Would you like to help influence the direction of our Microsoft 365 Compliance products? We need your input!

The Microsoft Compliance Product Groups are currently running several surveys that will help prioritize the top asks that we’ve captured from our customers. Filling out these surveys will allow us to understand what features customers want and need, and in what priority they prefer.

The surveys are active until April 21, 2021 and are available at the following links:

imageThe Power Platform Community is expanding to include user group functionality. Soon you’ll be able to engage in forums, get product updates, join groups, and sign up for events all in one place.

In a supportive and inclusive setting, you can network with like-minded peers and product experts. It’s an exciting time to grow your community as a leader or a member in alliance with Microsoft.

Sign up to be notified via email when our Power Platform and Dynamics 365 User Groups go live for public preview. Whether you’re an existing User Group leader on another platform or just interested in becoming a member, this is an opportunity to be a part of our homegrown Microsoft User Groups from the beginning. We will user the data collected from this form to improve the User Group experience.

Posted by: kurtsh | April 8, 2021

DOWNLOAD: Microsoft 365 Enterprise Deployment Guide

Microsoft has a BIG deployment guide around Microsoft 365 for Enterprises. It  breaks down the suites and the usage scenarios. 


There is also a section dedicated the deployment path that organizations should take from the ground up.

Read more about this guidance and the paths an organization can take below.

Posted by: kurtsh | April 8, 2021

HOWTO: Set up a Microsoft 365 Defender Trial

imageIf you need to set up Microsoft 365 Defender, follow the attached link to:

  1. Set up an Office 365 tenant (optional)
  2. Obtain 25 Microsoft 365 E5 trial license for 1 month
  3. Assign and configure the different Microsoft 365 Defender “pillars” as needed

Note that this lab will include:

  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity
  • Microsoft Cloud App Security
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

Go here:

Posted by: kurtsh | March 24, 2021

EVENT: Game Stack Live – April 20-21, 2021

imageGame Stack Live! is a two-day digital event focused on all things game development. Learn how to grow and build your games with sessions from Microsoft and Industry experts.

What to expect

Basically, everything you love about IRL events from the comfort of your battle station: talks, networking, and a splash of education on the Microsoft platforms, tools and services empowering game developers.

  • Deep dives & technical content across six dedicated tracks
  • Meet with partners showcasing tools, middleware, audio solutions, and more
  • Connect with industry and Microsoft technical experts
  • Join a community event and conversation hosted by Xbox employee groups

Register today!

imageLearn about cloud storage solutions for all your workloads.

Build a foundation for all enterprise workloads at every stage of your digital transformation. Eliminate data silos and help ensure scalability, security, and compliance with the right Azure storage solution for any use case—from migration to building apps in the cloud.

Join us at this free digital event to:

  • Understand cloud storage trends and innovations—and plan for the future.
  • Map Azure Storage solutions to your different enterprise workloads.
  • See demos of Azure disk, object, and file storage services.
  • Learn how to optimize your migration with best practices.
  • Find out how real customers are accelerating their cloud adoption with Azure Storage.
  • Get answers to your storage questions from product experts.

Be one of the first to register and enter to win an Azure Storage swag gift! 100 winners will be selected at random on the first day of registration.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to any registered event attendee 18 years of age or older. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., 18+. For Official Rules, see https://aka.ms/AzureStorageDaysweepstakes.


"Preparing for The Post Pandemic Fallout in Child Welfare"

Microsoft Industry Digital Forum, March 31, 2021 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM PST

Child welfare organizations historically operate without adequate capacity to meet their mandates regarding safety and permanency for children. Covid-19 brought new pains as organizations struggled to respond during lockdowns, maintain their workforce, contact trace, and retain foster homes when foster families feared exposure. However, lockdowns suppressed report volume as children were no longer visualized by mandated reporters, namely educators and healthcare providers. As the pandemic abates, children will return to the public eye, sparking increased demand. Organizations need to be prepared to respond without growing backlogs that bring about a cascading system collapse.

Learn what organizations did and will do to counteract the effects of the pandemic. Some of the questions we will discuss include:

  • How can technology add capacity to achieve best outcomes?
  • What emergency solutions will become consistent practice?
  • What interactions can be done virtually versus in person?
  • How to reduce high turnover?

Host and Moderator: Greg McKay, Director, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Panelist:

  • Maura Corrigan, Legal Counsel Butzel Long – Former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice and Michigan HHS Director
  • Shalom Jacobs, Deputy Director of Field Operations, Arizona Department of Child Safety
  • Dr. Carol Homden, CEB, Group CEO, Coram

Registration is below:

Posted by: kurtsh | March 23, 2021

INFO: Azure Migration Program

imageSimplify your move to the cloud with the Azure Migration Program.

The Azure Migration Program helps accelerate your journey to the cloud by providing the following:

Specific benefits include:

  1. Migrate your infrastructure, databases, and apps on your own terms
  2. Find the cloud migration companies and specialized Azure migration partners that best fit your scenario
  3. Get the specific security, governance, data, and networking design guidance you need for your project
  4. Qualify for Azure credits to help offset transition costs as you migrate
  5. Get cloud migration services from subsidized partners for assessment and migration
  6. Learn cloud skills with Azure technical training through Microsoft Learn and accredited partners
  7. Get direct access to FastTrack for Azure engineers to help plan your cloud migration and design your architecture
  8. Work with specialized migration partners to address your unique needs
  9. Continue to get support from migration experts even after your migration is complete

Read more about the program here:

Posted by: kurtsh | March 23, 2021

DOWNLOAD: Microsoft 365 Enterprise Deployment Guide

Microsoft has a BIG deployment guide around Microsoft 365 for Enterprises. It  breaks down the suites and the usage scenarios. 


There is also a section dedicated the deployment path that organizations should take from the ground up.

Read more about this guidance and the paths an organization can take below.

The following is an excerpt from a blog post about MBAM Server Migration To Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

imageToday we discuss about MBAM’s Bitlocker data migration to Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

Microsoft provides a range of flexible BitLocker management alternatives to meet  organization’s needs, as follows:

  1. Cloud-based BitLocker management using Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
  2. On-premises BitLocker management using System Center Configuration Manager
  3. Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) ended support on 7/9/2019, extended support 4/14/2026.

In order to future proof the Bitlocker Management and simplify the administration, some corporates have planned to migrate MBAM data directly from MBAM servers to Microsoft Endpoint Manager. The key point of the migration is that, making sure the amount of the recovery key IDs listed by MBAM Server are the same as the ones listed by Azure AD before the cut-off point of time in the migration process. I would suggest the a migration process with 5 steps.

  1. Generate a list of Bitlocker recovery keys in MBAM SQL Server
  2. Setup MEM Policy to escrow Bitlocker recovery passwords to Azure AD Device Accounts.
  3. Generate a list of Bitlocker recovery keys by Graph API in Azure AD, also generate a list of devices failed to escrow their keys
  4. Compare list and make manually escrow of recovery keys to Azure AD
  5. Shutdown MBAM Server and decommission them.

Read the entire article here:

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