Saturday, March 09, 2019

Practical Microsoft Azure IaaS E-book

Microsoft team announced a new hands-on guide that has a focused and practical approach to IaaS Migration and helps you in migrating your On-premises legacy systems to Azure IaaS.



Access here to download the E-book: Practical Microsoft Azure IaaS

Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist Certification

Microsoft team recently announced a new Online course and certification "Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist" in partnership with EdX.org. This course is focuses on six knowledge areas required to successfully drive the adoption of Microsoft services in your company.



Mainly this course uses Microsoft Teams as an example throughout the material and provides you the required knowledge to drive a successful adoption of Microsoft Teams in your Organization.

What you'll learn

  • Drive adoption of Office 365 and Microsoft Teams for your organization as example workloads in a cloud service adoption strategy.
  • Write a collaboration and communications service strategy.
  • Utilize the Outcomes Matrix to quantify and select success measures.
  • Structure early adopter and champion programs.
  • Work with technical talent to ensure service readiness and quality.
  • Configure scalable user feedback methods.

Access the Course here: Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist

Official Announcement post: Microsoft Releases the Service Adoption Specialist Course

Join the Office 365 Champions Program today and be part of the community and share your  knowledge and stay updated.

Microsoft Learning: Microsoft Teams Training modules for IT Pros

Microsoft Teams product group recently released additional readiness material for IT Pros to learn Microsoft teams, Conduct training and deliver workshops.


Access the training content here: Admin training for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Tech Communitiy blog reference here: Microsoft Teams Training modules for IT Pros

Additionally you have a EdX.org course that helps you to enable Microsoft Teams on your Office 365 environment.

Access here: Enabling Teamwork with Microsoft Teams

Next Steps:

Get yourself prepared for the new Microsoft Certification "Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate" announced covering Microsoft Teams aligning with their new role based Certification path.

Access here to know more: Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate


Friday, March 08, 2019

SPS : Understanding Microsoft Teams Security & Compliance features and plan for Governance

As more Organizations are transforming towards Modern Workplace, Enabling users for Modern collaboration becomes essential and Microsoft Teams plays a key role in providing this platform with rich experience across the Organization.

Once an Organization is ready to adopt Microsoft Teams it needs focus on some key elements that make the adoption successful.



I recently delivered a session on SharePoint Saturday event in Chennai, India.  This session provides an Overview of Microsoft Teams and Primarily focus on the Security and Compliance features available with Microsoft Teams, and also show how you can plan for Governance in Teams.

Access the Session slides here: Understanding Microsoft Teams Security & Compliance features and plan for Governance

Monday, January 21, 2019

Exchange 2010 end of support is coming!

Exchange server 2010 reaches its end of support on January 14, 2020.  Microsoft team published official blog posts and updated customers to prepare for the end of support who are still running Exchange Server 2010. We have one year timeline to upgrade from Exchange Server 2010 Organization to latest supported version of Exchange Server On-premises or to Office 365 if your Organization is considering moving to Cloud before end of support date.




Most of the Organizations started their upgrade journey and Organizations already using Hybrid deployment with Exchange Server 2010 and Office 365 started to upgrade their On-Premises environment to Exchange 2016. Organizations who are in middle of their Migration to Office 365 using Exchange Server 2010 can complete the migration before the support end date, and once the migration is completed either decommission the On-premises Environment or if the plan is to continue using long term hybrid then upgrade the On-premises servers to Exchange 2016.

Exchange Server 2019 is now available and fewer Organizations are considering their move to 2019 post upgrading their existing 2010 environment to Supported version Exchange 2013 ( CU 21 ) or later and once the required system requirements for Exchange Server 2019 are met.


Microsoft team published the Exchange 2010 end of support road-map documentation which will be much helpful to plan your upgrade journey from Exchange Server 2010 to Exchange Server 2016  On-premises or to Office 365 ( Fully cloud / Hybrid).  This whereto post is written to point you to this essential resource. You also have additional guidance available in the Technical community to assist in this journey and this is the first essential resource to refer before you start your journey,

Access the roadmap documentation here: Exchange 2010 end of support roadmap

Monday, December 31, 2018

New Microsoft role-based Certifications!

