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Jan 24, 2020

Automatically process complex tasks such as invoicing with Microsoft Power Automate. You'll see how to automate your invoice approval processes, infuse intelligence, and integrate your legacy apps in just a fraction of the time using Power Automate and its new robotic process automation capabilities alongside AI Builder, which are all part of the Microsoft Power Platform.

Learn more about the Power Platform on our recent show with Charles Lamanna https://aka.ms/IntroPowerPlatform

Get prebuilt templates at https://powerautomate.com

Get foundational training through learning path modules at https://aka.ms/learntoautomate

Jan 24, 2020

An explanation of the Dynamics 365 components, underlying architecture, and the possible integrations with your existing data, apps, and business processes. Whether you're looking to adopt business applications or have existing CRM and/or ERP systems in house, or maybe you're using cloud-based services or both, this is an overview of Microsoft's business application platform in the cloud. You'll get answers to top-of-mind questions regarding data governance, security, compliance, and on how data and process integration works.

Learn more about the 99.9% level of availability at https://aka.ms/D365SLA

To learn more about Dynamics 365 security and compliance, you can download the guide at https://aka.ms/D365SecurityCompliance

To maximize your onboarding success and minimize time to value. You can find out more at http://aka.ms/FastTrackDynamics365

Jan 6, 2020

A look at updates to Windows Admin Center and the latest Hybrid capabilities, from Hyper-V and live migration support, Hybrid options to configure backup, point to site VPN and VM replication in Azure. At Microsoft Ignite 2019, this was session THR2301: Hybrid cloud server infrastructure: your path to hybrid with Windows Admin Center - latest updates. Jeff Woolsey is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft for Azure Stack HCI, Windows Server and a leading expert on Virtualization, Private and Hybrid Cloud. Jeff has worked on virtualization and server technology for over eighteen years. He plays a leading role in the Windows Server Engineering team, helping to shape the design requirements for Azure Stack HCI, Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012 / R2, 2008 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019, 2016, 2012/R2, 2008 R2, System Center 2012 / R2, and Windows Admin Center. Jeff is an authority on ways customers can benefit from virtualization, management, and cloud computing across public, private, and hybrid environments. Jeff is a sought-after hybrid cloud expert presenting in numerous keynotes and conferences worldwide with Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, & Satya Nadella.

Jan 6, 2020

Get the essentials on Microsoft's security and compliance approach for Microsoft Teams. From the controls we give you to manage security and compliance for the core Microsoft Teams experiences of chat, calls, meetings, and apps; to how Microsoft manages the Teams service to stay ahead of threats and stay compliant with the latest industry regulations. We explain where and how Teams data is stored and why that matters as you build your information governance strategy, as well as how to determine where your data resides in Microsoft's data centers to meet your data residency needs.

See the data center coverage of Microsoft Teams at https://aka.ms/teams-locations

Get auditor reports for Microsoft 365 in the Service Trust Portal at https://aka.ms/STP

See the regulations supported by Microsoft 365 https://aka.ms/complianceofferings

More information on the security and compliance controls tailored to the core Teams experience. https://aka.ms/teamssecurityandcompliance

If you are in a government cloud service you can keep up to date at https://aka.ms/TeamsGovRoadmap

Continue learning more about Teams at https://aka.ms/SuccessWithTeams

Try out Teams if you haven't yet at https://aka.ms/TryTeams

Save this link to watch the whole series on Microsoft Teams Essentials for IT: https://aka.ms/MicrosoftTeamsforIT

Dec 9, 2019

A demonstration of the compatibility experience both with the modern web and HTML5 via the Project Chromium foundation along with the compatibility for legacy Internet and Intranet sites with the integrated IE Mode, that enables Edge to render Internet Explorer-dependent sites without leaving the Edge experience. You'll also see the enhanced security capabilities with Windows Defender Application Guard, Smart Screen and more.

We demonstrate taking the experience to the next level in the enterprise, Microsoft Search adds tailored and integrated Intranet search results for sites, people, files and more across Edge on the PC, Mac and mobile. Finally, we show how to configure Microsoft Search as part of Microsoft 365. and how to deploy Microsoft Edge from System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune across platforms.

