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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • 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...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: Configuring Azure Backup

    Onur Dogruoz In this video, I will walk you through the setup and configuration of Azure backup vault and backup schedules on Windows Server. You will see how easy it is to get your data protected with Azure. Be sure to check out our whole series of ...
  • Skype for Business Partner Resources

    Josh Condie – With Zig Serafin’s blog announcement last week ( http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/18/skype-for-business-is-here-and-this-is-only-the-beginning/ ) it’s important that we prepare our partner community for the release of Skype for Business to...
  • Office Delve to rollout to all eligible Office 365 Business Customers

    Jeff Stoffel During Satya Nadella’s keynote Monday at the Convergence conference , he showed Office Delve as a prime example of how Microsoft is reimagining productivity to help people work in new and more connected ways. After spending some time with...
  • Restricting Access to Office 365

    Q: (from Jim) I have a client going on E3 shortly (small number of users) and that’s been decided. However, they have asked me if it’s possible to restrict some users to only access Office 365 while at their Office Location, so from one specific identifiable...
  • Improve your Azure Site Recovery (ASR) performance

    Rob Waggoner I’ve spent a lot of time with ASR lately and during some of my performance testing, I was directed to this article to improve the upload performance of my ASR replica’s. If it weren't for the fact that someone told me to read this article...
  • Have you gotten your “Taste” of Azure yet?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Along with the O365 incentives that I blogged about, I also wanted to make sure you were familiar with another offer that you will definitely want to take advantage of! Essentially what we have for here...
  • Earn up to 52% in incentives and rebates when you sell O365 TODAY!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- We are really excited to announce that there are quite a few offers in place to help you accelerate your Office 365 practice. As you review the offers below, you will notice that the more customers you...
  • Skype for Business Partner Resources – Now Available

    *Repost from today’s Partner Connect Newletter : Dear Partners, We are excited to announce that the technical preview of the Skype for Business client is available today . Skype for Business combines a familiar Skype-inspired experience, an expanded Lync...
  • Office 2016 Mac Preview

    Tim Tetrick As I mentioned in my Office 365 for Mac and iOS environments blog a few months back, Microsoft planned to release a public beta of the next version of Office for Mac in the first half of 2015. Well I’m happy to report that Office 2016 Mac...