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  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Backup and Restore your entire Azure IaaS Virtual Machine!

    In March of 2015, Azure Backup added support for backing up entire Virtual Machines from the Azure Admin Portal. Azure VM backup is a feature of Azure Backup and is initiated in the “Recovery Services” section of your Azure Admin Portal. Watch the following video to see how easy it is to backup and restore...
  • Blog Post: SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open!

    Tim Tetrick SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open! We’re excited to announce new in-depth & hands on marketing content, along with 300-level technical training to modernize your organizations’ technical skills and marketing capabilities- leaving you with the tools you...
  • Blog Post: Have you used your Partner Advisory Hours to get up to speed on Azure?

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Cloud Partners, Did you know that with your Microsoft partnership comes Partner Advisory Hours benefits that can assist you with building out your Azure practice? Just call 800-MPNSOLVE, give them your Partner ID and you will be directed to a subject matter...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool!

    Partners, Need help moving on-premises server workloads to Azure VMs? I’ve been talking to partners about building their business around Azure, specifically Azure IaaS, for over a year now and I consistently hear that partners need help in determining what size VM their on-premises workload would require...
  • Blog Post: Backup Dynamics GP to Azure Blob Storage

    Partners, As a follow up to my last blog post Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure I want to let you know about an exciting new update to Dynamics GP 2013 R2 that allows for GP to be easily backed up to Azure Blob Storage! Whether you are offering Dynamics GP as an RDS solution running on an Azure...
  • Blog Post: More on Azure Announcements at TechEd

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There were many announcements at TechEd regarding Azure.  Enhancements of current capabilities as well as new functionality that continue to make the Microsoft Azure toolset more and more powerful! My colleague Jeff Stoffel wrote a blog post on the new capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Can Intune be used to license virtual desktops?

    Onur Dogruoz After the recent updates to Intune service, I am constantly getting this question from our sellers. Can Intune subscription be used to license virtual desktops? Does that have any virtualization rights? Before answering the question, let’s have a quick look at the different Windows Intune...
  • Blog Post: TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camp Links

    Partners, As you may know from previous posts, we are hosting the TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camps throughout the month of May, starting today in Bellevue, WA! Throughout the Boot Camp series, we’ll be referencing several important Azure links that provide guidance in specific areas. This list will certainly...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ahead of the Game Technical Series Roadshow Coming to a City near you!

      Todd Sweetser Microsoft technical training is coming to a city near you. Register now to join us for the Ahead of the Game Technical Series event … space is limited. The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a 2 day hands-on training event for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with...
  • Blog Post: Hosting a Virtualization Event

    Q: (from Michael) I am a gold partner with the Virtualization Solutions competency. We are working on several server consolidation opportunities and want to enhance our profile in the area as an infrastructure solutions provider by putting together an event. We are finding that sales cycles for Hyper...
  • Blog Post: So you have VMware deployed – Why not consider exploring Microsoft Virtualization

      So you have VMware deployed and you're happy with it; why not consider Microsoft Virtualization.  Integrating Microsoft Virtualization with existing VMware deployments is not “Rip and Replace”.  What about Cost differentials?  Can you deliver a comprehensive management solution...
  • Blog Post: Part 11 - An Overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

    I wanted to continue my discussion on Hyper-V so I decided to show you some of the additional tools that will help with your Hyper-V deployments.  First up is my overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 ( SCVMM R2 ).    This session is one part of a series of screen casts...
  • Blog Post: SMB Windows Server Marketing Campaigns

    For partners in the Small and Medium Business space, the Microsoft Windows Server team has a group dedicated to developing a distributing messaging and tools to support your business. For this first round of announcements, the team has hosted two marketing campaign web sites: one for Small Business ...
  • Blog Post: Part 1 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Configuring the BIOS for Hyper-V How many times have you said “I’d love to learn how to use Hyper-V, but where do I start?”  Start here!   I’ve started a series on Hyper-V that begins with how to configure your server , and then moves step by step all the way through how you can setup a High...
  • Blog Post: Part 8 - So You Want to Get Started with Hyper-V? Start here! What’s New in R2 -- Part 1

    I’ve upgraded to the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2 and I wanted to share a little bit of what I learned.  My intent was to do two R2 sessions, one to show you everything but Live Migration and the second one to show Live Migration.  As I was working through all the new features...
  • Blog Post: Live Migration on Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner Today I want to show you Live Migration. As the name implies, you can Live Migrate a VM from one host to another while the VM is still running. This capability was in Windows Server 2008 R2, but I wanted to show it to you in Windows Server 2012 as well. The video below...
  • Blog Post: Now you can have the Microsoft iSCSI Target for your Windows Server 2008 R2 Server!

    Rob Waggoner   Today we announced that we are making the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 available for public download.  The full announcement by Jose Barreto is located at his blog here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2011/04/04/microsoft-iscsi-software-target-3-3-for-windows...
  • Blog Post: XP Mode No Longer Requires Hardware Assisted Virtualization

    This is great news for people that do not have Hardware Assisted Virtualization (HAV) available in their machines. When we released XP Mode, we said that it required HAV, we’ve now released an update that provides XP Mode functionality on non-HAV ready machines. If you’re wondering, why didn’t we do...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization ROI Calculator

    Q: (from Lara) Is there a tool that helps partners show the return on investment for virtualization?   A: I found the link on the partner.microsoft.com site under the Products/Solutions tab under the Virtualization branch. Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Tool Use this tool to strengthen...
  • Blog Post: Setting up Shared Nothing Live Migration

    Rob Waggoner   Windows Server 2012 now lets you Live Migrate virtual machines even if the Hyper-V host isn’t part of a Windows Cluster.  I showed you the video of Shared Nothing Live Migration here , but you need to configure your servers before you can successfully Live Migrate without a Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 P2V and Licensing

    Rob Waggoner   I received the following questions: I listened to the recent Samurai series webinar as I was unable to attend. I was curious to find out your knowledge on P2V migration i.e. SBS 2008 or Standard Server 2008 to replicate to VM in the event there were to be a disaster. I have also yet...
  • Blog Post: Shared Nothing Live Migration on Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner With Windows Server 2012 around the corner, I wanted to start sharing some of the capabilities that Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 will start providing. Today I want to show you the Shared Nothing Live Migration. Just as the name implies, you can Live Migrate a VM from...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Live Migration between Processor Generations

    I’ve talked before about the fact that we cannot Live Migrate from an AMD CPU to an Intel CPU or vice-versa, but what about Live Migrating from an older Intel CPU to a newer Intel CPU?  I’m going to show you a Live Migration from a three year old Intel Xeon 5050 CPU to a new Intel Xeon 3440 CPU...
  • Blog Post: Part 5 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Setting up a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Cluster I spent some time in one of our Microsoft Technology Centers and was able to setup a Hyper-V cluster on some pretty impressive hardware.  I had access to a Domain Controller and three servers that were running Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition...