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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses on Office 365

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Want to make all aware of a training series on the Microsoft Virtual Academy that is focused on Office 365, called Office 365 for IT Pros .  These are mostly 200 level training sessions to help one understand...
  • Azure for IT Pros Online Event

    Q: (from Bob) I couldn’t attend the SMB Live Day 3 Deep Dive on Azure . Are there any local or online events with similar content? A: As a rule, we promote the Azure SureStep Series as a great starting point for partners looking for introductory, moderate...
  • New Activation Process for Office 365 Open better for Partners

    Woody Walton Hello Partners! I love it when I have good news to convey. I spend a lot of my time supporting distribution and the sale of Microsoft products through our Open License program. As of Today we have instituted a new process for new and existing...
  • Should I use DirSync or AAD Sync?

    Tim Tetrick Hi Cloud Partners, I’m sure many of you out there are familiar with DirSync . DirSync is a tool that has been around for a while that allows customers to keep their on-premises Active Directory continuously synchronized with Azure AD. It syncs...
  • Office 365 for Mac and iOS environments

    Tim Tetrick In case you didn’t catch it, Microsoft made some exciting new announcements over the last week for customers using Office 365 in Mac and iOS environments. First, on October 31, we announced a brand new Outlook for Mac client . The new Outlook...
  • Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Capitalize on the Opportunity!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  The cloud marks an unprecedented shift in the way we deliver solutions to customers. This shift also marks a need to rethink the partner business model, in order to build a sustainable business. But how? That is the...
  • Got IUR? Save Money & Sell More!

    Sara, one of my peers asked me to post the following information... Normally I’m reticent to just repost information in the TS2 blog – but honestly, I think Internal Use Rights (IURs) are one of the most underutilized resources by partners, so anything...
  • Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter v. 3.0 Released

    Josh Condie – Earlier this month we released the new, and significantly improved, version of the Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC v. 3.0). It’s a stand-alone tool for those who want to convert Virtual Machines and their disks from VMWare over to Hyper...
  • Automating the shutdown of your Azure VMs

    Rob Waggoner I talked about how you can use Powershell to shutdown your VMs in Azure here , I also want to point out a way to use Azure automation to make the same thing happen. Azure automation allows us to give Azure scripts to execute and we can even...
  • Have you used your Partner Advisory Hours to get up to speed on Azure?

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Cloud Partners, Did you know that with your Microsoft partnership comes Partner Advisory Hours benefits that can assist you with building out your Azure practice? Just call 800-MPNSOLVE, give them your Partner...
  • Monthly Office Hours covering Microsoft Online Services Advisor Web-Direct and Deploy Incentives!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Wanted to make you aware of a resource that could help answer some questions you may have on incentives around Office 365 and Azure.  This was posted by Diane Golshan on the US Partner Community Blog but thought...
  • Microsoft partner training, calls, and webcasts

    Jeff Stoffel I have had requests from many partners on where to go for additional training…. of all types. The November 2014 US Partner Training Hot Sheet is now on the US Partner Training blog and is a terrific way to find out about available trainings...
  • Can the new Office 365 SKUs be used in an RDS environment?

    Rob Waggoner I have a number of discussions around RDS, especially around Microsoft Azure and the question of What Office 365 SKUs can I use in an Azure based RDS environment? The Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E4 SKUs are the only Office 365 SKUs supported...
  • Mobile Device Management built into Office 365

    No question on this one! I just watched the Garage video on our announcement of Mobile Device Management being added into Office 365 and there are some great features to allow corporate management of the corporate data that might end up on a personal...
  • Azure Conf only 6 days away!

    Woody Walton I have not seen a lot of press around this event so I thought I would share with the partner community know. Azure Conf! FROM THE AZURE CONF website…. WHEN :October 21, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST WHERE: Live Streaming from Channel 9 WHAT...
  • More Azure Solution Pricing Examples

    Partners, Last May I blogged a sample Azure quote to show how easy it is to price out Azure solutions. Since then it has become clear that pricing out solutions is an area where partners need more guidance. The first step is to leverage our new and existing...
  • One-Time Passcode for Office 365 Message Encryption

    Tim Tetrick I wanted to highlight a new feature that just recently launched that enhances the capabilities of Office 365 Message Encryption . As you may recall, Office 365 Message Encryption released this past February , and replaced the functionality...
  • Azure Essentials Webinar Series Recordings Available

    Partners, You may be interested in reviewing the on-demand sessions from the Azure Essentials Web Series, designed to provide you with business and technical knowledge needed to ramp your SMB Azure practice quickly. This is a recorded version of the same...
  • New Office 365 Sales Guidance for SMBs

    Woody Walton Hopefully you are now aware of the New Office 365 Business Plans which released at the beginning of October. These new plans were created based on both customer and partner feedback. In the eyes of my peers and myself these plans represent...
  • Azure Virtual Machines – Stopping versus Stopping (Deallocating)

    In the Small and Medium size business environment you often hear of the concept of saving consumption expenses by stopping virtual machines not in use. While this is not a concept I fully agree with being an old enterprise IT person; it certainly has...
  • Announcing the Windows 8.1 Devices Sweepstakes for IT Pros, Developers, and Sales Pros

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Each month, we announce a new sweepstakes to help IT pros, developers, and sales pros prepare for and take Microsoft certification exams and assessments on a featured topic. The Windows 8.1 devices sweepstakes...
  • Amplify Office 365 Sales with Drumbeat!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Developed by Microsoft training experts and built on solution-selling methodology, this highly interactive Drumbeat Grow event provides tools and opportunities to refine and extend your sales skills —so...
  • LABs on Azure, a great Partner training resource

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Came across this Azure training resource that has been made available to our partner community.  It is called Labs on Azure.  Here are some details and how you can utilize from link above! What is it? Partners...
  • Updated Office 365 Plan Selector Tool

    Onur Dogruoz In April when we launched the first version of the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool, Josh Condie covered this tool in detail on his blog post . With the introduction of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses, the Office 365...
  • O365 and Sharepoint Training from Partner Technical Services Coming

    Josh Condie – Reposting from the October Partner Hot-Sheet. Looks to be a great series of technical trainings coming this week and beyond, with a heavy focus on Sharepoint development. See: http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_learning/archive/2014/10...