The Chromium-based Edge enhances and extends the browser experience in Edge and for the broader web. It runs on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7, Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012, and 2008 R2, macOS, iOS and Android devices.

To learn more, check out: https://aka.ms/deployedge and https://aka.ms/edgeenterprise

This was filmed at Microsoft Ignite 2019, session THR2279: Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Search: Complete tour for IT admins and users.

Chuck Friedman is the CVP of the Microsoft Edge team.

Dec 9, 2019

A look at how Project Cortex builds on the content services of SharePoint while connecting content in Microsoft 365 and external sources. It enables you to manage your information and streamline processes with advanced security, compliance and automated workflow. Sign up for the preview at: https://aka.ms/projectcortex

At Microsoft Ignite 2019, this was session THR2276: Beyond ECM: Building the knowledge network for your organization with Project Cortex.

Naomi Moneypenny is Director of Content Services & Insights. Leading the team delivering the next generation of content and knowledge management and insights for Microsoft 365. Astrophysicist by background, with over 60 patents in AI and anticipatory computing.

Dec 4, 2019

See the evolution of device management, with the new Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Microsoft Endpoint Manager brings together Configuration Manager and Intune in one unified, web-based experience. You'll also see the evolution of our compatibility tools and services to ensure your devices, apps, add-ins and sites are always ready. Plus you'll see new security baselines and Threat and Vulnerability Management to help bring IT and security teams together.

At Microsoft Ignite 2019, this was session THR2265: Brad Anderson presents unifying device management and taking it to the next level.

Brad Anderson is the Corporate Vice President of the Commercial Management Experiences team within the Experiences & Devices Group at Microsoft. Brad's team is responsible for deploying the Microsoft 365 Modern Workplace, and has engineering responsibility for defining and delivering commercial Windows, management, and security of PCs and mobile devices, as well as customer deployment and usage of the Microsoft 365 services. To learn more, check out:

https://aka.ms/endpointmanager and https://aka.ms/appassure

This show was filmed at Microsoft Ignite on November 4, 2019

Dec 4, 2019

Microsoft is transforming virtual desktop delivery by separating operating system, user profile and app layers. You'll see how we’ve improved the Microsoft Teams remote experience with AV redirect and you'll see the preview of the Windows Virtual Desktop admin portal experience.

At Microsoft Ignite 2019, this was session THR2277: Windows Virtual Desktop updates.

Scott Manchester is the Group Program Manager for Windows Virtual Desktop and Remote Desktop Services. He is a 20 year veteran at Microsoft where he has worked on Second Screen Remoting, Multimedia, and Networking technologies and holds over 20 patents in these areas. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and an Executive MBA from Washington State University.

Dec 3, 2019

Look at the new capabilities of Microsoft Teams that you can use day-to-day to help transform your workplace collaboration and streamline your business processes. You'll see the new capabilities for chat, collaboration, meetings and file sharing, as well as new private channels, for scoped conversations with specific team members in a team. Plus, take a look at the improved integration with Microsoft 365 apps, like OneDrive, Outlook.

At Microsoft Ignite 2019, this was session THR2269: Using Microsoft Teams: What's new and how to get started.

Aya Tange is a Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft Teams

Dec 3, 2019

See how Microsoft Teams is built to ensure a secure and compliant collaboration environment, and how you can manage it with the controls you need, while keeping a great experience for your users. We’ll share the newest security & compliance features such as data loss prevention, information barriers and new retention policies. And we'll dig into new controls and tools, including network planner, Advisor for Teams, enhanced calling, and device management.

At Microsoft Ignite 2019, this was session THR2270: Microsoft Teams for IT admins: What's new and what you need to know with Anne Michels.

Anne Michels, Director, Microsoft Teams Product Marketing, Microsoft Anne Michels leads the audience marketing and industry team for Microsoft Teams. Anne has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years - driving the marketing strategy for a variety of programs and products. In 2012, she moved to the US to lead the launch of key Office 365 capabilities, including a new Office 365 admin center used by thousands of IT Pros worldwide. Anne started her career at Vok Dams, a leading agency for events and live-marketing in Germany. Anne holds a Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Bonn. She is fluent in German, English and Spanish.

Dec 2, 2019

A deep dive on Azure data services as part of Azure Arc. This provides a central way to provision, then manage your SQL or PostgreSQL databases whether it sits in your datacenter, in Azure, or in other Clouds.

