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  • Win More Deals and Accelerate Project Completion

    In addition to the online workshops from Partner Technical Services that help build your consultants’ skill set through technical training, demonstrations and hands-on learning, are you aware of the experienced Microsoft consultants available to help you resolve complex technical questions through the sales, design, and deployment phases of your customer solution? The key resources listed below are available to you as part of your Microsoft Partner Network benefits:

    Technical Presales Assistance

    Get the presales technical support you need to win more deals, including competitive assistance, feature overview and comparison guidance, request for proposal (RFP) responses, business value proposition and proof-of-concept guidance.

    MPN benefit: Silver or gold competency receive unlimited Technical Presales Assistance support for any deal worth US$3,000 or more. For deals worth less than US$3,000, Partners can access using Partner Advisory Hours.

    Advisory Services

    Accelerate project completion with personalized technical assistance from experienced Microsoft partner consultants. Advisory Services expands your team’s capabilities and makes your consultants more efficient with technical support during the design, development, and deployment phases of projects.

    MPN benefit: Utilize Partner Advisory Hours, quantity based on scope of partner need.

    Learn more about Technical Presales Assistance and Advisory Services for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Hybrid Cloud.




  • Participate in the Skype for Business Online Technical webcast series!

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you enhance your Microsoft Office 365 customers deployments with an Enterprise Voice solution by improving your skills in Communication scenarios.

    The Skype for Business Online technical webcast series is focused on helping attendees propose cross-premises solutions that integrate with Office 365 to provide advanced features related to Voice. Upon completion of this series, cloud partners will have the expertise to design and deploy Enterprise Voice solutions to their Microsoft Office 365 customers, addressing different usage scenarios.

    Program Benefits:

    Upon completion of these webcasts, you will be able to:

    • Design and deploy Enterprise Voice solutions to their Microsoft Office 365 customers

    • Address different usage scenarios

    • Propose cross-premise solutions that integrate with Microsoft Office 365 to provide advanced features related to Voice.

    To see the course description, dates, and times, and to register for one or more webcasts in your region, please click on the link below:

    Skype for Business Technical Series

  • You are invited to participate in the Microsoft Office 365 Initial Journey service

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you learn how to create opportunities to drive cloud projects by proposing Microsoft Office 365 solutions to your small and midmarket customers, and gain an understanding of the key tools for selling and deploying Microsoft Office 365. 

    The Microsoft Office 365 Initial Journey service is dedicated to partners that are approaching cloud projects and would like to propose Microsoft Office 365 solutions to your customers. This offering will be useful in starting you on your journey to achieve the Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency. 

    Program Benefits:

    Upon completion of this online event, you will be able to:

    • Understand, position, and demo the available Microsoft Office 365 services and plans

    • Use the Microsoft Office 365 Internal Use Rights included as a benefit of your MPN membership

    • Propose Microsoft Office 365 solutions for your customers

    • Address different usage scenarios and propose your unique cloud value proposition

    • Drive adoption and consumption of the Microsoft Office 365 service

    To see the course description, dates, and times, and to register for one or more webcasts in your region, please click on the link below:

    Microsoft Office 365 Initial Journey service


  • New Partner Technical Services video channel

    We are excited to announce that we have launched the new Partner Technical Services video channel on the Microsoft Partner Network portal. Here, we’ll provide you with support videos that cover a wide range of topics such as, how to activate your internal-use rights licenses and troubleshooting common Office 365 migration issues. You’ll also find resources to help you sell, deploy, and support Microsoft technologies. Currently, the channel consist of 77 English videos that can help you close more deals, deploy solutions, build a support practice, and resolve technical roadblocks. Check it out here: 

  • Participate in the Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Azure IaaS service!

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you deploy Azure and cloud scenarios at your customer site in a repeatable, scalable, predictable and effective manner.

    The Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Azure IaaS was designed to help you learn how to develop Azure Infrastructure best practices that enable you to rapidly deploy solutions with faster times to market. The Practice Accelerator leverages resources and tools developed by  Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) and integrates their best practices, case studies, price calculators and simulations into a single cohesive toolkit. You can also leverage customer-facing templates and engagement guides to quickly develop Azure practices that create new lines of business for you and add value for your customers.

