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  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp Trial

    Q: (from Andrew) It looks like RemoteApp could be the solution to my Azure technical problems. I’d like to set it up in a separate account to get a handle on the implementation process. Do you know if there’s a way of doing this without having to pay for 20 seats (the stated minimum)? I’d add it to my...
  • Blog Post: Restricting Access to Office 365

    Q: (from Jim) I have a client going on E3 shortly (small number of users) and that’s been decided. However, they have asked me if it’s possible to restrict some users to only access Office 365 while at their Office Location, so from one specific identifiable network. This includes restricting access...
  • Blog Post: Public Roadmap for Cloud Platform (Azure, Windows Server, etc.)

    To complement my earlier posting on the Office 365 Roadmap site, we now have a site where we are publishing roadmap information for a variety of Microsoft solution technologies. It’s arranged by stage: Recently Available Public Preview In Development For each of these stages, there are specific technology...
  • Blog Post: Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

    Q: (from Bill) I have a quick question on two factor authorization for Office 365. Is it available with all plans (i.e. business essentials, premium, E1, E3)? A: My Bing search on “Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication” I found LOTS of resources on how to enable MFA and that announced adding MFA to...
  • Blog Post: Resizing an Azure Virtual Machine

    Q: (from Imtisal) Is there way we can adjust server to go to another configuration on a set schedule? We have a client currently configured on A6 server and looks like they have high CPU utilization between the hours of 11am-3pm I was wondering if we can upgrade to A7 during those hours. Does...
  • Blog Post: Maximize Webcast Attendance

    A: (from Helane, Bruce, & ON24) One of the key tools Microsoft uses for “getting the word out” about a product or solution is to use a webcast. As a presenter for Microsoft, I’m often engaged by both our corporate office as well as partners in the field to co-host a webcast. Ironically the content...
  • Blog Post: SQL Licensing for a Two Tier Automated Process

    Q: (from Seth) We have a customer who has a Web Server (hosted) which keeps a separate data file, not SQL Server for inventory data. They also have a premise-based Windows Server running SQL server. The Windows SQL Server has a copy of the data from the Web Server, stored in a SQL Database. There is...
  • Blog Post: Lync Online Bandwidth Requirements

    Q: (from Bill) I have a quick question about Lync Online. Is there a good reference number for estimated bandwidth required for voice and/or video calls per user? A: A quick Bing search on “Lync bandwidth” resulted in the following link to a Lync bandwidth estimation tool: http://www.microsoft.com/en...
  • Blog Post: ExpressRoute Promotion

    For those of you who are unfamiliar with ExpressRoute ( http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/expressroute ), it “enables you to create private connections between Azure datacenters and infrastructure that’s on your premises or in a colocation environment. ExpressRoute connections do not go over...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 and Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance

    Q: (from Frank) Please send me more information related to the risk clients running Windows Server 2003 will face regarding PCI compliance after July 2015. A: I did a Bing search on “Windows Server 2003 PCI” and came across the following: Why you should get current: http://download.microsoft.com/download...
  • 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: Mobile Device Management built into Office 365

    No question on this one! I just watched the Garage video on our announcement of Mobile Device Management being added into Office 365 and there are some great features to allow corporate management of the corporate data that might end up on a personal device. Watch the video for more details: http://microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Adding Exchange Online Archiving to Office 365 Business Plans

    Q: (from Patrick) Can you add al a carte archiving to any business plan? A: Using a Bing search: “"Office 365 business" "legal hold"” I found that Exchange Online Archiving can be added to both Business Essentials and Business Premium according to: http://technet.microsoft.com/en...
  • Blog Post: Moving from Office 365 Enterprise E3 to Office 365 Business Premium

    Q: (from Greg) Clarify the transition plan – if moving from E3 to Business Premium, what happens to Access and Lync? Does the customer need to uninstall and reinstall Office? Will they be rendered useless? A: To see the differences between the Office productivity suite included with Office 365 Business...
  • Blog Post: OneDrive for Business Access by External Users

    Q: (from Bruce) So, is it possible to Share with Everyone (including external people) in One Drive for Business? A: If your organization has opted to enable sharing OneDrive externally, and you select to share a document or folder with “Everyone” it will only include external users that have been included...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Non-Profits

    Q: (from Ken) I want to sign up a non-profit customer of mine for Office 365. I remember discussion about a conflict arising from the domain used for the trial period and post but can't remember if we should use their real domain or a temp one for the trial. Also, should the contact information entered...
  • Blog Post: Public Roadmap for Office 365

    Q: (from almost everyone I talk to) What’s coming up next for Office 365? When will (fill in the blank) be available? A: In the distant past, people in my role had limited insight regarding what was on the horizon for new technologies within Microsoft. And often, even if we had insight, we had to be...
  • Blog Post: Intune Published Software Types

    Q: (from Douglas) Can you confirm if InTune can push both MSI and EXE file types? A: The short answer is “Yes”. I went to the Technet Support section of the Windows Intune site ( http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-intune/support.aspx#fbid=GRwknOrZtWw ) and after clicking on...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Online Attachment Size Limit

    Q: (from Leianni) Can you tell me what the largest size attachment that can be sent with Exchange online? A: Thank you Bing! A search on “Office 365 attachment size limit” resulted in the following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/exchange-online-limits.aspx which is HUGE wealth of information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure, Your Customers, Your Future: A Web Series by David Chappell

    I have had the great fortune to attend several of David Chappell’s presentations over the past several years and he is an AWSOME presenter. If you attend the first event and I’m sure you will make time to attend the remaining three events in the series. Microsoft Azure, Your Customers, Your Future If...
  • Blog Post: MCC Events Sweepstakes Announcement - Two All Access Passes to Worldwide Partner Conference!

    For those of you who are not familiar with the Microsoft Community Connections (MCC), they connect you with local organizations to help you educate small businesses on how current technology solutions can help them operate more efficiently and empower them to grow their business. Examples would be the...
  • Blog Post: Office for iPad Weekend Review

    Over the weekend, I spent a few minutes (OK hours...) comparing the new Office for the iPad to other favors of Office including the version for the Windows / IOS / Android Phones, the Web Apps, Windows RT, and the PC. I didn’t include the new native Android version nor the version for the Mac because...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 ProPlus Deployment Options

    Q: (from Dan) One quick question for you as we’re preparing to roll out office pro plus from 365 e3. I believe you indicated it’s possible to download a “traditional” MSI or other kind of installer rather than do the streaming install to every machine in the customer environment. Can you point us in...
  • Blog Post: Verify / Change the Partner of Record (POR) on an Office 365 Subscription

    Q: (from Brian) How do we insure we are the Partner of Record? A: (with help from my peer Todd Sweetser) Although the basic steps documented in JJ’s post on the same topic ( How to Add the Partner of Record (POR) to an Office 365 Beta Account ) are essentially accurate, I thought I would provide an example...