Windows 10 Readiness: Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition

If you are behind the eight ball on Windows 10 readiness or simply would like a concise reference on the new operating system to be released on July 29th, I would remind everyone of the free MS Press book in preview by Ed Bott titled Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition. It can…

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Windows 10 Readiness: New Getting Started with Windows 10 for IT Professionals Microsoft Virtual Academy Series

Woody Walton Since the release date of July 29th was announced  the amount of questions and inquiries I get has increased markedly on Windows 10.   Other than specific inquiries about capabilities the most common requests I get surround training.  A solid foundation of knowledge on the Windows 10 operating system is essential not only for…

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Seats Still Available for Skype for Business Partner Integration Day on-site trainings in Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington DC!!

Woody Walton While the blog is on the subject of Skype for Business I thought I would mention that we still have seats left for the Skype for Business Partner Integration Day on-site trainings. Specifically: Dallas on June 9th Atlanta on June 11th Washington DC on June 16th Registration is limited to 30 seats in…

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How to Set up Billing Alerts in Azure using the Billing Alert Service Preview

Woody Walton Billing alerts!  This is important.  Recently I have heard of two situations where services shut down in Azure due to billing issues.  The first involved a customer who purchased credits through a reseller via Azure in Open (prepaid) and the credits ran out, the second when a partner tapped out his MPN Internal…

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Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Multi-channel capability. Sell a new way to existing customers.

Woody Walton   Hello Microsoft Partners! I know many of you actively sell Office 365 to customers through either our advisor model (direct w/ Partner of Record (POR) fees, or by selling  Open licenses through distribution, which has been available for a few years now. Based on channel feedback over several years, and in cooperation…

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Microsoft Virtual Academy: Getting Started with Azure Security for the IT Professional

Woody Walton   I am always asked where partners can go to learn more and build their skills around Microsoft Azure.  As there are so many locations where great Azure content lives, it is tough for partners to keep track of them all, much less canvass all the Microsoft web properties looking for them. As…

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Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure in 5 Minutes: Changing the Service Administrator (and why)

    Woody Walton I recently dealt with a support situation where a partner had to migrate resources from one account and subscription to another.   In order to do this, Microsoft Support required the source and destination subscriptions to have the exact same “service administrator” settings.  As this is not at all intuitive in the…

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New EMS “Add On” SKUs hit Open License Tomorrow

  Woody Walton On March 1st we added The Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) to Open License Offerings in Open Business and Open Value.  Please see my post here for details on the overall offering.  Tomorrow we flush out EMS in the channel further by extending additional pricing options for those customers with existing investments in…

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Don’t miss the “Announcing Enterprise Mobility for every SMB” Webinar on April 1st!

  Woody Walton   Hopefully you read my post of last month which discussed the addition of the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) and component parts to Open License entitled It’s Official: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) hits Open License and Reseller Community Monday! This is important as resellers can now sell and build identity solutions…

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It’s Official: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) hits Open License and Reseller Community Monday!

Woody Walton  UPDATE:  See Webcast on April 1st on EMS.  New Post here Well the wait is finally over.  Starting Monday, March 2nd, the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite , aka EMS, will be available for sale through distribution via Microsoft’s Open License Program.   EMS was only available via the Enterprise agreement since its inception last…

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10 Hard Facts That Prove Your Data's Safer in Office 365 w/ Infographic

  Woody Walton Partners,   Whenever I see a great sales aid I have to mention it.  It just so happens that a peer of mine referred this to me a few days ago.   If you sell Office 365, you need (or your reps need) to have this handy.   I especially love it when someone,…

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Azure RMS is now available in Open License!!!

    Woody Walton   Azure RMS  (AZURE RIGHTS MANAGEMENT SERVICES) is now available through your distributor starting tomorrow!  This is good news for resellers!  Until now, only Azure credits were available through open license for consumption based compute resources like virtual machines, etc. Starting tomorrow we add Windows Azure RMS to the price list. …

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Azure IaaS for IT Pros Online Event–Partners should attend!

Technorati Tags: Woody Walton,Mark Russinovich,Rick Claus,Corey Sanders,Matt McSpirit,Simon May,Drew McDaniel,Azure,Microsoft Azure,Azure Training,Azure IaaS Training,Azure Virtual Machine,Azure Storage,Azure Networking,Microsoft Partner Azure Training,exam 70-533 Woody Walton     Tomorrow.  Yes tomorrow. That is when the training you have been coveting is landing (virtually) at a computer near you!  Microsoft Azure.  You have wanted to know more.  Now…

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New Activation Process for Office 365 Open better for Partners

Woody Walton Hello Partners! I love it when I have good news to convey.  I spend a lot of my time supporting distribution and the sale of Microsoft products through our Open License program.   As of Today we have instituted a new process for new and existing customers of Office 365 Open Programs (Office 365…

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Azure Conf only 6 days away!

Woody Walton   I have not seen a lot of press around this event so I thought I would share with the partner community know. Azure Conf!   FROM THE AZURE CONF website…. WHEN :October 21, 2014  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM PST WHERE: Live Streaming from Channel 9 WHAT:  A free event for the…

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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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Microsoft Azure VMs often include Licensing built right in, but not everything

Woody Walton Since Microsoft Azure was released to the Open License program on August 1, 2014, we have seen a steady increase in activity through our distribution partners and certainly an increase in call volume concerning Microsoft Azure. One of the more common questions we have been getting has been around the licensing implications as…

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Complete Microsoft Azure Session list for WPC

  Woody Walton WPC attendees,  By now I hope you have been perusing the session list at www.digitalwpc.com or better yet, you have built out a schedule on the WPC connect session scheduler! I have always found the “session track”  or “competency” grouping method for conference breakouts to be contrary to my line of thinking. …

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