    Program Benefits:

    After completing this offer, partners will be able to:

    • Build Azure practices to rapidly deploy solutions with faster time to market
    • Reduce the ramp-up time when engaging with customers to assess their business environment by leveraging customer facing templates and engagement guides

    • Develop Azure service practices to deliver repeatable Azure Infrastructure deployments by learning MCS best practices and case studies

    To see the course description, dates, and times, and to register for one or more webcasts in your region, please click on the link below:

    Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Azure IaaS

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • Come learn about EMS & Azure RemoteApp!

    Need to understand Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) or Azure RemoteApp?  Join us for a 40 minute webinar on these new services on April 8th.  This training is part of a new webinar series to keep Partners updated on content in the ModernBiz Technical Series.  Partners that have attended the original Business Anywhere course or have interest in these new services are welcome. The ModernBiz Technical Series is solution-based learning for partners who work with small and midsize companies both with or without existing solution-based practices.  Register here.

  • New Azure Services to Grow Your Business

    Microsoft recently released Azure Site Recovery and the Microsoft Migration Accelerator that allow on-premises workloads to be moved to the cloud.  If you want to learn about these new services, join us for a 40 minute webinar on April 2nd.  This training is part of a new webinar series to keep Partners updated on content in the ModernBiz Technical Series. Partners that attended the original Microsoft Cloud for Small and Midsized Businesses course or have interest in these new services are welcome. The ModernBiz Technical Series is solution-based learning for partners who work with small and midsize companies both with or without existing solution-based practices.  Register here.

     

  • First Steps: The power of integrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with Office 365

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you learn competitive positioning and how to integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online into your customer's Microsoft Office 365 portfolios, which will open up new opportunities and enable you to expand your business.

    Expand your business with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online by attending our First Steps: The power of integrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with Office 365 webcast series. This offering is meant to help you understand the opportunities open to you and learn how CRM Online can complement and grow your existing Microsoft Office 365 cloud business.  After providing an overview, we will explain how you can ensure your customers are maximizing key Microsoft Office 365 features such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Yammer, Power BI and more by adding Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to their cloud services.

    Program Benefits:

    After completing this training, you will be able to:

    • Understand the opportunities open to you to grow your business when you integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with Microsoft Office 365
    • Articulate features of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online which will enable your customers
    • Maximize key Microsoft Office 365 features such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Yammer, Power BI and more by adding Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to a customers’ cloud portfolio
    • Position Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online when the customer is looking at competitor solutions

    To see the course description, dates, and times, and to register for one or more webcasts in your region, please click on the link below:

    First Steps: The power of integrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with Office 365

  • You are invited to participate in the Partner Practice Enablement: Azure Technical Training offering!

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you understand the Azure Technical foundation to run new (cloud) or existing (on premise) workloads in Microsoft Azure with Azure Virtual Machines, and Virtual Networks.  

    The Partner Practice Enablement Boot Camp training starts with an introduction to Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks (Infrastructure Services).  It delivers the foundational knowledge needed for users intending to run new workloads in Microsoft Azure or migrate existing workloads from on-premises. 

    Students will be introduced to the rich features of Microsoft Azure Active Directory and see how it can be used to achieve single sign-on across cloud applications, protect application access, enforce multi-factor authentication, and integrate with Windows Server Active Directory. 

    The latter half of the boot camp builds on the technical knowledge from the first half, shifting to coverage of common workload scenarios for cloud computing, such as Dev/Test, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and monitoring of workloads running in Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services. 

    Throughout the training, students will see presentations and demos followed with recommended resources and hands-on training experiences. Students will need a Microsoft Azure Subscription and a computer or laptop to participate in the hands-on training exercises.

    Program Benefits:

    • After completing this offer, partners will be able to:
    • Learn capabilities of the Microsoft Azure platform, including cloud services and Websites.
    • Create and manage virtual machines with networking and storage.
    • Enable, secure, and load balance network endpoints with Azure Traffic Manager.
    • Create and manage the Azure Active Directories to integrate with SaaS applications, multi-factor authentication.
    • Learn deploy, manage and scale SQL Server, SQL Database and SharePoint Server in Azure

    Each engagement will be delivered in seven modules:

    • Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft Azure
    • Module 2: Virtual Machines Introduction
    • Module 3: Infrastructure Services Networking
    • Module 4: Microsoft Azure Active Directory
    • Module 5: Management and Monitoring
    • Module 6: Introduction to Azure PaaS
    • Module 7: SQL Server and SharePoint

