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September, 2013

  • Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHS) Activation with Office 365

    Woody Walton As Exchange Hosted Encryption , or EHE, has evolved as a service parallel to Office 365, we are often asked questions regarding integration of the two services.  The purpose of this post to educate the partner community on how to activate...
  • Office 365 is now available as a donation to qualified nonprofits!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! For those that work with customers in the nonprofit space Microsoft has just made Office 365 available as a donation to eligible organizations.   What does this mean?  Customers that qualify can now acquire and...
  • Office 365 Core Identity Scenarios

    Tim Tetrick   I often get questions about the identity management options with Office 365.  Identity management is the process of identifying individuals in a system and controlling access to the resources in that system.  With Office...
  • Introduction to third-party Office 365 Onboarding Solutions

    Michael Kophs Cloud PTS You’re a partner that's new to Office 365.  Your customers are starting to ask about it, in fact you have a significant list of existing customers and prospects that you need to move to Office 365 as soon as possible. ...
  • RDS Licensing Server in a Mixed Windows Server Version Environment

    Q: (from Beth) I have a customer who has a 2008 R2 server as his DC and licensing server. He has a 2012 RDS Server as a member server. He obviously needs 2012 CALs, but he wants to make sure that the 2008 licensing server will read and distribute those...
  • Sell Windows Server 2012 Datacenter with Software Assurance TODAY!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- “But J.J., R2 will be available in just a few weeks…. shouldn’t I just wait?” Have you reviewed the Windows Server 2012 R2 Licensing Datasheet? If not, I encourage you to download it from [HERE] immediately...
  • Exchange Online Archiving and SharePoint Online Additional Storage availability expanded!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There have been further additions to which Office 365 SKUs that allow the ability to add-on Exchange Online Archiving (initial Enterprise SKU blog post that discusses and shows how to add-on is here .) Additionally, the...
  • Don’t forget the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides (IPDs)

      The TS2 team routinely is asked to provide architectural guidance for Microsoft solutions, and although we do know a lot about Microsoft technologies, we are not in roles that allow us to size servers, plan a deployment, or provide architectural...
  • You Bought E1. You Want E3. How do you upgrade?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- I’ve been working with a bunch of Partners who got their customers all excited about Office 365, but at the time, all their customers seemed to want was Exchange Online.  Those partners were able...
  • Windows 8.1 Client Security Features

    Kathleen Molosky   With the upcoming availability of Windows 8.1 you will start receiving questions from your customers as to what is new with Windows 8.1.  One of the areas normally of focus for your customers is security.  They want to...
  • Drumbeat Office 365 Sales Readiness

    Tim Tetrick Come learn the proven best practices for selling Office 365!  The Drumbeat Sales day provides partners in sales and pre-sales technical roles with best practice sales training for Office 365.  Selling Office 365 requires a new way...
  • Office 365 Change Management Guide and Resources

      Josh Condie – Discovered this nice set of resources while researching migration scenarios to Office 365.  It was written for the Enterprise partner/customer, but has a lot applicability to our efforts with the SMB community. Here’s the link...
  • Announcing SMB Advantage – Now available

      Big Easy and Cloud Easy come together to creating SMB Advantage   SMB Advantage gives your customers choices on Microsoft products and online solutions to fit their organization’s unique IT productivity and investment requirements.  ...
  • Get to Modern Partner Opportunities

    Kathleen Molosky, PTS   As your customers plan to move away from XP (hopefully well before April 8th, 2014) there is a lot you can do to help them make this a smooth and productive transition.  Based on my experience deploying several versions...
  • Office 365 Tools Deep Dive Webinar

    Michael Kophs Cloud PTS I was browsing the TS2 Blog and found insightful posts on three very important tools that should be part of every Office 365 partner’s tool arsenal: Office Deployment Tool (ODT) Directory Sync w/ Password Sync Admin console Migration...
  • IAMCP-led, Partner-Networking Events Coming to Microsoft Retail Stores

    Josh Condie – Reposting on behalf of a colleague.   Share, collaborate, exchange and grow! The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) is the preeminent networking venue for Microsoft Partners in the world. It brings the best...