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  • Blog Post: Cloud SureStep: Azure - Azure focused resources for our SMB Partners!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is an excellent resource site that aggregates much of the available online information around Microsoft Azure!  It’s the US SMB Partner Center: Cloud SureStep: Azure site.  Similar to the Cloud SureStep: Office 365 (formally Cloud 1-2-3) site, it is a one...
  • Blog Post: New Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool!

    Partners, Need help moving on-premises server workloads to Azure VMs? I’ve been talking to partners about building their business around Azure, specifically Azure IaaS, for over a year now and I consistently hear that partners need help in determining what size VM their on-premises workload would require...
  • Blog Post: Antimalware on Microsoft Azure

    Rob Waggoner As we talk about security and Microsoft Azure, traditional antimalware is still a topic of discussion and something that is still needed. If you’ve created a Virtual Machine in Azure through the gallery, you’ve probably seen that you now have the ability to add security extensions to your...
  • Blog Post: Get Familiar with Microsoft’s New Partner Cloud Competencies

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, If you attended WPC in D.C. or have had a conversation with your partner contact at Microsoft recently, then you know that Microsoft is in the process of transforming to a “Cloud First” model. Of course, this type of significant change means inevitable...
  • Blog Post: Azure Technical Training Opportunities

    Jeff Stoffel As we all know cloud adoption is accelerating at a tremendous rate. Many of our SMB partners include cloud offerings based on Azure as a core part of their business. I also realize many other partners are just starting down the path. In this post I want to highlight a few of the many available...
  • Blog Post: Activating your Azure Internal Use Rights benefit

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of this recently posted video that covers the steps on how to set up your Azure Internal Use Rights (IUR) benefit.  Note that Action Pack subscribers and competency partners earn a US$100 credit per month, per tenant.  This allows you...
  • Blog Post: FREE Microsoft eBooks

    Onur Dogruoz Eric Ligman shared a huge collection of FREE eBooks on his blog yesterday. There are hundreds of eBooks available covering Windows, Office, Dynamics, Azure, Office 365, SQL Server, PowerShell and other Microsoft technologies. It’s a tremendous resource. Enjoy! Eric Ligman’s Blog
  • Blog Post: Backup Dynamics GP to Azure Blob Storage

    Partners, As a follow up to my last blog post Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure I want to let you know about an exciting new update to Dynamics GP 2013 R2 that allows for GP to be easily backed up to Azure Blob Storage! Whether you are offering Dynamics GP as an RDS solution running on an Azure...
  • Blog Post: Azure In Open – New Sales Content for Partners

    Josh Condie – In preparation for tomorrow’s preview on the July Pricelist, Microsoft has released refreshed content for you to use for your internal team training and in your selling efforts to SMB customers. There is an FAQ, Datasheet, and a couple of condensed PowerPoint decks that describe the process...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure

    Partners, If you’ve contacted Microsoft requesting guidance on building a successful Azure practice, chances are you’ve received the following messaging: Azure is a platform on which partners can design and offer their own solutions or packaged offerings. Partners can leverage Azure’s Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready to Move to Azure with Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment

    Onur Dogruoz Are you interested in moving your workloads to Microsoft Azure, but not sure if your servers are ready? Latest version of Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment is a free tool to help you with your move to Microsoft Azure. Once you install, you can start assessing your onprem Active...
  • Blog Post: New and updated Azure Infographics/Posters

    Tim Tetrick Wanted to make everyone aware of a valuable resource that has just recently been updated. They are Inforgraphics/Posters that cover the key messaging concepts for Azure, including Overview , Security , Scalability , Identity and Access , and Infrastructure Services . I would encourage you...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2014 Sessions available on Channel 9 on-demand!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to drop a quick blog on a good resource for learnings on Microsoft solutions.  TechEd North America 2014 occurred last month. While many attended, many others could not.  For those that did not attend, or those that want a refresher or could not get to...
  • Blog Post: Load Balancing in Windows Azure

    Jeff Stoffel During our TS2 Azure Boot Camp we discussed the benefits of an Availability Set. We went into details on how our SLA states that you will have external connectivity at least 99.95% of the time when you have two or more instances deployed in the same Availability Set. Today I would like to...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for securing access to your Azure Virtual Machines

    Tim Tetrick When using a public cloud service like Microsoft Azure, securing access to your Virtual Machines should be a primary security concern. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some best practices you can use to help reduce your exposure to attacks. Username/Password Hackers utilize brute...
  • Blog Post: Azure in Open Licensing Ramp Up Summit

    Jeff Stoffel To build on J.J.’s earlier post , here is another opportunity for you to dig into the details of the upcoming Microsoft Azure in Open opportunity. This is sure to be an educational webinar on this opportunity for our SMB partners. Please join as we kickoff the Azure Ramp Up Summit on June...
  • Blog Post: Managing billing and saving money with the new Azure Portal

    Woody Walton Some of the most common questions we get from partners around azure relate to pricing and accurate forecasting of expenditures related to consumption of Azure services. As we all endeavor to acquaint ourselves with the world of consumption based billing I thought I would share a short Azure...
  • Blog Post: Azure in Open: What’s Coming….

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- With the recent announcement of the upcoming availability of Microsoft Azure through the Open program, I’m sure you are all very interested in finding out a little more. While you will be learning much more through the Microsoft Partner Network in the...
  • Blog Post: Azure: How do I change subscription billing from Pay-As-You-Go to a Commitment or Pre-Pay?

    Woody Walton Well, the SMB Azure Boot Camps have drawn to a close, and the feedback has been great from those partners that attended! As the new fiscal year begins at Microsoft we will be planning a new series of readiness efforts around Azure in the channel, but in the meantime I thought I would answer...
  • Blog Post: My on-premises VM already uses D:, can I still move that VM to Azure?

    Rob Waggoner Question: I am considering moving some of my existing VMs to Azure, but I see that Azure already uses the D: drive. My application server requires the use of D: drive. Can I still move my workload to Azure? If so, how can I prevent this drive letter conflict? Answer: Yes, Microsoft Azure...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp… give it a try!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! As I mentioned on my previous post, More on Azure Announcements at TechEd , one of the solutions announced is Azure RemoteApp.  While there is not a large amount if info available yet, there is some basic documentation. Go to the Azure RemoteApp Preview page to review...
  • Blog Post: Azure will be available via Open Licensing

    Partners, Last week Microsoft announced the addition of Azure to Open Licensing, scheduled to be available on August 1st. Microsoft is committed to providing resellers, like you, with new opportunities to create flexible, affordable and comprehensive solutions for their customers. Over the past 6 months...
  • Blog Post: More on Azure Announcements at TechEd

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There were many announcements at TechEd regarding Azure.  Enhancements of current capabilities as well as new functionality that continue to make the Microsoft Azure toolset more and more powerful! My colleague Jeff Stoffel wrote a blog post on the new capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Web Site and Azure – Many Ways to Host

    During the Azure Boot Camp we provided an overview of Azure Web Sites. As you now know there are several ways for your customers to host their web sites in Azure. Let’s take a look at the various ways in order to better understand why you might choose one over the others. In Azure you can host your web...
  • Blog Post: General availability of the two most requested features for Azure Virtual Network

    Jeff Stoffel Multiple site-to-site and VNET-to-VNET connectivity At TechEd North America 2014, we announced the general availability of several new Azure features. I’d like to highlight the general availability of the two most requested features for Azure Virtual Network: Multiple Site-to-Site VNET-to...