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  • Blog Post: Azure Ranks #1 for Cloud Storage

    I normally don’t just re-report other people’s blogs unless I’m answering a specific partner question. But in my partner discussions around Azure I’m frequently asked to compare Azure against Amazon Web Services. My typical response is: “For any commodity workload Microsoft Azure will meet the price...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Editions Announced

    Q: (from so many partners, I can’t count them) What editions will be available for Windows 10? A: It appears the Windows 10 Edition lineup was announced on the Windows 10 blog on May 13th: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/05/13/introducing-windows-10-editions/ And then repeated by everyone...
  • Blog Post: Using Choice to Win with the Microsoft Cloud

    Making Money with Microsoft Cloud -- Insights from a Microsoft Reseller Session Overview: Come hear from a Microsoft Reseller who continues to drive his business into one of the top in the US by focusing on offering the Microsoft Cloud to Small and Medium size commercial customers. Ben Peterman, Client...
  • Blog Post: The most overlooked product at Microsoft

    Dynamics CRM has been a key product in the Microsoft family of products for over a decade, but is often overlooked by our infrastructure focused partners. I think that’s ironic since Dynamics CRM is one of the most complex Microsoft product to implement because it integrates with so many other Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Performance Management

    As Office 365 becomes more accepted as a mainstream augmentation or alternative to an on-premises network, customer and ultimately partner questions turn to “so how much bandwidth do I need?” That’s always a difficult question to quickly answer, because there so many factors to take into account. Last...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Azure

    Listed below are the best practice steps followed by partners to get started that went on to develop very successful Azure Businesses. Establish an Azure Champion: Assign a point person to be the go-to person for Azure within your organization. This person’s responsibility should be to stay up to speed...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath Support

    Q: (from Todd) Typically, how many years does Microsoft support a technology after its release date? In this case, they are concerned about InfoPath. A: Our business product support is 5+5 5 years full support plus 5 years extended support Extended support includes security and critical functional issues...
  • Blog Post: Not for Profit Office 365 Business Plans Now Available

    Q: (from Bruce) I have two clients that tell me that they are a 501C3 Non Profit and both of them are interested in Office 365. How do I know whether they meet Microsoft’s criteria for Non Profit pricing? A: The approval process is simple: Sign them up for an Office 365 trial Submit the NFP review document...
  • Blog Post: Hybrid Exchange Online and POP

    Q: (from Philip) I have a client who is looking to migrate to Office 365. They are currently using POP accounts. Is this possible to run a hybrid environment while still using POP? Hey would like to move 15 out of 75 accounts to Office 365. A: I believe the preferred solution is to redirect all email...
  • 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...