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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open!

    Tim Tetrick SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open! We’re excited to announce new in-depth & hands on marketing content, along with 300-level technical training to modernize your organizations’ technical skills and marketing...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: Configure an On-Premises VM with ASR

    Rob Waggoner In this video I walk through setting up a VM with Azure Site Recovery. I focus on configuring the on-premises Hyper-V host and Virtual Machine though the initial replication. I show you the on-Premises version of the VM and then how it replicates...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure Site Recovery (ASR) - Setup

    Rob Waggoner In this video, I’m going to walk through the Azure Site Recovery Process. We cover the setup of how you can send a Hyper-V Replica to Azure instead of to another Hyper-V host. I love the idea of having an offsite replica for my VM, and having...
  • Azure in 5 minutes: Synchronizing an Azure DC with on-Premises

    Rob Waggoner In this video I will show you how to promote a VM in Azure to a Domain Controller that synchronizes with a Domain Controller of an on-premises network. This is a continuation of the series and assumes you’ve already established the Site-to...
  • Azure in 5 minutes: Configuring the Site-to-Site VPN

    Rob Waggoner In this discussion I talk about setting up the Site-to-Site VPN between my Azure Virtual Network and my on-premises infrastructure. While I walked you through the setup, I also blogged about setting up the Site-to-Site here . During the discussion...
  • Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

    Q: (from Bill) I have a quick question on two factor authorization for Office 365. Is it available with all plans (i.e. business essentials, premium, E1, E3)? A: My Bing search on “Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication” I found LOTS of resources on how...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes

    Welcome! My team will be doing a number of videos around various components in Azure. The goal of this series is to give you very short messages around a number of the key Azure components needed to build a solution on Azure. We will start with the basics...
  • Azure in 5 minutes: Creating a Virtual Network

    Rob Waggoner In this video, I will walk through the creation of a Virtual Network in Azure. I talk about the options and how I normally configure my VNs so that I can connect them to my on-premises networks for the full Hybrid networking solution. I mentioned...
  • Why Promote Software Currency to your Customers

    Jeff Stoffel I recently teamed with one of our partners on a Security Webinar. I primarily focused on the benefits of running an up to date desktop and the security enhancements provided by a modern operating system. Working through the content reminded...
  • Azure Cloud App Discovery

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, A few weeks ago, I blogged about the brand new Azure Identity Management Solution Accelerator , which provides detailed guidance on how to integrate your on-premises Active Directory with Azure Active...
  • Using Bread Crumbs in Azure

    Rob Waggoner I call them bread crumbs, but to me, it’s really a way to self document my virtual networks in Azure. I build a lot of virtual networks and connect them between on-premises and Azure. I’ve had up to three virtual networks running at one time...
  • Azure Data Security and Privacy

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, With lots of stories in the press recently about the rights of governments and legal entities to access data stored in the public Cloud, questions are bound to come up from your customers and prospects regarding Azure. I wanted...
  • Resizing an Azure Virtual Machine

    Q: (from Imtisal) Is there way we can adjust server to go to another configuration on a set schedule? We have a client currently configured on A6 server and looks like they have high CPU utilization between the hours of 11am-3pm I was wondering if we...
  • Maximize Webcast Attendance

    A: (from Helane, Bruce, & ON24) One of the key tools Microsoft uses for “getting the word out” about a product or solution is to use a webcast. As a presenter for Microsoft, I’m often engaged by both our corporate office as well as partners in the...
  • Microsoft Azure and Partner of Record

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some of you may have noticed that there is a new setting in your customers’ Microsoft Azure account subscription settings, notably titled “Partner Information” as shown below: This is indeed where you can now set your firm...
  • Azure in 5 minutes: Creating Virtual Machine in Azure

    Rob Waggoner Here is a short video that walks through VM creation in Azure. I cover Quick Create and Create from Gallery, but I do not talk about putting a Virtual Machine in a Virtual Network yet, that will be in a subsequent video. What’s the difference...
  • Get Prepared for Microsoft Azure Solutions Certifications

    Onur Dogruoz In his recent blog post , Keith Mayer shared a comprehensive early study guide for the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam. Since these Azure certifications are considerably new, it’s harder to find study guides and Keith did...
  • Modernize Windows – Resources for Moving from Server 2003/R2 and 2008/R2

    Josh Condie – With all of the recent communication around Windows Server 2003 EOS and Windows 7’s end of mainstream support, some in the SMB world may have missed the coinciding arrival of the end of mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008...
  • Project Sky – Sell O365 Through Business Organizations and Influencers

    Josh Condie - We are pleased to announce that the Project Sky Office 365 discount code program from Microsoft has been extended through April 6th! ACT NOW as quantity is limited, and codes are on a first-come first-serve basis (see details below). Microsoft...
  • SQL Licensing for a Two Tier Automated Process

    Q: (from Seth) We have a customer who has a Web Server (hosted) which keeps a separate data file, not SQL Server for inventory data. They also have a premise-based Windows Server running SQL server. The Windows SQL Server has a copy of the data from the...
  • Will your Workload Stay in Azure?

    Rob Waggoner I’ve had this discussion a lot and want to make sure we are all on the same page. In SMB, we typically deploy Windows Server Standard Edition because we are not virtualization more than 4 or 5 workloads on a host, and Standard Edition is...
  • Automate the Migration of your Azure Deployment Between Subscriptions

    Rob Waggoner I’ve had a lot of partners ask if they can move an Azure environment from one subscription to another. There are a lot of different reasons to do this, like: Changing from an Azure Direct subscription to an Azure in Open subscription Moving...
  • Lync Online Bandwidth Requirements

    Q: (from Bill) I have a quick question about Lync Online. Is there a good reference number for estimated bandwidth required for voice and/or video calls per user? A: A quick Bing search on “Lync bandwidth” resulted in the following link to a Lync bandwidth...
  • Big Savings Now on Microsoft Competency Exam Voucher Packs

    Josh Condie – In follow-up to my recent post on the value of on-demand technical training in the Microsoft public domain and it’s path to achieving Azure competency/Cloud certification, there is also some great value to be found now in the costs of the...
  • Azure Technical Training OnDemand at Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Josh Condie – A lot of people assume that being a Microsoft employee gives you access to any Microsoft technical training you desire (cloud or on-prem). While this can be the case for some roles in the company, and for those who are especially adept at...