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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp Trial

    Q: (from Andrew) It looks like RemoteApp could be the solution to my Azure technical problems. I’d like to set it up in a separate account to get a handle on the implementation process. Do you know if there’s a way of doing this without having to pay for 20 seats (the stated minimum)? I’d add it to my...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Configuring Azure Backup

    Onur Dogruoz In this video, I will walk you through the setup and configuration of Azure backup vault and backup schedules on Windows Server. You will see how easy it is to get your data protected with Azure. Be sure to check out our whole series of “Azure in 5 Minutes” blogs and videos at http://azure...
  • Blog Post: Have you gotten your “Taste” of Azure yet?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Along with the O365 incentives that I blogged about, I also wanted to make sure you were familiar with another offer that you will definitely want to take advantage of! Essentially what we have for here is the ability to help your customer’s get a “taste...
  • Blog Post: Internal Use Rights for Enterprise Mobility Suite!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  My colleague Woody Walton recently blogged about the availability of EMS via OPEN here: It’s Official: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) hits Open License and Reseller Community Monday! ) Now how can you get up to speed on this solution? Best way is to use...
  • Blog Post: Announcing SMB Cloud Office Hours

    Jeff Stoffel Are you a Cloud novice or already have a flourishing Cloud practice? We hear from you all the time that it is tough to keep up with all the new Cloud updates. You have a lot of technical questions for which you need answers. We have listened to you and to help solve your pain points - to...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure Active Directory Application Integration

    Partners, Watch a demo of how to add an application integration to your user accounts in Azure Active Directory. Give users one web portal to access ALL of their SaaS applications, whether they are on their laptop, tablet or phone! Your users may be using several SaaS solutions, but will only have to...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Cloud App Discovery

    Partners, Watch a quick demo of setting up Azure Cloud Application Discovery, an Azure service (currently in Preview) that provides insight into the SaaS solutions being used in an organization. Use Cloud App Discovery to determine which SaaS applications are being used in your customer’s environment...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Setting Partner of Record in an Azure Subscription

    Todd Sweetser In this video I walk through the steps involved in setting up Partner of Record in an Azure subscription.  I also share information on how it is used today as well as how it will be used in the coming months. Also see my recent blog post in this topic as well: Microsoft Azure and Partner...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure Portal Walkthrough

    Tim Tetrick If you are new to Azure, this Azure Portal walkthrough will help you get familiar with how to create, configure, and monitor services within Azure. We’ll also look at how to add co-admins, how to check your services usage and Open credits, and more. Be sure to check out our whole series of...
  • Blog Post: New Solution Accelerator: Azure Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

    Partners, I am pleased to announce the availability of a new Azure Solution Accelerator – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR)! Solution Accelerators are technical documents that offer in-depth, step-by-step guidance on implementing Microsoft solutions. The third in an ongoing series, this...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: How to Activate your Azure IUR Benefit

    Jeff Stoffel Do you have Microsoft Azure Internal Use Rights (IUR) yet not sure how to activate this benefit? Please watch this video to see step by step instructions on how you can activate your IUR. Be sure to watch the rest of the series at http://azure.msts2.com Thanks for watching! Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Setup and Manage your Customer’s Azure Open Subscription

    Jeff Stoffel How to setup an Azure Open subscription is a common question I receive from partners. Please watch this video to get an understanding of the steps involved and how simple it really is. Be sure to watch the rest of the series at http://azure.msts2.com Thanks for watching! Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: Fundamentals of Azure–Free ebook

    Onur Dogruoz Microsoft Press released the first book of Microsoft Azure Essentials series, Fundamentals of Azure. This is a FREE ebook and you can click bellow link to download it from Microsoft Virtual Academy. You can also read the Microsoft Press blog post here . Who should read this ebook This ebook...
  • Blog Post: Public Roadmap for Cloud Platform (Azure, Windows Server, etc.)

    To complement my earlier posting on the Office 365 Roadmap site, we now have a site where we are publishing roadmap information for a variety of Microsoft solution technologies. It’s arranged by stage: Recently Available Public Preview In Development For each of these stages, there are specific technology...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Cloud 1-2-3 webinar on Azure

    Partners, Are you interested in learning more about Microsoft’s exciting Azure service and all of the recent new additions? In case you weren’t aware, you can now provision hosted VM’s, host websites, easily add blob storage, provide online backups for your Windows Servers and much more! What are your...
  • Blog Post: Azure Technical Training Webinars

    Partners, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the following technical learning opportunity to help you prepare to sell and deploy on the Windows Azure Infrastructure. The first 4 session recordings are available on-demand and the final 4 are being delivered in April. I attended the first 4 and they...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization IT Camps Open to All IT Pros!

    Learn the basics – and beyond – in Microsoft virtualization technology at a FREE, hands-on workshop for IT pros. You’ll see how your current VMware skills apply to a Microsoft environment, explore the differences between key Microsoft and VMware technologies, plus much, much more. Get all the details...
  • Blog Post: Sample quote of an Azure VM project

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, One of the most frequent questions I receive from partners new to Azure is how to build and quote their first project. Browsing the pricing calculator on Azure.com can be quite an intimidating experience as the service options and specific configurations...
  • Blog Post: SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open!

    Tim Tetrick SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open! We’re excited to announce new in-depth & hands on marketing content, along with 300-level technical training to modernize your organizations’ technical skills and marketing capabilities- leaving you with the tools you...
  • Blog Post: Azure Cloud App Discovery

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, A few weeks ago, I blogged about the brand new Azure Identity Management Solution Accelerator , which provides detailed guidance on how to integrate your on-premises Active Directory with Azure Active Directory (AAD). Why integrate Azure AD with on...