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Microsoft Mechanics

A weekly show that covers your favorite tech and news across Microsoft, including Office, Azure, Data Platform, Windows, and Surface. It focuses on demos, how-tos and insights from Microsoft's tech leaders and engineers - Mark Russinovich, Corey Sanders, Julia White, Jeffrey Snover and more.
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Sep 20, 2017

The first look at updates to remote desktop. Now with deeper cloud integration from endpoints and authentication to back-end infrastructure.

Principle PM Manager for Remote Desktop Services, Scott Manchester, shows you the new service architecture options to improve security and authentication. You'll see the simplified setup and management leveraging Azure and transformative app delivery as well as the end-user experiences.

Aug 15, 2017

A look at Cloud Shell. A new way for managing resources in the cloud. See how, within the browser, you can use BASH or PowerShell to troubleshoot and automate your most common management tasks. And manage on-the-go, by keeping your favorite scripts in the cloud so you can trigger them for Cloud Shell from any modern browser or the Azure mobile app.

Aug 10, 2017

Explore the updates to Dynamics 365 from a B2B and B2C perspective. Check out the new capabilities in relationship insights per sales optimization as well as talent discovery and hiring with LinkedIn integration. You'll also see a demo of the latest intelligent and unified digital and in-store experiences for consumers and retailers. This all concludes with a demo on how to light up these capabilities if you are an IT Pro.

Jul 31, 2017

See how Azure Serverless offerings allow you to build and deploy elastic scale, cost-efficient apps on Azure. You'll see how adopting a serverless compute approach removes the need to worry about hardware resources and the operational complexity of running applications.

Jul 27, 2017

See how Azure Site Recovery can help you to keep your applications available, including setting up replication for your on-premises applications to Azure and testing that the solution meets your compliance needs.

Jul 10, 2017

Today we take a look at Azure Stack integrated systems, a combination of optimized hardware, software and services that delivers Azure, with Azure Stack, to your data center. We catch up with Vijay Tewari from the Azure Stack engineering team to see how it works and how to get Azure Stack up and running with your hardware partners.

And as you take on the role as your own Cloud operator, we'll explain the Azure Stack integrated systems approach and demonstrate the end to end IT experience including planning the size of your system and setting yourself up for scale, configuring your system with your hardware partner, provisioning resources to your developers, plus ongoing management and monitoring of your apps and services running on Azure Stack.

Get started here: https://aka.ms/Azurestackintegratedsystems

Jun 26, 2017

Today on Microsoft Mechanics, we are joined by the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Finnish mobile gaming company Next Games, Kalle Hiitola, for the next episode of “How we built it.”
Next Games has built a successful global connected gaming platform on Azure spanning 166 countries and growing.
Their popular “Walking Dead No Man’s Land” game is aligned to the popular Walking Dead TV series, which uniquely releases a rapid cadence of new gaming chapters and characters to compliment the release of each new show episode.

Jun 23, 2017

Lead architect, Dave Green, from British online fashion retailer ASOS, helps us take a closer look at their design goals and approach for moving from a locally-operated monolith to a fully architected built-for-Cloud online retail system.

Jun 6, 2017

With orchestration and containers taking over modern- App Management we look at the role of Kubernetes (now generally available) for managing reliable and scalable Cloud-native Apps using Linux and Windows containers.

Brendan Burns, the co-creator of Kubernetes, who leads the team for Azure Container Service at Microsoft, will guide us as we look at the advantages to moving to container-based, modern approaches, how Kubernetes compares to existing IT tools and processes. And, what IT needs to do to take advantage of this and provide the infrastructure for containers to run.

Apr 19, 2017

Lead engineer, Craig Marl, joins Simon May to demonstrate updates to Microsoft Intune on Azure. This includes: the new admin experience in the Azure Portal with new Role Based Access Controls, tighter integration with Azure Active Directory with Groups; reporting and automation capabilities leveraging the Microsoft Graph API and much more. For more information check out: https://aka.ms/microsoftintune

Apr 12, 2017

Lead engineer for Microsoft Identity Services Sarat Subramaniam, offers a detailed overview of Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration, now generally available. The Azure AD B2B service simplifies the secure sharing of your Apps and services with your external business partners and colleagues. It allows users to easily share common Apps and services to collaborate with their peers and IT to add and manage these external users without having to add them to the corporate directory or requiring partners to have Azure Active Directory in place. Further, conditional access authorization policies - including Multi-factor authentication enabled by Azure Active Directory keep data safe. Learn more at: aka.ms/AddB2Busers

Apr 8, 2017

Chris Van Wesep, takes you through how you can use your on-premises Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance to deploy Azure virtual machines for your workloads, using the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit. As Chris explains for every 100 Window server licenses you can run up to 200 virtual Machines with a potential savings of over $300,000 a year based on the popular D3-V2 VM size. Learn more at: aka.ms/HybridUseBenefits

Mar 31, 2017

Lead Azure engineer, Ashwin Kamath provides an overview of Azure Monitor, just released to GA, which gives you built-in platform monitoring for all-up visibility into the performance, health and state of your Azure Resources. Ashwin walks through you how it works; how to create alerts and enable deeper insights and analytics with your preferred monitoring system to inform troubleshooting.

