imageGet ready for our Windows Virtual Desktop AMA.

Whether you’ve already tried the Windows Virtual Desktop public preview—or are just looking for more information about this new offering—save the date and bring your questions to the Windows Virtual Desktop Ask Microsoft Anything" (AMA) event on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. From 9:00-10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, we’ll have five Windows Virtual Desktop engineers and product experts on hand to answer your questions live:

  • Joydeep Mukherjee, Senior Product Marketing Manager
  • Pieter Wigleven, Senior Program Manager
  • Christian Montoya, Program Manager
  • Stefan Georgiev, Program Manager
  • Sandeep Patnaik, Senior PM Manager

DATE/TIME:
June 12, 2019 9:00-10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
(Save the date: https://www.myeventurl.com/Events/Details/37)

LINK:
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-10-AMA/bd-p/Windows10AMA

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imageCan’t make it to Microsoft Business Applications Summit this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – catch the opening keynote live from Atlanta, Georgia June 10 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. (Yes, that’s EASTERN Daylight Savings Time.)

Watch as James Phillips – Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Business Applications Group – kicks off the conference with a special keynote celebrating the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform (Power BI, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow) communities.

Plus, he’ll give you a sneak peek into the newest innovations from Microsoft Business Applications.

Learn more and save the date!

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imageWith the new live event capabilities in Microsoft 365, the Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) team at Microsoft is offering event producers a seamless event-production solution for employee engagement. Learn more about it!

imageFor those not clear on this matter, Microsoft’s strategic direction for unified communications & collaboration is Microsoft Teams – ultimately displacing Skype for Business & Skype for Business Online. 

Our guidance to our customers consistently reflects this.  The biggest of this highlights the fact that Skype for Business Online is already no longer available to small & medium businesses as of last year, Oct 2018:

  • FAQ – Upgrading from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/faq-journey
    Will you continue to invest in improving Skype for Business Online?
    Our vision for bringing together Intelligent Communications and collaboration is focused on Teams. We plan to continue to support the Skype for Business service and client in Office 365. We plan to continue to support the Skype for Business clients to access on-premises server and online services. There is no end-of-support date at this time.
    Starting October 1, 2018, new Office 365 customers with fewer than 500 seats will be onboarded to Teams and will not have access to Skype for Business Online. Tenants already using Skype for Business Online will be able to continue doing so (including provisioning new users) until they complete their transition to Teams. To learn more please read Microsoft Teams is now the primary client for meetings and calling in Office 365.”

Additionally, from a press release standpoint, the two pages that highlight Microsoft’s direction in displacing Skype for Business & stepping customers up to Microsoft Teams includes the following:

  • A new vision for intelligent communications in Office 365
    Teams will evolve as the primary client for intelligent communications in Office 365, replacing the current Skype for Business client…”
    “…We encourage every Office 365 customer to begin using Teams today. Office 365 customers currently using Skype for Business can find guidance and resources on the intelligent communications page in the FastTrack portal…”
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2017/09/25/a-new-vision-for-intelligent-communications-in-office-365/
  • Microsoft Teams is now a complete meeting and calling solution
    Make the move to Teams:
    Over the last few weeks we have released resources, tools and guidance to help current Skype for Business Online customers with their upgrade to Teams. This includes:
Posted by: kurtsh | June 3, 2019

HOWTO: Enable “Tighter Spacing” in Outlook

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I woke up this morning to look at my computer and apparently we updated Outlook in Office 365.  As part of that update, we added some rather liberal spacing between the view of Message List items.

I’m not even gonna sugarcoat this:  This is really annoying to me.  Like many of you, I like maximum use of my screen real estate and "creating more separation between message list items is ANNOYING.

imageHere’s how to disable it:

  1. Click “View” in the menu. 
    Find the “Layout” category in the ribbon and you’ll see an new button there called “Use Tighter Spacing”.
  2. Click “Use Tighter Spacing” and it’ll revert back to the way it was.

Crisis averted.

Posted by: kurtsh | May 29, 2019

INFO: Microsoft Ignite 2019 Pre-day Workshops

imageWondering where the pre-day workshop descriptions are for Ignite 2019?

Once you begin registering for Ignite, you can view the available Pre-day workshops that are available at an extra cost.  https://register.ignite.microsoft.com/preday

If, however, you’d like to peruse the list of pre-day workshops before you begin registering, here’s what is posted:

Get even more from Microsoft Ignite when you register for a Pre-Day Workshop!

