See all products »
Curah! curation service
Microsoft Tech Companion App
Microsoft Technical Communities
Microsoft Virtual Academy
Server and Tools Blogs
TechNet Flash Newsletter
Cloud and Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 R2
System Center 2012 R2
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1
Windows 8.1 Enterprise
See all trials »
Microsoft Download Center
TechNet Evaluation Center
Microsoft Virtual Academy
Free Windows Server 2012 courses
Free Windows 8 courses
SQL Server training
MCSA: Windows 8
Windows Server Certification (MCSE)
Private Cloud Certification (MCSE)
SQL Server Certification (MCSE)
Second shot for certification
Born To Learn blog
Find technical communities in your area
For small and midsize businesses
For IT professionals
For technical support
For home users
Microsoft Premier Online
Microsoft Fix It Center
Security Bulletins & Advisories
International support solutions
Log a support ticket
Not an IT pro?
Microsoft Customer Support
Microsoft Community Forums
Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog
Helping partners understand the value of Microsoft solutions.
Administering Office 365
BPOS Software Plus Services
BPOS Software Plus Services
Bryan Von Axelson
Charles Van Heusen
Identity and Security
Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Office Web Apps
Microsoft Online Services
Microsoft Partner benefits
Microsoft Partner Cloud training
Microsoft Partner Network
Microsoft Partner Offers and Incentives
Microsoft Partner Training
Office 2013 Partner Resources
Office 365 Enterprise
Office 365 Midsize Business
Office 365 Onboarding
Office 365 Open
Office 365 Open training
Office 365 Plans
Office 365 Practice
Office 365 Presentations
Office 365 Small Business Premium
Office 365 training
Office Web Apps
Selling Microsoft Office 365
Selling Office 365
Selling SharePoint Online
Server Operating Systems
SharePoint Online Features
Small Business Competency
Software plus Services
SQL and Business Intelligence
System Center 2012
US Partner Cloud Specialist
Windows Phone 8
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
Windows Server 2012 R2
Browse by Tags
Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog
office 365 open
Selling Office 365 Open? Avoid Open Product Key Activation on the wrong tenant by reading this post!
Woody Walton I, like many on the TS2 team, spend much of my time supporting our distribution partners. I am often pulled into the loop when there is a process problem or satisfaction issue that relates to partners. The past few months I have seen a significant increase in escalations resulting from partners...
1 Jun 2014
How to Transition an Office 365 tenant from Advisor to Open
Woody Walton So you have been selling Office 365 through our Advisor Program for some time, but you have heard about the recent addition of Office 365 as SKUs in the Open License Program available through distribution. One question that may come to mind is how do I move a tenant (customer) from one sales...
1 May 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
Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the VAR Rebate!!
Woody Walton Microsoft’s VAR incentive program is a MUST DO for any reseller out there that sells Microsoft products and solutions. All you have to do is be a registered member of the Microsoft Partner Network (free), and sign up for the incentive program (also free)! After that we track your Open License...
27 Feb 2014
Getting started with your Office 365 Practice; Simple guidance to get you selling ASAP
Partners, I’m often asked by new SMB cloud partners how they can quickly become trusted advisors to their customers relating to anything Office 365. The typical Microsoft response to this question is to flood the poor partner with enough training and learning resources to make their head explode! I am...
31 Jan 2014
MEC Demo 5.5 is now available!
Todd Sweetser MEC Demo 5.5 Now Available! MEC Demo 5.5 has launched! The latest demo version of the MEC (5.5) is now available at www.usmec.com . MEC Demo is the lightweight MEC program alternative that empowers Microsoft and Partner sales teams to deliver the Microsoft platform value and...
25 Jan 2014
Office On Demand: What is it? How it works?
Onur Dogruoz If you are considering Office 365 Midsize Business, E3 or E4 plans, besides all Office 365 services like Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online, you will also get Office suite as a part of your subscription. This Office suite is called Office 365 ProPlus and includes all the...
