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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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Jun 23, 2018

Explore your automation options as standalone capabilities and across services in Azure. Azure offers a variety of services, from Runbook automation and resource manager templates to automated commands available in PowerShell or Azure CLI and beyond, as well as capabilities built directly into services and workloads, like scaling, scheduling, eventing, and more.

Jun 20, 2018

With Dynamics 365 for Marketing, now generally available, Eric Boocock from the Dynamics 365 team takes us through its demos and features. You'll see how to build marketing workflows to identify prospects and deliver targeted experiences, spanning the automation of email communication outreach, built-in tools for event management, and insights across all marketing activities.

Jun 12, 2018

Stay connected to your Azure resources—anytime, anywhere. The Azure mobile app, gives you quick access to your Azure resources, allowing you to check on their status, diagnose and quickly fix issues. You'll see how you can run commands, or fire off your favorite script with Cloud Shell, as well as how you can receive push notifications for service health alerts. All of this, directly on your phone.

Jun 7, 2018

An overview of your compute options in Azure and how you can increase the efficiency and reduce the management effort of running your Apps by moving from virtual machines to container-based and serverless architectures in Azure.

May 7, 2018

Learn how you can use the app environment in Azure Blockchain Workbench to generate an application that uses your blockchain of choice to drive greater accountability in just about any multi-party process like a supply chain and more.

Explore how you can build a Smart Contract and bring that into the Azure Blockchain Workbench, how you can have IoT devices send data to your apps, and how you can even query individualized events that are happening in the blockchain.

May 7, 2018

Take a close look at blockchain and the work Microsoft is doing to help you harness the technology in Azure.

First, we’ll explain how blockchain works, its broader applications for businesses and what Microsoft is doing to make it easier to spin up required infrastructure to harness blockchain and develop apps using the new [aka.ms/tryworkbench]Azure Blockchain Workbench

May 4, 2018

You'll see the latest updates to running your SAP HANA workloads on Azure. And some of the benefits, like scale on-demand, increased performance, analytics, and security. Azure offers on-demand M-series virtual machines and purpose built HANA Large Instances. Both certified to support your SAP workloads. The M-series can support most of your SAP workloads. Allowing you to scale up to 128 virtual CPUs of compute and 4 TB of RAM. On the other hand, purpose built HANA Large Instances are great for your larger SAP workloads. Giving you up to 20 terabytes of RAM.

Apr 30, 2018

The next generation of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, now generally available. You'll see how this makes it easier to quickly and efficiently spin up data warehousing capabilities for everyday workloads, allowing you to go from no data warehouse to over 4,000 cores operating at petabyte scale in minutes. And leverage the latest generation of Azure Compute with automatic caching of columns or segments to analyze your data and achieve up to 10x speedups of querying.

Apr 24, 2018

Learn how Microsoft designs and operates Azure, and get an overview of Azure services and capabilities to secure, manage and monitor your cloud data, apps and infrastructure. In this Azure Essentials, we also go in-depth on the controls of the Azure Security Center and explain the controls your can leverage as well as what Microsoft does to keep your data, apps, compute and networking resources secure. Identity and access management is also a key component in maintaining defense in depth, so check out our Azure Essentials on Azure Active Directory to further your skills here: https://youtu.be/nRk1_koNBB8

www.azure.com/essentials

Apr 4, 2018

Explore the comprehensive set of services Microsoft Azure has for ingesting, storing and analyzing data of almost all types of scales, spanning table, file, streaming and other data types. The Azure platform provides tools across the data analytics' life-cycle.

Mar 7, 2018

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance combines the best aspects of SQL Server and Azure SQL as a platform service. It enables you to run applications with dependencies on SQL CLR, SQL Server Agent or cross database queries like you would on a physical or virtual server running SQL Server, but as a managed instance you get the as a service benefits so you don't need to spend time keeping servers patched and up-to-date, plus machine learning powered capabilities like auto-tuning to improve query performance and proactive security recommendations. Lara Rubbelke explains and demonstrates all of this, including how you can set up you own Azure SQL Database Managed Instance in this show.

