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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • Enterprise Voice in Skype for Business

    Rob Waggoner Question: Will Microsoft be offering an Enterprise Voice solution in Skype for Business? Answer: Yes, we have actually documented our plans around voice solutions (including Enterprise voice) here . https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library...
  • Office 365 Role Based Notifications

    Q: (from Gail) Do you have insight or a reference to help a partner that wants clear guidance on how to configure tenant management so that the right notifications go to the right people at the customer. I understand there are designations for Billing...
  • Office 365 and Azure Learning Opportunities

    Jeff Stoffel One of the common questions I receive from partners is “How can I learn more about …. (fill in the blank)?” I don’t have to think very long on this one to come up with an answer as we have many available resources to leverage. I’d like to...
  • Azure AD Self Service Password Reset

    Q: (from Kirill) Do you know about password resets – it looks like with Basic, they can reset self-reset passwords, but it doesn’t sync back to their AD, even with DirSync? How does that work? A: You are correct, according to the feature set matrix (...
  • Upgrading to build 10122 of Windows 10

    Good morning partners, If you or your customers are a part of the Windows 10 Tech Preview, you may have been taking advantage of the latest builds of Windows 10. Recently we released build 10122, and your installation may have stopped at 18% . Thanks...
  • Continued Access to the SMB Live Hands-on-Labs

    Q: (from Nalinda) Can we access these labs again for my people? A: I’m sorry to report that the codes from the most recent event in DC expired about a week ago. They were only good for the month following the SMB Live Events. Instead, you can leverage...
  • Three reasons why now is a good time to upgrade your customers to Windows Server 2012 R2

    Jeff Stoffel We have been talking about the upcoming end of support for Windows Server 2003 for quite some time now. Hopefully all of your customers have made the move off of Windows Server 2003 however I am sure we have a good number of customers not...
  • You are invited: Microsoft Skype for Business Partner Integration Day

    Reposting from MPN Blog by Diane Golshan – there are still seats available, but please act quickly. -Josh C. Link here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_learning/archive/2015/05/14/skype-for-business-instructor-led-workshops-for-partners-in-june.aspx...
  • Common Question: How to hold former employee(s) email?

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A common question we receive from partners regarding Office 365 Exchange Online is “Can Exchange Online retain emails from employees after they leave the company WITHOUT using an Exchange Online license?” The quick answer...
  • PTS Offer: Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery webcast

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Here is a new offer from the Partner Technical Services team to assist with education around Azure Site Recovery - the Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery Webcast .  Details as follows...
  • Azure Ranks #1 for Cloud Storage

    I normally don’t just re-report other people’s blogs unless I’m answering a specific partner question. But in my partner discussions around Azure I’m frequently asked to compare Azure against Amazon Web Services. My typical response is: “For any commodity...
  • Windows 10 Editions Announced

    Q: (from so many partners, I can’t count them) What editions will be available for Windows 10? A: It appears the Windows 10 Edition lineup was announced on the Windows 10 blog on May 13th: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/05/13/introducing...
  • Webinar: Empower your mobile workforce with Enterprise Mobility Suite!

    Partners, Have your customers been asking for solutions that empower their mobile workforce? Do they need control over access, devices and data? With the current technology advances both employers and employees are juggling between flexibility and productivity...
  • Project Online and Visio Online Internal Use Rights now available

    Tim Tetrick Microsoft recently announced that select competencies now include Internal Use Rights (IUR) for Project Online and Visio Online . If you’ve got a Cloud Performance Competency (Small & Midmarket Cloud Solutions, Cloud Productivity, Cloud...
  • Recommended Reading --- Consumption Economics: The New Rules of Tech

    We are in an exciting and scary time in the IT industry! The cloud provides amazing possibilities that can help you provide fantastic solutions for you and your customers. The cloud is also fundamentally changing on how the world of IT does business and...
  • Skype for Business Update

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, With all the changes and excitement around Skype for Business recently, I wanted to take a moment and provide an update on the current status of Skype for Business and also talk about some of the exciting new features we can...
  • SMB Cloud Office Hours now Available on Demand

    Jeff Stoffel Our TS2 team along with our Field Partners Sales Executives have been running “SMB Cloud Office Hours” for the last few weeks. Each session starts with a short presentation on a key Cloud related topic followed by an open forum for your questions...
  • Using Choice to Win with the Microsoft Cloud

    Making Money with Microsoft Cloud -- Insights from a Microsoft Reseller Session Overview: Come hear from a Microsoft Reseller who continues to drive his business into one of the top in the US by focusing on offering the Microsoft Cloud to Small and Medium...
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy: Getting Started with Azure Security for the IT Professional

    Woody Walton I am always asked where partners can go to learn more and build their skills around Microsoft Azure. As there are so many locations where great Azure content lives, it is tough for partners to keep track of them all, much less canvass all...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure in 5 Minutes: Changing the Service Administrator (and why)

    Woody Walton I recently dealt with a support situation where a partner had to migrate resources from one account and subscription to another. In order to do this, Microsoft Support required the source and destination subscriptions to have the exact same...
  • Azure Deployment Shadowing Service via Partner Advisory team

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Here’s a great service offered to partners that are just getting up to speed on Azure!  It’s called the Azure Deployment Shadowing Service .  It entails one-to-one consultative guidance during your initial implementation...
  • Ramping up on Windows 10 --- Get Ready With Upcoming Training!

    As you know Windows 10 is right around the corner and will be available shortly. We want to ensure you have all of the right tools and knowledge on the new operating system before your customers start inquiring. Please attend these webinars and in person...
  • Newly updated! Administering Office 365 for Small Business training

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make all aware of a recent update to the Administering Office 365 for Small Business course that is available on the Microsoft Virtual Academy .  This is the third version of this course, updated with the...
  • 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...