imageDiscover how to modernize application delivery and simplify IT management in the Azure Virtual Desktop Handbook: Application Management. In this free handbook, learn how to streamline app management in Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly Windows Virtual Desktop) through a new application layering solution called MSIX app attach.

Download this handbook to:

  • Learn about app management fundamentals and technologies, including MSIX, MSIX app attach, and MSIX packages.
  • Get technical, step-by-step guidance on how to centralize app delivery and management.
  • Explore best practices and troubleshooting tips to optimize your app management.

Register to get the eBook below:

If you’re looking to learn about Azure Government, Microsoft 365 GCC, & what each contains, Richard Wakeman, famed Azure Program Manager, published an updated version of his “history of Microsoft Cloud offerings” blog post.

This is a primer on what each offering has, what the differences are, and" “why they are the way they are”.  Richard, more importantly, breaks down this diagram of his, and explains our evolutionary path to today:

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This is excellent reading for anyone in a regulated industry like:

  • Aerospace
  • Law enforcement
  • Finance
  • Federal government

Check it out.

Posted by: kurtsh | October 21, 2021

EVENT: Visual Studio 2022 Launch – November 8, 2021

imageThe countdown is on! Join us on November 8, 2021 for the Visual Studio 2022 Launch Event. Grab a calendar reminder, tune in to the virtual keynote, and join a breakout session or two.

On behalf of our entire team, I’m excited to announce the upcoming release of Visual Studio 2022 on November 8, and the immediate availability of the Visual Studio 2022 Release Candidate (RC) and Preview 5. We invite you to explore the latest capabilities of Visual Studio 2022 at our virtual launch event on November 8. Throughout the day, you can learn from some special guest speakers, talk back to the Visual Studio team, and even download exclusive digital swag.

Visit the event announcement here:

Posted by: kurtsh | October 20, 2021

NEWS: FindTime for Microsoft 365 GCC

imageFor folks looking for the availability of Microsoft FindTime in Microsoft 365/Office 365 GCC tenants, there’s good news:  The product has been roadmapped and is listed on both the public Microsoft 365 Roadmap as well as posted in the Microsoft 365 Admin Message Center.

This new feature will allow the meeting organizer to propose multiple potential time slots for attendees and they can vote on which slot best fits with their availability and in their local time zone.  FindTime will also have access to your organization’s free/busy accessibility, so users can easily choose slots based on their colleagues’ availability.

We will begin rolling this out in early November and expect to complete rollout mid-November.

Posted by: kurtsh | October 17, 2021

HOWTO: Open a Premier/Unified Support ticket

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You have two options to open a Support Ticket: 

  1. Call into the Support Line @ 1-800-936-3100. (Access ID required: You would get your organization’s access ID from the principal manager of the agreement in your organization) This option will allow you to speak with a Technical Router to define and route your issue to the appropriate team at Microsoft.
  2. Go to https://serviceshub.microsoft.com and create a Support Request under your organization’s workspace. No access ID required for registered users. (Please note, if you utilize this option you will need to accept and register in the Services Hub workspace.  If you are unregistered you will need to get an invitation from the principal manager of your agreement or your Customer Success Acct Mgr.)

Both these options are further explained in the following link as well: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/services-hub/unified/support/open-support-requests

imageJoin Microsoft at VMworld and watch Satya Nadella’s fireside chat with VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram about the state of the cloud in today’s business environment.

Voices of VMworld: Satya Nadella, Microsoft Chairman and CEO and VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram
Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella and VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram discuss industry trends and how they impact cloud adoption, our shared opportunity to help customers thrive with Microsoft and VMware Cloud offerings like Azure VMware Solution (AVS), and how leaders are navigating these shifts amidst continued uncertainty. Join us and hear these two industry luminaries engage in a meaningful discussion to better help customers achieve success in the cloud.

