Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Azure Free Account !

Microsoft team recenlty launched the New Azure free Account. This Azure free account includes $200 credit to spend for 30 days and free 25+ Azure products for 12 Months.



Below FAQ article clearly outlines the available free products with complete details on this topic.

Azure Free Account FAQ

Also view the Azure Friday session for more details: Azure Free Account

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection for SharePoint Online, OneDrive For Business, and Teams reaches GA !

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection is available for Exchange for quite some time now and recently Microsoft extended the ATP capabilities to files in SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft last week announced the General Availability of Office 365 ATP for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams.


You can read the Official Announcement here: GA of Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection for SharePoint Online, OneDrive For Business, and Teams

Note: Advanced Threat Protection for SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams is not available on-premises. Advanced Threat Protection is included in Office 365 Enterprise E5. If your organization is using another Office 365 Enterprise subscription, Advanced Threat Protection can be purchased as an add-on. (As a global admin, in the Office 365 admin center, choose Billing > Add subscriptions.)

Follow the instructions provided in the support article here to enable Enable ATP and secure your Organization.

Hybrid Modern Authentication (HMA) is now available for Exchange On-Premises and Skype for Business

Hybrid Modern Authentication (HMA) is now available for Exchange On-Premises and Skype for Business. Hybrid Modern Authentication provides users ability to access On-premises applications using Auth tokens obtain from the cloud (Azure AD). HMA allows to leverage Azure AD capabilities like MFA, Conditional Access across both On premises and Cloud seamlessly.

You can read this blog post to know how HMA works: Deep Dive: How Hybrid Authentication Really Works

Below are the Official Posts on the HMA availability for Exchange On premises and Skype for Business.

Exchange On-Premises



Read here: Announcing Hybrid Modern Authentication for Exchange On-Premises

Skype for Business





Read here: Hybrid Modern Authentication for Skype for Business   

Following are the updates required for HMA to get enabled for Exchange On-premises and Skype for Business.
  • Skype for Business Server (SfB) 2015 May 2017 cumulative update supports Hybrid Modern Authentication (HMA).
  • Hybrid Modern Authentication (HMA) is available with next set of Cumulative updates for Exchange 2013 and 2016 that's CU8 for Exchange Server 2016, and CU19 for Exchange Server 2013.
Read the support article provides the complete set of prerequisites here: Hybrid Modern Authentication overview and prerequisites for using it with on-premises Skype for Business and Exchange servers

Stay tuned for more updates...

First Release becomes Targeted Release in Office 365

To experience the latest features released, updates and changes made to Office 365 Service most Organizations opt in for First release program to validate the features and provide feedback to Microsoft Product team before its made available as a Standard release.

Microsoft team recently renamed the First Release Program as Targeted release and published the support article that covers this change with key updates.



Access the support article here: Set up the Standard or Targeted release options in Office 365

Official Tech Community Announcement here: Enable “Targeted Release” in Office 365 to receive updates first (formerly known as "First Release")

Its advisable to opt in for Targeted release in the Test tenant if you have a large user base, or opt in only for selected users in the Primary tenant if no Test tenant is available.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Slide Deck: Understanding the benefits of Azure AD, EM+S and Tips to get prepared for GDPR Compliance

I recently had an opportunity to deliver a session for C# Corner - Bangalore Chapter Meet and presented my session in Understanding the benefits of Azure AD, EM+S and Tips to get prepared for GDPR Compliance.



Sharing the slide deck presented in the session here: Understanding the benefits of Azure AD, EM+S and Tips to get prepared for GDPR Compliance

Azure Stack: Building an end-to-end validation environment e-Book

Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments.  Organizations adopted Hybrid cloud Model started their move towards Azure Stack.


To help Organizations on their Azure Stack journey Microsoft team published a guidance e-book to help you plan for an end-to-end Azure Stack validation environment using the Azure Stack Development Kit.

You can download the e-book here: Azure Stack: Building an end-to-end validation environment

Also review the following Blog post series on this topic published by AzureCAT team to know more in detail.