    To see the course description, dates, and times, and to register for one or more webcasts in your region, please click on the link below:

    Partner Practice Enablement: Azure Technical Training

  • Practice Accelerator – a Microsoft Partner Network Training asset for IT managers

    First things first. What is a Practice Accelerator? It is an online, interactive training that provides managed partners with Microsoft Consulting Services-defined deployment best practices and guidance, to help you grow profitable businesses around a specific Microsoft solution. Microsoft Practice Accelerator provides a set of reusable tools and deployment best practices to help you accelerate time to market, increase customer wins and retention, and improve delivery quality through proven guidance.
     
    There are currently two Practice Accelerator offerings available:
    • Data Center Infrastructure and Management – designed for technical specialists deploying solutions based on Windows Server 2012, Microsoft System Center 2012, and Microsoft Azure. Learn to quickly design and implement a virtualization platform that provides a solid foundation for IT development, and the foundation for private cloud solutions.
    • Microsoft Office 365 for SMB – this is the newest Practice Accelerator. It helps you learn the fundamental deployment principles and processes that lead to repeatable deployments of Office 365 for small and medium business (SMB) customers. Also review new features and tools provided for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Yammer, and Lync Online deployments and migrations.

    Read the rest of the blog on why should you use Practice Accelerator and how to register for the next events: part.ms/Pz6Hqj

  • Take control of your cloud destination

  • Receive consultative guidance on Office 365 deployment and migration with "Office 365 Deployment Shadowing" offerings

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you receive guidance and gain experience on all phases of an Office 365 deployment and migration project. This updated offering includes workload-specific guidance for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online, all at a lower cost.

    The O365 Deployment Shadowing Service is an offering focused on supporting partners during all phases of an Office 365 deployment and migration project.  As organizations around the world plan to buy and deploy Microsoft solutions, they look to skilled Microsoft partners to assist with their planning and deployments.  For partners new to the cloud, the first deal can be the hardest and cloud projects for larger customers can be complex. Through this program you will have access to a dedicated Partner Technical Consultant to remotely shadow your team, review your design, and make recommendations through the engagement. 

    Program Benefits:

    After completing this training, you will be able to:

    •  Achieve faster deployment times due to a standardized deployment methodology, and have a shorter time-to-value after purchasing Office 365.
    • Maintain consistency in deliveries across projects due to dedicated Partner Technical Consultants that can quickly review plans and recommend best practices as you develop real-life experience.
    • Be enabled to drive effective O365 deployments and migrations, minimizing the risk of post migration technical issues.

    Each engagement will be delivered in four tracks:

    The price varies by package selected. 5 Advisory hours are charged for Office 365 Onboarding,  10 advisory hours for a Medium (150-500 seat) engagement, and 20 advisory hours for a Large (500-2000 Seat) engagement. Deployments larger than 2000 seats should engage Microsoft Consulting Services for co-engagement assistance. Advisory hours are included as part of the Microsoft Partner Network benefits; Gold and Silver competency partners or Microsoft Action Pack Development subscription.

    To see the course description and steps to schedule one-to-one consultative guidance assistance, please click on the link below:

    Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Shadowing Service

  • You are invited to participate in the Windows Server 2003 Modernization offering!

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you migrate from Windows Server 2003 before end of support. 

    The Windows Server 2003 offering has been designed to help you and your customers migrate from Windows Server 2003 to modernize their IT infrastructure with Windows Server 2012, and/ or Cloud Infrastructure (Hybrid Cloud/ Azure). 

    In these online workshops, get help to  understand various migration path to upgrade the legacy servers and datacenters. The Windows Server 2003 Modernization offering will help you understand the processes and tools around migrating datacenter infrastructure and workloads to the dynamic new model of hybrid cloud computing. 

    Program Benefits:

    After completing this training, you will be able to:

    • Understand Challenges associate with legacy systems, and need for migration
    • Address challenges with Hybrid Cloud
    • Assessment engagement overview
    • Migration paths
    • Datacenter Consolidation & Migration approach
    • Overview about Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS)

     

    To see the course descriptions, dates, and times, and to register for one or more webcasts, please click on the link below:

    Windows Server 2003 Modernization

     

  • Office 365 Ask the Experts!

