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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • Azure Backup now backs up your Client OS’ as well

    Rob Waggoner During my recent Hands on Lab events, we spent time setting up Azure Backup. During these events, only Server OS’ (Server 2008 R2 + SP1 and above) were supported. The common question during these events was “Can I backup my Client OS’ with...
  • Three Questions to Get to the Cloud with Office 365

    Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Sellers, As you talk with your customers and prospects about moving to Office 365, here are three questions I would encourage you to incorporate into your discussions. Working with customers and partners, we’ve found these three...
  • Azure Site Recovery without System Center Virtual Machine Manager

    Rob Waggoner We just released the ability to leverage Azure Site Recovery without the System Center requirement. If you now take a look at a new Azure Site Recovery Vault, you’ll see additional options, the newest one is highlighted in the screen shot...
  • New Azure Solution Accelerator – Azure Identity

    Partners, This is the second Solution Accelerator focused on getting partners started on Azure. In our first Solution Accelerator, we provide step-by-step guidance on setting up a Hybrid Cloud or extending your network to Azure. The next logical step...
  • New Azure Solution Accelerator – Hybrid Cloud

    Partners, Getting started with Azure but don’t know where to begin? I talk with partners everyday that are very interested in investing in building a practice around Azure but are a bit overwhelmed by the broad set of services offered on the Azure platform...
  • Cloud Support Options for Microsoft Partners

    Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I wanted to take a moment to review the pre and post-sales support options that Microsoft Partners have available to them for use with Microsoft Cloud products. First, I want to talk about Partner Advisory Hours , which...
  • Training Spotlight: Special savings for holiday 2014 – Expires Dec 8th!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The MPN Training team is helping you kick off 2015 with some great gifts of learning! Here’s what Burke had to say! Practice tests Do you wish to study before you take your certification exam? Practice...
  • Have you seen the new Microsoft Intune updates?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- With Microsoft Intune being available through Open, I seem to be getting more and more inquiries about it. When it originally launched we positioned as a way for partners to monitor their Windows PCs and...
  • Azure RMS is now available in Open License!!!

    Woody Walton Azure RMS (AZURE RIGHTS MANAGEMENT SERVICES) is now available through your distributor starting tomorrow! This is good news for resellers! Until now, only Azure credits were available through open license for consumption based compute resources...
  • Azure IaaS for IT Pros Online Event–Partners should attend!

    Technorati Tags: Woody Walton , Mark Russinovich , Rick Claus , Corey Sanders , Matt McSpirit , Simon May , Drew McDaniel , Azure , Microsoft Azure , Azure Training , Azure IaaS Training , Azure Virtual Machine , Azure Storage , Azure Networking , Microsoft...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager P2V

    Rob Waggoner Question: Will P2V be added back to SCVMM 2012 R2? Answer: I doubt it. We have a few free P2V tools. Disk2vhd and the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter. Here is an excerpt from the What's New in VMM in System Center 2012 R2 document...
  • Windows Server 2003 End of Life and your SMB Customers

    Jeff Stoffel As many of you are well aware, the End of Life for the Windows Server 2003 family of products is July 14, 2015. On this date, all support for Windows Server 2003, including R2, will cease. This is a great opportunity to support SMB customers...
  • Lync will become Skype for Business

    Jeff Stoffel On November 11, Microsoft announced that the best of Skype and Lync are coming together. In the first half of 2015, Lync will become Skype for Business with the release of a new client, new server and updates to the service in Office 365...
  • Office 365 Video…A great opportunity for Partners!

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, Over the past few years I've worked closely with many of our great Office 365 partners in exploring ways they can provide value to their customers around SharePoint Online, the primary collaboration...
  • Windows Server 2003 and Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance

    Q: (from Frank) Please send me more information related to the risk clients running Windows Server 2003 will face regarding PCI compliance after July 2015. A: I did a Bing search on “Windows Server 2003 PCI” and came across the following: Why you should...
  • 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...