Azure Stack Validation Environment – Part 1: Overview

Azure Stack Validation Environment – Part 2: Quotas, Plans, and Offers

Azure Stack Validation Environment – Part 3: Subscriptions

Azure Stack Validation Environment – Part 4: Services and Resource Manager

Azure Stack Validation Environment – Part 5: Putting it all together

Additionally access the Azure Resources  to advance your learning and for next steps.

Compliance Manager Preview now Available

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) effective date is just six months away and most of the Organizations already started to align their environment to meet the critical requirements for GDPR Compliance. Microsoft 365 which combines the power of Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility and Security offers a complete cloud solution to help you with GDPR compliance.


Now you have the new Compliance Manager (in Public Preview) which helps you to access and manage your compliance risk from one single location.

Compliance Manager Public Preview program is now available for organizations with a paid or trial subscription for Microsoft cloud services (e.g., Office 365, Microsoft Azure, etc.). You can access the Compliance Manager by Sign in using your Office 365 or Azure Active Directory user account.

Read this Tech Community blog post to know more on the Compliance Manager Preview: Compliance Manager Preview is now available   

Access the Official Blog post here: Microsoft 365 helps businesses increase trust and innovation through compliance with Compliance Manager Preview

Stay tuned for more updates...

Microsoft Teams - PowerShell Module now Available

PowerShell Module for Microsoft Teams is now available,  This module contains set of command lets that allows you to manage Microsoft Teams via PowerShell and use Automated scripts at ease.




You can download the Module here: MicrosoftTeams 0.9.0

Read the below Excellent write-up from Matt Soseman MSFT to get an Overview of the new PowerShell Module and how it helps IT Admins to manage and automate tasks for Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams: PowerShell Support

Also read the below blog post from MVP Tony Redmond, where he shows the limitations of the current Module with additional information.

Why the PowerShell Module for Teams is Critically Flawed

Stay tuned for more updates...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams Capabilities Roadmap Available !

Microsoft during last month Ignite event announced, Microsoft Teams becoming the Primary client for Communication and Collaboration in Office 365. Today Microsoft published more details on their Planned Roadmap for adding Skype for Business capabilities to Teams.


Download the Roadmap here: Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams Capabilities Roadmap

Access the Official Microsoft Tech Community post to know more: Roadmap for Skype for Business capabilities coming to Microsoft Teams now available

Be sure to participate in the upcoming Microsoft Teams "Ask Microsoft Anything" on October 25th, at 9 AM PDT and a live broadcast on October 27th, at 9 AM PDT on Teams On Air to hear the product team discuss the roadmap in more detail and have your questions answered.

Get started with your Microsoft Teams Journey today with the help of  Microsoft FastTrack.

Add-on Read:

New usage reports for Microsoft Teams is now available :  New usage reports for Microsoft Teams   

Monday, October 23, 2017

Configure Azure Multi-Factor Authentication settings in Azure Portal - Public preview

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Configuration settings are now available in the Azure Portal (in Public Preview).  MFA settings are manged in the Azure Classic Portal, the PFweb portal, and now finally they are getting included in to the Azure Portal. This is an expected change as Microsoft is working towards simplifying the Admin Experience for Azure AD, and also announced recently that by November 30, Azure AD admin experience in the classic Azure portal will be retired.


Access the documentation here: Configure Azure Multi-Factor Authentication settings - Public preview

Not all features are completely available yet in the Azure Portal and we still rely on PFweb Portal as outlined in the documentation.

Additionally, Read the following Blog post from MVP Sander Berkouwer on this topic with more detailed updates: Azure Multi-Factor Authentication is now in the new Azure Portal (in Public Preview)

As of today we don't have any major updates on this topic from Microsoft Product team, and expecting they will soon publish the same in the upcoming days along with the GA date.

You can read my blog post to know more on Azure MFA with latest updates here: Let's Learn Azure Multi-Factor Authentication today!!!

Update:

Microsoft recently updated the retirement date for Azure AD Admin experience in the Azure Classic portal to January 8, 2018.

Stay tuned for more updates...