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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • Office 365 Client Update Branches Renamed

    Onur Dogruoz Hello Cloud Partners, I have covered O365 update branches in a separate blog post back in October. Please visit Office 365 Things You Need To Know- Office 365 Client Update Branches to learn about the update branches and how to configure...
  • Recommended Telephony Devices for Skype for Business

    The launch of the E5 suite of Office 365 and the PSTN calling functionality being built-in to Microsoft solutions has generated a lot of excitement. Our customers excited about all the new capabilities, but more importantly I am hearing from all our partners...
  • The “Get Windows 10” app is coming to your Domain join machines

    Rob Waggoner Partners, Up until now, if your customer had a domain joined computer, the Windows 10 upgrade app did not ask your users to upgrade to Windows 10. This will be changing soon and I want to make sure you are ready for the change. We announced...
  • TechNet on Tour: What’s new with Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and OSS for Modern IT Pros

    Todd Sweetser Hi Partners!  Wanted to make you aware of this upcoming in-person training delivered by the TechNet team.  This is open to all so if you have tech’s that could benefit from expanded knowledge on Azure Infrastructure Services be...
  • Upcoming Windows Server and SQL Server Webcast Series!

      Todd Sweetser Here are some upcoming webcasts occurring in February and March to help you stay on top of solutions and strategies around Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server!  These will cover topics including security, compliance, migration...
  • OEMs and Support for Windows 7/8.1 on SkyLake processors (6th gen.)

    Josh Condie - This one is a quick reference, but an important one for you to have in your back pocket as you refresh your customers devices and are making the decision between Windows 10 and older versions of the OS. Microsoft has announced that support...
  • RDS and Shared Computer Activation Walkthrough for Office 365 Pro Plus

    Garrett Bundy Hello Partners, I spent this week traveling and visiting with my partners in Phoenix and during this trip there was a single reoccurring theme that kept coming up. I have a customer who uses Remote Desktop Services (RDS...
  • Attend the US SMB Partner Insider call Friday, February 5th and have a chance to win a Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II*!

    Join your regional Partner Insider call Friday, February 5th ! The featured topic we’ll be covering this month is Microsoft Azure scenarios to modernize your customers’ infrastructure. You’ll also get business insights from your Regional General Manager...
  • 2016 Small Business Video Contest is ON!

    Josh Condie - The 2016 contest is on now. Microsoft will recognize the best, most inspirational and original video that showcases a small business start-up story. The grand prize winner will win $20,000, new Surface Pro 4s, and subscriptions to Office...
  • Join us for the 3-part CSP Concierge Office Hours beginning February 5

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Are you ready to sell Microsoft cloud services and/or selling Microsoft Cloud services and want to increase profitability and customer control? The Cloud Solution Provider program is designed to benefit partners and end customers...
  • FY16 Cloud PBX Adoption Offer - Revised for February 1st

    Josh Condie - Available for customers purchasing at least 150 seats of eligible Office 365 seats between Dec. 1st 2015 and February 1st, 2016, and 50 seats from February 1st thru June 30th 2016, this service promotion is provided to eligible customers...
  • OneDrive for Business - Getting Started Resources

    Josh Condie - Microsoft just published a nicely categorized and very useful list of resources for getting started with the new OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client. This list is focused on IT Pros and Admins. The original posting can be found...
  • Drive up cloud revenue with Enterprise Mobility Suite

    Jeff Stoffel Enterprise Mobility Suite provides a large opportunity for us to help our SMB customers with mobile device management and security. Hopefully you have all seen Tim’s blog on the Online Technical Training for Deploying Enterprise Mobility...
  • New Online Technical Training for Deploying Enterprise Mobility Suite

    Tim Tetrick Microsoft is seeing great momentum in its Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) and this is a prime opportunity for partners to start building their Microsoft Enterprise Mobility practice. Developed and delivered by our engineering teams, this in...
  • “Getting Recognized for the Work You Do”

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Ever since the Advisor program was introduced, we have always have stressed the importance of making sure partners were listed properly as the Partner of Record (POR) on their customer’s cloud subscriptions...
  • Accelerate Windows Accelerate

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- This may be old news to some, but was recently brought up in a discussion I had with a partner around Windows 10 and the fact that it’s a Free upgrade… so how do they make money “selling” it? The highest...
  • Missed the January US SMB Partner Insider Calls? We’ve got you covered!

    Garrett Bundy Hello Partners, Missed the January US SMB Partner Insider Call? We've got you covered. The recordings and presentations are available to easily catch up on the latest scoop that was presented to SMB partners for each region. · Central...
  • US Azure Partner Community Call – January 2016

    Colin Esaias Hello Partner Community! The next US Azure Partner Community Call is happening Thursday, Jan 21st at 9am PST. This month we will be taking a look at Cortana Analytics Suite and Microsoft’s new R-server. Big data and analytics are a hot topic...
  • Grow your marketing capabilities with Automational

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Need a little help to: Grow your marketing capability Stop managing multiple sales and marketing systems, so you can focus on your customers Adopt an all-in-one solution to help manage sales and marketing efforts If you’re...
  • Office Small Business Academy

    Colin Esaias Announcing Office Small Business Academy Office Small Business Academy is a new, monthly educational and thought leadership webcast series created for small business owners as a source of ideas, inspiration and smarter ways of running a business...
  • Register Now: SMB Live Two Days Two Separate Events!

    SMB Live is back! We are offering two separate one-day events in 28 cities February through April! Whether you’re a Microsoft Partner looking to build your cloud practice with Microsoft’s #1 cloud solution, Office 365 OR an experienced...
  • Azure RemoteApp Enhancements

    Q: (from John) Most of their vendors are moving to a cloud hosted solution for their LOB apps. This means back end in a vendor cloud with a front end desktop client. I was looking at a few solutions and came across Azure RemoteApp. So here are my questions...
  • Technical Webcasts Pubilshed for New Enhanced ASR (From VMWare)

    Josh Condie - With yesterday's announcement of the GA for Enhanced VMWare to Azure disaster recovery and migration via Azure Site Recovery (ASR), customers and partners can now replicate their physical servers and virtualized VMWare environment directly...
  • New SMB Webcast Series Starts This Month - Register Now

    Josh Condie - Reblogging this post on behalf of the Office Team. Details can be found here . The SMB Academy series is an "...educational resource that’s brimming with practical and inspiring ideas to help you start, grow, and sustain your company...
  • Today Marks the End of Support for Windows 8 (Not 8.1)

    Josh Condie - The title above can be a little deceiving. What this really means, is that it is time to move to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 ASAP. As Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates and patches for Windows 8. This is all in addition...