Did you miss Microsoft Ignite this year?

It isn’t too late to save. Purchase the print or eBook format of any of the bestsellers from the show and save 40%* discount using code IGNITE2019 at checkout through the end of 2019.

Receive free ground shipping in the U.S. on every order. eBooks are delivered in three formats—PDF, EPUB, and MOBI—to read on your preferred device.

Check out some of our bestsellers below:

Posted by: kurtsh | December 20, 2019

PREVIEW: Microsoft Community Training

imageMicrosoft Community Training supports personalized learning for a large-scale mobile-based community. It is affordable, easy to manage and provides robust security and privacy protection.

Learning made easy
Clean and visual interfaces provide an intuitive and engaging learning experience for learners of all backgrounds.

Anytime, anywhere learning
Supports learning in low bandwidth networks and even offline. Learners can access courses anytime, anywhere from their choice of device.

Enable your grassroots
User management and monitoring tools for your managers, ground staff and facilitators to reach out to your distributed communities and drive adoption and engagement of your learning programs.

Make it your own
Personalize the look and feel of your learning portal. Configure content and users as per your needs. Integrate with your existing systems.

Assess and Measure
Out-of-the-box reports and exhaustive instrumentation. Create rich custom reporting to track progress and measure outcomes.

There is actually no cost for the Community Training technology.  It’s available exclusively as a hosted solution for Azure users and so the only cost is the use of Azure infrastructure – which is essentially an App Service & a Database. 

This cost will scale depending on the number of users you have & the kind of performance you’d like – so you’re never paying for anything you don’t need. For example, for 1000 users, pricing is roughly ~$180/mo for a basic configuration.  More on pricing is available here & here.

For more information, visit:

imageSharePoint powers content collaboration, intranets, and employee engagement across Microsoft 365—including Office, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and more—and is deeply integrated with the security and compliance of Microsoft 365, the world’s productivity cloud. Over 400,000 organizations now have SharePoint in Microsoft 365. With over 100 million monthly commercial active users, customers are turning to SharePoint for their mission critical content and processes, from financial contracts and global infrastructure projects, to building plans and employee benefits.

Today, we’re honored that for the third year in a row Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a Leader in the Content Services Platforms Magic Quadrant for 2019. Once again, Microsoft placed highest in Ability to Execute.

Gartner defines these essential characteristics for modern content services platforms:

  • Cloud scale—The ability to scale to meet the demands of the workforce. Provision of seamless connectivity to a broad ecosystem of suppliers, partners, and customers while delivering continuous innovation is essential.
  • Protection—The provision of deeply embedded, flexible, and intelligent information governance, security, and privacy controls. This is essential to operate in a world of ever-increasing threats and regulatory demands.
  • Fast time to value—The ability to deliver business value quickly, through the provision of prebuilt applications and citizen-developer-based tools, for example.
  • User-centricity—A consumerized user experience with embedded mobility and consistency across devices. A focus on the overall user experience is of paramount importance for driving adoption and realizing the expected benefits of this technology.
  • Intelligence—Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, including machine learning and deep neural networks, have enabled innovations for classification, productivity, and automation scenarios. Such capabilities should be embedded in all key areas of the platform—from security to collaboration—to align with the evolving expectations of the market.

For more on the announcement and to download the Gartner Report, visit:

Posted by: kurtsh | December 19, 2019

PREVIEW: New features in Azure Synapse Analytics

imagePreview new features in Azure Synapse Analytics: Accelerate your analytics journey with a limitless analytics service.

Sign up to:

  • Try out new preview features in Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Test preview features in a production environment.
  • Provide feedback directly to the Azure Synapse Analytics engineering team.

Features of interest include:

  • SQL analytics (on-demand & provisioned compute)
  • Apache Spark integration (big data processing)
  • Data Ingestion
  • Synapse studio (unified experience)

Tell us a little about yourself and your analytics interests. If you’re selected to participate in the preview, we’ll contact you about next steps.

To learn more about Azure Synapse Analytics, sign up for the virtual event, Accelerate Time-to-Insight with Azure Synapse Analytics. Watch a hands-on demo and participate in a live Q&A with Azure engineering and analytics experts.

