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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • 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...
  • More Azure Solution Pricing Examples

    Partners, Last May I blogged a sample Azure quote to show how easy it is to price out Azure solutions. Since then it has become clear that pricing out solutions is an area where partners need more guidance. The first step is to leverage our new and existing...
  • One-Time Passcode for Office 365 Message Encryption

    Tim Tetrick I wanted to highlight a new feature that just recently launched that enhances the capabilities of Office 365 Message Encryption . As you may recall, Office 365 Message Encryption released this past February , and replaced the functionality...
  • Azure Essentials Webinar Series Recordings Available

    Partners, You may be interested in reviewing the on-demand sessions from the Azure Essentials Web Series, designed to provide you with business and technical knowledge needed to ramp your SMB Azure practice quickly. This is a recorded version of the same...
  • 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...
  • Azure Virtual Machines – Stopping versus Stopping (Deallocating)

    In the Small and Medium size business environment you often hear of the concept of saving consumption expenses by stopping virtual machines not in use. While this is not a concept I fully agree with being an old enterprise IT person; it certainly has...
  • Announcing the Windows 8.1 Devices Sweepstakes for IT Pros, Developers, and Sales Pros

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Each month, we announce a new sweepstakes to help IT pros, developers, and sales pros prepare for and take Microsoft certification exams and assessments on a featured topic. The Windows 8.1 devices sweepstakes...
  • Amplify Office 365 Sales with Drumbeat!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Developed by Microsoft training experts and built on solution-selling methodology, this highly interactive Drumbeat Grow event provides tools and opportunities to refine and extend your sales skills —so...
  • LABs on Azure, a great Partner training resource

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Came across this Azure training resource that has been made available to our partner community.  It is called Labs on Azure.  Here are some details and how you can utilize from link above! What is it? Partners...
  • Updated Office 365 Plan Selector Tool

    Onur Dogruoz In April when we launched the first version of the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool, Josh Condie covered this tool in detail on his blog post . With the introduction of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses, the Office 365...
  • O365 and Sharepoint Training from Partner Technical Services Coming

    Josh Condie – Reposting from the October Partner Hot-Sheet. Looks to be a great series of technical trainings coming this week and beyond, with a heavy focus on Sharepoint development. See: http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_learning/archive/2014/10...
  • 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...
  • Adding Exchange Online Archiving to Office 365 Business Plans

    Q: (from Patrick) Can you add al a carte archiving to any business plan? A: Using a Bing search: “"Office 365 business" "legal hold"” I found that Exchange Online Archiving can be added to both Business Essentials and Business Premium...
  • Moving from Office 365 Enterprise E3 to Office 365 Business Premium

    Q: (from Greg) Clarify the transition plan – if moving from E3 to Business Premium, what happens to Access and Lync? Does the customer need to uninstall and reinstall Office? Will they be rendered useless? A: To see the differences between the Office...
  • New Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses

    Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I’m excited to see the official release today of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses. As I previewed in a blog post back in July , these new plans include three new offerings specifically designed...
  • Tools to help you price out Azure solutions

    Partners, Having difficulty pricing out Azure solutions? Make sure you are using the latest Microsoft Azure pricing tools. Descriptions below… 1. Microsoft Azure Pricing Calculator (Azure.com) You’ve probably been here before. This online pricing tool...
  • Apportals – A Partner Call to Action

    Josh Condie – As a follow-on to my colleague, Tim Tetrick’s, blog regarding Apportals, I thought I would update the community with the recently announced resources to help in building these solutions. First, Apportals in a nutshell: An Apportal aggregates...
  • Update: New Cloud Competencies Announced

    Josh Condie – Reposting of Gavriella Schusters Blog post from yesterday. Key highlights: Microsoft is making it easier for partners to grow Cloud and Hybrid Cloud practices. Partner Incentives are focusing more heavily on Cloud Increased Performance increases...
  • Shutting down your Azure VMs automatically

    Rob Waggoner I’ve talked about the ability to schedule the shutdown and restart of your VMs in Azure and I wanted to share some detail on how to do that. While this script could get much more complex, here are some of the basics. First be sure to install...
  • How do I setup my Cluster in a Box?

    Rob Waggoner I received a question around setting up a cluster for a Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) configuration similar to the device I talked about here . The trick to configuring clustering is ensuring you have access to shared storage. Clustering requires...
  • Azure Price Drop

    Rob Waggoner If you haven’t seen it yet, we just lowered the prices on a number of Azure services. Kathleen mentioned the improvements in Azure Backup here , and backup is one of the items that has seen a price reduction. With backup, the biggest cost...
  • Azure Back-up Just Got Better

    I don’t know about you but I found the requirement to provide or make a certificate in order to set up Azure Back-up a bit on the cumbersome side. I was very happy to see it is a much easier and streamlined process to set up the Azure Back-up Vault. Vault...
  • Azure Virtual Machine New Features

    As you are creating virtual machines via the Azure portal once at page 3 when utilizing the configure from Gallery option you will notice a checkbox to Install the VM Agent. You may wonder should I check this box? Install the VM Agent – This is used to...
  • Office 365 Training Opportunity and Resource! The Office 365 Summits!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Just wanted to drop a quick post regarding some upcoming training opportunities!  Office 365 Summit! The Office 365 Summit is a series of limited invitation 2 day workshops for Microsoft's most valued customers...
  • Register today for a FREE course on how to design and develop a Windows Apportal. Space is limited!

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Whether you’re an established developer or new to the field, this course will give you guidance on how to design and develop a fully functional Windows Apportal. Introduced in July, a Windows Apportal is a Windows 8.1 app that...