You'll also get a look at how Azure Arc takes advantage of container-based architectures with Kubernetes for instant database provisioning, updating and elastic and hyper scale.

At Microsoft Ignite 2019, this was session THR2299: SQL across infrastructures, your options with Travis Wright.

Travis Wright, Principal Group PM Manager , Microsoft. Travis Wright is the Principal Group PM Manager for SQL Server and Azure Data services responsible for SQL Server big data clusters, ML Services in SQL Server and Azure SQL, PolyBase, performance & scalability, SQL Server on Linux, containers, and Kubernetes, and other forward-leaning strategies.

Dec 2, 2019

The first video in our Microsoft Teams for IT series offers an overview of configuration options and takes IT Admins through important considerations for planning, deploying, and rolling-out of Teams for their organization. You'll get a breakdown of the core components and the enterprise-class policies and security that you need and expect as an IT Admin. In addition, you'll see the easy customization options to tailor Microsoft Teams for your organization.

Network requirements for running Office 365 and Microsoft Teams: https://aka.ms/O365NetworkReqs

More information on rolling out Microsoft Teams: https://aka.ms/RollOutTeams

Resources for Microsoft Teams training can be found at: https://aka.ms/TeamsOnboarding

Save this link to watch the whole series on Microsoft Teams Essentials for IT: https://aka.ms/MicrosoftTeamsforIT

Nov 18, 2019

An in-depth look at Azure Arc, a new way to manage your servers, virtual machines and Kubernetes clusters – even Azure data services on any infrastructure, any cloud, and any edge.

Watch this to see how Azure Arc unifies management, governance, and control with your virtual and physical machines right from the Azure Portal. See how Azure Azure Arc also enables Azure data services to run on any Kubernetes cluster. Plus a look at the recent updates across the Azure Stack family.

This was filmed at Microsoft Ignite 2019, session THR2300: Hybrid updates in Azure with Julia White.

Julia White is Corporate Vice President, Azure.
Julia leads the marketing team for Microsoft Azure, and is focused on how Microsoft presents its Applications, Infrastructure, Data and Intelligence capabilities to customers and partners. In addition to the primary focus on Azure, the team are also responsible for Microsoft’s hybrid cloud assets; including SQL Server, Windows Server, Developer tools and management capabilities. Across this portfolio, Julia is responsible for the value proposition, global go to market strategy, and industry engagement. She also works in partnership with engineering leadership to chart the product roadmaps. Julia joined Microsoft in 2001 as a product manager in the Enterprise Server team. In 2005, she moved to Microsoft’s US sales organization to run channel marketing and sales incentives. In 2007, she returned to product leadership, taking on Exchange Server product marketing. Over the course of the next 8 years, she was instrumental in leading the product’s evolution from an on-premises server technology to establishing Office 365 as the leader in cloud productivity services. Julia has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Oct 29, 2019

Chris Lauren the Principal Program Manager for the Azure Machine Learning Platform goes over the new Azure Machine Learning service. Chris shows you what capabilities data scientists can get across the machine learning lifecycle within a familiar notebook experience.

And you'll see how you can use the newly introduced Automated Machine Learning capabilities in Azure ML to build machine learning models in a fraction of the time.

Oct 28, 2019

Go behind the design of our Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, and Surface Pro X with Microsoft Surface engineer, Jochen Siegl. We'll demonstrate the new lineup of devices for the commercial channel - with the design, internals, and technical specifications of each new device.

Check out www.microsoft.com/surface for more information and availability of each Surface device

Sep 30, 2019

Windows Virtual Desktop is now released and ready for production! On today's show, Scott Manchester demonstrates WVD at general availability and what's coming. We'll show what the WVD team is doing to revolutionize app delivery with App Attach. This is a new way to deliver apps to WVD virtual machines without installing or streaming app binaries into VMs, but instead attaching to MSIX-based app packages stored in file shares - so they 'feel' installed to Windows and appear and work as if installed to WVD users. We also show AV redirect in Microsoft Teams, to optimize video and audio delivery between clients, by eliminating 'hops' normally needed to encode and decode AV streams between clients and VMs. Finally, using Azure NetApp Files, we'll show you an easy way to lift-and-shift file share volumes directly into Azure, so they retain file and folder permissions, paths, and classic manageability.