Each full-day workshop offers in-depth study on a particular topic, which has been specifically developed for the Microsoft Ignite audience to address the most relevant needs of today’s technology experts. The Pre-Day Workshop pass includes a full day of dedicated class time with noted industry experts, lunch, and materials (if applicable). All Pre-Days will take place on Sunday, November 3. Please note, content is subject to change. Please bring your own laptop to participate in the workshop.

Diversity and Tech

The Microsoft Ignite Diversity and Tech pre-day is where you’ll build friendships with peers who are equally passionate about boosting diversity and inclusion both at work and in local communities. This year’s theme focuses on understanding intersectionality as a Diversity Superpower.

Diversity & Tech Pre-Day Fee: U.S. $195.00 USD

Intersectionality: The Real Diversity Superpower (DT01)

The highly interactive, full day program will engage you in developing practical skills to address diversity and inclusion holistically. Passes are limited and available while seats last. Each pass purchased directly supports an underrepresented beneficiary from one of Microsoft Ignite’s partner non-profit organizations in attending this event.

Microsoft Ignite Pre-Day Workshops

Microsoft Ignite Pre-Day Workshops take place on Sunday, November 3 from 9:00am-5:00pm at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Most Pre-Day Workshops are setup classroom style offering hands-on learning. You must bring your own device to participate in the workshop.

Pre-Day Workshop Fee: U.S. $500.00 USD

Advanced techniques for modernizing your identity and access management from on-premises to the cloud with Azure Active Directory (PRE20)

Organizations often have hundreds of applications that users depend on to get their work done. This can translate to managing a costly on-premises identity and application infrastructure. These same organizations are being tasked to reduce cost and complexity and improve security without compromising productivity. Join the Identity Engineering Product Group to learn how to evaluate your current identity and access management environment and how to modernize by tapping into identity as the control plane and managing from the cloud. This day is designed for new and experienced identity professionals deploying or considering Azure Active Directory Premium.

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Azure Cosmos DB in a day workshop with the engineering team (PRE08)

In this full-day, demo-rich training session with the Azure Cosmos DB engineering team, learn the ins and outs of designing solutions targeting Azure Cosmos DB and how it provides the database platform for you to build your next generation of blazingly fast, planet scale applications. We cover the basics of what is Azure Cosmos DB, common use cases and design patterns. Next, we dive into best practices around partitioning, modeling data, replication, consistency, elasticity of throughput (request units), ChangeFeed, etc. We discuss all the recent announcements and capabilities in the service and where we are going next, with opportunity for Q&A. This course contains lecture and hands-on lab work, and is particularly useful for Solution Architect, Data Architects, Application Architects, and Application Developers. The hand-on labs are developer focused require you to have the ability to read and execute C# and Javascript code, skills which are not directly covered in the content and considered prerequisite.

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Azure Data Explorer Pre-Day Training Session (PRE01)

Azure Data Explorer is a fast, fully managed data analytics service for real-time analysis on large volumes of data streaming from applications, websites, IoT devices, and more. In this hands-on workshop, build an end-to-end, near-real-time analytics solution using Azure Data Explorer with data ingestion and visualization.

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Build your first ‘knowledge mining’ solution in a day using Azure AI services (PRE09)

Developing an AI based solution is the best way to learn what Azure AI can help you build. In this full-day training, instructors guide you through building a robust knowledge mining solution leveraging Cognitive Search capabilities in Microsoft Azure. Leverage cognitive skills like OCR and vision services to understand information contained in non-traditional data sources like documents. Learn how to build custom skills using machine learning models to decipher business specific insights and surface these insights for users to leverage within their apps. Also, learn how to create a BOT to search your business documents using key phrases, entities, and moderated data. This is a hands-on training where attendees are expected to roll up their sleeves and build a solution from scratch. Attendees are advised to bring their laptops to be able to walkthrough exercises and learn with experience. Learning objectives: (1) utilize Azure Search experience with cognitive search capabilities, (2) utilize basic cognitive skills like text and vision applicable to a wide variety of use cases, and (3) implement custom skills for specific business centric needs. Sign up for a chance to win a Surface Laptop!

