Ignite 2016 Key Announcements

Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 are GA

Windows Server 2016 is available for evaluation and will be on the October price list. Volume licensing customers will be able to download fully licensed software at General Availability in mid-October.

Windows Server 2016 also comes with the built-in support of containers and commercial version of Docker engine without additional charge!

System Center 2016 Evaluation is here . What’s new in System Center 2016?

UPDATE (10/12): WS2016 and SC2016   became available @MSDN and @Azure + UR1 for System Center 2016 and CU for WS2016 + https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3192366

Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Ignite Announcement+ today MS has published pre-configured VHDs to help you quickly evaluate new SC 2016 features

See my previous posts to get what’s new in Windows Server 2016 (Hyper-V, RDS, MultiPoint)  and also check the updated technet articles : WS 2016 and SC 2016

TIP: I’d not recommend to use evaluation version in production. Wait while fully licensed media becomes available.

Azure Stack Technical Preview 2

In fact, Azure Stack TP2 announcement was described earlier in this blog post (TP2 rolled out for some “vip” customers). At Ignite MS confirmed GA for Azure Stack TP2.

And now you can try this new preview here + read what’s new in Azure Stack TP2 and review Azure Stack Architecture

More info about this announcement: New ideas, new solutions, new technical preview of Azure Stack

SQL Server supports Storage Spaces Direct

SQL Server 2016 will support deploying databases on Storage Spaces Direct (S2D).To build up S2D you need from 2 to 16 servers with local-attached SATA, SAS, or NVMe drives and dedicated network between hosts (10+GbE with RDMA is recommended)

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Azure presentation and technical materials

azure iaas

I’ve received a plenty useful links to my mail today. By using these links you can download Azure related materials to improve your understanding the process of planning and selling Azure services. There are multiple presentations with different levels (from 50 to 200/300) and technical documentation kits.

Azure and CSPs

How partners can make money with Azure IaaS

This presentation provides an overview of how partners can make money with Azure IaaS.

N + DV2 VMs are also described (but a very shortly)

Getting started on CSP for Azure

This FAQ style document is a “Getting Started guide” for Microsoft Azure services in the CSP program.

Overview of CSP in Azure

This presentation provides an overview of the Azure in CSP program

Case Studies 

Azure CSP partner case study – Dell and Takeform

Azure CSP partner case study – Datapipe

Azure CSP partner case study – Lumen21

Azure CSP partner case study – ProserveIT and BC Milk

Azure CSP partner case study – SaaSplaza

Miscelanneous

Active Directory from on-premises to the cloud – Azure AD whitepapers (it’s clear)

Hybrid IaaS technical guides (hope it’s clear too | tech.guides level 300 are perfect)

Hybrid IaaS GTM materials

IoT business documentation

This zipped folder includes an overview of Analytics on Azure, including the IoT vision and data platform scenarios

Internet Of Things (IoT) technical documentation

This document provides technical guidance on deploying cloud services for IoT

Application dev/test technical guides

These documents provide a technical overview of application development and testing.

Application dev/test business documentation

This zipped folder contains documents that provide an overview of application dev/test offerings for partners.

Analytics technical guides

This zipped folder provides technical guidance for analytics on Azure

Analytics business documentation

This zipped folder includes an overview of Analytics on Azure, including the Analytics vision and data platform scenarios.

Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud

[PDF, VSD] See how a representative global organization has adopted all of Microsoft’s cloud offerings, including Office 365, Azure, Dynamics 365, and Intune.

SQL Services

Azure SQL DB technical documentation

This zipped folder contains best practices and deployment documentation for Azure SQL database.

Azure SQL DB business documentation

This zipped folder contains presentations that provide guidance on Azure SQL database – business discussions.

SQL in Azure VMs GTM materials

Videos/solution templates

SQL in Azure VMs technical documentation

Best practices and deployment documentation

SQL in Azure VMs business documentation

This zipped folder contains presentations that provide guidance on SQL in Azure VMs – business discussions.

Power BI technical guides

This zipped folder provides technical guidance for deploying Power BI, creating dashboards, and other technical details of managed services.

Power BI business documentation

This presentation provides guidance on incorporating Power BI into your managed services practice through CSP.

RDS 2016 in Azure

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Technical Guidance Deck

[PPTX] RDS 2016 on Azure IaaS Scenario, Offer and Deployment Approach

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Technical Guidance Document

[DOC] Great Technical guidance for CSP partners

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Landing Page Framework

This is the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) 2016 on Azure IaaS Landing Page Framework for HMSPs. Please use the content and modify the format to fit your website template

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Hoster Partners Messaging Framework

Use this document as a guide as you develop relevant communications. This is a reference document, intended to inform the work of marketing and sales professionals.

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Sales Datasheet

Explains the value of RDS 2016 on Azure IaaS (DOC)

RDS on Azure Laas BDM Deck

[PPTX] RDS on Azure Laas BDM Deck

DR and BaaS

Backup and Disaster Recovery technical documentation

These documents provide a technical overview of Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions.

Backup and Disaster Recovery business documentation

This zipped folder contains documents that provides an overview of backup and disaster recovery offerings for partners.

Backup and Disaster Recovery GTM materials

Disaster Recovery for SQL business documentation

This zipped folder contains presentations that provide guidance on disaster recovery for SQL – business discussions.

Disaster Recovery for SQL GTM materials

Campaigns, sample service offers, and templates

Disaster Recovery for SQL technical documentation

This zipped folder contains technical documentation for disaster recovery for SQL, along with a SQL 2014 hybrid kit.

SQL Backup to Azure GTM materials

This zipped folder contains campaigns, sample service offers, and templates for SQL backup to Azure.

SQL Backup to Azure business documentation

This presentation provides guidance on SQL Backup to Azure – business discussions

SQL Backup to Azure technical documentation

Technical deployment kit with deployment guidance of SQL backup to Azure.