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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: If I’m using Windows Azure for IaaS do I still need backups?

    Rob Waggoner That one makes you think a minute, doesn’t it? The answer of course is that yes, you probably still need backups. Windows Azure ensures, when geo-redundancy is enabled, that your data won’t be lost if a datacenter does down, but Windows Azure does not keep a history of your data, only a...
  • Blog Post: Backup Possibilities in Windows Azure

    Rob Waggoner As we continue to look to Windows Azure as a way to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to our customers, I want to remind you that Windows Azure can also handle the backups for your on-premises infrastructure and your cloud based infrastructure. Now you are thinking, storing my backups...
  • Blog Post: Scripts - A Very Helpful Resource Available via the Azure Portal

      Windows Azure enables you to script and automate functionality available via the GUI interface as well as enhanced features currently not  available via the GUI using Windows PowerShell or the cross platform command line tools, which can be used from Windows, Mac, or Linux.  For more...
  • Blog Post: Is it Supported on Windows Azure?

    Rob Waggoner As you can tell from my prior blog posts, I’m really digging into Windows Azure and as I talk about Windows Azure, one question continues to come up. “Is this supported on Windows Azure?”. The answer depends on the scenario, but we have a knowledge base article here that lists the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Azure Storage Price Reductions!

    Onur Dogruoz Today, Windows Azure team announced price reductions for Azure storage services. Prices will be lowered by up to 20% to 50% for different services and new pricing will be in effect by March 13. With the new pricing, Windows Azure will continue to deliver the best price/performance in the...
  • Blog Post: Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 Poster

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Recently found this good resource in the Download Center for reviewing how Authentication can work with Office 2013 and Office 365.  Two scenarios illustrate how identities are provisioned and how those identities are authenticated completely in the Microsoft cloud...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Labs – Windows Azure and More

    B  V  A I was recently looking for additional readiness information for Windows Azure to contribute to the multi-part series we are putting together for our partners via this blog, I remembered the TechNet Labs, although many of us have had mixed experiences in the past, as I revisited the...
  • Blog Post: Can USB drives be used for Windows Server 2012 Backups?

    Rob Waggoner   I received the following question from Joe: “Is there an easy way to install a USB hard drive that can be used for backups?” Answer: Easy is always a relative term, but the following article talks about how to setup a schedule with multiple external drives and should give you what...