Learning Objectives

    1. Utilize Azure Search experience with cognitive search capabilities
    2. Utilize basic cognitive skills like text and vision applicable to a wide variety of use cases
    3. Implement custom skills for specific business centric needs

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Build your first iOS and Android app with C#, Xamarin, and Azure (PRE13)

Have you been clamoring to get started with mobile development using C# and Xamarin? What if you could attend a full-day workshop led by Microsoft experts to learn how to build your first mobile application with Xamarin, .NET, and Azure? We use this workshop to walk through all the necessary steps for building a full app while adding some Azure goodness along the way. The workshop focuses on building your first C# powered iOS, Android, and Windows app. Get a full overview of Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms. Learn about Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) architecture. Make RESTful service calls to a web server and deserialize json. See navigation patterns and pass data. Integrate Xamarin.Essentials to add geolocation and map support among other capabilities. Learn about serverless solutions with Azure Functions and Azure Cosmos DB. Integrate these services into your application. Finally, we show you how to setup Continuous Integration and Delivery (CI/CD) with Azure DevOps and App Center in order to build, test, and distribute your mobile application.

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Building modern enterprise productivity apps on the Microsoft 365 platform (PRE26)

Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on day working with Microsoft engineers on enterprise app design. You’ll learn how to build powerful collaboration-driven business applications in Microsoft Teams by combining the rich productivity data from Microsoft Graph with the power and flexibility of SharePoint Framework. We’ll also discuss other platform tools like adaptive cards and add-ins. We look forward to seeing you there!

Compliance requirements: A practical guide to leveraging the capabilities in Microsoft 365 (PRE21)

With the growing adoption of cloud technologies and the rapid growth in electronic information, controlling data and maintaining compliance is becoming even more of a challenge. Regulations including GDPR and CCPA are adding another layer of complexity and accountability. Organizations must establish processes to reliably maintain compliance in order to stay agile and minimize risk, all while effectively meeting business goals. Hear from external industry experts who share their perspective on today’s compliance landscape and the steps needed to define and implement a comprehensive plan to achieve a culture of compliance. And, learn about the latest Microsoft 365 capabilities that can help meet your compliance needs.

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Elephants and Postgres: All about using Azure Database for PostgreSQL, also featuring Hyperscale (Citus) (PRE10)

In this full-day training workshop with our Postgres engineering team, learn how you can use Azure Database for PostgreSQL and Hyperscale (Citus) to give your applications the performance, security, availability, and scale they need. Whether your app is in Python, Ruby, Node, Java, PHP, C, or C#, you might soon love the powerful, robust features in Postgres. With a combination of technical lectures and hands-on tutorials, we cover these Postgres use cases:

  • Building web & mobile apps that need to process Geospatial (GIS) data;
  • Using Postgres to manage your JSON data;
  • Scaling Postgres for time series data;
  • Designing your multi-tenant & SaaS database to scale out with PostgreSQL and Citus;
  • Architecting real-time analytics for your customers.

We also plan to cover key features and topics of interest that data architects, developers, CTOs, and engineering leaders often ask us about, including:

  • What you need to know about replication, failover, and High Availability (HA)
  • Optimizing your application performance by understanding your Postgres performance
  • Migrating your app to Azure Database for PostgreSQL—including onto Hyperscale (Citus)
  • How PostgreSQL extensions are driving innovation—and “must-have” Postgres extensions for your toolbox
  • How the newly-launched & open source Hyperscale (Citus) deployment option scales out Postgres horizontally—to make it so you never have to worry about scaling your Postgres database again

Please come prepared to ask questions! At the end of the day, you will have a good handle on what Postgres brings to GIS, time series, multi-tenant, analytics, and JSON use cases—and how to get started with Azure Database for PostgreSQL.

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Get hands-on experience how to build modern IoT applications with Azure IoT (PRE11)

Join the IoT pre-day to get hands-on experience how to build modern IoT applications for enterprise. During this session, learn how to connect IoT devices to the cloud, get insights from data, and take specific actions that will help your enterprise. The session is led by Microsoft engineers building Azure IoT products, who cover the latest Azure IoT innovations and portfolio. Join us to learn how to leverage your existing developer skills and preferred language to create modern IoT applications.