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on participating in a weekly Ask the Experts session to discuss Office 365 sales, compete, design, deployment, and best practices with an Office 365 expert.

     

    In this O365 Ask the Experts offering, you will have a weekly opportunity to discuss Office 365 sales, compete, design, deployment, and best practices with an Office 365 expert. The format is a weekly call with a brief technical presentation followed by a Q&A where partners can ask questions about solutions, deployment and issues encountered during their deployments.

     

    Program Benefits:

     

    By participating in this session partners will:

    • Receive a short technical training on top Office 365 deployment topics and support issues
    • Stay current on recent announcements about the Office 365 service
    • Learn design and deployment best practices from a Partner Technical Consultant
    • Ask and discuss deep technical questions blocking deployments with your customers
    • Engage in a round-table discussion with other Partners and Microsoft experts
    • Participate in an interactive Whiteboarding discussion of recommended architectures

     

    To see the course descriptions, dates, and times, and to register for one or more webcasts, please click on the link below:

    Office 365 Ask the Experts

  • Participate in the Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB offering!

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you will learn the fundamental deployment principles and processes that lead to repeatable successful deployments of O365 for Small and Medium customers.

    In this Practice Accelerator version, you will learn the fundamental deployment principles and processes that lead to repeatable successful deployments of O365 for Small and Medium customers.  We will cover the new features and tools provided for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Yammer and Lync Online deployments/migrations, as well as present the approach required to craft a solution in as little time as possible. You will be provided with next steps for delivery readiness of individual products and features, ensuring your delivery practice can quickly move from the vision and plan stage into pilot, deployment/migration and enhancement phases.

    Program Benefits:

    After completing this training, you will be able to:

    • Understand cloud partner business opportunities
    • Sign up for and use your Internal Use Rights (IUR)
    • Demonstrate, position, and pilot the right Office 365 plan for your customers
    • Plan for infrastructure, identities, and client deployment requirements
    • Plan for Office 365 workloads including Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business
    • Plan for user adoption of Office 365

    To see the course descriptions, dates, and times, and to register for one or more webcasts, please click on the link below:

    Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB

     

  • Receive Consultative Guidance on Azure deployment with "Azure Deployment Shadowing Services" offerings

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share Azure Deployment Shadowing offerings" through consultative guidance from Microsoft Azure expert.

    Azure Deployment Shadowing is a scenario based one-to-one consultative offering designed to enable partners to deploy Azure solutions based on specific customer scenarios, including technical and project management discussions with customer engagement guidance. Scenarios include application servers and high availability, development and test, archiving and back up, and SharePoint and BI. After completion of the course, you will:

    • Reduce the learning curve cost by focusing on a proven scenario 
    • Help assess and determine the technical requirements for migrating existing applications to the cloud 
    • Get tools and templates to use when discussing common deployments with customers 
    • Receive a recommended set of topology diagrams for implementing common scenarios in Microsoft Azure 
    • Receive guidance for self-study to learn a specific scenario at a technology level 

    To see the course description and steps to schedule one-to-one consultative guidance assistance, please click on the link below:

    Azure Deployment Shadowing Services

  • Accelerate the sales cycle of Microsoft Azure solutions through "Azure Starter Kit: Technical Presales" offerings

    The Partner Technical Services team can help you accelerate the sales cycle of Microsoft solution through Azure Starter Kit: Technical Presales offerings.

    The Azure Technical Presales Starter Kit is a package offering designed to accelerate the sale and business opportunity with Microsoft Azure solutions through one-to-one sessions with Azure experts. Partners will receive a bill of materials to get support and recommendations for the most common usage scenarios with Azure. 

    To see the course description and steps to schedule one-to-one technical presales assistance, please click on the link below:

    Azure Starter Kit: Technical Presales

  • "Modernize and Automate your Infrastructure" through consultative guidance

    The Partner Technical Services is excited to release Modernize and Automate your Infrastructure offerings through one-to-one consultative guidance.

