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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Load Balancing in Microsoft 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: Azure Site Recovery

    Rob Waggoner I’ve had the opportunity to review and deploy Azure Site Recovery (ASR) and I’m really please at what I’ve found. What does it do for me? Think of it as Hyper-V Replica to Azure. We have the ability to send the Hyper-V replicas to Azure and even start them up in Azure if we need to. We can...
  • 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...