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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog
Office 365 E5 and Skype for Business Resources on Drumbeat!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of some new resources that are available on the Office 365 Drumbeat portal focused on the upcoming Office 365 portal for partners. For those not familiar with Drumbeat, you can learn about proven sales best practices, programs, tools...
19 Nov 2015
Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 365 ProPlus - Managing User Activations
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! You may be aware that each user of Office 365 ProPlus (and Office 365 Business) can install the Office client on up to 5 (FIVE) workstations. This is a great benefit of the subscription licensing model! Did you also know that both the user and the administrator can...
20 Oct 2015
Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 2016, When will it be available in Office 365?
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common question we have been hearing since Office 2016 has been released is “when will my Office 365 ProPlus or Business customer receive the Office 2016 client?” While this should be cut and dry, it is a bit more complex than you would expect. After...
15 Oct 2015
Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Outlook 2016 and Attachments
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Office 2016 has released to the wild! Now we need to learn how it can tame your workflow as you know it today and make your productivity increase with ease! One capability that has been added involves Outlook 2016 and how attachments are handled. The old method...
6 Oct 2015
Office 365 Import Service available
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is a service now available in preview that can potentially help when the customer has quite a bit of data (either email or files) and a limited connection to the internet. This is called the Office 365 Import Service. There are two components available, first...
16 Sep 2015
Microsoft Cloud Roadshow announced!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers! Just announced is an live event called the Microsoft Cloud Roadshow . While not partner focused, is an opportunity to gain some more expertise on all things cloud. From the site: Build your Cloud skills Whether you know your way around the cloud and trying to stay...
3 Sep 2015
Free eBook! Skype for Business User Tips & Tricks for Anyone!
Todd Sweetser I came across this excellent resource and felt it would be a great tool for your toolbox when working with customers. It has a plethora of tips and tricks around utilizing Skype for Business! The goal of course is to get folks consuming the services, and this grouping...
21 Aug 2015
What's New in Windows Server 2016 Preview Jump Start
Todd Sweetser With the release of Windows 10 partners have been asking about what the next version of Windows Server will entail. Here is information on an upcoming training event that will be covering Windows Server 2016 – called the What's New in Windows Server 2016 Preview Jump Start . ...
10 Aug 2015
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
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