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  • Blog Post: Azure Taste Test extended through June!

    Onur Dogruoz Partners – Azure Taste Test offer now runs through June 30, 2015 and as you know, maximum payout per partner is increased to $1500 . You must complete one-time registration by June 30th in order to participate. Don’t miss this great opportunity to “Taste Test” Azure while accelerating your...
  • Blog Post: How to Set up Billing Alerts in Azure using the Billing Alert Service Preview

    Woody Walton Billing alerts! This is important. Recently I have heard of two situations where services shut down in Azure due to billing issues. The first involved a customer who purchased credits through a reseller via Azure in Open (prepaid) and the credits ran out, the second when a partner tapped...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Complete Microsoft Azure Session list for WPC

    Woody Walton WPC attendees, By now I hope you have been perusing the session list at www.digitalwpc.com or better yet, you have built out a schedule on the WPC connect session scheduler ! I have always found the “session track” or “competency” grouping method for conference breakouts to be contrary to...
  • Blog Post: Managing billing and saving money with the new Azure Portal

    Woody Walton Some of the most common questions we get from partners around azure relate to pricing and accurate forecasting of expenditures related to consumption of Azure services. As we all endeavor to acquaint ourselves with the world of consumption based billing I thought I would share a short Azure...
  • Blog Post: Azure: How do I change subscription billing from Pay-As-You-Go to a Commitment or Pre-Pay?

    Woody Walton Well, the SMB Azure Boot Camps have drawn to a close, and the feedback has been great from those partners that attended! As the new fiscal year begins at Microsoft we will be planning a new series of readiness efforts around Azure in the channel, but in the meantime I thought I would answer...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp… give it a try!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! As I mentioned on my previous post, More on Azure Announcements at TechEd , one of the solutions announced is Azure RemoteApp.  While there is not a large amount if info available yet, there is some basic documentation. Go to the Azure RemoteApp Preview page to review...
  • 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: IUR (Internal Use Rights) Changes for Microsoft Cloud Partners – Action Required!

    Tim Tetrick In the past, MPN Partners with Cloud Essentials / Cloud Accelerate designation had access to Internal Use Rights for Office 365, CRM Online, Windows Intune, and Azure. Moving forward, however, only partners with a Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) or partners with a Silver or Gold...
  • Blog Post: Expand Your SMB Practice with Microsoft Azure

    Microsoft Azure is one of the fastest growing Microsoft products in SMB. If you are new to Azure, now is the time to get started and get ahead of the competition … especially with Azure in Open licensing becoming available starting in August! Just launched! Everything you need from A to Z can be found...
  • Blog Post: How to ensure you are not being charged for Azure VMs when they are shutdown

    Rob Waggoner We’ve all become accustomed to shutting down our VMs when we don’t need them, but in Windows Azure, it takes more then just shutting down the OS (within the VM) to ensure your runtime costs stop accumulating.  In Azure, you have to make sure the VM is Stopped (Deallocated) not just...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Availability Sets

    Rob Waggoner I’ve been spending a lot of time with Windows Azure, and as always, I’m focusing on how we can get the best value for our spend. As I look that the Windows Azure cost model; running VMs will likely be the most expensive item on your Windows Azure bill, so I wanted to see how we could get...
  • Blog Post: SQL 2014: Top Features and Resources

    Onur Dogruoz With the introduction of SQL Server 2014 approaching fast, I wanted to briefly touch on some key technologies coming in the new version. As in 2012 release, SQL Server 2014 also focuses on 3 key areas; Business Intelligence, high availability/performance and hybrid cloud capabilities. Especially...
  • Blog Post: Single-Sign On with Office365 and your other third-party cloud services

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Back in November, in my blog post Accessing your Office 365 Admin Console using Azure (WAADM)! I discuss the application integration capabilities of Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD). How customers can use WAAD to manage user access to their Office 365...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure FAQ Resources

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! On the heels of my colleague Tim’s excellent post on Microsoft Cloud Trust Center Resources I thought a single place to access the currently available FAQs that cover various aspects of Windows Azure would be helpful.  There are multiple FAQs available on the Windows...