Posted by: kurtsh | September 20, 2019

INFO: Using TPM & BitLocker in China

imageI was recently asked about using “BitLocker in China” and apparently, there’s some confusion around this topic on the Internet, so I contacted our Windows deployment folks as well as those in China to shine some sunlight on the matter. 

This was their response:

This is an older matter really related to the TPM chipset – not BitLocker itself.  To be clear, BitLocker’s use was never prohibited by Chinese Government:  It was TPM 1.2 that wasn’t approved previously by Chinese Government, but since 2015, TPM 2.0 has been approved by the Chinese government.  Read the following for more detail:

  • Governments recognize the importance of TPM 2.0 through ISO adoption
    …the [TPM 2.0] standard was supported by a large number of countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, the Russian Federation, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States, underlines the growing level of concern around cybersecurity, among both developed and emerging economies.


There are some OEMs selling machines in China with TPM 2.0, and this has changed over time.  For more detailed background you can read:

Locally chip manufacturer, “Nation-Z” ( can provide TPM 2.0 chip-compatible components with TPM/TCM 2.0.

For example, Microsoft Surface devices ship with this chip in China and China only.

Posted by: kurtsh | September 15, 2019

INFO: Microsoft Surface Hub 2S

Is your company investing in Microsoft Teams & Office 365?

Are you looking for interactivity, not just display projection?

Is innovation through collaboration a key pillar to your success?

Experience teamwork without boundaries with new Surface Hub 2S, a modern, all-in-one collaborative canvas and meetings platform that brings the power of Windows 10 to teams. It’s, light, thin, and easy to integrate into any work space. Wherever your teams go, Surface Hub 2S can go too.

For more information visit:

Here’s a video demonstration of what Surface Hub 2S brings:

We’re making a change in Microsoft’s licensing that concerns:

  • Dedicated-hosted Cloud Services
  • Licenses WITHOUT Software Assurance

imageBeginning October 1, 2019, on-premises licenses purchased without Software Assurance and mobility rights cannot be deployed with dedicated hosted cloud services offered by the following public cloud providers: Microsoft, Alibaba, Amazon (including VMware Cloud on AWS), and Google. They will be referred to as “Listed Providers.”

There’s a large Frequently Asked Questions list at the URL below.

imageData scientist. Machine-learning engineer. Big-data engineer. All three rank among the top emerging jobs*, and companies across industries are seeking people with the requisite skills: math, programming, and domain expertise.

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Posted by: kurtsh | September 14, 2019

DOWNLOAD: Free eBook, “Practical Microsoft Azure IaaS”

imageLearn how to tap into the vast pools of compute, storage, and networking resources now available in the cloud by migrating your on-premises legacy systems to Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

In this hands-on guide published by Apress, you’ll find a focused and practical approach to IaaS migration. You’ll explore what Azure IaaS has to offer, discover the different migration options available, and get detailed information to help you:

  • Map key Azure components to familiar concepts in infrastructure, including virtualization, storage provisioning, switching and firewalls.
  • Implement Azure IaaS deployment architectures.
  • Design IaaS environments in line with Microsoft-recommended best practices for scalability, resiliency, availability, performance, and security.
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imagePASS Summit 2019 is coming up Nov 5 – 8 in Seattle WA – the best conference available on data skills and innovation.

The conference is three full days of learning with two days of pre-conference deep dive sessions beforehand – training workshops, best practices, hands-on labs and networking with world-class data experts from around the world.

They bring together over 4000 global data professionals and will offer more than 150 sessions. The conference also offers a chance to meet and share knowledge with the best and brightest from the data professional community and Microsoft.

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This October 2nd we’re showing the world what’s next for Surface & Microsoft… and we’re doing it live. Tune in at at 10am EDT.

Also available live here:

imageThe demands of today’s business environment are transforming the way decisions are made and increasing the need for process automation.

Discover how to put the Power Platform tools to work for you at the Power Platform World Tour – making a stop in Anaheim-Orange County, California on December 4-5, 2019.

Powered by your local Power Platform User Groups this event will provide unparalleled access to premium Power Platform content and industry leaders. Learn New Ways to Analyze, Act and Automate processes.

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Two days of exceptional content designed for the Citizen Developer, Technical, Business and New Users in 32+ breakout sessions. Engage with local users from similar and varying industries to solve daily challenges and increase efficiencies.

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Whether you are just getting started or consider yourself an expert, the Power Platform World Tour has sessions geared toward all levels. Possible topics include:

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  • Dataflows
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  • Dive into Power Query
  • Introduction to PowerApps & Flow
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  • Data Modeling
  • Automate Approvals
  • Build PowerApps for Your Business
  • Getting Started with Formulas
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CONFERENCE: Power Platform World Tour – Anaheim, CA – Dec 4-5, 2019

Bill Gates is trying to solve some of the world’s most persistent problems and Netflix’s new documentary — “Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates” — offers a peek inside the mind of the celebrated tech visionary, business leader, and philanthropist.

This three-part documentary tells Bill Gates’ life story, in-depth and unfiltered, as he pursues unique solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems. From Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala).

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imageWhile migrating to the cloud offers your business greater scalability, cost-efficiency, and improved performance, it can require careful IT planning and strategy. Fortunately, there are resources and tools that can make your cloud migration less daunting and help simplify your path to the cloud—while minimizing risk and impact to your business.

Download this Azure migration e-book for guidance throughout the entire process, from initial considerations to the tools required. You’ll learn how to:

  • Approach your cloud migration.
  • Discover and assess your servers, virtual machines, and applications.
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