Feb 27, 2018

A complete tour of data ingestion, modeling and BI options with Azure. We'll explore the services Azure offers to help you model and visualize your data for interactive reporting and business intelligence. Wherever your data is stored, Azure offers Azure comprehensive lineup of services to help you ingest, transform and store the aggregate data so that it can be modeled and explored with commonly used visualization tools, like Microsoft Power BI, Excel and more.

Jan 31, 2018

In this demo-filled overview, Bahram Banisadr from the Azure Event Grid engineering team, explains the efficiencies and benefits of using events to trigger actions versus polling. Bahram then walks through 3 common working examples using code to call the Event Grid service for automating an operational workflow spanning new database record creation, equipment ordering, and custom email generation.

For more information, visit: http://azure.com/eventgrid

Azure blog: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-general-availability-of-azure-event-grid/

Dec 15, 2017

Jeff Woolsey, principal program manager from the Windows Server team, explains and demos the steps to discover, assess and migrate Windows and Linux virtual machines from VMware to Azure. The new Azure Migrate service helps you find on-premises VMs and apps using a collector appliance, then exposes VM attributes - including utilization, sizing and dependency information - to help you plan your migration. Azure Site Recovery then provides the tools to replicate discovered and targeted VMs into Azure storage, then allows you to test and move workloads into production. Along the way, Jeff explains how the tools in Azure help you determine costs and take advantage of potential cost savings via the Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server.

Dec 15, 2017

Coming up on the show we look at the steps you can take in Azure to secure and manage your VMs in production. From how you can enable threat prevention, receive security alerts, and take advantage of the new just-in-time admin capability. To how you can use Azure backup with multi-factor authentication to protect against ransomware attacks. And how you can leverage your latest in log analytics to discover and mitigate potential issues.

Nov 15, 2017

An introduction to the new Cassandra API for Azure Cosmos DB from Principal Engineering Manager for Azure Cosmos DB, Kirill Gavrylyuk. This new API allows you to move your existing Cassandra applications to Azure Cosmos DB without modifying a single line of code. Watch and learn how you can take advantage of this fully managed globally distributed database service with limitless scale.

Oct 18, 2017

Principal Program Manager for SQL Server Engineering, Travis Wright, discusses SQL Server 2017 which brings the mission-critical performance security and availability of SQL Server to Linux and containers.

On this show, you learn how the SQL Server that you know now runs on Linux and the new platform abstraction layer, and you'll see how well that performs.

Also, you'll see Active Directory authentication on Linux and the high availability options as well as failover between Windows and Linux platforms. And finally, you'll see the support for graph analysis to identify new relationships in your data and more.

Oct 18, 2017

Watch Senior Program Manager Microsoft Identity Services, Swaroop Krishnamurthy, show you a new way you can harness the power of cloud authentication while still keeping your passwords on-premises using Azure Active Directory pass-through authentication and
seamless single sign-on capabilities.

You'll see how Azure AD can now validate securely your passwords against on-premises Active Directory all without the need for expensive on-premises infrastructure and automatically sign your users in while they're at work.

Oct 12, 2017

Take a look at updates to machine learning and artificial intelligence with the Azure machine learning workbench. Senior PM Manager for Microsoft Cloud, Sandhya Vankamamidi, will show you a new solution that assists in the construction and delivery of intelligent AI enabled data models. You'll see how it can be used efficiently to understand datasets through visualization. Increase the rate of experimentation, and monitor and manage your models wherever they're being used in production. All as part of a unified workflow.

Oct 12, 2017

Take a look at deploying and managing Microsoft 365 powered devices with Microsoft's Enterprise & Mobile Client CVP, Brad Anderson. He'll be going over the capabilities that make it possible to provision new devices using Windows AutoPilot and deliver apps and services including Office 365 ProPlus on a line of business apps. You'll see simplifying the management of identity, devices, apps and data with an integrated management experience. And planning Windows 10 deployments at scale with readiness efforts and stay compliant and up-to-date. Keep watching to learn more about new upcoming co-management capabilities that allow you to take advantage of cloud based modern management at your own pace.

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.

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