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Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses on Office 365
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Want to make all aware of a training series on the Microsoft Virtual Academy that is focused on Office 365, called Office 365 for IT Pros . These are mostly 200 level training sessions to help one understand various aspects of Office 365. They recently...
19 Nov 2014
Should I use DirSync or AAD Sync?
Tim Tetrick Hi Cloud Partners, I’m sure many of you out there are familiar with DirSync . DirSync is a tool that has been around for a while that allows customers to keep their on-premises Active Directory continuously synchronized with Azure AD. It syncs users, groups, and optionally passwords into...
12 Nov 2014
Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Capitalize on the Opportunity!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! The cloud marks an unprecedented shift in the way we deliver solutions to customers. This shift also marks a need to rethink the partner business model, in order to build a sustainable business. But how? That is the pressing question top of mind for many of our partners...
5 Nov 2014
Monthly Office Hours covering Microsoft Online Services Advisor Web-Direct and Deploy Incentives!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a resource that could help answer some questions you may have on incentives around Office 365 and Azure. This was posted by Diane Golshan on the US Partner Community Blog but thought it deserved repeating here…. On the first Thursday...
30 Oct 2014
Office 365 Training Opportunity and Resource! The Office 365 Summits!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Just wanted to drop a quick post regarding some upcoming training opportunities! Office 365 Summit! The Office 365 Summit is a series of limited invitation 2 day workshops for Microsoft's most valued customers and partners providing deep-dive readiness on all...
20 Sep 2014
Some more info on Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Many should be aware of the recently announced support for Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus. This makes it possible to install and use Office 365 ProPlus (the Office client) onto a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Windows Server, shared virtual machine or...
10 Sep 2014
Free Ignite Training: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services
Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Wanted to make you aware of some no charge Office Ignite training coming up. Great opportunity for excellent training on Office 365 Identities and Services! You're invited to attend a free 5-day instructor led virtual training on managing Office 365 identities...
25 Aug 2014
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...
14 Aug 2014
Mobile Entrée 365; A tool to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a solution that makes it easy for you as the partner to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience. While it’s out of the box experience is good, this solution makes it better. It’s called Mobile Entrée 365. What does it do? ...
10 Jul 2014
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...
11 Jun 2014
More on Azure Announcements at TechEd
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There were many announcements at TechEd regarding Azure. Enhancements of current capabilities as well as new functionality that continue to make the Microsoft Azure toolset more and more powerful! My colleague Jeff Stoffel wrote a blog post on the new capabilities...
22 May 2014
Announcing the TS2 Office 365 Partner Admin Center Quick Start Video Series
Jeff Stoffel TS2 Video Quick Start Series We just finished creating a short video series on how to utilize the Microsoft Online Partner Administration Center and wanted to give our blog readers a first look. This builds on the recent post by J.J., How do partners sign up to sell Office 365? The video...
5 May 2014
Can Intune be used to license virtual desktops?
Onur Dogruoz After the recent updates to Intune service, I am constantly getting this question from our sellers. Can Intune subscription be used to license virtual desktops? Does that have any virtualization rights? Before answering the question, let’s have a quick look at the different Windows Intune...
25 Apr 2014
Power BI for Office 365 Training Resources
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! We have been receiving many questions about one of the newest additions to Office 365, the Power BI for Office 365 solution. What is it, how can it be used, what does it bring to the table? Most of all, how can a Microsoft Partner get up to speed on it and...
19 Apr 2014
OneDrive for Business updates including storage increasing to 1TB!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great updates announced today in regards to the OneDrive for Business offering. This relates to all Office 365 SKUs that include OneDrive for Business including Standalone OneDrive for Business, Small Business Premium, Midsize and Enterprise offerings. The updates...
28 Apr 2014
Microsoft Cloud Trust Center Resources
Tim Tetrick I know many of you are familiar with the Office 365 Trust Center and use it on a regular basis to help address your customer’s questions and concerns around Privacy, Transparency, Security, Compliance, and Certifications. What you may not be aware of is that Microsoft has similar Trust Centers...
22 Feb 2014
New Guided Walkthroughs for setting up common mailbox sharing scenarios
Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Sellers! A new tool is available to help you and your customers when they wish to set up some common mailbox sharing requests. These are called Guided Walkthroughs and walk the viewer through the steps required to achieve the scenario they are looking to solve. There are...
14 Jan 2014
Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold in Exchange Online
Tim Tetrick I frequently get questions about the compliance archiving capabilities available in Exchange Online and Office 365 . One area that causes a lot of confusion is around Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold . Is Litigation Hold the same as In-Place Hold? If not, then when and why would I choose...
10 Jan 2014
Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 Poster
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Recently found this good resource in the Download Center for reviewing how Authentication can work with Office 2013 and Office 365. Two scenarios illustrate how identities are provisioned and how those identities are authenticated completely in the Microsoft cloud...
30 Dec 2013
Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners - Now Available!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is a new resource to help guide and assist you in selling and deploying Office 365, it is called the Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners. Aligning to the Reseller Bootcamp agenda, the Starter Kit provides an overview of the key things you need to know about Office...
20 Dec 2013
Microsoft Cloud Essentials Migration Offer
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Many of our posts have mentioned that Partners can make money migrating their customers to BPOS and Office 365 (in addition to Partner of Record fees)…. Partners may choose to migrate their customers from POP accounts, older Exchange installations...
27 Apr 2011
IGNITE+ – Now available online !!!
B V A Office Ignite Sales and Technical Content Available for Partners on MPN The Office Ignite Sales and Technical content is now available for partners with MPN credentials on the Partner Learning Center (PLC). Each session module features a video recording of the session content delivered...
15 Mar 2013
Office 365 In-Person Deployment Training: Next Offerings in CA, NY and FL
Josh Condie - Office 365 Deployment Training: Next Offering in Mountain View, CA – Apr 3-5 th Office 365 Partner Deployment Training is designed for partners with a focus on building Office 365 deployment capabilities. Developed by the Microsoft Premier Deployment team, the training sessions use Office...
10 Apr 2012
Microsoft SMB Accelerated Sales Process
B V A The Accelerated Sales Process was specifically designed to address the challenges described below, and create a pro-Microsoft bias, by re-aligning buying and selling activities. Customers have fundamentally changed how and when they engage with sales professionals during their...
13 Jun 2013
End user training resources for Office 365 and Office 2013
Tim Tetrick From time to time I get asked about end user training resources for Office 365. Some partners are looking for help in building out their own end user training for customers, and some are just looking for resources they can pass along to their customers for self training...
14 Oct 2013
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