     

    Engage in this one-to-one consultative guidance to upgrade your IT infrastructure and automate with self-service and cloud integration to meet the needs of your customers in the cloud era. By taking this offering you will be able to:

     

    • Learn challenges associated with legacy systems and how to address them with end of support coming in July 2015
    • Assess the data centers with application service topology, and compatibility with Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Discover inventory, and assess application migration path based on 7Rs for application modernization
    • Upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 using AppZero, and Azure Application Considerations
    • Consolidate and migrate the data centers
    • Learn modern systems automation, and Orchestrator Runbook architecture
    • Enable self-service through server and VM provisioning

     

    To see the course description and steps to schedule one-to-one consultative guidance assistance, please click on the link below:

    Modernize and Automate your Infrastructure

  • Grow Your Cloud Business Delivering Solutions and Services to Small and Midsize Customers with Microsoft Azure

    The ModernBiz Technical Series is a multi-course program that teaches partners about building cloud, hybrid and on-premises solutions for small and midsize customers. Jump right in to helping your SMB customers with Microsoft Azure solutions by attending the Microsoft Cloud for SMB course.

    In this training, you will:

    • Get hands-on experience: With a focus on building real-world solutions, this training consists of presentations, demos, and hands-on labs.
    • Get the skills you need to build (SMB) solutions: This technical series is designed specifically for partners working with SMB customers to build solutions using the latest products and technologies from Microsoft. 

    Did you know that Azure is now available in Open Licensing? This gives you the opportunity to resell cloud services through a licensing channel that’s already familiar, while maintaining the direct billing relationship with your customers.

    The one-day course includes the following modules:

    • Module 1: Azure Backup, Storage, and Web Sites—provides an overview of IaaS and PaaS as well as information about pricing out consumption-based services 
    • Module 2: Azure VM Workloads—covers provisioning and managing VM workloads, in addition to importing, monitoring and pricing VMs 
    • Module 3: Azure VM Network and Traffic Manager—includes Windows Azure Virtual Network (VNET), virtual and dynamic IP addresses, load balancing, VNETs, and communications between on-premises and Azure environments
    • Module 4: Planning and Deploying Workloads to Azure VMs and Servers—topics include Azure SQL Server Database Service and Azure SQL Server VMs 
    • Module 5: Azure Active Directory and Identity Management—covers Azure Active Directory, Password Sync and DirSync, Office 365 integration and Single Sign-on, and third-party cloud services support for Azure AD authentication.

    The course changes often to include new services in Azure for SMB customers. For example, check back in January to find out more about enabling recovery in Azure directly with Hyper-V in Azure Site Recovery in Module 3.

    Find an in-person, web-delivered or on-demand delivery that works for you by visiting https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3021861.

  • How to activate Microsoft Azure internal-use rights licenses? And Experience Azure.

    One of the key challenge for partners is to ensure that cloud works on their term. They get the better performance, and productivity in cloud, their LOB applications are compatible in cloud. Activating Internal Use Rights (IUR) would give you that option to test Azure and run dev/ test scenarios, virtual machines and try other Azure features to get familiarize with it.  Internal-use software licenses for the latest Microsoft software allow you to get firsthand knowledge of features and capabilities. The Microsoft Partner Network continually updates the internal-use software benefits with new products and more recent versions of software already available to partners. You can use these new benefits as soon as they are added to the Microsoft Partner Network licensing list. Software benefits, delivered through digital download, can be used to run your business and to help you gain valuable hands-on experience with the latest technologies.

    You could watch this 2 minutes video to activate your IUR : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc2VKEX2veQ&feature=youtu.be

    In order to activate your IUR:

    1. Go to the Microsoft Partner Digital Download Portal
    2. Sign in with the Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID) that is associated to your Microsoft Partner Network membership and is currently assigned administrator rights.
    3. Select the Microsoft Online Services section.
    4. From the product list, select Microsoft Azure.
    5. On the Obtain cloud benefit page, click the Special instructions link.
    6. Under the Your Microsoft Azure benefit entitlement area, click Activate this benefit.
    7. Complete the Sign up page by filling in the required fields. Payment information is required, but you will not be charged anything without your consent. If you reach the limit of your monthly internal-use rights benefit, you will be notified before any charges are applied.

