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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog
Yet another reason to get them off of Windows XP!
Todd Sweetser Yes, Windows XP was retired back in April 2014. Yet there are still many of those that continued to use it in the SMB space (and others.) I wanted to share yet another reason to get them upgraded…. As of July 14th, 2015 Microsoft is no longer providing updates to Microsoft Security...
28 Jul 2015
Office 2016 for MAC is Available for Office 365 customers!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Office 2016 for MAC has been released and is now available for Office 365 customers! One of the great benefits of an Office 365 ProPlus or Office 365 Business subscription is that it gives your users access to Office for up to 5 workstations. This includes...
10 Jul 2015
Manage Users’ Activations of Office Applications in Office 365
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common ask we receive from partners is “How can we manage the Office applications that users install from an Office 365 subscription?” This has been a challenge but a new management capability was just released that helps with this scenario! It is now possible...
23 Jun 2015
Common Question: How to hold former employee(s) email?
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A common question we receive from partners regarding Office 365 Exchange Online is “Can Exchange Online retain emails from employees after they leave the company WITHOUT using an Exchange Online license?” The quick answer is YES! This would utilize a function called...
18 May 2015
PTS Offer: Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery webcast
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Here is a new offer from the Partner Technical Services team to assist with education around Azure Site Recovery - the Solution Accelerator: Business Continuity with Azure Site Recovery Webcast . Details as follows: The Partner Technical Services team is excited...
14 May 2015
Azure Deployment Shadowing Service via Partner Advisory team
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Here’s a great service offered to partners that are just getting up to speed on Azure! It’s called the Azure Deployment Shadowing Service . It entails one-to-one consultative guidance during your initial implementation from a Microsoft Azure specialist. Here...
29 Apr 2015
Newly updated! Administering Office 365 for Small Business training
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make all aware of a recent update to the Administering Office 365 for Small Business course that is available on the Microsoft Virtual Academy . This is the third version of this course, updated with the most current Office 365 functionality. This...
28 Apr 2015
Internal Use Rights for Enterprise Mobility Suite!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners! My colleague Woody Walton recently blogged about the availability of EMS via OPEN here: It’s Official: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) hits Open License and Reseller Community Monday! ) Now how can you get up to speed on this solution? Best way is to use...
7 Mar 2015
Azure in 5 Minutes: Setting Partner of Record in an Azure Subscription
Todd Sweetser In this video I walk through the steps involved in setting up Partner of Record in an Azure subscription. I also share information on how it is used today as well as how it will be used in the coming months. Also see my recent blog post in this topic as well: Microsoft Azure and Partner...
20 Feb 2015
Office 365 Partner admin mobile app now available
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of another tool you can use to help perform administration tasks on behalf of your customers while you are on the road. The new Office 365 Partner admin mobile app is now available for Android and iOS and coming soon for Windows Phone. ...
18 Feb 2015
Microsoft Azure and Partner of Record
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some of you may have noticed that there is a new setting in your customers’ Microsoft Azure account subscription settings, notably titled “Partner Information” as shown below: This is indeed where you can now set your firm as Partner of Record on each subscription. ...
19 Jan 2015
Azure Training resources on the Microsoft Virtual Academy
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Following my post on the Office 365 courses on the Virtual Academy , wanted to make sure you were all aware of a similar offering for learning and using Microsoft Azure! Microsoft Azure These Microsoft Azure training courses cover key technical topics to help partners...
19 Dec 2014
FREE Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! One of the excellent resources available to partners are the Practice Accelerator series of courses. Normally they would consume some of your advisory hours allocated to you via Microsoft Action Pack subscription or your competencies . I wanted to make you...
29 Dec 2014
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
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
LABs on Azure, a great Partner training resource
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Came across this Azure training resource that has been made available to our partner community. It is called Labs on Azure. Here are some details and how you can utilize from link above! What is it? Partners are always in need of development, test, and demo...
9 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
Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers! Wanted to make sure all were aware of the current SMB Advantage program in place, see info below! Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage! The SMB Advantage offers are valid from September 2, 2014 – November 30, 2014. The offers allow you to claim partner...
4 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
Activating your Azure Internal Use Rights benefit
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of this recently posted video that covers the steps on how to set up your Azure Internal Use Rights (IUR) benefit. Note that Action Pack subscribers and competency partners earn a US$100 credit per month, per tenant. This allows you...
24 Jul 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
OWA for Android client available!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! OWA for Android devices has been made available in pre-release form and can be accessed from the Google Play store . The engineering team will be gathering feedback and fixing bugs during this pre-release phase to ensure that it is what users are expecting and requiring...
17 Jun 2014
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