Watch the recording here:

Posted by: kurtsh | October 13, 2021

EVENT: Bloomberg Policy Blueprint – October 19th, 2021

Join us on October 19th at the virtual Bloomberg LP Policy Blueprint event, where government and industry speakers, including Microsoft US President Deb Cupp, will share their perspectives on skilling, sustainability, and digital transformation.

imageJoin us this October 19th for Bloomberg Policy Blueprint virtual event.

During this event, we’ll convene government technology leaders, senior policymakers, and business executives to examine how to work together, be more agile, adaptive and solve big problems better to serve their citizenries.

Discussions will include:

  • Government’s Digital Transformation
  • Supply Chain Resilience: Making American Business More Competitive
  • A Look Forward to COP26
  • Reimagining America’s Clean Energy Grid
  • A New Era of Public-Private Sector Collaboration

Speakers include:

  • Albert Bourla DVM, PH.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer
  • Deb Cupp, President, Microsoft US
  • Barbara Humpton, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation
  • Clare Martorana, Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
  • Robert Sanchez, Chairman and CEO, Ryder System, Inc.
  • David M. Turk, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Brandon Wales, Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Register below:

The 2nd largest recorded DDoS attack in history was mitigated the other day… with “Azure DDoS Protection Standard”. It’s a great cost-efficient way to protect organizational assets on the public Internet.

image“The last week of August, we observed a 2.4 Tbps DDoS attack targeting an Azure customer in Europe. This is 140 percent higher than 2020’s 1 Tbps attack and higher than any network volumetric event previously detected on Azure.

Attacks of this size demonstrate the ability of bad actors to wreak havoc by flooding targets with gigantic traffic volumes trying to choke network capacity. However, Azure’s DDoS protection platform, built on distributed DDoS detection and mitigation pipelines, can absorb tens of terabits of DDoS attacks. This aggregated distributed mitigation capacity can massively scale to absorb the highest volume of DDoS threats, providing our customers the protection they need.”


Read more here:

If you can attend, the former CIOs of New York State, Seattle & Redmond are going to be explaining how municipal departments & Information Security organizations can obtain Federal funding for Cybersecurity projects.

clip_image002Unlock your full cyber capability in preparation for Federal Funding

State and local government cyberattacks are increasing every day. As agencies progress in an ever-changing world, they must transform operations through secure cloud solutions as the engine for innovation and efficiency, while delivering trust at scale for their communities.

Microsoft is here to help the government answer the nation’s call on strengthening inter- and intra-agency capabilities. Together, we can help your agency reach not only modernization milestones but also greater collaboration and trust, so we can protect what matters most.

Join us in this webinar where we’ll help you get started on your cybersecurity plan in advance of Federal funding initiatives. Hear from industry experts such as former State CIOs and Microsoft State Government Affairs as you learn how to:

  • Identify considerations when creating a plan to pinpoint and monitor risks.
  • Prioritize actions based on risk.
  • Approach solutions like security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestration automated response (SOAR).
  • Increase cyber protections and gain greater visibility into cloud apps and services to control sessions and protect workloads in real-time.
  • Learn about the integration of information technology (IT) systems used for data-centric computing with operational technology (OT) systems used to monitor events, processes and devices.

Face this new age with a strong cybersecurity strategy and be prepared to garner the funds you need.

Sign up today.

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Did you know that Project Plans 1, 3, and 5 have two web-based solutions for users called “Project for the Web” and “Project Online”?

Subscribed users of any of the 3 plans have access to both however there’s some vast differences between the two “web apps” that project managers need to know about.

In general:

  1. “Project for the Web” is an innovative solution that enables people to build project plans & publish them online, similar to how “Project for the Desktop” or “Project Professional 20xx” does.
        1. Based on Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI
        2. Being actively developed & invested in
  2. “Project Online” is a plan & portfolio management solution that enables project managers to view & manage existing plans.
        1. Based on SharePoint Online
        2. Being maintained for security & support

For visual details on the differences between the two, check out this video:

    For written documentation on the differences, review the Service Description of each:

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