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  • 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...
  • 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: 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...