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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Azure Data Security and Privacy

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, With lots of stories in the press recently about the rights of governments and legal entities to access data stored in the public Cloud, questions are bound to come up from your customers and prospects regarding Azure. I wanted to provide you some ammunition for helping address...
  • Blog Post: Resizing an Azure Virtual Machine

    Q: (from Imtisal) Is there way we can adjust server to go to another configuration on a set schedule? We have a client currently configured on A6 server and looks like they have high CPU utilization between the hours of 11am-3pm I was wondering if we can upgrade to A7 during those hours. Does it require...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure and Partner of Record

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some of you may have noticed that there is a new setting in your customers’ Microsoft Azure account subscription settings, notably titled “Partner Information” as shown below: This is indeed where you can now set your firm as Partner of Record on each subscription. ...
  • Blog Post: Get Prepared for Microsoft Azure Solutions Certifications

    Onur Dogruoz In his recent blog post , Keith Mayer shared a comprehensive early study guide for the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam. Since these Azure certifications are considerably new, it’s harder to find study guides and Keith did an excellent job to put all these resources together...
  • Blog Post: Automate the Migration of your Azure Deployment Between Subscriptions

    Rob Waggoner I’ve had a lot of partners ask if they can move an Azure environment from one subscription to another. There are a lot of different reasons to do this, like: Changing from an Azure Direct subscription to an Azure in Open subscription Moving your infrastructure from one Azure Data Center...
  • Blog Post: ExpressRoute Promotion

    For those of you who are unfamiliar with ExpressRoute ( http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/expressroute ), it “enables you to create private connections between Azure datacenters and infrastructure that’s on your premises or in a colocation environment. ExpressRoute connections do not go over...
  • Blog Post: Azure Training resources on the Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Following my post on the Office 365 courses on the Virtual Academy , wanted to make sure you were all aware of a similar offering for learning and using Microsoft Azure! Microsoft Azure These Microsoft Azure training courses cover key technical topics to help partners...
  • Blog Post: Partner Technical Services webcasts for Azure and Office 365

    Jeff Stoffel We have recently announced a new webcast series being presented by our Partner Technical Services team. This is a great opportunity to refresh and deepen your knowledge around Microsoft cloud services. Partner Technical Services (PTS) provides Microsoft partners with services and assistance...
  • Blog Post: 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. What we’ve discovered is the quickest way to...
  • Blog Post: 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 is to take advantage of managing identity in Azure...
  • Blog Post: 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 like virtual machines, etc. Starting tomorrow...
  • Blog Post: 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 Partner Azure Training , exam 70-533 Woody...
  • Blog Post: 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 in their migration to Windows Server 2012 R2,...
  • Blog Post: 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, and advanced materials on getting up-to-speed...
  • Blog Post: 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 I can do to promote the cause, I will! If you are...
  • Blog Post: 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 define the times these scripts execute. Think about...
  • Blog Post: 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 ID and you will be directed to a subject matter...
  • Blog Post: Azure Virtual Machines – Stopping versus Stopping (Deallocating)

    In the Small and Medium size business environment you often hear of the concept of saving consumption expenses by stopping virtual machines not in use. While this is not a concept I fully agree with being an old enterprise IT person; it certainly has it virtues in situations such as non-production or...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure VMs often include Licensing built right in, but not everything

    Woody Walton Since Microsoft Azure was released to the Open License program on August 1, 2014, we have seen a steady increase in activity through our distribution partners and certainly an increase in call volume concerning Microsoft Azure. One of the more common questions we have been getting has been...
  • Blog Post: LABs on Azure, a great Partner training resource

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Came across this Azure training resource that has been made available to our partner community.  It is called Labs on Azure.  Here are some details and how you can utilize from link above! What is it? Partners are always in need of development, test, and demo...
  • Blog Post: New Azure Technical Hands-on Labs Training is coming soon to a city near you!!

    Jeff Stoffel I want to make sure you didn’t miss the upcoming in-person training session built solely around one of Microsoft’s hottest products, Microsoft Azure. Learn directly from Microsoft technical experts and take your cloud practice to the next level with this hands-on technical training. Don...
  • Blog Post: Azure Essentials Web Series – Prescriptive technical & business guidance to jump start your Azure practice

    We have an upcoming new web series starting on Thursday, September 4, that every SMB cloud partner will find of interest. The Azure Essentials Web Series is designed to provide business and technical knowledge needed to ramp your SMB Azure practice quickly. Our first two webcasts are on September 4 ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Business Development Training

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Business Development Training for Microsoft Partners Get Ready for Business as a Service Training! To successfully overcome the challenges of the Cloud, we have designed a one day Get ready for Business as a Service training to help you understand and...
  • Blog Post: Partner Practice Enablement - Microsoft Azure Technical Training

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The 2 day training starts with an introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks (Infrastructure Services). It delivers the foundational knowledge needed for users intending to run new workloads in Windows Azure or migrate existing...