Posted by: kurtsh | December 13, 2019

INFO: Microsoft Intune & Cloud Storage “costs”

imageEver wonder how much cloud storage space costs for Microsoft Intune software distribution?

The short answer is:

  1. There’s no limit on the amount of storage; storage comes with the purchase of a Microsoft Intune license.
  2. There is a 8GB maximum file size limit on any individual desktop file uploaded.

Taken from the Microsoft Intune documentation:

All apps that you create by using the software installer installation type (for example, a line-of-business app) are packaged and uploaded to Intune cloud storage. A trial subscription of Intune includes 2 gigabytes (GB) of cloud-based storage that is used to store managed apps and updates. A full subscription does not limit the total amount of storage space.

For more information, read the following:

Posted by: kurtsh | December 12, 2019

DOWNLOAD: Microsoft 365 E3 & E5 licensing diagrams

imageOne of our Modern Workplace Specialists put the following diagrams together illustrating what suite each Microsoft 365 entitlement comes from and I thought it was worthwhile to share:

The first file is a hyperlinked PDF that shows all the components of:

  • Office 365 E3 & E5
  • Enterprise Mobility & Security E3 & E5
  • Windows 10 E3 & E5

The second document is a PowerPoint that has the same content but editable.

Download the files here:

imageDiscover why Forrester has recognized Microsoft as a Leader in enterprise business intelligence (BI) platforms.

In this report, you’ll get expert guidance in evaluating vendor-managed BI platforms and a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor. Learn how Microsoft stacks up and explore the differentiated features in the current enterprise BI market:

  • Augmented BI, such as machine learning and natural language querying.
  • Platform extensibility and customization capabilities.
  • Features necessary to work with big data.
  • Built-in data preparation tools.
  • Deployment options, including cloud, on-premises, and mobile.

Get the report here:

Posted by: kurtsh | December 12, 2019

PREVIEW: Microsoft Teams is now available on Linux

imageStarting today, Microsoft Teams is available for Linux users in public preview, enabling high quality collaboration experiences for the open source community at work and in educational institutions. Users can download the native Linux packages in .deb and .rpm formats here. We are constantly improving based on community feedback, so please download and submit feedback based on your experience.

The Microsoft Teams client is the first Microsoft 365 app that is coming to Linux desktops, and will support all of Teams’ core capabilities. Teams is the hub for teamwork that brings together chat, video meetings, calling, and collaboration on Office 365 documents and business processes within a single, integrated experience.

For more on the Preview announcement, visit:

Posted by: kurtsh | December 12, 2019

HOWTO: License Extended Support Updates for Windows Server

imageRecently, I was asked how it was that Extended Support Updates (ESU)were licensed.  This is answered in the FAQ for ESU.

Can customers license just the virtual machine? For example, if a customer is running a Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 virtual machine on Windows Server 2012 or another host, do they need Extended Security Updates for the full server? What if the host is running Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, but none of the virtual machines are?

Customers cannot license individual Windows Server virtual machines. They must license the full physical server. Licensing requirements for Extended Security Updates on-premises align to the licensing requirements for the underlying Software Assurance coverage or subscription. Customers will only need to know their Windows Server license position for a given server, to know how many Extended Security Update licenses they need.

Customers who have covered all the underlying cores of the physical server with Windows Server Datacenter licenses should buy Extended Security Updates for the number of physical cores, irrespective of the number of VMs running on that physical server.

Customers who have covered all the underlying cores of the physical server with Windows Server Standard licenses should buy Extended Security Updates for the number of physical cores, but will only be licensed to run and update two virtual machines on the server. Customers who wish to run and update more than two virtual machines on a server licensed with Windows Server Standard must re-license all of the physical cores on the server with both Windows Server Standard and Extended Security Updates for each additional pair of virtual machines.

For more details on this, please read the FAQ:

    imageExtended Security Updates are purchasable for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  If you need them on systems before the January 14, 2020 end of life date, read the information below:

    Additional resources:

    Test your systems for security updates once ESU licenses have been purchased:

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