Tuesday, October 11, 2016

OneDrive for Business key features and Roadmap

Learn about the latest key Microsoft OneDrive for Business innovations and a detailed update of Microsoft's strategy and roadmap through this below Microsoft Ignite Session,  Watching this On-demand session is essential if you are using OneDrive for business in your Organization to enhance Collaboration and productivity.

If you are an Office 365 customer and planning to migrate your existing data to OneDrive, you can utilize the Data Migration benefit with the help of Microsoft Fasttrack Center provided you have an eligible plan with 150 or more seats as outlined.

Add-on Read:

Access the following Microsoft Ignite On demand sessions to know the future road-map of SharePoint and Office 365 Groups

BRK1025 - Learn how SharePoint is reinventing content collaboration: vision and roadmap updates 

BRK2033 - Discover Office 365 Groups - overview, what's new and roadmap (Microsoft Ignite 2016)

Here is the new Office Blogs post for Office 365 Groups update at Ignite : Office 365 Groups update at Ignite 2016


Access the below post to know the New Enhancements to OneDrive Sync

Announcement: OneDrive Sync Updates

Here comes the Announcement for the New OneDrive Admin Center preview

Announcement: New OneDrive Admin Center Preview


Below is the OneDrive Roadmap for 2017 available as of today.


Microsoft announced the  availability of several new capabilities in OneDrive for Business that make it easier than ever to sync, share and collaborate on all your files in Office 365.

Announcement includes,

Sync all your files anywhere, anytime across PC and Mac

  • Syncing SharePoint sites and OneDrive for Business shared folders
  • Standalone Mac client
  • Activity center

Simplified file sharing in and outside your organization

  • A new onboarding experience
  • Simplified sharing options
  • Streamlined guest access

Empowering administrators to manage with confidence - New OneDrive Admin Center Roll-out.

Review the FAQs and also share your thoughts and ideas through UserVoice and the Microsoft Technical Community. Also, be sure to attend “Ask Microsoft Anything” (AMA) session on OneDrive for Business in the OneDrive AMA group on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST / 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. GMT.

Access Official Post here: OneDrive brings new file collaboration and management features to the enterprise

Latest updates for OneDrive for Business as of May 2017

  • See all your files in File Explorer with OneDrive Files On-Demand
  • Share files directly from File Explorer on Windows and Finder on Mac
Introducing OneDrive Files On-Demand and other features making it easy to access files

New SharePoint and OneDrive capabilities accelerate your digital transformation

Stay tuned for more updates...

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Cloud Platform Release Announcements for September 2016 aligned to Microsoft Ignite!

Microsoft team made lot of exciting announcements during the Microsoft Ignite 2016 conference last week, this whereto post is written to point you to the latest Cloud Platform Release Announcement blog post, that includes all of the Cloud Platform announcements aligned with Ignite event in a nutshell.

Below are the latest announcements aligned to Microsoft Ignite,

  • Enterprise Mobility + Security E5 | GA
  • Microsoft Azure Information Protection | GA pre-announcement
  • Windows Server 2016 | Launch announcement
  • System Center 2016 | LTSB
  • Operations Management Suite | OMS announcements at Ignite – Available to purchase
  • Azure Stack | TP2
  • Azure App Gateway WAF (Web Application Firewall) | Public Preview
  • Azure Disk Encryption | Disk Encryption for Linux VMs GA
  • Azure DNS | GA
  • Azure Key Vault | Key Vault Certificates GA
  • H Series | GA
  • IPv6 for Azure VMs (Iaas) | GA
  • Storage Service Encryption | GA
  • Accelerated NIC | Public
  • Azure Security Center | New features Public Preview
  • Diagnostics for Network Security Groups and Routes | GA
  • Multiple IPs Per NIC | Public
  • Multiple VIPs for internal Load Balancer | GA
  • UltraPerformance Gateway | GA
  • VNET Peering | GA
  • IT Pro Cloud Essentials and IT Pro Career Center | International launch
  • Azure Service Fabric | GA – Service Fabric for Windows Server
  • Azure Service Fabric | Linux Public Preview
  • SAP HANA on Azure | GA
  • Azure App Service – Logic Apps | Visual Studio Integration GA
  • Azure CDN | CDN from Akamai Standard: HTTP2 Availability GA

Access the blog post here: Cloud Platform Release Announcements for September 26, 2016

Additionally, take a look all the related On demand Microsoft Ignite Sessions to know more.

Introducing Windows Server 2016 e-Book now available!

Microsoft team announced the Launch of Windows Server 2016 at Microsoft Ignite event last week, Following the announcement now you have the latest e-Book published on Windows Server 2016,  written by either field experts or members of the product group, giving you the latest information on every improvement or new feature that is included in this version of Windows Server.

Download the e-Book here: Introducing Windows Server 2016

Access the Windows Server 2016 Announcement post here: Announcing the launch of Windows Server 2016


Windows Server 2016 goes GA : Another big step in Hybrid Cloud – Windows Server 2016 general availability

Get started with the evaluation today and share your feedback to the product team.


Official TechNet Documentation now available

Read here : Windows Server 2016 Documentation


Get to know the changes made to the documentation:  Windows Server 2016 docs are now on docs.microsoft.com


Review the Performance Tuning Guidance here: Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2016

Review the Windows Server Blog to stay updated with the latest enhancements.

Additionally, watch all the related On demand Microsoft Ignite Sessions to know more.

Stay tuned for more updates...

Microsoft Certification Updates!!!

Microsoft team released five new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Developer (MCSD) specialties.  These credentials are aligned to Centers of Excellence, used by the Microsoft Partner Network to identify technical competencies that are widely recognizable by both Microsoft partners and customers.

