Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Microsoft Viva

Microsoft Viva is the first Employee experience platforms (EXP) built for the digital era. Microsoft Viva brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights into an integrated experience that empowers people and teams to be their best, from anywhere.

Many Organizations have adopted Microsoft Viva built within Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams and if you are new to the product, you can use the below resources to start with Microsoft Viva.

Access Official Site here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-viva

Access Microsoft Adoption resources here: Microsoft Viva Adoption

Help and Learning resources: Microsoft Viva help & learning

MSLearn Official documentation and Resources can be accessed here: Microsoft Viva

Register for upcoming Microsoft Virtual Academy session and upcoming Microsoft Viva events here: Microsoft Viva Events 

Microsoft Cloud Skills Challenge

Take up the Microsoft Cloud Skills Challenge and complete the learning specific to the certification path and you can be eligible for 50 percent off the cost of a Microsoft Certification exam by completing your challenge within 30 days.

Access the available challenge here: Microsoft Cloud Skills Challenge

Also access this blog post to know the Microsoft Learn Career paths available to help you in choosing the right Certification path for the desired Job Role :  Three ways to learn in-demand technical skills on Microsoft Learn

All the best for your Certification Journey !

Monday, February 27, 2023

Zero Trust illustrations for IT architects and implementers

As an IT architect or implementer, you can use these resources from Microsoft for deployment steps, reference architectures, and logical architectures to more quickly apply Zero Trust principles to your existing environment for Microsoft 365 and Azure IaaS

Saturday, February 25, 2023

PowerShell Notes for Professionals E-Book

PowerShell is a very strong scripting tool and it has evolved a lot in the recent years and I came across an excellent E-Book for IT professionals thats suitable for both beginners and advanced professionals working with PowerShell

You can download the latest e-book version from here : PowerShell Notes for Professionals

Navigate to the PowerShell Gallery for more resources : https://www.powershellgallery.com/

Microsoft Exam Sandbox

Microsoft has created a Sandbox Microsoft Exam demo environment which is designed to help you become familiar with the exam interface and the different types of questions you'll come across in Microsoft Certification exams.

For people who are new to Microsoft Certification Exam and would like to get first hand Exam demo experience this is a great tool.

Access the Sandbox here: Microsoft Exam Sandbox 

You can get more information on the various available certifications, Study guides, Self- Paced Training Modules etc. and also take the free Practice tests available for few of the Certifications from here: Microsoft Certifications

Friday, February 24, 2023

Microsoft 365 Defender & Microsoft Sentinal

Microsoft 365 Defender is one of the key Security suite which is now being adopted by multiple Organizations, Microsoft 365 Defender has multiple products and solutions and each play a vital role in your Organizational security.

To get a Quick overview you of Microsoft 365 Defender you can access the Interactive guide below 

Access here: Microsoft 365 Defender interactive guide

Access the complete product documentation and resource references here: Microsoft 365 Defender

To know more you can access the Virtual Ninja trainings from @HeikeRitter MSFT

Access here : Microsoft 365 Defender Virtual Ninja Training

Microsoft Sentinel

Microsoft Sentinel plays a vital role in your Security Infrastructure delivering intelligent security analytics and threat intelligence across the enterprise. 

Access the documentation and resource references here : Microsoft Sentinel documentation

Also review the Microsoft Sentinel Best practices e-book and documentation below

Download E-book here: Azure Sentinel Deployment Best practices 

Technical Documentation here: Best practices for Microsoft Sentinel

Register for the upcoming Microsoft Sentinel Unveiled Series 

Register here: Microsoft Sentinel Unveiled 1/2: Maximizing your Budget, Unlocking Cost Optimization and Log Management Best Practices for Microsoft Sentinel!

Register here: Microsoft Sentinel Unveiled 2/2: A Complete Guide to Onboarding, Migration, and Architectural Best Practices with Azure Lighthouse & GDAP for MSSPs

Additionally, I came across an excellent Notes from the field article using Microsoft Security and Microsoft 365 Defender from David Caddick MSFT which provides great walkthrough of the Microsoft Defender products in action and show cases how you can get the best out of it.