    You could also find step by step instructions to activate your IUR benefits available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3013414

    Now what? I could share couple of scenarios which you could use Azure for-

    Dev/Test:

    You can rapidly self-provision as many virtual machines as you need for your application development and testing in the cloud without waiting for hardware, procurement or internal processes. You can connect globally to their on-premises network with Azure Virtual Network and confidently scale up, scale out, and generate load to deliver applications faster, and this offering helps partner learn that concept. You could find more details at our online offering “Labs on Azure: First Steps” by registering at  https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3009981?wa=wsignin1.0. This offering would help partners spin up a test lab or sandbox quickly, and become agile in learning, development, and prototyping. This offering help them connect a lab to their existing infrastructure when required. When they finish, help them tear it down and bring it back in-house to run in their on-premises datacenter, or keep it in the cloud.

    Websites: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/services/websites/

    With Azure Websites, you can deploy and scale modern websites and web apps in seconds.  Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web Apps in seconds. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you. Azure Websites is the best place to run your Content Management System (CMS) with a set of enterprise-class features that allow you to develop, deploy and scale with confidence and ease. With Azure Websites, not only can you deploy a site in less than 70 seconds, you can then scale it to multiple instances, configure high availability, deploy across multiple regions with Microsoft Azure Traffic Manager and even automate backup and restore and schedule regular maintenance jobs to optimize your performance.

    • Other high-end features that makes Azure a leading platform for your CMS are multiple deployment slots, which allow you to validate site changes before publishing and integration with Azure’s Content Delivery Network (CDN). In addition, Azure’s fine-grained monitoring tools lets you keep a close eye on your site’s performance and react to any issues in real time.
    • Use ASP.NET, Java, PHP, Node.js or Python. Run popular web apps and CMS solutions including WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Umbraco and DotNetNuke  .
    • Azure makes it easy to create and use data solutions with your Web apps. Support for Microsoft SQL, MySQL, DocumentDB, Search, MongoDB, Redis,  Azure Table Storage  . Test your apps for free with a SQL Database and MySQL Database.
    • Run your Web apps in a high-availability environment with automatic patching. Web apps deployed with Azure Websites are isolated and are hosted in VMs dedicated to your applications – ensuring predictable performance and security isolation.
    • Azure enables you to build websites that can consume data from your own data center. With Hybrid Connections and VNET it's easy to access your data securely from your on-premises data centers - or anywhere else in the world. Azure Active Directory enables you to limit access to only your employees or partners. Interested in moving an on-premises website onto the cloud? Use the Migration Assistant to analyze and migrate your site with just a few clicks.
    • Follow tutorials  to create websites from scratch, or from the marketplace, and deploy them from Visual Studio or source control repositories, such as TFS and GitHub. Learn how to monitor, scale, back up, troubleshoot, maximize performance, authenticate users, and more. 

    Back Up: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/backup/

    Data is the heart of any organization and backing up this data is a key part of a business strategy. Cloud based backup solutions provide a reliable, inexpensive and scalable solution with zero capital investment and minimal operational expense. Azure Backup is a simple and reliable data protection solution which enables customers to back up their on-premises data to Microsoft Azure. Your backup data is secure over the wire and at rest. The backup data is stored in geo-replicated storage which maintains 6 copies of your data across two Azure datacenters. With 99.9% service availability, Azure Backup provides an operational peace of mind.

    • Azure Backup is easy to use and seamlessly protects data from Windows Server, Windows Server Essentials and System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM). DPM protects a wide range of Microsoft workloads and it is easy to extend their protection to Azure. Backups can be managed using PowerShell or through an inbox user interface.
    • Your backup data is secure over the wire and at rest. The backup data is stored in geo-replicated storage which maintains 6 copies of your data across two Azure datacenters. With 99.9% service availability, Azure Backup provides an operational peace of mind.
    • Azure Backup is efficient over the network and on your disk. Once the initial seeding is complete, only incremental changes are sent at a defined frequency. Inbuilt features such as compression, encryption, longer retention and bandwidth throttling helps boost IT efficiency.

    Please join Labs on Azure: First Steps or other offerings to get most of Azure http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2973481/ scenarios. 

  • You are invited to participate in the Labs on Azure: First Steps offering!

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you prepare for and complete the most important tasks in running lab, development, test or demo systems.

     

    Labs on Azure: First Steps offering has been designed to help partners and your customers move to the cloud for development and test scenarios and to realistically model production environments by activating your Azure subscription and learn about Virtual machines and IUR. This offering will help you spin up a test lab or sandbox quickly, and become agile in learning, development, and prototyping. This offering will help you connect a lab to an existing infrastructure when required. When you finish, learn how to tear it down and bring it back in-house to run in your on-premises datacenter, or keep it in the cloud.

