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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • 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...
  • 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...