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Update : Partners can now invite the Global Admins of their customers to view and accept the Microsoft Customer Agreement in Microsoft 365 Admin Centre using this generic link.
The Microsoft Cloud Agreement is retired and the acceptance of Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCuA) by end customers are now mandatory for them to create new tenants, increase/decrease seats or suspend subscriptions through their CSP resellers.
As a CSP reseller transacting through rhipe, you have now two options when presenting the Microsoft Customer Agreement to your customers:
Option 1 – Partner Attestation: You can present the new Microsoft Customer Agreement (McuA) to customers in much the same way that you previously did for the Microsoft Cloud Agreement by doing the following:
- Download the latest version of Microsoft Customer agreement @ http://aka.ms/customeragreement
- Send a copy of MCuA to your customers
- Confirm the acceptance of MCuA by your customers in PRISM Portal by filling in the Information required in rhipe PRISM portal: First name, last name, email, signing date and optionally phone number.
Note: Bulk attestation option is also available through rhipe PRISM portal. For more details, please refer to our information slides @ http://rhi.pe/MCuA
Options 2 – Customer accepts directly through M365 Admin Centre (New!): This option enables simplified agreement management, faster implementation and less work for partners. Once the customer accepts directly within the Microsoft 365 Admin Centre, it confirms approval of terms. You can do this in two ways; (1) by sending your customers this generic link to M365 Admin Centre, or (2) by requesting a reseller relationship from your customers. They will also be asked to accept the Microsoft Customer Agreement during the process.
We have created a quick summary deck to help you understand what MCuA is and how you can confirm the acceptance MCuA for your customers here.
For more information, please read our blog @ http://rhi.pe/mcablog.
The Microsoft Partner Agreement is a simple, unified and digitally accepted partner agreement framework that offers concise terms to help partners, customers and Microsoft comply with regulatory requirements, supporting enhanced privacy, security, compliance and transparency.
All CSP indirect resellers are required to accept the Microsoft Partner Agreement to create new customers or place new orders for existing customers in the CSP program. Partners who have not accepted the Microsoft Partner Agreement will not be able to place new orders and will be limited to managing existing subscriptions only.
What you need to do:
- Enrolling as a CSP indirect reseller is a pre-requisite to signing MPA. Please ensure that you have enrolled as a CSP indirect reseller here. Note that having Partner Centre access doesn’t mean that you have enrolled as CSP indirect reseller.
- Sign in to Partner Centre dashboard page as a Global Admin to download the latest MPA and inform key stakeholders in your organisation to review and accept the Microsoft Partner Agreement on Partner Centre.
- Sign the Microsoft Partner Agreement as a Global Admin.
We have also prepared a step-by-step guide to guide to take you through the Partner Centre sign up and MPA signing process. Click on the link here to learn more.
More resources are also available at Microsoft CSP resources gallery page.
If you use the Microsoft Azure AD baseline policies to satisfy Microsoft Partner Centre Security requirements, the Security “baseline” policies has been retired and is now replaced by the “Security defaults”. A more comprehensive set of protection policies for you and your customers. Security defaults in Azure AD help protect your organisation with preconfigured security settings for common attacks. Partners who are currently still using the baseline polices on their partner tenants should enable the security defaults policy to maintain their MFA enablement and avoid any service disruptions.
Security defaults policy is one of the options that partners can choose to implement MFA for the security requirements depending on their business needs. It offers a basic level of security enabled at no extra cost. Please review how to enable MFA for your organisation with Azure AD and the key considerations below before enabling the security defaults. Partners can consider other options if security defaults do not meet their needs.
Key considerations for security defaults
- For the partners who are using conditional access, security defaults will not be available
- Security defaults enforce all policies at once including the required MFA for admins policy, end user protection policy, and required MFA for service management
- Blocking legacy authentication will not be enforced for partners at this time. However, as most events related to compromised identities come from sign-in attempts using legacy authentication, partners are encouraged to move away from these older protocols
- Security defaults automatically excludes the Azure AD Connect Sync account
- Security defaults are the general availability replacement of the preview baseline policies. Once a partner enables the security defaults, they will no longer be able to enable baseline policies.
Next steps and resources for security defaults
Partners who are currently using the baseline policies:
- Learn more about security defaults and enabling MFA for your organisation
- Plan the transition from baseline policies to security defaults
- Enable security defaults with one-click for each partner tenant as soon as possible. If security defaults do not meet your needs, consider other options.
Partners who are adopting security defaults as new:
- Learn more about security defaults and enabling MFA for your organisation.
- Enable security defaults.
If you have any questions for the partner security requirements, please check out additional resources here. Also, please read the blog for more information about the security default: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-active-directory-identity/introducing-security-defaults/ba-p/1061414
The latest update to Microsoft Endpoint Manager includes integration with the Office Cloud Policy Service, giving admins the ability to create and manage Office app policies directly within the Microsoft Endpoint Manager portal. Visit https://devicemanagement.microsoft.com/ and take a look at 'Policies for Office apps'.
For Overview of the Office cloud policy service for Office 365 ProPlus visit here.
Office Cloud Policy Service integrated with the Microsoft Endpoint Manager portal here.
Microsoft has been constantly making upgrades and improving the Microsoft 365 admin centre experience. There are several changes on the horizon. But the one which is most exciting is the organisation switcher. This allows the admins to switch between multiple end customers tenant from a single portal.
This would be specifically useful in scenarios, where admins constantly perform multiple management activities for end customers. The admins have options to even perform a quick search of a customer and pin frequently managed tenants at the top. The below is a screenshot of the Microsoft 365 admin centre with the organisation switcher icon.
For more information please click the link below :
Microsoft Communication Compliance is one of many services offered as part of the solution catalogue. This unique offering detects any non-compliant communications within the organisation such as the use of profanity. Communication Compliance can detect the interactions happening in various channels such as Skype for business, teams, exchange online and even third-party apps such as Linkedin and Facebook.
Communication Compliance is part of Microsoft 365 E5, Office 365 E3 with Advance Compliance add-on or Microsoft 365 E5 Security add on.
You can also watch the Youtube video to find out more.
Microsoft has removed the Windows E3 license pre-requirement from Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (MDATP), allowing MDATP for all supported devices.
Starting from March, CSP partners will be able to purchase MDATP for all their supported devices, regardless of their Windows E3 license ownership through CSP program through rhipe.
There is no change to existing Windows E5, Microsoft 365 E5 Security and Microsoft 365 E5 offers as those offerings will continue including MDATP.
For more information regarding Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, please read:
To help more customers adopt Dynamics 365, Microsoft has launched a new Dynamics 365 Sales Professional SMB offer promotion. From now until June 30, 2020, your SMB customers in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore can purchase D365 Sales Professional at a discount of 25% off and enjoy the special price for up to 3 years!
- CSP-only offer, available for customers in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore
- New Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales Professional customers only
- Existing Microsoft Office SMB customers
- Minimum 10 customer seats up to a maximum 75 seats purchase required to qualify for customers that own Microsoft Office
- Valid November 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
- The discounted offer SKU will be discontinued either when the qualifying licenses expire or after two annual terms. At that point, customers will need to buy a relevant offering that fits their business needs at the regular price.
- Offer SKU Name: Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional (SMB Offer)
- Offer SKU ID: 0ACF8D18-7B68-483C-ABBA-411736E6F0DC
- SKU MRP: USD 48.50 / AUD 66.60 / NZD 73.30
More details about the promo terms and conditions can be found at: https://www.rhipe.com/dynamics-365-sales-professional-smb-offer-is-now-available-through-rhipe-25-off/
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