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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • Windows 10 Masters Online Workshop Series

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Fresh from The US Partner Deployment Readiness Team: Windows 10 Masters Online Workshop Series Windows 10 Management Masters SMB Partners We are excited to invite you to attend the Windows 10 Management...
  • Office 365 Webcast Series – Reinvent Productivity

    Jeff Stoffel As a cloud seller it is important to be able to articulate the value of moving to the cloud while showcasing the productivity enhancements Office 365 can provide your customers. This upcoming virtual event series will help you position Office...
  • New CRM Online “Getting Started” training for Office 365 Partners

    Partners, Looking to expand your Microsoft Office 365 practice by offering CRM Online? Microsoft is heavily invested in the tight integration and seamless user experience between Office 365 and CRM Online (click here for details), providing an industry...
  • 10 Ways to use Your US SMB Champs Club Incentive

    One of the conversations we get wrapped into often is around our incentive programs and how partners can leverage them. Often times the SMB Champs Club incentives are just seen as a way to increase margins. While certainly that is one option it is not...
  • Showcase Azure Solutions with the Cloud Platform Immersion Sales Program

    Cloud Platform Immersion Sales Program Partners, A lot of partners are familiar with using the Customer Immersion Experience (formerly MEC Demo) to showcase Office 365, but what about showcasing solutions on Azure and Microsoft’s Cloud Platform? The Cloud...
  • Windows 10 Shortcut Keys

    Q: (from East Region Team) We were in the middle of demonstrating Windows 10 and how to create multiple desktops – how do you switch from one desktop to another using keyboard shortcuts? A: To switch desktops using the keyboard, press the <Windows>...
  • Azure VM Drive attachment limits

    Rob Waggoner As I talk to people about Microsoft Azure, some of the same questions come up, so I wanted to provide the information here so its handy to find. How many data disks (virtual hard drives) can be attached to each Azure VM? The answer is that...
  • How do I get the SLA on Azure Virtual Machines

    Rob Waggoner Rob, As I have started using Azure a little more, I have a few questions: Question 1. In order to get the SLA and high availability, we would like to set it up as the two server system. Does this need done from the start or can the second...
  • Free eBook! Skype for Business User Tips & Tricks for Anyone!

    Todd Sweetser I came across this excellent resource and felt it would be a great tool for your toolbox when working with customers.  It has a plethora of tips and tricks around utilizing  Skype for Business!  The goal of course is to get...
  • Skype for Business Preview Program

    Jeff Stoffel I am excited, as I am sure many of you are as well, about the new features that are coming to Skype for Business. We have recently announced a preview of these features. If you interested in giving these upcoming capabilities a try, be sure...
  • SMB Live is back with two new events!

    Tim Tetrick SMB Live is back with two new events! Starting in September and going through mid-November, we’re hitting 26 cities and we’re likely coming to city near you! This cloud event roadshow is designed exclusively for US SMB Partners. There are...
  • Microsoft Technical Partner Readiness Resources

    We are moving fast as a company and our technology is moving faster. Technical readiness is vital to success for you and your business. There are some excellent resources for you to view on the Partner Network. Below you will find the main pages on some...
  • Windows 10 Frequently Asked Questions

    Tim Tetrick Now that Windows 10 has released, I wanted to share a few of the frequently asked questions (and answers!) that I am getting from partners so far. Can I use the free upgrade offer to do a clean install? You cannot use the free upgrade offer...
  • Excellent Partner Sales and Licensing On Demand Webcasts

    There are some great resources to help you improve your sales and readiness for your business. Especially if you are looking to get into EMS or Dynamics, these are must watch! You can read about all of them here: Rev up your sales with our on-demand partner...
  • Office 365 Service Comparison Web Site

    There is a great new site I just learned about to help you navigate the different offerings in Office 365. The set lets you quickly filter on what your look for. You can find the site here: Office 365 service comparison Here is what it looks like: The...
  • Static vs. Dynamic Gateways in Azure

    Rob Waggoner I often talk about Site-to-Site VPNs in Azure, and every time I do, I talk about the routers that need to be on-premises to connect to the Azure Virtual Network. We put together the Azure in 5 minute series so if this isn’t making sense,...
  • Controlling Where Office 365 ProPlus is installed

    Q: (from Chris) Administratively, how can a user manage what licenses are installed on what machines for office? I have an administrator that does not want his users to download office on machines that are not corporate. How can he manage this easily...
  • Removing Windows.old

    Q: (from Bernard) I just installed Windows 10… I have been try to remove a file " Windows. Old" from my SSD drive. Keep getting the message You will need to provide administration permission to delete this file. A: Regarding removing the “Windows...
  • What's New in Windows Server 2016 Preview Jump Start

    Todd Sweetser With the release of Windows 10 partners have been asking about what the next version of Windows Server will entail.  Here is information on an upcoming training event that will be covering Windows Server 2016 – called the What's...
  • Promotion of Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB has been extended. 'No charge' through Sept 2015!!

    Jeff Stoffel Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB Microsoft Practice Accelerator provides you with Microsoft Services best practices and resources to help you accelerate your time to market, increase customer wins and retention, and improve delivery...
  • Yet another reason to get them off of Windows XP!

    Todd Sweetser Yes, Windows XP was retired back in April 2014.  Yet there are still many of those that continued to use it in the SMB space (and others.)  I wanted to share yet another reason to get them upgraded…. As of July 14th, 2015 Microsoft...
  • Make sure to attend the “Announcing the new EMS, including the newly added Advanced Threat Analytics!” webinar on August 4.

    Partners, The comprehensive Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) offering - that gives partners the ability to deliver solutions to empower their customers’ mobile workforce while giving them control over access, devices and data - is now available for SMB...
  • Provide instant value to your customers on SharePoint Online with these awesome partner solutions!

    Partners, A lot of the SMB partners that I work with struggle at providing value to their Office 365 customers on SharePoint Online because they “lack the in-house SharePoint resources” or “are not a SharePoint partner”. If this is you, no problem! Check...
  • Taking Administrative Ownership of a OneDrive for Business Document Store

    Q: (from Ben) I am looking for information on OneDrive and how an admin can maintain and have access to the files. Can you point me in the right direction? A: If you are referring to OneDrive for consumers, there is NO administrative access. Don’t let...
  • Office 2016 for MAC is Available for Office 365 customers!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Office 2016 for MAC has been released and is now available for Office 365 customers!  One of the great benefits of an Office 365 ProPlus or Office 365 Business subscription is that it gives your users access to Office...