23 Jan 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
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
Exchange Online Archiving and SharePoint Online Additional Storage availability expanded!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There have been further additions to which Office 365 SKUs that allow the ability to add-on Exchange Online Archiving (initial Enterprise SKU blog post that discusses and shows how to add-on is here .) Additionally, the ability to add-on SharePoint Online storage has been...
27 Sep 2013
Winning the Midmarket Customer with Office 365
B V A Microsoft is introducing new business models for Office 365, available March 1st. This video is Part 2 in a 3 part series. It highlights the benefits of Office 365 and targeting the SMB Customer. The Midmarket Opportunity Office 365 Midsize Business offering Targeting the...
20 Feb 2013
Office 365 Open Expanded Lineup - FAQ
OVERVIEW Beginning September 1, 2013, Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Plan E1, Office 365 Plan E3, Exchange Online Plan 1 and Exchange Online Protection will be available for purchase through the Open programs (Open License, Open Value, and Open Value Subscription). Additionally, Office 365 offerings...
22 Aug 2013
The Directory Sync tool can now be installed on a Domain Controller!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great news for those that are selling into the smaller SMB accounts that may be running a single Domain Controller and don’t have the resources to have a second server. Historically you were required to install the Office 365 Directory Sync (DirSync) tool (now...
7 Nov 2013
Qualifying SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals via the Cloud Deployment Partner program!
Todd Sweetser What is the Cloud Deployment Offer? Overview: Qualifying CDP SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals! Details: Customers who purchase a minimum of 150 seats of eligible Office 365 Enterprise SKUs will qualify for an investment toward their deployment...
23 Oct 2013
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 Open Licensing Readiness
Office 365 on Open Licensing. You Bill, We Deliver. You don’t want to miss this webcast series! With the release of Office 365 on Open & Full Package Product (FPP), you now can deliver Office to your customers in the way that makes the most sense for them and you. The new Office 365 Midsize Business...
23 Mar 2013
Microsoft Cloud How To webcast series additions
B V A Wanted to let everybody know that we have added 2 more webcasts to our: “Microsoft Cloud How To” webcast series: 11-Jun 10-11AM PST Chris Large Online Services, Partner Business Development Manager Demystifying the Office 365 SKU Lineup ...
5 Jun 2013
Make (more) money selling Office 365 through Open!
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Partners, you do know that that Exchange Online, E1, E3, Office 365 ProPlus will be available through the Open program on September 1st, don’t you!? Why is this good news? It means more money in your pocket! If you have enjoyed your Partner...
1 Sep 2013
Office 365 Licensing and Scenario Overview
B V A Microsoft is introducing new business models for Office 365, available March 1st. This is the final video in our 3 part series. It highlights, the licensing transaction details, as well as a demo of the VLSC or Volume Licensing Service Center, walking through getting and redeeming the keys...
26 Feb 2013
Outlook Web App Client now available for iPhone and iPad
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Microsoft has released a native Outlook Web App client for iPhone and iPad devices. The client is available for download from the iTunes store: OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad . There is an excellent blog post and FAQ on the Office 365 technology blog...
16 Jul 2013
New Office 365 Commercial Services – New Business Models – Be Ready
Woody Walton Two days ago in a blog post entitled “ Office 365: The Next Bold Step ”, Steve Ballmer announced to the world the availability of Office 365 Home Premium, and foremost in my mind, he gave everyone a solid date when the new Office 365 Commercial Services will be available. These...
1 Feb 2013
Get assistance in building up your Cloud Practice from your preferred Distributor!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers and would be Cloud Sellers! Our Cloud partner community continues to evolve and grow at an accelerated pace. As such the information pool available tends to be everywhere, sometimes making the information you are searching for challenging to find. This...
13 Aug 2013
Office 365 Pro Plus and RDS/TS installation with VL PUR
B V A WHAT: Many partners are aware by now that the Product Use Rights (PUR) was updated end of January in favor of supporting a RDS or TS deployment of Office, even though the user’s license was a subscription license through Office 365. UPDATE – It is important to understand that...
19 Mar 2013
© 2014 Microsoft Corporation.
Privacy & Cookies