Sunday, February 05, 2017

Intune Groups Migrating to Azure AD Groups !

Organisation's using Microsoft Intune via Enterprise Mobility & Security (EMS) or Standalone Service should have now received update from Microsoft team that over the next few months, Intune is migrating all Intune groups over to Azure AD groups.


Below is the extract from the Communication mailer:

What does this mean to you? As an Azure AD admin, you’ll start to see Intune groups in your Azure AD infrastructure. Please do not delete these groups; they’ll pop in there in preparation for migration, then will be populated by our migration engine.

We’re excited to bring Intune groups over to Azure AD groups as this will provide an improved experience for our Intune service admins. Migration will also allow Intune admins to use the new Intune on Azure experience currently in preview at portal.azure.com.

Ensure that your Intune Administrators are having right access to the Azure Portal and also getting familiar with the Interface.

Read the documentation here: Introduction to Microsoft Intune in the Azure portal preview

Also if your Organization is using Microsoft Azure AD Privileged Identity Management then make sure Intune Service Administrator Role management is on its way.

Review the below EMS Blog post Published recently to know more: Perspectives on the New Intune Console

Additionally check out Intune 2016 year in review to see a list of features, innovations, and product news that was released in 2016.


Stay tuned for more updates...

Thursday, February 02, 2017

New Skype for Business Online Training Videos !

Microsoft Skype Academy team partnered with the Office 365 Center of Excellence (CoE) of Microsoft Consulting Service, to create the following trainings' to help all customers and partners leverage Skype for Business Online.


We have 8 training videos Available now.


Review this full Announcement in the following Microsoft Tech Community Post, Register soon to start your learning :  Training extravaganza: New training sessions about E5 workloads

Join Microsoft Tech Community today if you have not yet Joined for more exciting opportunities and be a part of the Elite community and stay updated.




Identity and Device Protection for Office 365 Poster !

Microsoft provides many protection capabilities across the cloud services. It can be challenging to choose the right set of capabilities for your organization.


This document / Poster recommends the most common capabilities to help you secure your data, identities, and devices.

Capabilities are recommended in three tiers:

  • Baseline protection
  • Sensitive protection
  • Protection for environments with highly regulated or classified data. 

Download here to know more: Identity and Device Protection for Office 365 

Access Microsoft Cloud IT architecture resources site for more resources. 

Thursday, January 05, 2017

New Office 365 ProPlus deployment guide for IT pros

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus deployment team recently released a new guide with Preferred Practices for Office 365 ProPlus Deployment.


The guide is available for download in the Office 365 onboarding resources at fasttrack.microsoft.com and features actionable guidance and real-world scenarios, including:

  • Recommended guidance for discovery of applications.
  • Preferred deployment scenarios and practices.
  • Recommended approaches for channel management.
  • Reporting capabilities for licensing and usage.

Access the Guide here: Preferred Practices for Office 365 ProPlus Deployment

Official Blog post here: New Office 365 ProPlus deployment guide for IT pros now available

AzureAD Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on Public Preview

When Organization plan to make their move to Office 365, they need to decide on the right Identity model they are going to adopt and make proper planning for Integrating their existing infrastructure with the Cloud.



Currently we can choose from three main identity models in Office 365,

Cloud identity: Manage your user accounts in Office 365 only. No on-premises servers are required to manage users; it's all done in the cloud.

Synchronized identity: Synchronize on-premises directory objects with Office 365 and manage your users on-premises. You can also synchronize passwords so that the users have the same password on-premises and in the cloud, but they will have to sign in again to use Office 365.

Federated identity: Synchronize on-premises directory objects with Office 365 and manage your users on-premises. The users have the same password on-premises and in the cloud, and they do not have to sign in again to use Office 365. This is often referred to as single sign-on.

Read in-detail here: Understanding Office 365 identity and Azure Active Directory

Read the below article to know how to Integrate Office 365 with your existing directory services 


Most Large Enterprise Customers have adopted the federated Identity Model for SSO and also to meet their complex business requirements, and for other customers who need to have SSO with Office 365 and also want their passwords to stay on-premises, we now have a good news from Microsoft, you have the new "Azure AD Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on" available and now both are in public preview.


Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on features are added to Azure AD Connect, These new capabilities allow customers to securely and simply integrate their on-premises identity infrastructure with Azure AD. You are no longer required to have a complex Setup like AD FS to achieve SSO.


