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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • Practice Accelerator for Office 365

    As you kick off FY15 I wanted to make sure you are aware of MPN benefits you can take advantage of that will accelerate establishment of a successful Office 365 practice. Your technical specialists can sign up for this instructor lead, interactive course...
  • Mobile Entrée 365; A tool to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a solution that makes it easy for you as the partner to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience.  While it’s out of the box experience is good, this solution makes it better. It’s...
  • Power BI for Office 365 now available to Competency Partners

    Tim Tetrick Ever since Power BI for Office 365 launched back in February, 2014, we’ve heard from lots of partners who have asked for it to be included as part of their IUR (Internal Use Rights) benefits. Well I have some great news to share for our Cloud...
  • Backup Dynamics GP to Azure Blob Storage

    Partners, As a follow up to my last blog post Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure I want to let you know about an exciting new update to Dynamics GP 2013 R2 that allows for GP to be easily backed up to Azure Blob Storage! Whether you are offering...
  • FREE Microsoft eBooks

    Onur Dogruoz Eric Ligman shared a huge collection of FREE eBooks on his blog yesterday. There are hundreds of eBooks available covering Windows, Office, Dynamics, Azure, Office 365, SQL Server, PowerShell and other Microsoft technologies. It’s a tremendous...
  • SMB Azure Boot Camp Session Recordings Now Available on Demand

    We were recently in Studio in order to record the key SMB Azure Boot Camp sessions for your on-going reference or first time viewing convenience. The Azure Boot Camps were well received by our SMB Partners. While we attempt to include as many cities as...
  • Complete Microsoft Azure Session list for WPC

    Woody Walton WPC attendees, By now I hope you have been perusing the session list at www.digitalwpc.com or better yet, you have built out a schedule on the WPC connect session scheduler ! I have always found the “session track” or “competency” grouping...
  • WPC Tracks – Planning Your Week

    Josh Condie - Microsoft just announced the Track designs and Breakout session schedule for Worldwide Partner Conference 2014. With only 2 weeks (or less) to go, organizing your week in advance will allow you to get the most out of WPC, and leave you plenty...
  • How many new features have been added to Office 365 since June 2013?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- That question is answered in the Office Garage Series video that was posted last week. Jeremy Chapman and Julia White discuss how much innovation we’ve delivered to your customers in the past year! And...
  • Azure In Open – New Sales Content for Partners

    Josh Condie – In preparation for tomorrow’s preview on the July Pricelist, Microsoft has released refreshed content for you to use for your internal team training and in your selling efforts to SMB customers. There is an FAQ, Datasheet, and a couple of...
  • I hope to see you at WPC this year!

    Rob Waggoner I hope to see you at WPC along with my colleague, Rob Simpson, our US Partner Marketing Lead, as we will be presenting a session on Selling Hyper-V, High Availability and Microsoft Azure. Selling Hyper-V: High Availability and Resiliency...
  • Weren’t able to attend the Cloud 1-2-3 Academy in person? View it online!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Back in February, Steve introduced the live in-person Cloud 1-2-3 Academy series. I just wanted to circle back on this and remind everyone that the modules have been made available to view by simply going...
  • Public Roadmap for Office 365

    Q: (from almost everyone I talk to) What’s coming up next for Office 365? When will (fill in the blank) be available? A: In the distant past, people in my role had limited insight regarding what was on the horizon for new technologies within Microsoft...
  • Test Lab Guides for Public Cloud – A Reusable Alternative to Virtual Labs

    Josh Condie – Test Lab Guides are now available for Microsoft’s Public Cloud offerings: Windows Server 2012 R2 public cloud base configuration Configuring an Office 365 Trial Subscription Set Up a Directory Synchronization Server to Sync Users with Office...
  • Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure

    Partners, If you’ve contacted Microsoft requesting guidance on building a successful Azure practice, chances are you’ve received the following messaging: Azure is a platform on which partners can design and offer their own solutions or packaged offerings...
  • Data Migration Options for SharePoint Online

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, Typically our conversations about migrating customer data to Office 365 start with messaging, i.e. how do I get my customer’s data from Exchange Server version X, Gmail, Lotus Notes, imap, etc to Exchange...
  • OWA for Android client available!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! OWA for Android devices has been made available in pre-release form and can be accessed from the Google Play store .  The engineering team will be gathering feedback and fixing bugs during this pre-release phase to...
  • Drumbeat Office 365 Sales Day Training on June 25th

    Woody Walton Have you hired any new sales reps recently? Do your sales teams need a brushing up on the Office 365 sales pitch? If so attend Drumbeat! Drumbeat is designed specifically for our partner and focused on selling Office 365. A live virtual event...
  • A Few SharePoint Online Plans Retiring on July 1, 2014

    Josh Condie – On July 1st of this year we will be retiring Sharepoint Plans 1 & 2 w/ Yammer as well as Office Online Plan 1 & 2 with SharePoint. If you or your customers are currently running one of these subscriptions, don’t panic! You can transition...
  • Alternate login ID for Office 365: A boon for Partners and customers alike

    Woody Walton Usually My peers or I would have noticed this one sooner. Any enhancement to Azure Active Directory, ADFS, or DirSync is right up our alley as we often help partners deploying and integrating Office 365 for customers. This one slipped under...
  • If you are selling Lenovo and Microsoft to Education–Shape the Future!

    Woody Walton Well, there are sometimes challenges we face being a big company here at Microsoft. Sometimes, because of how we are segmented (and our shear size), we do not always know what other groups are doing. Enter the Education Program: SHAPE the...
  • Creating Virtual Machines Using Hyper-V

    As I walk through creating Hyper-V virtual machines I wanted to share with you some interesting points I learned from the Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 Training Guide written by Mitch Tulloch that may save you a call to the Help Desk...
  • Get Ready to Move to Azure with Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment

    Onur Dogruoz Are you interested in moving your workloads to Microsoft Azure, but not sure if your servers are ready? Latest version of Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment is a free tool to help you with your move to Microsoft Azure. Once you install...
  • New and updated Azure Infographics/Posters

    Tim Tetrick Wanted to make everyone aware of a valuable resource that has just recently been updated. They are Inforgraphics/Posters that cover the key messaging concepts for Azure, including Overview , Security , Scalability , Identity and Access , and...
  • Setting up a File Share for the new Azure File Service

    Rob Waggoner I’m excited about the Preview of the Microsoft Azure File Server and today and I want show you how I got it working. I am using a test account, so I will share all of the details with you as I set this up. And yes this storage account was...