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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: I know how to send my customers a BPOS trial invitation, but how do I do it for Office 365?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- First of all, your MPN ID must be authorized to sell Microsoft Online Services.  If you have signed the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement and taken the assessment, you should be good there. You must also have enrolled your MPN account in...
  • Blog Post: Did you know…that the Office 365 Marketplace was also announced today?!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Today, Microsoft announced the public beta for Microsoft Office 365 . More than a new version of a familiar product, Office 365 transcends the firewall to enable unprecedented collaboration and sharing across PCs, phones, and browsers. For Microsoft partners...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions (week starting November 5th)

    Josh Condie - Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting...
  • Blog Post: Sell 30 Windows Intune Seats and Earn $2806!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- No.  I am not joking. Today we launched the Windows Intune 3 for 5 Offer ! Microsoft is investing in helping jump start your success building a Windows Intune business. This offer will run from November 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012! The Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune–Microsoft's Desktop Management Solution in the Cloud–Coming March 23rd

    Get Ready to Deliver the Best Windows Experience, from the Cloud Today at CeBIT in Germany Microsoft announced that Windows Intune will be commercially available on March 23, 2011. Windows Intune offers your customers a comprehensive solution that brings together cloud services and an upgrade subscription...
  • Blog Post: ANNOUNCING: Online Business Productivity Services Customer Rewards Offer – you don’t want to miss this!

    by Ron Grattopp….. This is an exciting customer offer designed to encourage customers to act now on BPOS and to help partners drive online services adoption . This offer will run from February 1 through April 1, 2011. Qualifying customers can receive up to the equivalent of 50% of their first annual...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Essentials

      On July 28th, Microsoft announced two offerings available to partners wishing to either sell and service or build and develop on the cloud platform providing you ways to engage that complement their existing Microsoft Network benefits. Microsoft® Cloud Essentials Pack The Microsoft Cloud Essentials...
  • Blog Post: Purchasing Clarifications on Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE)

    Woody Walton   There is no doubt that as far as Microsoft Online Services are concerned, Office 365 steals the lions share of the press and the majority of the content and resources too.  This makes it hard sometimes for one to uncover details on some of the complimentary (or integrated) online...
  • Blog Post: Managing spam notifications with Exchange Online Protection

    Tim Tetrick In March 2013, Microsoft released a brand new version of its email filtering service that was previously known as FOPE (Forefront Online Protection for Exchange) .  The new service is called EOP (Exchange Online Protection) , and it provides spam and malware filtering in the cloud. ...
  • Blog Post: Hosting a Cloud Event? You could get free Money from Microsoft!

    Q: (from Sara) We’ve been a Microsoft cloud partner for a few months now and are making plans for the new year. One of our proposed activities is to host a meeting with some of our existing customers and potential customers to discuss their options in the cloud. How can I get Microsoft to help?  ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 Fast-Track $25,000 Sweepstakes

      Todd Sweetser – Hey there Cloud Sellers!  Enter the Office 365 Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $25,000 or a Quarterly Prize of $5,000 …just for selling Office 365!! Sweepstakes Details Enroll in sweepstakes, and then drive a minimum of 2 new customer subscriptions, with 5...
  • Blog Post: West Region VAR Events

      Dear Partner, Microsoft  partners in the Small and Medium Business (SMB) market now have the opportunity to connect with local representatives and technical experts. This series addresses how Microsoft Online Services will help you make money and will describe the new “Cloud Champions Club...
  • Blog Post: Secret Sauce for Selling SA in SMB

      By Ron Grattopp ….. I LOVE alliteration and catchy titles, and I hope this title caught your attention because I have some info to share about a new cloud service that I think you’ll want to know about (but probably don’t yet).  A while back I did a post where I mentioned my favorite movie...