RCP Partner Guides

The editors of Redmond Channel Partner produce these timely reports on technology, programs and trends of interest to Microsoft partners. Download the free guides below.


Partner's Guide to the Windows Server 2008 Deadline

Windows Server 2008 loses support on Jan. 14, 2020. It's a key deadline for Microsoft partners and a huge opportunity that Microsoft pegs at $50 billion. Main options include upgrading to more current on-premises versions of Windows Server, or -- in the choice that Microsoft is pushing hard -- migrating customers to the Microsoft Azure public cloud.


Partner's Guide to Office 365 Security Costs

This RCP partner guide lays out the costs and security features of Microsoft's SaaS packages, as well as some best practices surrounding them.


Partner's Guide to UCaaS

The value of UCaaS is becoming apparent even to customers who weren't interested before. Here are 14 reasons why it's a fit for SMB customers.


Partner's Guide to Starter Workloads in Azure

How can small partners with limited technical chops tap third-party tools that automate their customers' Azure onramp? Find out in this guide.


Partner's Guide to Microsoft's Fiscal Year 2019

A new fiscal year for Microsoft means new programs for partners. Here's what will be different.


Partner's Guide to Making the Most of Dynamics 365 IUR

Many Microsoft partners already tap their Internal Use Rights for Office 365, but Dynamics 365 IURs are highly underused.


MSP's Guide to Rethinking Backup for the Cloud

Here are two dozen tips to help MSPs make the most of the cloud's backup, recovery, availability, storage, archiving and disaster recovery options.


MSP's Guide to Getting Started with Azure

The opportunity around Microsoft Azure is huge but intimidating. Here are nine ways MSPs can get up and running with the Azure platform.


CSP's Guide to Coexisting with FastTrack

Learn nine CSP best practices for taking advantage of Microsoft's free cloud migration benefit.


Partner's Guide to the New Rules of Online Backup

Learn the steps you need to follow to make sure your customers get the most out of their transition to the cloud.


MSP’s Guide to 3 Game Changing Problems in Security

Learn about threats involving the previously rock-solid WPA2 standard, under-secured Office 365 accounts and nation-state attacks.


Partner's Guide to A Season of Disaster

The steps MSPs must take to ensure customers can survive disasters, from preparing for data troubles to rebuilding systems.


Partner's Guide to Going Mobile with Skype for Business

The Microsoft Skype for Business opportunity is expanding rapidly. Read this Partner’s Guide to Going Mobile with Skype for Business to learn about opportunities for MSPs in high-growth verticals including healthcare, manufacturing, and retail. Learn more!


Partner Guide: MSP's Guide to Ransomware

The ransomware threat is a key driver of IT strategy and spending. Read this MSP’s Guide to Ransomware to learn about best practices including end user training, phishing and spearphishing testing, and backup and recovery. Read more!


MSP’s Guide to Next-Level Add-Ons

Top MSPs are always on the lookout for the next way to remain vital to their customers. RCP covers some of the technologies that MSPs are adding to their practices right now.


Partner’s Guide to Backup and Recovery Trends

Eight trends to watch and act on in 2017 for backup, recovery and business continuity.


Partner's Guide to The Datacenter Opportunity

Read this Partner’s Guide to find out how the datacenter is being redefined as a huge greenfield for the channel including fewer, but larger, datacenters, and a boomlet in prefabricated, standardized datacenters.


Partner’s Guide to Bringing Conferencing to the Masses

Software and cloud-based advances across the industry are transforming the conference room. This guide looks at the Intel Unite platform.


MSP’s Guide To Business Continuity

What it takes for you and your customers to have confidence in their ability to keep on chugging, no matter the problem.


MSP’s Guide To Backup Tricks

Here are seven ways to amaze and impress your customers with modern backup and recovery solutions.


Partner’s Guide To Providing a Complete Business Continuity Solution

Read this guide from Redmond Channel Partner for 16 questions to address in your customer’s backup strategy.


Partner’s Guide to Cloud and Disaster Recovery

When it comes to business continuity and disaster recovery, there are things that the cloud changes, radically, and other things that must remain the same. Learn more.


MSP’s Guide to Backup Architectures

Read this primer on 12 main ways that managed services providers build backup solutions to give their SMB and larger customers peace of mind.


Partner’s Guide to Making Money by Jump-Starting a Move to the Cloud

Learn how partners can drive customers to the cloud and rake in cash along the way.


Partner’s Guide to The Rise of Microsoft Azure

The revamped Microsoft cloud platform is a potential gold mine for services providers, who can quickly and easily offer services directly through Azure.


Partner’s Guide to the New Maturity of Lync

By providing and updating an SDN API, Microsoft is enabling alliance partners to help Microsoft create a more robust and manageable unified communications environment.


MSP's 2018 Guide to Emerging Technology

A preview of hot new technology areas in three time horizons, ranging from "right now" to "pretty soon" to "maybe someday."


2018 Microsoft Product Roadmap

Bonus articles cover Surface Phone, Windows 10 lingo changes and Microsoft's event schedule.