Access here : Get Security Done (GSD) - Microsoft Security & M365 Defender

You can get more updates and support from Microsoft Tech community Security, Compliance, and Identity space,  Microsoft 365 Defender and Microsoft Sentinel Blogs.

Join the Security Community email list to be notified about the upcoming webinars, events, and other announcements.

Windows 365 & Azure Virtual Desktop

Windows 365 is now being adopted by multiple Organizations and both Small Business and Enterprise offerings are best fit according to the Organization size which enables them to provide a Secure workplace environment for their workforce.

You can access the Official site here: Windows 365

Product documentation is available here: Windows 365 documentation

You can access the below interactive demo showcasing Windows 365 Experience.

Access the demo here: Windows 365 Interactive Demo

Azure Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktop is another great solution from Microsoft providing securing remote work with enhanced benefits.

Access official site here: Azure Virtual Desktop

Product documentation here: Azure Virtual Desktop documentation

Access the MS Learn Self-Paced Course here : Deliver remote desktops and apps with Azure Virtual Desktop

You can access this Quick video from @WindowsITProOnYouTube to know more on both Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop:  Understanding Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 for hybrid work

Another great video from Ingram Micro Cloud ANZ showcases both the products in detail and their differences.

A new Skilling Snack series published on this topic : Skilling snack: Windows 365 or Azure Virtual Desktop

These videos allows you to understand and choose the right solution for your Organization.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

How to migrate from Azure AD Connect to Azure AD Cloud Sync

Azure AD Cloud Sync is the new Synchronization tool and Microsoft team has published detailed guidance on how to migrate from your existing Azure AD Connect environment to Azure AD Cloud Sync.

Access and download here: Cloud Sync: Migrate from AD Connect

Documentation here: Migrating from Azure AD Connect to Azure AD Connect cloud sync

Access Tutorial here: Migrate to Azure AD Connect cloud sync for an existing synced AD forest

Register for upcoming Event this March 28, 2023. 8:00-9:00 AM, PDT : How to migrate from Azure AD Connect to Azure AD Cloud Sync

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Microsoft Workshop - Migrate from AD FS to Azure AD

Microsoft Team has launched new workshop to learn how to successfully migrate from AD FS to Azure AD to benefit from improved security and better user experience for your organization.

Register for Workshop here: Microsoft workshops: How to successfully migrate away from AD FS to Azure AD

Access AD FS Decommission guide here: Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) decommission guide

Friday, February 10, 2023

Exchange Server 2013 End is Near !

Exchange Server 2013 reaches end of support in next 60 days on 11th April 2023, its now time for your Organization to move your Exchange Server On-premises to a supported version and Microsoft has provided detailed guidance on the same.

If you are an Hybrid Organization ensure you are updating your On-premises environment to be in supported state for hybrid.

If you are planning to migrate your Environment to Exchange Online you have detailed guidance on the same including detailed steps to decommission the last Exchange 2013 server.

You can access the guidance here: Microsoft Exchange guides

Access the Exchange Team blog post here : Exchange Server 2013 End of Support Coming Soon

New Blog post here: Exchange Server 2013 End of Support Approaching Fast

Latest Blog post here: Exchange Server 2013 Reaches End of Support Next Month

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Microsoft Purview

Data protection is critical to any Organization and Microsoft Purview is your one stop solution for data Governance, compliance, information protection and risk management across your entire IT estate.

Access documentation here to know more: Microsoft Purview 

Recently Microsoft hosted a digital event showcasing the benefits of using Microsoft preview and its capabilities. 

You can register and access the Event On-demand here: Go Beyond Data Protection with Microsoft Purview

Microsoft Security team has provided hands-on interactive guides for Microsoft Purview DLP , You can click on each section and navigate through the scenarios.

Access the guides here : Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention

Review this Tech Community Post to know how you can test and apply the retention label policies using Microsoft Purview : Deploy confidently with simulation mode for retention label policies

You can also access below resource from Microsoft Purview Customer Experience Engineering (CxE) which supplements the Official documentation and above resources with few essential information.