Read the Official Announcement here:  Introducing AzureAD Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on

Access Product documentation articles directly below

What is Azure AD Pass-through Authentication

What is Single Sign On (SSO) (preview)

Also review the excellent blog post from Veteran MVP Jeff Guillet on this topic below for more understanding.

Microsoft Releases Azure AD Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on

Explaining Conditional Access and Azure Pass-Through Authentication

Add-on Read:

Take a look at the below session from Microsoft Ignite conference 2016 to  know the new enhancements for Identity and Access management with AD FS and Windows Server V Next.

View here: Discover what’s new in Active Directory Federation and domain services in Windows Server 2016

Stay tuned for more updates...

Friday, December 30, 2016

Get ready for Microsoft Tech Summit 2016-17

Get ready for the upcoming Microsoft Tech Summit 2016-17, Free, two-day technical training for IT professionals and developers with experts who build the cloud services across Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10.




This is a event scheduled to occur in different parts of the world, similar to last years' Microsoft Cloud Roadshow.

Access the Official site here and Register for the event today: Microsoft Tech Summit 2016-17

Also Access Microsoft Tech Summit Spaces here:  https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Tech-Summit/ct-p/MicrosoftTechSummit

Stay tuned for more updates...

Azure Onboarding Guide for IT Organizations

Microsoft has published this document to provide an overview, guidance, and best practices for enterprise IT departments to introduce, consume, and manage Microsoft Azure-based services within their organization. The target audience is enterprise architects, cloud architects, system architects, and IT managers.



It covers the following Topics:
  • Moving to the Cloud
  • Managing security, compliance, and data privacy
  • Azure enterprise administration
  • Integrating Azure into the corporate network
  • Extending Active Directory to Azure
  • Operating Azure IaaS Services
  • Migrating existing services to Azure
  • Offering management for cloud-based services

Office Training Center Bill of Materials

The Office Training Center Bill of Materials provides a searchable list of all learning assets for Office 365 and Office 2016. Search on the list by title, product, asset types, or work place scenarios.



The Office Training Center BOM is not yet updated to reflect the resources for new "Microsoft Teams" the chat-based workspace in Office 365, you can know more about Microsoft Teams here and take an in-depth look here 



Some Key resources are below,
Stay tuned for more updates...

Azure Active Directory V2 PowerShell module GA

Earlier this Month Microsoft announced the General Availability of Azure Active Directory PowerShell 2.0 module, To maintain equivalent capabilities between Microsoft Graph API and PowerShell cmdlets, all these new cmdlets are built on top of the Graph API.



Two important notes from Product Team below to keep in mind:

  • The new Azure AD PowerShell v2.0 module don’t provide full functional parity with the older MSOL module yet. We’re working hard to make that happen in the coming months and will keep you updated on our progress.
  • We are not planning to publish new functionality in the MSOL PowerShell module. Over time we will implement all the functionality of the old MSOL cmdlets in the new module, and this new module contains quite a few new cmdlets that haven’t been available before.

Access the Official Blog post here: AzureAD PowerShell V2.0 is now GA

You can Check the release notes and download the Module from PowerShell Gallery here: Azure Active Directory V2 PowerShell Module - General Availability Release 2.0.0.33

Follow the instructions to install the module according to your Operating System.



Make sure you review all the new cmdlets here : Azure Active Directory V2 PowerShell module


You can install the new PS Module in your pre-production or Test environment and see how the new V2 cmdlets work in comparison with V1 cmdlets, and once V2 cmdlets have equivalent capabilities as V1 cmdlets you can start update your existing scripts accordingly.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Advance your Azure skills from today!

Whether you’re new to Azure or already a cloud professional, training is one of the best investments you can make in your career. Microsoft is offering a free online training option and great deals on certification.



A new addition to the list of existing variety of technical training, tools and resources from Microsoft, This new Free Online training is based on a modern learning model called a Massively Open Online Course, or MOOC. MOOCs are so much more than online videos and demos – they incorporate videos, labs, graded assessments, office hours, and more.

You can access the growing catalog of MOOCs right now, for free. Finishing each MOOC includes a digital certificate of completion ready to share on professional networking sites like LinkedIn.

Access the Official Blog post here: New cloud trainings for next-generation tech professionals

Why to wait, choose the best option for you, your Organization and your Customer, begin your Azure Learning today and level up your skills.


Start here: Advance your Azure skills

Currently Available Modules in this MOOC are below and active till June 2017.


Register for these courses today and advance your Azure skills!