Mar 20, 2017

Azure Analysis Services is a proven analytics engine that connects and analyzes disparate data sources whether on-premises or in the cloud without having to manage your own infrastructure. Josh Caplan & Jeremy Chapman show you how you can gain insights from your data using analysis services semantic model, the speed of in-memory processing and querying of your enterprise data sets and migrating your on-premises data models to the cloud.

Mar 8, 2017

Microsoft engineer and identity expert Alex Simons, joins Simon May to demonstrate updates to Conditional Access, part of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), that allows you to apply access controls to company data. These include: the new unified administration experience in the Azure Portal; the expansion of contextual controls that specify app and data access based on specified users, permitted locations and compliant devices; and risk-based conditional access controls that incorporate machine learning to continuously safeguard access to your apps and data in real-time. Learn more at: aka.ms/AADConditional_Access

Mar 1, 2017

Lead Azure engineer, Natalia Mackevicius joins host, Jeremy Chapman, to explore the industry shift from the traditional development and operations lifecycle to DevOps practices. They look at what DevOps aims to solve and demonstrate how with Azure Stack, the approach can be applied to the development and management of your apps as part of a hybrid cloud strategy.

Feb 21, 2017

Information security expert, Dan Plastina from the Azure security team shares the top 5 tips for successfully accelerating information protection inside of your organization. Watch too as Dan also highlights key technology updates for Azure Information Protection, including: ‘scoped policies’ for scaling up and personalizing default information classification labels for specialized teams and next generation RMS-protected secure email.

Jan 26, 2017

Windows Server engineer Greg Cusanza, joins Matt McSpirit to demonstrate the new Software Defined Networking capabilities in Windows Server 2016. Watch as he explains the technology underpinnings and shows you how you can use SDN to: dynamically create, secure and connect your network to meet the evolving needs of your apps; speed up the deployment of your workloads and contain security vulnerabilities from spreading across your network, all while reducing your overall infrastructure costs.

Jan 25, 2017

On today's show, Luis Camino from the Dynamics 365 team joins Jeremy Chapman to explain your options for Dynamics 365 extensibility. They demo simple experiences to customize process workflow and create contextual PowerApps for managing customer relationships to more advanced options powered by Visual Studio to incorporate advanced cognitive services in the cloud - like sentiment analysis using Azure Functions.

Jan 19, 2017

Lead security engineer, Michael Dubinsky demonstrates Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, which combines machine learning and deterministic capabilities to detect, prioritize and investigate advanced attacks and insider threats within your datacenter. Watch as he orchestrates real-world attack scenarios and ATA detection in action in near-real time. Learn also how ATA integrates with your existing SIEM solutions. You can try ATA at the following link: Aka.ms/download-ATA

Dec 7, 2016

Lead engineer Mark Florida joins Simon May to demonstrate your options for managing Windows 10 devices using traditional management strategies with Configuration Manager and Cloud-based, modern management with Microsoft Intune.

Nov 21, 2016

Lead engineer Nick Burling, joins Matt McSpirit to demonstrate the new Service Map capability that provides application dependency discovery and mapping across Windows and Linux, in the Cloud, on-prem or hybrid environments. Watch as Nick demonstrates how Service Map automatically discovers app and system dependencies to accelerate troubleshooting and root cause analysis; and using Service Map expedite your app and workload migrations, whether you are migrating to the Cloud or other destinations. You can learn more at: www.microsoft.com/oms

Nov 21, 2016

Lead engineer, Eamon O’Reilly walks you through the latest update management capabilities for Windows and Linux as part of the new automation control service in Azure. Includes demos of how this gives you visibility and control of updates across your hybrid environments and how you can now deploy software updates with respect to your defined maintenance windows. To learn more go to: aka.ms/automationsvc

Nov 16, 2016

Lead engineer, Travis Wright demonstrates SQL Server on Linux, including how you can: download and install SQL Server on a Linux Virtual Machine; run your SQL Server-based apps inside of Docker containers and improve the performance of your applications using powerful features such as Column Store in SQL Server.

Nov 15, 2016

Corey Sanders from the Azure compute engineering team, explores what is now possible with high-performance computing and Microsoft Azure. He'll go over how you can use it for enabling powerful visual simulations and engineering scenarios. As well as dynamic rendering for GPU intensive work, and compute scenarios for deep learning.

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