The five new expert certifications are:

  • MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure - focusing on skills validation for Windows Server and Microsoft Azure
  • MCSE: Mobility - focusing on skills validation for Windows Client and Enterprise Mobility Suite
  • MCSE: Data Management and Analysis - focusing on skills validation for both on-premises and cloud-based Microsoft data products and services
  • MCSE: Productivity - focusing on skills validation for Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, and Skype for Business
  • MCSD: App Builder - focusing on skills validation for Web and Mobile app development
To earn each of these credentials, you must first earn a qualifying Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification and, then, pass a single additional exam from a list of electives associated with the corresponding Center of Excellence.

The resulting MCSE or MCSD certification will be added to your transcript and will never expire.  Instead, the achievement date will signify your investment in continuing education on the technology.  Every year, you will have the opportunity to re-earn the certification by passing an additional exam from the list of electives, demonstrating your investment in broadening or deepening your skills in a given Center of Excellence.  Each time you earn the certification, a new certification entry will be added to your transcript.  This process will replace the existing recertification requirement  of taking a specific recertification exam every 2 years (MCSD) or 3 years (MCSE) in order to prevent your certification from going inactive.

Also the existing MCSE and MCSD exams will be retired on March 31, 2017.

Access the Born To Learn blog post here to know more in detail: Microsoft Streamlines Technical Certifications

If you have already earned the required certifications, Microsoft team is aligning you to the new road-map as updated in the blog post, and if you are in the mid of your Certification Journey, then this is the right time to earn an MCSA certification and choose the appropriate elective exam and gain your MCSE / MCSD certification. Be sure to remember that you need to continue your learning and pass one of the elective exam every calendar year to re-earn the certification to keep your certification status current.

This new change has created mixed reviews in the Community, review the comments section of the Blog post to know the questions raised by fellow community members and answered by Microsoft, Submit your questions to get it clarified. Since this is the beginning we can see more updates to come in the next few days.

Stay tuned for more updates...

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Office 365 New Updates Blog posts !

Lot of new updates and enhancements are made to Office 365 and announced this week in the Microsoft's Ignite Conference 2016. Office Blogs is filled with lot of great posts on these new exciting announcements.

I curated some key posts below, 

Begin with the cumulative announcement post that covers all the latest announcements at Ignite,

Another detailed blog post on the Security and Compliance Announcements, 

Improvements to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, New Threat Intelligence and Advanced Data Governance feature availability, and Updates to Advanced Security Management with the new Productivity App Discovery features.

Related post that focus on the Conditional Access part of Office 365, showcasing Most awaited Security,Privacy and Compliance controls for SharePoint and OneDrive.

A  series of new enhancements on user productivity and experience,

Long waited Ability to sync SharePoint Online document libraries and OneDrive folders shared with you (preview available) with few more enhancements covered in the article.

Major OneDrive updates at Ignite 2016 include SharePoint Online sync preview 

Delve Analytics has become MyAnalytics with some new features

Create better work habits with MyAnalytics (formerly Delve Analytics)

 Another New People Experience enhancement for better collaboration

Connect to expertise and content with new people experiences throughout Office 365

Most awaited integration of Yammer with Office 365 groups

Yammer strengthens team collaboration through integration with Office 365 Groups 

A new version of the Office 365 App Launcher, which will provide improved discoverability to new and recently used apps, additional customization options and search across all the services and applications you use in the Microsoft Cloud.

Introducing the new Office 365 App Launcher 

More Organizations blocked the usage of Outlook for iOS and Android apps as the service was initially running on AWS and now its fully powered by Microsoft Cloud.

Outlook for iOS and Android is now powered by the Microsoft Cloud

Make sure you review all the other latest posts from Office Blogs and few other greats posts made available outside by Technical experts in the global community.

Great post from our Veteran MVP Tony Redmond :  Wrapping Up Ignite: More Office 365 Snippets

Review the On Demand Ignite videos to know more on these features in visual and turn on First release to enjoy most of these benefits and share your feedback in the right channel provided and as usual in Office 365 User Voice forum.

Innovation doesn't Pause / Stop with Microsoft Office 365, if you are still waiting to make your move to cloud or haven't experienced Office 365, you would miss some great features out there waiting for you that will for sure enhance your Employee / Personal productivity and take your business to the next level.

Why to wait ? spin up your Trial Tenant, explore Office 365, Use Office 365 Dev/Test labs to evaluate more and finally make use of the Office 365 Fasktrack on-boarding center and start your journey to the cloud.

Stay tuned for more updates...

Skype for Business Network Assessment Tool now available

Microsoft team recently released the new Skype for Business Network Assessment Tool, which provides the ability to perform a simple test of network performance to determine how well the network would perform for a Skype for Business Online call.

The tool tests the connection to Microsoft Network Edge by streaming a set of packets to the nearest edge site and back for approximately 20s for a configured number of iterations. The tool reports:

Packet loss
Round-trip latency
Reorder packet percentage

A Nice tool to assess your environment for Skype for Business calls quality.

Download here: Skype for Business Network Assessment Tool

Review the install instructions and perform the tests.

Additionally, access this excellent blog post from Skype for Business Expert Randy Chapman on the installation and usage of this new Tool : Hands on with the new Skype for Business Online Network Assessment tool

Make sure you review the Microsoft Ignite On demand Sessions on Skype for Business to know more on the latest enhancements.


Microsoft team released updated version of the tool in December 2017,  Starting around 12/15, older versions of the tool may stop working and will report an issue with the relay configuration. Download and update to the latest version accordingly.

Above Tool download link is updated to point to the new version.

Read here for more information: Updated Network Assessment Tool released on 12/8 - added network connectivity checks