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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • The most overlooked product at Microsoft

    Dynamics CRM has been a key product in the Microsoft family of products for over a decade, but is often overlooked by our infrastructure focused partners. I think that’s ironic since Dynamics CRM is one of the most complex Microsoft product to implement...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: Managing your customer accounts in Azure

    Partners, Over the past 18 months I’ve been working closely with many partners that resell customer solutions on Azure. One of the initial challenges partners face with Azure is how to properly setup and manage their customer accounts, ensuring the best...
  • Get More Azure To Taste, Improved Taste Test Offer You Can Earn Up To $1500!

    We heard from partners that you wanted more Azure To Taste and We Listened! The Azure Taste Test Offer has been improved! Partners can now attach Azure on up to 15 WS deals… and earn up to $1,500. This is a 5x increase from the original $300 offer for...
  • Office 365 Performance Management

    As Office 365 becomes more accepted as a mainstream augmentation or alternative to an on-premises network, customer and ultimately partner questions turn to “so how much bandwidth do I need?” That’s always a difficult question to quickly answer, because...
  • Getting Started with Azure

    Listed below are the best practice steps followed by partners to get started that went on to develop very successful Azure Businesses. Establish an Azure Champion: Assign a point person to be the go-to person for Azure within your organization. This person...
  • Just Announced – New 10% incentive on all Windows Server and SQL Server sales!

    Onur Dogruoz Partners – there is no better time than now to have Windows Server and SQL Server conversations with your SMB customers! We are excited to announce a new 10% partner subsidy payout for Windows Server and/or SQL Server Open and Open Value...
  • ModernBiz Technical Series: Microsoft Cloud for SMB

    Josh Condie – Summary : Click HERE to view the original post Learn how to leverage Microsoft Azure to deliver cloud and hybrid solutions and services to small and midsize businesses (SMB). Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible platform that provides...
  • Generation 2 VM support ASR

    Rob Waggoner While Azure doesn’t natively support Generation 2 VMs, Azure Site Recovery (ASR) on Azure does! I’ve spoken to a number of partners that have leveraged the performance improvements in Hyper-V Generation 2 Virtual Machines on-premises and...
  • Expand your cloud business with CRM Online

    Josh Condie - Want to learn to sell CRM Online to your customers, while accelerating your sales and further growing your cloud practice? Here is the chance you have been waiting for! Attend the "Pathway to Profitability with Microsoft Dynamics CRM...
  • InfoPath Support

    Q: (from Todd) Typically, how many years does Microsoft support a technology after its release date? In this case, they are concerned about InfoPath. A: Our business product support is 5+5 5 years full support plus 5 years extended support Extended support...
  • US IAMCP Certification Voucher Program

    Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, I’m excited to tell you about a great new offer for IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners) members to get a free test voucher for Microsoft certification exams! The IAMCP has negotiated a...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: Backup and Restore your entire Azure IaaS Virtual Machine!

    In March of 2015, Azure Backup added support for backing up entire Virtual Machines from the Azure Admin Portal. Azure VM backup is a feature of Azure Backup and is initiated in the “Recovery Services” section of your Azure Admin Portal. Watch the following...
  • Windows 10 Deployment Masters Online Workshop Series COMING SOON!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Partners, with Windows 10 nearly upon us, you have a huge migration opportunity ahead of you. Not only will you be able to smoothly transition your customers that are currently running Windows 8.1, but...
  • MPN Learning Paths – A Valuable Training Resource

    Jeff Stoffel I am often asked where should a partner start to learn about a specific technology or partner program. Of course there are often many options and resources available however I want to highlight one that I find valuable to start with. If you...
  • Start a $100/$300 Azure customer POC with the Azure Taste Test offer!

    Partners, As a follow-up to my colleague, J.J. Antequino’s blog a few weeks ago, introducing the Azure Test Test offer, I wanted to share with you a quick (3 mins) video on how to take advantage of the Azure Taste Taste offer today! Here is a link to...
  • Announcing The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online “Cloud NOW!” Adoption Rebate Offer!

    Jeff Stoffel I’m pleased to inform you about a special offer that is available to help your customers save money and get started fast if they choose to move forward with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for their business. This is a great customer incentive...
  • Built-in mobile device management in Office 365 now available

    Tim Tetrick Back in October, 2014 Microsoft announced that built-in mobile device management (MDM) capabilities were coming to Office 365 . I am pleased to announce that as of Monday, March 30 this is now generally available and included at no additional...
  • Not for Profit Office 365 Business Plans Now Available

    Q: (from Bruce) I have two clients that tell me that they are a 501C3 Non Profit and both of them are interested in Office 365. How do I know whether they meet Microsoft’s criteria for Non Profit pricing? A: The approval process is simple: Sign them up...
  • Hybrid Exchange Online and POP

    Q: (from Philip) I have a client who is looking to migrate to Office 365. They are currently using POP accounts. Is this possible to run a hybrid environment while still using POP? Hey would like to move 15 out of 75 accounts to Office 365. A: I believe...
  • Showcase Office 365 customer solutions with MEC Demo today!

    Partners, Are you aware of all of the benefits of the Office 365 MEC Demo platform? In the past, we’ve blogged several times about the benefits to partners of the MEC Demo platform. Make sure you are leveraging MEC to tell impactful “stories” and “experiences...
  • Huge savings on Azure Backup – New Pricing is Here

    Onur Dogruoz Partners - As you may have heard, Azure team recently announced a new pricing model for Azure Backup and I would like to give you a quick overview as the new model is now in effect. This is exciting news as the new model brings huge savings...
  • 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...
  • Azure RemoteApp Trial

    Q: (from Andrew) It looks like RemoteApp could be the solution to my Azure technical problems. I’d like to set it up in a separate account to get a handle on the implementation process. Do you know if there’s a way of doing this without having to pay...
  • 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...
  • Azure Services by Location

    Rob Waggoner As we build Azure to be the most complete global cloud solution, we run into the issue where every service cannot be in every one of our datacenters, especially when new services are deployed. We have a staged approach on delivering new services...