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Getting started with Microsoft 365 (PRE22)

Learn how to make the most of the apps and experiences in Microsoft 365. Take an in-depth look at teamwork, employee engagement, and communications. Start with chat, meetings, file sharing, and co-authoring, then move on to creating effective teams and channels that integrate Office 365 and third-party apps. Finally, explore employee engagement and communications with Yammer, SharePoint, and Stream. Learn how search has evolved from traditional navigation to intelligent discovery, and, how you, your teams, and your organization can be successful anywhere and on any device with Microsoft 365 mobile apps. The workshop is designed for end-users and champions but will include tips for how IT can govern teamwork in Microsoft 365.

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Hands-on with GitHub and Azure DevOps: Go fast without breaking things (PRE03)

High performing DevOps teams know how to deliver better-quality software, faster. They leverage technology to continuously iterate on their products, implement feedback from customers, deliver value faster, and respond to incidents in less time. In this hands-on workshop, we take a pre-existing application, and using GitHub and Azure DevOps setup from scratch an end-to-end set of DevOps practices. We cover shifting-left quality, using infrastructure as code to provision and manage Azure environments, create automated build and release pipelines, and add in monitoring and telemetry.

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Infrastructure as code with Terraform, Ansible, and ARM (PRE04)

Infrastructure as code (IaC) is an important pillar of modern DevOps and is used by most enterprise customers to safely and efficiently provision and manage their cloud solutions. HashiCorp Terraform and Red Hat Ansible are very popular technologies allowing the practice of IaC – they abstract infrastructure provisioning, making it faster and easier for teams to deploy cloud resources in a variety of scenarios such as hybrid and multi cloud environments. In this workshop, learn about the practice of infrastructure as code, get an overview of Terraform, Ansible, and Azure Resource Manager templates, as well as gain hands-on experience in using these to deploy and provision resources on Azure.

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Machine learning for the modern day developer with Azure Machine Learning service (PRE12)

Learn how to create an end-to-end data science solution, applying advanced machine learning (ML) approaches to a real-world scenario, variants of which can be found across industry verticals. This hands-on training covers various important machine learning algorithms. Use notebooks to understand the math behind data science and learn best practices for cleansing and manipulating your data to gather insights from it. Then, build an ML model on this data using techniques that will give you a foray into a data scientist’s work. Further, see MLOps (DevOps for ML) in action while learning how to productionize your models.

Learn how to do the following:

  • Perform data preparation and feature engineering with Pandas dataframes
  • Conduct model development with the Scikit-Learn ML library
  • Learn essentials of machine learning experimentation (model management and evaluation) with AML service
  • Perform tuning of hyperparameters with HyperDrive on AML Compute
  • Quickly find the best combination of ML algorithm and feature selection with automated machine learning
  • Set up real-time scoring with Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS)

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Microsoft Cybersecurity Summit (PRE28)

Are you a cyber defender? Does your company look to you to protect critical identities, data, applications, devices, and infrastructure? Join us at our first ever pre-day dedicated to security professionals, including an exclusive keynote with Microsoft and third-party security leaders. We dive deep into real-world challenges with Microsoft security experts, including a special hands-on activity with our senior threat hunters. This is the perfect kick-off for security learning, and a great opportunity for community building with peers and partners. Throughout the week, attend technical deep dive sessions, product hands-on experiences and connect with experts at the Security expo experience to learn how Microsoft helps you stay secure.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2019 and big data clusters (PRE06)

In this full-day workshop, learn what’s new in SQL Server 2019 and the new big data clusters technology. Learn when and how to use big data technology. Learn about the architecture, components and technologies of SQL Server 2019 big data clusters. Understand how to install big data clusters on-premises, and in the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), and how to administer the cluster. Also, learn how to work with Apache Spark and how to create an end-to-end solution in the Data Science Process.

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Modern enterprise networking transformation for cloud services (PRE24)

Moving to the cloud often means rethinking ways in which users connect to services, as well as how organizations secure that connectivity flow. Traditional organizational boundaries that defined how and where users communicate and collaborate are no longer in place. With this shift comes new network connectivity paradigms that can dramatically improve end-user experience, bolster productivity, and may even result in dramatic cost savings to organizations. In this interactive workshop, experts from across Office 365 and Microsoft Azure discuss the technical investments Microsoft is making to bring the cloud closer to end-users, and the changes you can make to gain measurable improvements to end-user experience immediately and in the future.

