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  • Blog Post: Azure Site Recovery for VMware and physical servers generally available!

    Jeff Stoffel I’ve had conversations with several partners that were interested in or have been actively testing Azure Site Recovery for physical servers as well as VMware while we had the service in preview. Others I spoke with have been waiting for the service to become generally available. Wait no...
  • Blog Post: What is Automated Azure Desktop Hosting and Why You Should Check it Out?

    Rob Waggoner First let’s answer the question you are probably asking yourself. What is Azure Desktop Hosting? The name sounds intriguing enough, but it probably doesn’t register among the 1000’s of Microsoft terms compiled over the years. The most accurate description for Azure Desktop Hosting is Remote...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites

    I have some exciting news from Gartner about our EMS suite: “Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Visionary in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites, based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. This Magic Quadrant rates vendors on their ability to help organizations...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Azure Partner Readiness Catalog

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Just wanted to share/re-blog a great Azure resource to improve your Azure readiness from our colleague Frank Campise and team: Azure Partner Readiness Catalog When Microsoft Azure was first released a few years ago, one of the most consistent areas of...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Customize the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal

    In this brief screencast, I take you through the basics of customizing the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal. For more Azure videos take a look here: Azure.msts2.com Matt Hester Sr. Partner Technology Strategist
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: A Quick Tour of the New Azure Portal

    In this brief screencast, I take you through the basics of the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal. For more Azure videos take a look here: Azure.msts2.com Matt Hester Sr. Partner Technology Strategist
  • Blog Post: Azure Taste Test extended through June!

    Onur Dogruoz Partners – Azure Taste Test offer now runs through June 30, 2015 and as you know, maximum payout per partner is increased to $1500 . You must complete one-time registration by June 30th in order to participate. Don’t miss this great opportunity to “Taste Test” Azure while accelerating your...
  • Blog Post: How to Set up Billing Alerts in Azure using the Billing Alert Service Preview

    Woody Walton Billing alerts! This is important. Recently I have heard of two situations where services shut down in Azure due to billing issues. The first involved a customer who purchased credits through a reseller via Azure in Open (prepaid) and the credits ran out, the second when a partner tapped...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 and Azure Learning Opportunities

    Jeff Stoffel One of the common questions I receive from partners is “How can I learn more about …. (fill in the blank)?” I don’t have to think very long on this one to come up with an answer as we have many available resources to leverage. I’d like to highlight a few here. First I highly recommend you...
  • Blog Post: Three reasons why now is a good time to upgrade your customers to Windows Server 2012 R2

    Jeff Stoffel We have been talking about the upcoming end of support for Windows Server 2003 for quite some time now. Hopefully all of your customers have made the move off of Windows Server 2003 however I am sure we have a good number of customers not running the latest and greatest server operating...
  • Blog Post: PTS Offer: Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery webcast

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Here is a new offer from the Partner Technical Services team to assist with education around Azure Site Recovery - the Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery Webcast .  Details as follows: The Partner Technical Services team is excited...
  • Blog Post: Azure Ranks #1 for Cloud Storage

    I normally don’t just re-report other people’s blogs unless I’m answering a specific partner question. But in my partner discussions around Azure I’m frequently asked to compare Azure against Amazon Web Services. My typical response is: “For any commodity workload Microsoft Azure will meet the price...
  • Blog Post: Webinar: Empower your mobile workforce with Enterprise Mobility Suite!

    Partners, Have your customers been asking for solutions that empower their mobile workforce? Do they need control over access, devices and data? With the current technology advances both employers and employees are juggling between flexibility and productivity. It seems like a never ending quest. But...
  • Blog Post: Recommended Reading --- Consumption Economics: The New Rules of Tech

    We are in an exciting and scary time in the IT industry! The cloud provides amazing possibilities that can help you provide fantastic solutions for you and your customers. The cloud is also fundamentally changing on how the world of IT does business and how you do you business as well. It is impacting...
  • Blog Post: SMB Cloud Office Hours now Available on Demand

    Jeff Stoffel Our TS2 team along with our Field Partners Sales Executives have been running “SMB Cloud Office Hours” for the last few weeks. Each session starts with a short presentation on a key Cloud related topic followed by an open forum for your questions. We have received many requests from partners...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy: Getting Started with Azure Security for the IT Professional

    Woody Walton I am always asked where partners can go to learn more and build their skills around Microsoft Azure. As there are so many locations where great Azure content lives, it is tough for partners to keep track of them all, much less canvass all the Microsoft web properties looking for them. As...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure in 5 Minutes: Changing the Service Administrator (and why)

    Woody Walton I recently dealt with a support situation where a partner had to migrate resources from one account and subscription to another. In order to do this, Microsoft Support required the source and destination subscriptions to have the exact same “service administrator” settings. As this is not...
  • Blog Post: Azure Deployment Shadowing Service via Partner Advisory team

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Here’s a great service offered to partners that are just getting up to speed on Azure!  It’s called the Azure Deployment Shadowing Service .  It entails one-to-one consultative guidance during your initial implementation from a Microsoft Azure specialist. Here...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Managing your customer accounts in Azure

    Partners, Over the past 18 months I’ve been working closely with many partners that resell customer solutions on Azure. One of the initial challenges partners face with Azure is how to properly setup and manage their customer accounts, ensuring the best possible management experience moving forward....
  • Blog Post: Get More Azure To Taste, Improved Taste Test Offer You Can Earn Up To $1500!

    We heard from partners that you wanted more Azure To Taste and We Listened! The Azure Taste Test Offer has been improved! Partners can now attach Azure on up to 15 WS deals… and earn up to $1,500. This is a 5x increase from the original $300 offer for attaching Azure to your Windows Server deals! Azure...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Azure

    Listed below are the best practice steps followed by partners to get started that went on to develop very successful Azure Businesses. Establish an Azure Champion: Assign a point person to be the go-to person for Azure within your organization. This person’s responsibility should be to stay up to speed...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Backup and Restore your entire Azure IaaS Virtual Machine!

    In March of 2015, Azure Backup added support for backing up entire Virtual Machines from the Azure Admin Portal. Azure VM backup is a feature of Azure Backup and is initiated in the “Recovery Services” section of your Azure Admin Portal. Watch the following video to see how easy it is to backup and restore...
  • Blog Post: MPN Learning Paths – A Valuable Training Resource

    Jeff Stoffel I am often asked where should a partner start to learn about a specific technology or partner program. Of course there are often many options and resources available however I want to highlight one that I find valuable to start with. If you’re a partner considering where to learn more about...
  • Blog Post: Start a $100/$300 Azure customer POC with the Azure Taste Test offer!

    Partners, As a follow-up to my colleague, J.J. Antequino’s blog a few weeks ago, introducing the Azure Test Test offer, I wanted to share with you a quick (3 mins) video on how to take advantage of the Azure Taste Taste offer today! Here is a link to the presentation deck , which includes instructions...
  • Blog Post: Huge savings on Azure Backup – New Pricing is Here

    Onur Dogruoz Partners - As you may have heard, Azure team recently announced a new pricing model for Azure Backup and I would like to give you a quick overview as the new model is now in effect. This is exciting news as the new model brings huge savings (more than 70% in most cases) and makes Azure Backup...