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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • Update: New Cloud Competencies Announced

    Josh Condie – Reposting of Gavriella Schusters Blog post from yesterday. Key highlights: Microsoft is making it easier for partners to grow Cloud and Hybrid Cloud practices. Partner Incentives are focusing more heavily on Cloud Increased Performance increases...
  • Shutting down your Azure VMs automatically

    Rob Waggoner I’ve talked about the ability to schedule the shutdown and restart of your VMs in Azure and I wanted to share some detail on how to do that. While this script could get much more complex, here are some of the basics. First be sure to install...
  • How do I setup my Cluster in a Box?

    Rob Waggoner I received a question around setting up a cluster for a Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) configuration similar to the device I talked about here . The trick to configuring clustering is ensuring you have access to shared storage. Clustering requires...
  • Azure Price Drop

    Rob Waggoner If you haven’t seen it yet, we just lowered the prices on a number of Azure services. Kathleen mentioned the improvements in Azure Backup here , and backup is one of the items that has seen a price reduction. With backup, the biggest cost...
  • Azure Back-up Just Got Better

    I don’t know about you but I found the requirement to provide or make a certificate in order to set up Azure Back-up a bit on the cumbersome side. I was very happy to see it is a much easier and streamlined process to set up the Azure Back-up Vault. Vault...
  • Azure Virtual Machine New Features

    As you are creating virtual machines via the Azure portal once at page 3 when utilizing the configure from Gallery option you will notice a checkbox to Install the VM Agent. You may wonder should I check this box? Install the VM Agent – This is used to...
  • Office 365 Training Opportunity and Resource! The Office 365 Summits!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Just wanted to drop a quick post regarding some upcoming training opportunities!  Office 365 Summit! The Office 365 Summit is a series of limited invitation 2 day workshops for Microsoft's most valued customers...
  • Register today for a FREE course on how to design and develop a Windows Apportal. Space is limited!

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Whether you’re an established developer or new to the field, this course will give you guidance on how to design and develop a fully functional Windows Apportal. Introduced in July, a Windows Apportal is a Windows 8.1 app that...
  • Some more info on Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Many should be aware of the recently announced support for Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus. This makes it possible to install and use Office 365 ProPlus (the Office client) onto a Remote Desktop Services...
  • Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) Upgrades through the Open License Program

    Jeff Stoffel As many of you are aware, Microsoft is in the process of transitioning Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) customers to a new service called Office 365 Message Encryption. I have had several questions from our partners regarding the potential...
  • Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers!  Wanted to make sure all were aware of the current SMB Advantage program in place, see info below! Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage! The SMB Advantage offers are valid from September 2, 2014 – November...
  • Office 365 shared computer activation

    Tim Tetrick Back in May, I shared in a blog post that “ native RDS/TS support for Office 365 ProPlus is coming, and is currently targeted to release in the second half of 2014 ”. Well I’m pleased to announce that this support is now available as of September...
  • New Windows 8.1 Upgrade Offer to SMBs

    Onur Dogruoz New Windows 8.1 Upgrade Offer – 15% off Get ready for the Windows Modern Business Offer and bring lower cost of ownership and the latest software to customers. Continue to spread Windows 8.1 by helping customers take advantage of a limited...
  • OneDrive enhancements keep coming

    Jeff Stoffel Late last week we announced the first OneDrive for Business native experience on Android which is part of a significant update to the existing OneDrive app. This is our first app bringing together both OneDrive and OneDrive for business in...
  • Microsoft Azure VMs often include Licensing built right in, but not everything

    Woody Walton Since Microsoft Azure was released to the Open License program on August 1, 2014, we have seen a steady increase in activity through our distribution partners and certainly an increase in call volume concerning Microsoft Azure. One of the...
  • FastTrack and the Adoption Offer for Office 365: Overview for US Partners -Next Week!

    Josh Condie – Reposting from the US partner BLOG for broader distribution. This series is happening next week, and has multiple viewing options listed below. These updates will bring needed partner-specific clarity to the announcements about the FastTrack...
  • Azure Essentials Web Series – Prescriptive technical & business guidance to jump start your Azure practice

    We have an upcoming new web series starting on Thursday, September 4, that every SMB cloud partner will find of interest. The Azure Essentials Web Series is designed to provide business and technical knowledge needed to ramp your SMB Azure practice quickly...
  • Microsoft Azure Business Development Training

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Business Development Training for Microsoft Partners Get Ready for Business as a Service Training! To successfully overcome the challenges of the Cloud, we have designed a one day Get ready for Business...
  • Partner Practice Enablement - Microsoft Azure Technical Training

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The 2 day training starts with an introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks (Infrastructure Services). It delivers the foundational knowledge needed for users intending to run...
  • Expand your Customer Reach with Microsoft Led Events

    Jeff Stoffel In the last few weeks I have been asked to participate in a number of customer facing events. As much as I’d like to join in on every event I simply can’t participate in them all. I believe this is a situation we all face – not enough time...
  • OneDrive for Business Access by External Users

    Q: (from Bruce) So, is it possible to Share with Everyone (including external people) in One Drive for Business? A: If your organization has opted to enable sharing OneDrive externally, and you select to share a document or folder with “Everyone” it will...
  • Office 365 for Non-Profits

    Q: (from Ken) I want to sign up a non-profit customer of mine for Office 365. I remember discussion about a conflict arising from the domain used for the trial period and post but can't remember if we should use their real domain or a temp one for...
  • How To Create an Office 365 Support Organization

    Josh Condie – As Office 365 gains deeper acceptance and adoption in the SMB community, and as Microsoft’s partners focus more of their internal resources on building a managed service practice around this cloud service, now more than ever is the time...
  • SMB Nation Fall Conference 2014

    Josh Condie – Office 365 Nation: The Gold Rush is On! Recently, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella (pictured), defined the Office 365 opportunity as the new gold rush. It’s a heartfelt and accurate statement. Nearly every day Microsoft is reporting new...
  • Free Ignite Training: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services

    Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Wanted to make you aware of some no charge Office Ignite training coming up.  Great opportunity for excellent training on Office 365 Identities and Services! You're invited to attend a free 5-day instructor...