For more info, check out www.aka.ms/wvd

And to get Windows Virtual Desktop running yourself, see our how-to playlist at www.aka.ms/wvdplaylist

Sep 19, 2019

If you're troubleshooting an issue and wondering whether the problem is on your side or on the Azure side, you'll want to watch. In just a few minutes, Microsoft Azure Product Manager Dante Rasera will walk you through how you can get a personalized view of the health of your Azure services, regions, and resources with Azure Service Health. You'll see how to set up alerts so you can triage service issues like outages and planned maintenance, how to get official incident reports to share with your stakeholders, and your options for architecting your workloads for the appropriate level of resilience.

Sep 10, 2019

If you're new to Azure or just want to quickly learn more, check out our introduction to Azure Quickstart Center. Senior Program Manager at Azure, Ayesha Gaffer will show you how Azure Quickstart Center is the fastest way to explore and onboard yourself to Azure. You'll see how it helps with in-the-moment, pragmatic guidance, and steps that you can accomplish all in one flow by taking you to the exact blade in Azure to perform a specific action. You'll also see how Azure Quickstart Center can help you plan and kick off your VM or data migrations with our new migration guide. Try it for yourself and let us know your feedback https://aka.ms/AQC

Aug 20, 2019

If you're in the middle of your cloud migration, dealing with legacy systems, or you want better integration between Microsoft, third party, and on-premises systems and services, we're going to take a look at how Azure Logic Apps can help. Derek Li from the Logic Apps team will give you the latest updates. You'll see the new SAP connector with bi-directional connectivity, and the new integration service environment for direct, secure access to your virtual network resources.

Aug 20, 2019

With the impending end of support for Windows 7, if you still need help with your Windows 10 migration, Aleks Lopez, who leads the Desktop App Assure team from FastTrack and Microsoft will walk through services for app remediation and upgrade automation using FastTrack to help get your environment to Windows 10, whether you're fully on-premises or using the Cloud.

For more details on Desktop App Assure: https://aka.ms/desktopappassurerequest
For more details on FastTrack: https://microsoft.com/fasttrack

Time Travel Debugging, is a tool that allows you to record an execution of your process running, then replay it later both forwards and backwards. TTTracer.exe in this demonstration is used primarily in conjunction with Microsoft support services. To find out more or get TTTracer.exe for yourself, go to https://aka.ms/ttd

Aug 1, 2019

Run a bare metal VMware private cloud in Azure without using nested virtualization or re-platforming your virtual machines, thanks to Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple. Markus Hain from the Azure engineering team walks through the experience coming from an on-premises VMware vSphere environment, provisioning an Azure VMware Solution private cloud, getting both environments to communicate, and what you can do once the service is up and running. We show you how new VMs in can be created in the Azure portal and managed in either vSphere or Azure and how you can leverage the broad set of Azure cloud services with your hybrid environment once you're up and running. To get started, just search for "vmware" in the Azure portal.

Learn more about the Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple at this link: https://aks.ms/VMwareAzure

Jul 25, 2019

Fifth video in our series on employing SCCM to prepare for Office deployment. On this episode, you'll get the steps to keep your managed Office apps up to date, learn when to install Office on top of an existing Office install, and how to troubleshoot day-to-day issues.

Jul 25, 2019

Fourth video in our series on employing SCCM to prepare for Office deployment. On this episode, you'll get the steps to create and configure an Office package: your options to define the experience for users, and the tools you'll want to know about along the way.

Jul 25, 2019

Third video in our series on employing SCCM to prepare for Office deployment. On this episode, we'll cover the rest of the preparation steps for Office deployment and management, inventory and readiness, add-in and macro compatibility, and more. You'll also learn the configuration prerequisites that you need to be aware of, as part of your Office deployment and management.

Jul 25, 2019

Second video in our series on employing SCCM to prepare for Office deployment. On this episode and the next, you'll see what's different and how to plan for your Office deployment. You'll learn what to do and what not to do, and how to make sure any Office add-ins or macros will be compatible. You'll also learn which prerequisites you'll want to set up prior to creating your Office packages.

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