Access here : Microsoft Purview One-Stop-Shop (OSS)

You can get Latest updates and support from Microsoft Tech community Security, Compliance, and Identity space

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Get to know Microsoft Security Products & Solutions

Microsoft team has various products and Solutions on the Identity & Access Management and Security space, and if you are looking to know what they are then Microsoft Security blog is the right place, where you have all latest changes and updates available under one roof.

Access here: Microsoft Security Blog

You can access the Microsoft events page and filter by upcoming Security events to know more on this products usage and in action.

Access here : Microsoft Security events

Learning path is available here: Microsoft Learn for Security, Compliance and Identity

Join the Security Community email list to be notified about the upcoming webinars, events, and other announcements.

Also join the Microsoft Security Customer Connection Program to get latest updates and share product feedback.

Read the blog and register for CCP here: The New Microsoft Security Customer Connection Program (CCP)

Follow @msftsecurity for all latest updates.

Microsoft Entra

Microsoft Entra a family of products that encompasses all identity and access capabilities. Microsoft Entra is the vision for identity and access that expands beyond identity and access management with new product categories such as cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM) and decentralized identity.

If your organization is looking for one stop Identity and Access management solution Microsoft Entra is great choice .

Access the Microsoft Mechanics video here for a Quick overview: Manage your multi-cloud identity infrastructure with Microsoft Entra

You can access product documentation here: Microsoft Entra documentation

Download the Microsoft Entra end-user rollout templates and materials here : Microsoft Entra end-user rollout templates and materials

Also I came across an excellent E-book from Mohamed Mokhtar Elsherif with valuable gudiance.

Download here: Microsoft Entra -  The Comprehensive Guide to Secure Azure AD & User Identities

Register for the upcoming Event in March 2023 here : Microsoft Entra Permissions Management: Navigate multicloud with an integrated CIEM solution

Microsoft 365 guides

Microsoft has provided us with one stop solution to access all Microsoft 365 guides which provides key guidance on installation, configuration, and management of your Microsoft 365 tenants, apps, and services.

You can access the guides here: All Microsoft 365 guides

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Workshop Training

Security plays a vital role in every Organization and in today's modern IT World implementing a strong Security strategy is crucial, if you are playing a key role in your Organization within the Security space, and interested to know more on this, Microsoft has provided an excellent workshop with all vital information and guidance to support your journey.

The Chief Information Security Office (CISO) workshop helps accelerate security program modernization with reference strategies built using Zero Trust principles.

You can watch the video sessions and download the slide deck and refer the essential links provided to know more on the topic.

Monday, February 06, 2023

Cybersecurity for Beginners

If you are Beginner in Cyber Security space you can review the below MS Learn official Collection with the Learning Path.

You have four great courses in this collection that would provide you with rich Cyber Security knowledge.
  • Describe the basic concepts of cybersecurity
  • Establish the guiding principles and core components of Zero Trust
  • Examine ransomware and extortion-based threats
  • Securing you: Basics and beyond

The Comprehensive Playbook for Implementing Zero Trust Security

In the current IT world everyday we come across multiple modern threats and to mitigate the risk and protect the environment, multiple Organizations are adapting various Security frameworks and one of the key approach is "Zero Trust Security".

Microsoft Security team has recently published a comprehensive playbook outlining six key areas for implementing Zero Trust Security.

Access the "Zero Trust Guidance Center" to know more  on the model and deployment options.

Microsoft 365 Certification Changes a head !

Microsoft team has recently announced the upcoming changes for the existing Microsoft 365 Certifications, Some of the existing certifications are getting renamed and some are being retired.

Timeline to complete the existing certifications and renewal path details are provided in the below blog post.

Microsoft Teams Premium Licensing now GA

Microsoft Teams Premium licensing is now generally available, Microsoft Teams Premium is a Teams add-on license that allows organizations with Microsoft 365 subscriptions to enhance their Teams experience with new features.

You can access Official blog post here: Microsoft Teams Premium: Cut costs and add AI-powered productivity

Microsoft Mechanics video here: Microsoft Teams Premium Experiences and How to Set It Up

Access here to know more on the Licensing : Microsoft Teams Premium licensing