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  • Blog Post: Three reasons why now is a good time to upgrade your customers to Windows Server 2012 R2

    Jeff Stoffel We have been talking about the upcoming end of support for Windows Server 2003 for quite some time now. Hopefully all of your customers have made the move off of Windows Server 2003 however I am sure we have a good number of customers not running the latest and greatest server operating...
  • Blog Post: Recommended Reading --- Consumption Economics: The New Rules of Tech

    We are in an exciting and scary time in the IT industry! The cloud provides amazing possibilities that can help you provide fantastic solutions for you and your customers. The cloud is also fundamentally changing on how the world of IT does business and how you do you business as well. It is impacting...
  • Blog Post: SMB Cloud Office Hours now Available on Demand

    Jeff Stoffel Our TS2 team along with our Field Partners Sales Executives have been running “SMB Cloud Office Hours” for the last few weeks. Each session starts with a short presentation on a key Cloud related topic followed by an open forum for your questions. We have received many requests from partners...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure in 5 Minutes: Changing the Service Administrator (and why)

    Woody Walton I recently dealt with a support situation where a partner had to migrate resources from one account and subscription to another. In order to do this, Microsoft Support required the source and destination subscriptions to have the exact same “service administrator” settings. As this is not...
  • Blog Post: Get More Azure To Taste, Improved Taste Test Offer You Can Earn Up To $1500!

    We heard from partners that you wanted more Azure To Taste and We Listened! The Azure Taste Test Offer has been improved! Partners can now attach Azure on up to 15 WS deals… and earn up to $1,500. This is a 5x increase from the original $300 offer for attaching Azure to your Windows Server deals! Azure...
  • Blog Post: MPN Learning Paths – A Valuable Training Resource

    Jeff Stoffel I am often asked where should a partner start to learn about a specific technology or partner program. Of course there are often many options and resources available however I want to highlight one that I find valuable to start with. If you’re a partner considering where to learn more about...
  • Blog Post: Announcing The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online “Cloud NOW!” Adoption Rebate Offer!

    Jeff Stoffel I’m pleased to inform you about a special offer that is available to help your customers save money and get started fast if they choose to move forward with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for their business. This is a great customer incentive that can help close your CRM Online opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Office Delve to rollout to all eligible Office 365 Business Customers

    Jeff Stoffel During Satya Nadella’s keynote Monday at the Convergence conference , he showed Office Delve as a prime example of how Microsoft is reimagining productivity to help people work in new and more connected ways. After spending some time with Delve, I couldn’t agree more. Delve is an experience...
  • Blog Post: Announcing SMB Cloud Office Hours

    Jeff Stoffel Are you a Cloud novice or already have a flourishing Cloud practice? We hear from you all the time that it is tough to keep up with all the new Cloud updates. You have a lot of technical questions for which you need answers. We have listened to you and to help solve your pain points - to...
  • Blog Post: Partner Technical Enablement Playbook

    Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, Wanted to share with you what I hope will be a great resource for you and your teams. The Technical Enablement Playbook was created with the idea of developing a “playbook” of the common “partner technical enablement” best practices that my TS2 colleagues and I guide...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes

    Welcome! My team will be doing a number of videos around various components in Azure. The goal of this series is to give you very short messages around a number of the key Azure components needed to build a solution on Azure. We will start with the basics and build from there. This page will keep the...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: How to Activate your Azure IUR Benefit

    Jeff Stoffel Do you have Microsoft Azure Internal Use Rights (IUR) yet not sure how to activate this benefit? Please watch this video to see step by step instructions on how you can activate your IUR. Be sure to watch the rest of the series at http://azure.msts2.com Thanks for watching! Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Setup and Manage your Customer’s Azure Open Subscription

    Jeff Stoffel How to setup an Azure Open subscription is a common question I receive from partners. Please watch this video to get an understanding of the steps involved and how simple it really is. Be sure to watch the rest of the series at http://azure.msts2.com Thanks for watching! Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: Why Promote Software Currency to your Customers

    Jeff Stoffel I recently teamed with one of our partners on a Security Webinar. I primarily focused on the benefits of running an up to date desktop and the security enhancements provided by a modern operating system. Working through the content reminded me once again how important it is to be current...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 deployment & Usage Assets for SMBs Now Available

    Jeff Stoffel We often focus on selling the benefits of Office 365 to our mutual customers however sometimes forget the activities that take place after the sale. If is important to remember that a successful Office 365 rollout focuses on driving adoption and helping everyone understand the benefits of...
  • Blog Post: Partner Technical Services webcasts for Azure and Office 365

    Jeff Stoffel We have recently announced a new webcast series being presented by our Partner Technical Services team. This is a great opportunity to refresh and deepen your knowledge around Microsoft cloud services. Partner Technical Services (PTS) provides Microsoft partners with services and assistance...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 End of Life and your SMB Customers

    Jeff Stoffel As many of you are well aware, the End of Life for the Windows Server 2003 family of products is July 14, 2015. On this date, all support for Windows Server 2003, including R2, will cease. This is a great opportunity to support SMB customers in their migration to Windows Server 2012 R2,...
  • Blog Post: Lync will become Skype for Business

    Jeff Stoffel On November 11, Microsoft announced that the best of Skype and Lync are coming together. In the first half of 2015, Lync will become Skype for Business with the release of a new client, new server and updates to the service in Office 365. It will bring the best of Skype and Lync together...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft partner training, calls, and webcasts

    Jeff Stoffel I have had requests from many partners on where to go for additional training…. of all types. The November 2014 US Partner Training Hot Sheet is now on the US Partner Training blog and is a terrific way to find out about available trainings. In the Hot Sheet, you’ll find a list of upcoming...
  • Blog Post: New Azure Technical Hands-on Labs Training is coming soon to a city near you!!

    Jeff Stoffel I want to make sure you didn’t miss the upcoming in-person training session built solely around one of Microsoft’s hottest products, Microsoft Azure. Learn directly from Microsoft technical experts and take your cloud practice to the next level with this hands-on technical training. Don...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) Upgrades through the Open License Program

    Jeff Stoffel As many of you are aware, Microsoft is in the process of transitioning Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) customers to a new service called Office 365 Message Encryption. I have had several questions from our partners regarding the potential impact. I want to detail the process and potential...
  • Blog Post: OneDrive enhancements keep coming

    Jeff Stoffel Late last week we announced the first OneDrive for Business native experience on Android which is part of a significant update to the existing OneDrive app. This is our first app bringing together both OneDrive and OneDrive for business in a single client experience. This is an exciting...
  • Blog Post: Expand your Customer Reach with Microsoft Led Events

    Jeff Stoffel In the last few weeks I have been asked to participate in a number of customer facing events. As much as I’d like to join in on every event I simply can’t participate in them all. I believe this is a situation we all face – not enough time in the day to accomplish everything we would to...
  • Blog Post: Accelerate your Office 365 Migrations with Turbo

    Jeff Stoffel I often hear from partners that they are looking for ways to build an even more profitable Office 365 business. Migration projects can be time-intensive, impacting your company’s ability to sell more Office 365 with confidence. This ultimately impacts the most important thing – your profitability...
  • Blog Post: OneNote for Mac and iOS enhancements – access OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online notebooks

    Jeff Stoffel To continue building on the success of Office for the iPad, several new features have been added this week to OneNote for Mac , OneNote for iPad , and OneNote for iPhone . These enhancements include the ability to: Access notebooks stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online with...