     

    In these online workshops, you will learn how to use Azure for most common cloud scenario- Dev/ Test. This consultant-led instruction will educate you on how to utilize your Azure tenant utilizing the Microsoft Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution.

     

    Program Benefits:

    After completing this training, you will be able to:

    • Sign up for Microsoft Azure
    • Explain how to create a virtual machine in Azure
    • Create a custom virtual machine
    • Share virtual machines between users
    • Upload virtual machines from Hyper-V to Azure
    • Create Virtual Machines through automated scripts via PowerShell

    Each engagement will be delivered in eight modules:

    • Module 1: Getting Started on Windows Azure
    • Module 2: VMs on Azure - The Basics
    • Module 3: Creating Custom Images
    • Module 4: Introduction to Azure Storage
    • Module 5: Managing VHDs and Image File
    • Module 6: Using PowerShell with Azure VMs
    • Module 7: Best Practices
    • Module 8: Closing

    To see the course description, dates, and times, and to register for one or more webcasts in your region, please click on the link below:

    Labs on Azure: First Steps


  • You are invited to participate in the Design the Hybrid Cloud offering!

    The Partner Technical Services team is excited to share a new initiative focused on helping you develop cloud strategies by building and enhancing your hybrid cloud readiness to deploy Cloud OS solutions for your customers.

     

    The Design the Hybrid Cloud offering has been designed to enable breadth partners in developing cloud strategies, specifically Hybrid cloud. Learning objectives include storage at on premise and cloud location, networking, identify and federation (with AD, and Azure AD), compute, and virtualization scenarios for partners to sell, deploy, and help active cloud at their customer sites.

     

    In these online workshops, you will learn how to develop cloud strategies by building and enhancing your hybrid cloud readiness to deploy Cloud OS solutions for your customers.

    Program Benefits:

    After completing this training, you will be able to:

    • Learn about Hybrid Cloud Architecture by creating and monitoring Private Cloud
    • Cloud OS concepts, Virtualization and Private Cloud components
    • Architecting Azure Storage and Networking and migrate workloads to Public Cloud
    • Hybrid Cloud deployment with Azure Active Directory Premium and ADFS
    • High Availability with Disaster Recover Planning and Considerations

    Each engagement will be delivered in five modules:

    • Module 1: Overview, Assessment and Virtualization
    • Module 2: Architecture Considerations
    • Module 3: Microsoft Azure IaaS overview
    • Module 4:  Hybrid Cloud deployment
    • Module 5: High Availability & Disaster Recovery Planning and Considerations

    To see the course description, dates, and times, and to register for one or more webcasts in your region, please click on the link below:

    Design the Hybrid Cloud

  • Microsoft Partner Signature Cloud Support

     

    Microsoft Partner Signature Cloud Support (SCS) is an exclusive partner technical benefit that provides qualified cloud competency partners with an elevated level of technical support for scenarios for Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure.

     

    To verify that you are eligible for this benefit and to learn more, see the Signature Cloud Support Benefit Overview.

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  • Office 365 and SharePoint training series from Partner Technical Services

    Partner Technical Services webcasts for Office 365 and SharePoint - October to December 2014 TileThe Microsoft Partner Technical Services team is offering several series of technically focused webcasts, scheduled from October through December. These webcasts cover key Office 365 and SharePoint workloads and scenarios, to help you identify and address customer needs.

    Check out the rest of the blog and the training series list here.

  • Creating an Office 365 Support Organization

    Creating an Office 365 Support Organization

    Available now on the Partner Learning Center is a new training on best practices for creating an Office 365 Support Organization.  From the session description:

    Partners want to have a consistent approach to support their customers and reduce the incidents they need to escalate to MS for resolution. This training will help Partners to build and grow their own Online Services Support Organizations, which will enhance their customer relationships and result in increased revenue opportunities.

    The target audience is either Partners who have an existing Support infrastructure and want to improve their customer experience by employing guidance and best practices from Microsoft, or Partners who do not have a support organization and are looking for guidance on how to plan, structure, implement, and continue to improve the customer-to-partner support experience.

    Click here to access: Creating an Office 365 Support Organization