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Modernizing your Database (PRE05)

The SQL Server product group leads you through the data estate options from Microsoft, from on-premises SQL Server 2019 to Azure. Learn how to articulate the key differentiators between SQL Server on-premises, in Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine, in Azure SQL Database, and hybrid. Understand the different service tiers within Azure SQL Database, how it is secured, and how to address concerns. Be able to explain what hybrid entails for Azure SQL Database and SQL Server. Get hands on with some of the features in SQL Server 2019 and Azure SQL Database, and understand “other” Azure platform features. Explore the services available to migrate your entire SQL Server stack. Walk away able to make informed decisions about how your business or customers should modernize their data estate.

Realtime interactive analysis with Apache Kafka and Interactive Query: Instructor-led workshop (PRE07)

Join this instructor-led workshop to build a real-time pipeline with Apache Kafka and HDInsight Interactive Query. No prior Kafka or Hive experience needed.

Succeed with Microsoft 365: Best practices to onboard tools and drive user adoption (PRE27)

Your role as an IT pro in the business landscape is rapidly evolving. Are you tasked with helping your organization achieve the desired business impact from Microsoft 365? If yes, this is the workshop for you! Learn how to meet your business needs while boosting employee productivity and organization impact, specifically with deployment planning and user adoption best practices. This includes identifying your desired business outcomes, timelines, stakeholders, and ways to achieve those outcomes and measure success. Leave armed with the tools and processes that can help drive user adoption. Thousands of organizations are currently launching Microsoft 365 technologies and we want to help you amplify your success.

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Technical deep-dive: Deliver Windows 10 and cross-platform mobile management solutions with Microsoft Unified Endpoint Management (PRE23)

Based on real-world customer deployment scenarios, this deep-dive includes demos of the latest enhancements in mobile device management using Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager. Learn about enhancements for managing Windows 10, iOS, and Android devices from the cloud – including OSX and ruggedized devices. Discover approaches to implementing a unified Microsoft 365 security strategy to secure corporate data using line-of business apps, managed browsing apps like Microsoft Edge, and Office 365 apps like Outlook Mobile. Explore using Microsoft Graph to simplify IT operations. This session is designed for attendees with existing Intune (200-level) or other relevant third-party EMM experience. Come and share your own learnings during the Q/A.

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The developer’s guide to Microsoft identity (PRE29)

Are you a developer working on Azure Active Directory, Microsoft accounts, or consumer identities? Want to hear a comprehensive perspective on the state of the Microsoft identity platform for developers and the direction it will take for the next iterations? This workshop is for you! We invite you to take this opportunity to openly discuss your scenarios and thus influence the future development of the platform. The focus is on the essentials of the platform as well as business scenarios for corporate and consumer identities. We explore the different ways to secure your applications and APIs, then go deeper into the different APIs and concepts to give granular access to your services and integrate with the Microsoft Graph. Throughout the day we incorporate best practices from the different Microsoft teams who build their own services on the same identity platform you can use today.

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The future of desktop deployment: Windows, Office and Windows Virtual Desktop (PRE25)

Whether preparing to shift or already using Windows 10 or Office 365 ProPlus, join-us to discuss and get hands-on with the Microsoft 365 platform. We’ll start with readiness and assessment tooling to prepare for Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, and then move to deployment and management through System Center Configuration Manager. The focus then shifts away from traditional methods to spend most of the time on Windows Autopilot and Windows Virtual Desktop. Throughout the workshop, hear Microsoft best practices, common customer implementations and challenges, and hands-on configuration experiences.

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Virtual agent in a day: Learn to make a customer service virtual agent in just one day (PRE30)

Learn how to apply AI to help Customer Service Managers easily identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness of their teams and drive a better experience for their customers. In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how to add intelligent virtual agents that support teams, lower support costs and provide delightful customer experiences — all without writing any code.

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Virtual agent in a day: Learn to make a customer service virtual agent in just one day (PRE31)

You’ve built several apps that save your organization time and money — now, how do you support and manage all these apps? In this full-day workshop, learn best practices for management and governance of Microsoft PowerApps, Power BI, and Microsoft Flow, including architecture overview, security considerations, licensing, monitoring, alerting, application lifecycle management, and educating app and report makers within IT and business units on best practices. Experience real-world demos, dive into the Power Platform’s admin capabilities, and learn how to build your own custom tools with PowerApps.