"Learning is evergreen" and to show case your skills to the global audience "Certifications" plays a major role, and with the current evolution of the technology we have different roles to manage and having the right skills to perform these roles are essential, with this being said Microsoft team again made significant changes to their certification path to align to the specific job roles.

You now have the next generation "Microsoft role-based certifications" available and also to support this new change, learning path is updated.



Access this guide to know all the available New Role based Certifications: Microsoft Role-based Certification guide

Browse here to know more on the New certifications:   Microsoft Role-based Certifications

As aforesaid now the learning path to obtain the New certifications are getting updated and you have a new one-stop resource for all your learning "Microsoft Learn" which will soon replace the "Microsoft Virtual Academy" and also you have other vital resources available in the community to help you reach your certification goals.

keep an eye on the "Microsoft Learning Blog" for latest updates.

Happy Learning !!!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Office 2019 Servers now Available

Microsoft Announced the release of of Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, and Project Server 2019. Commercial preview of the products were available from July 2018 and now they are generally available. Microsoft announced the general availability of Office 2019 during Microsoft Ignite 2018 and now the 2019 Server products reached GA for commercial customers.



Access the below Announcement to know more: Office 2019 servers available for commercial customers

Stay tuned for more updates...

Monday, September 24, 2018

Get Ready for Microsoft Ignite 2018

Microsoft Ignite 2018 starts today September 24 - September 28 in Orlando Florida. This year Microsoft planned to live stream all the sessions and also you can watch the sessions On-demand, this is a great news for everyone.



Access here to know more: Microsoft Ignite—coming to you live from wherever you are

Below are few of the recommended sessions shared from Microsoft team and we have more on the list.

Get Ready for Microsoft Ignite 2018

Ignite 2018: Matt’s list of recommended sessions

Get deeper into security at Microsoft Ignite 2018

Come check out Azure Stack at Ignite 2018

Ignite 2018 – Windows Server 2019 Sessions

Microsoft Ignite Immersion Zone: So much to do and learn!

Follow @MS_Ignite and @MSTCommunity for latest updates.

Update:

You can now access all the sessions on-demand from Microsoft Tech Community and also download them offline at one go using this PowerShell Script

Update:

Microsoft Ignite "The Tour" is Now On.



Select a City closer to you and get be a part of this great event.

Register here: Microsoft Ignite | The Tour

Stay tuned for more updates...

Monday, April 30, 2018

Global Azure Bootcamp 2018 : Securing Your Organization with Microsoft 365

Global Azure Bootcamp 2018 completed recently across the world with a huge success. I had the opportunity to Co-organize the event as a part of Microsoft Azure Group- Chennai, and delivered a session under the IT Pro track on "Securing Your Organization with Microsoft 365".


Access the Slides here: Securing Your Organization with Microsoft 365

Friday, March 30, 2018

Microsoft 365 Security Training 2018 now Available

Security plays an important role for every Organization and Microsoft 365 which combines the power of Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security leverages the latest security features built-in to the products to protect devices, apps, data, and identities without compromising on productivity.



To understand Microsoft 365 Security features Microsoft team presented a deep dive session during Microsoft Tech Summit 2017/18.

Below are the five modules available in the session
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Threat Protection
  • Information Protection
  • Compliance
  • Security Management

These modules will provide you a clear insight on the Security capabilities available in Microsoft 365, and also you have deep dive demos and hands-on.


Access here : Deep Dive into Microsoft 365 Intelligent Security

In addition to this, Brad Anderson (CVP, Enterprise Mobility) offered a new Microsoft 365 Security training session, providing a comprehensive overview of Microsoft 365 Security offering with an in-depth look at identity-driven security, information protection, threat protection, and security management.


Watch the Session here: Microsoft 365 Security Training 2018

Stay tuned fore more updates...