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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • OneDrive for Business Access by External Users

    Q: (from Bruce) So, is it possible to Share with Everyone (including external people) in One Drive for Business? A: If your organization has opted to enable sharing OneDrive externally, and you select to share a document or folder with “Everyone” it will...
  • Office 365 for Non-Profits

    Q: (from Ken) I want to sign up a non-profit customer of mine for Office 365. I remember discussion about a conflict arising from the domain used for the trial period and post but can't remember if we should use their real domain or a temp one for...
  • How To Create an Office 365 Support Organization

    Josh Condie – As Office 365 gains deeper acceptance and adoption in the SMB community, and as Microsoft’s partners focus more of their internal resources on building a managed service practice around this cloud service, now more than ever is the time...
  • SMB Nation Fall Conference 2014

    Josh Condie – Office 365 Nation: The Gold Rush is On! Recently, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella (pictured), defined the Office 365 opportunity as the new gold rush. It’s a heartfelt and accurate statement. Nearly every day Microsoft is reporting new...
  • Free Ignite Training: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services

    Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Wanted to make you aware of some no charge Office Ignite training coming up.  Great opportunity for excellent training on Office 365 Identities and Services! You're invited to attend a free 5-day instructor...
  • Windows Server 2003 End of Life

    Mainstream support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 13, 2010 and now, right around the corner extended support ends on July 14, 2015. This means no more updates as well as loss of compliance. For customers considering maintaining legacy servers the...
  • 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...
  • Azure Site Recovery

    Rob Waggoner I’ve had the opportunity to review and deploy Azure Site Recovery (ASR) and I’m really please at what I’ve found. What does it do for me? Think of it as Hyper-V Replica to Azure. We have the ability to send the Hyper-V replicas to Azure and...
  • Conquer the Cloud with SMB Live Events

    Tim Tetrick We are excited to announce the new SMB Live events series, coming soon to a city near you! These free events are your exclusive opportunity to learn how Microsoft cloud solutions can help you address your customers’ evolving business needs...
  • Cloud SureStep: Azure - Azure focused resources for our SMB Partners!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is an excellent resource site that aggregates much of the available online information around Microsoft Azure!  It’s the US SMB Partner Center: Cloud SureStep: Azure site.  Similar to the Cloud SureStep...
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Tim Tetrick Just wanted to remind all you partners out there about this great resource that provides you and your customers with FREE training on Microsoft products and services. What is MVA? Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology...
  • Free Partner Practice Enablement Training in a city near you!

    Partners, Check out the following business development and technical training options for Azure, taking place in a few select U.S. cities. The first description below is for a one-day Azure business development training. The next description is for the...
  • New Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool!

    Partners, Need help moving on-premises server workloads to Azure VMs? I’ve been talking to partners about building their business around Azure, specifically Azure IaaS, for over a year now and I consistently hear that partners need help in determining...
  • NEW - Office 365 Customer Offers for Open

    Onur Dogruoz Starting today, we have two new offers coming on Open pricelists for certain Office 365 plans. O365 Midsize Offer Take full advantage of the this cost saving Office 365 offer through the Open Programs. To align with October O365 plan updates...
  • OneNote for Mac and iOS enhancements – access OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online notebooks

    Jeff Stoffel To continue building on the success of Office for the iPad, several new features have been added this week to OneNote for Mac , OneNote for iPad , and OneNote for iPhone . These enhancements include the ability to: Access notebooks stored...
  • Antimalware on Microsoft Azure

    Rob Waggoner As we talk about security and Microsoft Azure, traditional antimalware is still a topic of discussion and something that is still needed. If you’ve created a Virtual Machine in Azure through the gallery, you’ve probably seen that you now...
  • Can I encrypt my Azure VMs?

    Rob Waggoner As we look at Microsoft Azure and securing our Virtual Machines, encryption typically comes up. Now there are multiple forms of encryption, but encryption at rest is usually part of the conversation. I’ve talked about the Microsoft server...
  • Get Familiar with Microsoft’s New Partner Cloud Competencies

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, If you attended WPC in D.C. or have had a conversation with your partner contact at Microsoft recently, then you know that Microsoft is in the process of transforming to a “Cloud First” model. Of course...
  • 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...
  • Making Office 365 even better for small and midsized businesses

    Tim Tetrick Hi Partners, hopefully you have all seen the recent announcement Evolving Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses about the new plans that are coming for small and midsized business starting on October 1, 2014. I wanted to take...
  • Activating your Azure Internal Use Rights benefit

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of this recently posted video that covers the steps on how to set up your Azure Internal Use Rights (IUR) benefit.  Note that Action Pack subscribers and competency partners earn a US$100 credit...
  • Practice Accelerator for Office 365

    As you kick off FY15 I wanted to make sure you are aware of MPN benefits you can take advantage of that will accelerate establishment of a successful Office 365 practice. Your technical specialists can sign up for this instructor lead, interactive course...
  • 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...
  • Mobile Entrée 365; A tool to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a solution that makes it easy for you as the partner to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience.  While it’s out of the box experience is good, this solution makes it better. It’s...
  • Power BI for Office 365 now available to Competency Partners

    Tim Tetrick Ever since Power BI for Office 365 launched back in February, 2014, we’ve heard from lots of partners who have asked for it to be included as part of their IUR (Internal Use Rights) benefits. Well I have some great news to share for our Cloud...