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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • NEW - Office 365 Customer Offers for Open

    Onur Dogruoz Starting today, we have two new offers coming on Open pricelists for certain Office 365 plans. O365 Midsize Offer Take full advantage of the this cost saving Office 365 offer through the Open Programs. To align with October O365 plan updates...
  • OneNote for Mac and iOS enhancements – access OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online notebooks

    Jeff Stoffel To continue building on the success of Office for the iPad, several new features have been added this week to OneNote for Mac , OneNote for iPad , and OneNote for iPhone . These enhancements include the ability to: Access notebooks stored...
  • Antimalware on Microsoft Azure

    Rob Waggoner As we talk about security and Microsoft Azure, traditional antimalware is still a topic of discussion and something that is still needed. If you’ve created a Virtual Machine in Azure through the gallery, you’ve probably seen that you now...
  • Can I encrypt my Azure VMs?

    Rob Waggoner As we look at Microsoft Azure and securing our Virtual Machines, encryption typically comes up. Now there are multiple forms of encryption, but encryption at rest is usually part of the conversation. I’ve talked about the Microsoft server...
  • Get Familiar with Microsoft’s New Partner Cloud Competencies

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, If you attended WPC in D.C. or have had a conversation with your partner contact at Microsoft recently, then you know that Microsoft is in the process of transforming to a “Cloud First” model. Of course...
  • Azure Technical Training Opportunities

    Jeff Stoffel As we all know cloud adoption is accelerating at a tremendous rate. Many of our SMB partners include cloud offerings based on Azure as a core part of their business. I also realize many other partners are just starting down the path. In this...
  • Making Office 365 even better for small and midsized businesses

    Tim Tetrick Hi Partners, hopefully you have all seen the recent announcement Evolving Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses about the new plans that are coming for small and midsized business starting on October 1, 2014. I wanted to take...
  • Activating your Azure Internal Use Rights benefit

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of this recently posted video that covers the steps on how to set up your Azure Internal Use Rights (IUR) benefit.  Note that Action Pack subscribers and competency partners earn a US$100 credit...
  • 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...
  • How to upgrade SQL Trial to a Paid edition?

    Onur Dogruoz After the introduction of each new version of SQL Server, I am getting this question a lot. Given that SQL keys are embedded to the SQL media, i.e. not available on VLSC like other product keys, I wanted to blog about it hoping to clarify...
  • 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...