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Workshop with the engineering team on Azure Database for MySQL/MariaDB (PRE14)

Immerse yourself in this full-day workshop learning about building scalable and performant applications on Azure DB for MySQL and Azure DB for MariaDB. Get an overview of Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for MariaDB and their competitive advantages. Understand what common use cases are run on Azure Database for MySQL/MariaDB and their design patterns. Hear best practices and tips in building performant applications (tuning server parameters, query performance insights, performance recommendations, etc.) as well as best practices in monitoring. Explore enterprise readiness features that allow you to build an enterprise grade workload (replica, VNET service endpoints, etc.) Learn how to put together an end-to-end application integrated with other Azure services, and how to seamlessly migrate applications hosted on MySQL on-prem/virtual machine to Azure Database for MySQL. Get hands-on lab time building apps on Azure DB for MySQL and Azure DB for MariaDB. Hear all the recent announcements and capabilities in the service and where we are going next. Finally, bring your questions for Q&A time. This training contains lectures and hands-on lab work, and is particularly useful for solution architects, data architects, application architects, and application developers. No prior knowledge on open source databases is needed.

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Posted by: kurtsh | May 24, 2019

RELEASE: Identity Secure Score

imageIdentity Secure Score is now generally available!

Identity Secure Score provides organizations with increased visibility and control over their security posture by discovering opportunities that will help to improve security across your organization. These opportunities are surfaced as recommendations, which are coupled with the guidance and the workflows necessary to help security administrators implement each recommendation. The more improvements you make, the more your identity security posture improves—increasing your identity secure score!

Read more at the announcement blog post:

The release of Windows 10, version 1903 has introduced a series of new capabilities for Windows Autopilot users and fans!

  • [NEW] Windows Autopilot white glove process [PREVIEW]
  • [NEW] Windows Autopilot Companion app
  • [NEW] User-driven mode for Hybrid Azure AD Join
  • [NEW] Enrollment Status Page for tracking Win32 apps being installed by Microsoft Intune management extensions
  • [NEW] Windows Autopilot self-deploying mode, now with TPM attestation

Here’s a video about Windows Autopilot white glove below.  For more about all these enhancements being released, visit:

As announced earlier, we’ve announced the availability of the “preview” of Windows Server containers in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS):

Today, we’re excited to announce the preview of Windows Server containers in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for the latest versions, 1.13.5 and 1.14.0.  With this, Windows Server containers can now be deployed and orchestrated in AKS enabling new paths to migrate and modernize Windows Server applications in Azure.

Our customers have applications running on Linux and on Windows. The ability to manage Windows and Linux containers side by side in the same Kubernetes cluster with the exact same APIs, tools and support is what you have been asking us to support, which opens an abundance of new scenarios. For example, you can now add Windows node pools to existing Virtual Network; or deploy a Linux container running a reverse proxy or Redis cache and an IIS application in a Windows container in the same Kubernetes cluster and even as part of the same application – all with consistent monitoring experience and deployment pipelines.

Running Windows Server containers in AKS (preview) also means you can keep taking advantage of many existing Azure services and features that are helping make Kubernetes application development and management much easier, such as:

  • Manage the lifecycle of Linux and Windows containers easily through Azure Container Registry, which pre-stages all container base images. To reduce network latency or meet rigorous compliance needs, Container Registry can automatically geo-replicate the container images to the data center close to where your users are.
  • Deliver applications faster on any OS with a standardized deployment pipeline. Azure DevOps integration with AKS helps automate validation, testing, canary and ultimately production easily in just a few steps.
  • Gain insights into the performance and health of your Kubernetes cluster and workloads with a comprehensive monitoring experience using Azure Monitor.

Read more from the Azure blog announcement here:

imageMicrosoft Defender ATP for Mac, which brings our unified endpoint security solution to Mac devices, is now in public preview!

We announced and opened a limited preview for Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac in March. For more information on capabilities available in the Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac client, configuration options, and reporting into the Microsoft Defender Security Center, revisit our announcement here: Announcing Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac.

We are thrilled by the response of our customers and the industry to Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac, our own solution for protecting customers across operating systems. Since opening the limited preview, we have been listening to customer feedback and working continuously to enhance the product.

Starting today, Microsoft Defender ATP customers who have turned on preview features can access Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac via the onboarding section in Microsoft Defender Security Center.

Learn how you can get your hands on this goodness.

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