imageBuilding on the cloud helps you tap into massive compute, scalable data storage and advanced tools, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. With the cloud, you can build revolutionary apps that transform your business and improve people’s lives.

Join us at the Azure Developer Tour 2018 and learn how to build incredible cloud apps. This isn’t slideware. It’s live coding demos from our team of cloud developer experts that will teach you the skills you need to take full advantage of the cloud.

What you’ll learn:

Free + lunch provided!


  • 8:45AM Check-in
  • 9:15AM – 12:30PM Keynotes | Two 90 minute Sessions + Breaks
  • 12:30PM – 1:30PM Lunch! (provided)
  • 1:30PM – 2:45PM Live Coding | Azure Tips & Tricks – AI/ML
  • 2:45PM The End
April 9th – 9:00AM-2:45PM
CTRL Collective
12575 Beatrice St
Los Angeles, California 90066


This event is also being run on different dates in:

  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Washington DC
  • San Francisco
  • Austin
  • Seattle

Register for these cities at this site:

Posted by: kurtsh | March 14, 2018

INFO: Azure Security Best Practices and Patterns

imageInterested in security guidance when it comes to using Azure?  Here’s a page that Azure Security is maintaining to keep people updated on various elements of security that should be considered when using Azure.

Original page here:

imageThe 2017 study, The Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Azure IaaS, gives insight into both the costs and benefits of large-scale Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) implementation.

This commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting analyzes the return on investment and business impact that several enterprises experienced when moving from a primarily on-premises environment to Azure. The companies interviewed come from a variety of industries and locations (global/multinational, North American, and European).

In addition to a 435 percent overall return on an Azure IaaS investment*, the businesses also experienced:

  • Reduced data center and outsourcing costs.
  • Website scale and performance improvements.
  • Ease of experimentation through virtualized environments.
  • Developer and tester improvements. 

Download the study to learn about the potential ROI that could be realized by shifting some or all of your management and operations to Azure.

* Result is over five years for a composite organization based on the interviewed customers

imageIn case you missed it, the Microsoft Planner “Ask Microsoft Anything” online event took place this morning from 9-10AM and the record of all questions asked and answered are available online for folks to review.

Here’s a summary of some of the questions:

  • Do you guys have an updated roadmap?
  • Is there is anyway (or on Roadmap) to restore a “plan” from specific time like a snapshot?
  • Why is there no option to search for tasks?  Priorities for tasks?
  • Great to see the Planner web part in SharePoint. What enhancements does the Planner team have lined up?
  • Will Planner be implementing a ‘copy plan’, or ‘template plan’ feature soon, as discussed in the boards?
  • Is there a way to receive notifications when a task is complete via email if I’m the one who created it?

View the AMA written record here:

imageToday, at Enterprise Connect 2018, Microsoft delivered the day’s keynote address. Tune in to hear Bob Davis, Corporate Vice President of Office 365, unveil new announcements advancing our vision for Intelligent Communications.

Hear the latest news, and experience never-seen skills through Microsoft Teams and Teams-powered devices. Learn more about how Intelligent Communications is enabling communications to be more insightful, proactive, and connected.

  • Revolutionizing collaboration & communications with Intelligent Communications through Microsoft Teams with Bob Davis, Corporate VP of Office 365
    (Originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10 AM EST) 

Also, check out Microsoft’s latest award for Microsoft Teams, “Best of Enterprise Connect” as written up on Enterprise Connect’s online publication, NoJitter.

Posted by: kurtsh | March 14, 2018

INFO: Office 365 & Client Access License (CAL) rights

Ever wonder what on-prem Client Access License (CAL) rights customers get with Office 365 Subscription Licenses?

Here’s a post that goes over this in a nice table from the Volume Licensing Blog:

The good news is that Office 365 Enterprise E3 & E5 provide both the "on-prem Standard CALs & Enterprise CALs" for Exchange, SharePoint, & Lync/Skype for Business – not just the on-prem Standard CALs. (Note: The E5 license replaced & became a superset of the E4 license)

Here’s the table from the site that gives some orientation around what subscription gets what CAL right:


Posted by: kurtsh | March 14, 2018

RELEASE: Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

imageInterested in use an elastic, highly-available SQL Server in the cloud without worrying about making any code changes other than pointing your application to the cloud datasource?

Introducing Azure SQL Database Managed Instance – the first SQL DB service in the cloud that enables SQL Server users to migrate their data to the cloud & connect their applications to the cloud database seamlessly without worrying about previous blockers like SQL CLR, SQL Server Agent, Cross Database Queries, etc.

Description here:

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance combines the best aspects of SQL Server and Azure SQL as a platform service. It enables you to run applications with dependencies on SQL CLR, SQL Server Agent or cross database queries like you would on a physical or virtual server running SQL Server, but as a managed instance you get the as a service benefits so you don’t need to spend time keeping servers patched and up-to-date, plus machine learning powered capabilities like auto-tuning to improve query performance and proactive security recommendations. Lara Rubbelke explains and demonstrates all of this, including how you can set up you own Azure SQL Database Managed Instance in this show.

To learn more about Azure SQL DB Managed Instances, visit:

Here’s a Microsoft Mechanics video brief on the technology:

Some organizations that own Windows Server Datacenter Edition on Software Assurance (a.k.a. license maintenance) have also deployed Azure Virtual Machines running Windows Server Datacenter Edition without taking advantage of the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit, despite being eligible.

If a user is eligible, Azure Hybrid Use Benefit enables the user to take advantage of their existing Windows Server Datacenter Edition licensing while on Software Assurance, and NOT have to pay for a Windows Server license while running an analogous Virtual Machine within Azure.

The result is roughly a 40% savings on Azure billing.  And it’s only available on Microsoft’s cloud.

If you have Virtual Machines eligible for the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit, that are not currently taking advantage of it, you don’t need to redeploy the workload to Azure.

Below is the PowerShell command to convert existing VMs to use Azure Hybrid Use Benefit:

$vm = Get-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroup "rg-name" -Name "vm-name"

$vm.LicenseType = "Windows_Server"

Update-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName rg-name

imageJames Phillips, Corporate VP for Business Applications, invites you to join us for the “Microsoft Business Applications Virtual Spring Launch” event!

Get a first-hand look at the Spring 2018 Business Applications update to see how modern, intelligent technologies can transform your operations, improve engagement with your customers, and help move your business forward.

imageJoin the virtual webcast event featuring James Phillips, Corporate Vice President, Business Applications Group. We’ll take a look at many of the new capabilities across Dynamics 365, Power BI, and the Business Application Platform and will showcase how these technologies can help drive your digital transformation.

Posted by: kurtsh | March 13, 2018

TRAINING: Visio Webcast Series (On-demand)

imageMicrosoft Visio helps you simplify and communicate complex information with data-linked diagrams that you can create in just a few clicks.

Visio makes diagramming simple. Whether you want to quickly capture a flowchart that you brainstormed on a whiteboard, map an IT network, build an organizational chart, document a business process, or draw a floor plan, Visio helps you work visually.

Learn how to take advantage of these tools by registering for this webcast series.  Here’s some of the topics:

  • See new & improved features inside Visio 2016
  • Collaborate for innovation and improvement
  • The 3 C’s of Visio Stencils
  • Visualize project status by linking Project to Visio
  • Visio Online Preview
  • Introducing powerful new features in Visio
  • Your GPS to more effective Visio process maps
  • Create value stream maps with Visio 2016
  • Visio techniques to make you a power user
  • Visio Online Viewer & Visio Viewer for iPad & Microsoft’s cross platform vision for Visio

Register here:

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