Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • Skype for Business Partner Resources

    Josh Condie – With Zig Serafin’s blog announcement last week ( http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/18/skype-for-business-is-here-and-this-is-only-the-beginning/ ) it’s important that we prepare our partner community for the release of Skype for Business to...
  • Office Delve to rollout to all eligible Office 365 Business Customers

    Jeff Stoffel During Satya Nadella’s keynote Monday at the Convergence conference , he showed Office Delve as a prime example of how Microsoft is reimagining productivity to help people work in new and more connected ways. After spending some time with...
  • Restricting Access to Office 365

    Q: (from Jim) I have a client going on E3 shortly (small number of users) and that’s been decided. However, they have asked me if it’s possible to restrict some users to only access Office 365 while at their Office Location, so from one specific identifiable...
  • Improve your Azure Site Recovery (ASR) performance

    Rob Waggoner I’ve spent a lot of time with ASR lately and during some of my performance testing, I was directed to this article to improve the upload performance of my ASR replica’s. If it weren't for the fact that someone told me to read this article...
  • Have you gotten your “Taste” of Azure yet?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Along with the O365 incentives that I blogged about, I also wanted to make sure you were familiar with another offer that you will definitely want to take advantage of! Essentially what we have for here...
  • Earn up to 52% in incentives and rebates when you sell O365 TODAY!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- We are really excited to announce that there are quite a few offers in place to help you accelerate your Office 365 practice. As you review the offers below, you will notice that the more customers you...
  • Skype for Business Partner Resources – Now Available

    *Repost from today’s Partner Connect Newletter : Dear Partners, We are excited to announce that the technical preview of the Skype for Business client is available today . Skype for Business combines a familiar Skype-inspired experience, an expanded Lync...
  • Office 2016 Mac Preview

    Tim Tetrick As I mentioned in my Office 365 for Mac and iOS environments blog a few months back, Microsoft planned to release a public beta of the next version of Office for Mac in the first half of 2015. Well I’m happy to report that Office 2016 Mac...
  • New MPN Offer - Internal Use Rights for SkyKick

    Onur Dogruoz MPN Team announced a new Internal Use Rights (IUR) offer to help you with your migration to Office 365. This offer is called “Office 365 IUR SkyKick Migration Offer” and gives you free use of SkyKick’s Migration Suites to easily migrate and...
  • QuickTenant now available for MEC Demo (MicrosoftCIE.com)

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- We hope you all agree that demoing the benefits of Office 365 can go a long way towards closing a sale. But one of the negative aspects to enabling MEC Demo tenant in the past was the fact either the tenant...
  • Azure Site Recovery can Overcome Azure’s 127GB Boot Volume Limitation

    Rob Waggoner Azure limits the size of your OS boot volume to 127 GB. For new workloads, this limitation is not a significant barrier because you can add additional volumes to your Azure VMs, but for existing on-premises workloads that were not built leveraging...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes

    Welcome! My team will be doing a number of videos around various components in Azure. The goal of this series is to give you very short messages around a number of the key Azure components needed to build a solution on Azure. We will start with the basics...
  • Internal Use Rights for Enterprise Mobility Suite!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  My colleague Woody Walton recently blogged about the availability of EMS via OPEN here: It’s Official: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) hits Open License and Reseller Community Monday! ) Now how can you...
  • Office 365 User Experience Demonstration Video

    Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners! If you’ve ever had a customer or prospect ask to see a demonstration of Office 365 in action, feel free to send them to the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvOjXJICCRE (and also embedded below). It...
  • It’s Official: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) hits Open License and Reseller Community Monday!

    Woody Walton Well the wait is finally over. Starting Monday, March 2nd, the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite , aka EMS , will be available for sale through distribution via Microsoft’s Open License Program. EMS was only available via the Enterprise...
  • 10 Hard Facts That Prove Your Data's Safer in Office 365 w/ Inforgraphic

    Woody Walton Partners, Whenever I see a great sales aid I have to mention it. It just so happens that a peer of mine referred this to me a few days ago. If you sell Office 365, you need (or your reps need) to have this handy. I especially love it when...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: ASR Failover Walk Through

    Rob Waggoner In this video, I walk through the ASR Failover Process and show you the steps Azure Site Recovery takes to ensure that data is not lost in a planned failover, as well as show you how you could select prior recovery points if your current...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: ASR Test Failover Walk Through

    Rob Waggoner In this video, I walk through the Test Failover scenario. I will show you how to initiate a Test Failover and the results of a Test Failover scenario. Take note that a Test Failover scenario exists so you can ensure that your VM is replicating...
  • Announcing SMB Cloud Office Hours

    Jeff Stoffel Are you a Cloud novice or already have a flourishing Cloud practice? We hear from you all the time that it is tough to keep up with all the new Cloud updates. You have a lot of technical questions for which you need answers. We have listened...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure Active Directory Application Integration

    Partners, Watch a demo of how to add an application integration to your user accounts in Azure Active Directory. Give users one web portal to access ALL of their SaaS applications, whether they are on their laptop, tablet or phone! Your users may be using...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: Cloud App Discovery

    Partners, Watch a quick demo of setting up Azure Cloud Application Discovery, an Azure service (currently in Preview) that provides insight into the SaaS solutions being used in an organization. Use Cloud App Discovery to determine which SaaS applications...
  • Partner Technical Enablement Playbook

    Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, Wanted to share with you what I hope will be a great resource for you and your teams. The Technical Enablement Playbook was created with the idea of developing a “playbook” of the common “partner technical enablement...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: Setting Partner of Record in an Azure Subscription

    Todd Sweetser In this video I walk through the steps involved in setting up Partner of Record in an Azure subscription.  I also share information on how it is used today as well as how it will be used in the coming months. Also see my recent blog...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: Uploading A Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Server Image to Azure

    Matt Hester Sr. Partner Technology Strategist Microsoft SMB&D In this Azure in 5 Minutes video I take a quick look at uploading an image of Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Server to Azure. What is great about this process is while I show how to upload...
  • Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure Portal Walkthrough

    Tim Tetrick If you are new to Azure, this Azure Portal walkthrough will help you get familiar with how to create, configure, and monitor services within Azure. We’ll also look at how to add co-admins, how to check your services usage and Open credits...