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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog

  • 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...
  • Microsoft Azure VMs often include Licensing built right in, but not everything

    Woody Walton Since Microsoft Azure was released to the Open License program on August 1, 2014, we have seen a steady increase in activity through our distribution partners and certainly an increase in call volume concerning Microsoft Azure. One of the...
  • FastTrack and the Adoption Offer for Office 365: Overview for US Partners -Next Week!

    Josh Condie – Reposting from the US partner BLOG for broader distribution. This series is happening next week, and has multiple viewing options listed below. These updates will bring needed partner-specific clarity to the announcements about the FastTrack...
  • Azure Essentials Web Series – Prescriptive technical & business guidance to jump start your Azure practice

    We have an upcoming new web series starting on Thursday, September 4, that every SMB cloud partner will find of interest. The Azure Essentials Web Series is designed to provide business and technical knowledge needed to ramp your SMB Azure practice quickly...
  • Microsoft Azure Business Development Training

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Business Development Training for Microsoft Partners Get Ready for Business as a Service Training! To successfully overcome the challenges of the Cloud, we have designed a one day Get ready for Business...
  • Partner Practice Enablement - Microsoft Azure Technical Training

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The 2 day training starts with an introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks (Infrastructure Services). It delivers the foundational knowledge needed for users intending to run...
  • 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...
  • OneDrive for Business Access by External Users

    Q: (from Bruce) So, is it possible to Share with Everyone (including external people) in One Drive for Business? A: If your organization has opted to enable sharing OneDrive externally, and you select to share a document or folder with “Everyone” it will...
  • Office 365 for Non-Profits

    Q: (from Ken) I want to sign up a non-profit customer of mine for Office 365. I remember discussion about a conflict arising from the domain used for the trial period and post but can't remember if we should use their real domain or a temp one for...
  • How To Create an Office 365 Support Organization

    Josh Condie – As Office 365 gains deeper acceptance and adoption in the SMB community, and as Microsoft’s partners focus more of their internal resources on building a managed service practice around this cloud service, now more than ever is the time...
  • SMB Nation Fall Conference 2014

    Josh Condie – Office 365 Nation: The Gold Rush is On! Recently, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella (pictured), defined the Office 365 opportunity as the new gold rush. It’s a heartfelt and accurate statement. Nearly every day Microsoft is reporting new...
  • Free Ignite Training: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services

    Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Wanted to make you aware of some no charge Office Ignite training coming up.  Great opportunity for excellent training on Office 365 Identities and Services! You're invited to attend a free 5-day instructor...
  • Windows Server 2003 End of Life

    Mainstream support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 13, 2010 and now, right around the corner extended support ends on July 14, 2015. This means no more updates as well as loss of compliance. For customers considering maintaining legacy servers the...
  • 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...
  • Azure Site Recovery

    Rob Waggoner I’ve had the opportunity to review and deploy Azure Site Recovery (ASR) and I’m really please at what I’ve found. What does it do for me? Think of it as Hyper-V Replica to Azure. We have the ability to send the Hyper-V replicas to Azure and...
  • Conquer the Cloud with SMB Live Events

    Tim Tetrick We are excited to announce the new SMB Live events series, coming soon to a city near you! These free events are your exclusive opportunity to learn how Microsoft cloud solutions can help you address your customers’ evolving business needs...
  • Cloud SureStep: Azure - Azure focused resources for our SMB Partners!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is an excellent resource site that aggregates much of the available online information around Microsoft Azure!  It’s the US SMB Partner Center: Cloud SureStep: Azure site.  Similar to the Cloud SureStep...
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Tim Tetrick Just wanted to remind all you partners out there about this great resource that provides you and your customers with FREE training on Microsoft products and services. What is MVA? Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology...
  • Free Partner Practice Enablement Training in a city near you!

    Partners, Check out the following business development and technical training options for Azure, taking place in a few select U.S. cities. The first description below is for a one-day Azure business development training. The next description is for the...
  • 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...
  • NEW - Office 365 Customer Offers for Open

    Onur Dogruoz Starting today, we have two new offers coming on Open pricelists for certain Office 365 plans. O365 Midsize Offer Take full advantage of the this cost saving Office 365 offer through the Open Programs. To align with October O365 plan updates...
  • 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...
  • Antimalware on Microsoft Azure

    Rob Waggoner As we talk about security and Microsoft Azure, traditional antimalware is still a topic of discussion and something that is still needed. If you’ve created a Virtual Machine in Azure through the gallery, you’ve probably seen that you now...
  • Can I encrypt my Azure VMs?

    Rob Waggoner As we look at Microsoft Azure and securing our Virtual Machines, encryption typically comes up. Now there are multiple forms of encryption, but encryption at rest is usually part of the conversation. I’ve talked about the Microsoft server...
  • Get Familiar with Microsoft’s New Partner Cloud Competencies

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, If you attended WPC in D.C. or have had a conversation with your partner contact at Microsoft recently, then you know that Microsoft is in the process of transforming to a “Cloud First” model. Of course...