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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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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 25, 2018

If you're looking to develop a strategy on what data to keep or delete inside of your organization, we're gonna walk you through the data retention capabilities in Office 365 Data Governance, with new updates, including the ability to retain your data in Microsoft Teams, event-based retention triggered by specific events, insights and analytics of your daily use in Labels Explorer, and managing your deletion process through disposition review.
Find more info here: aka.ms/DG

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 24, 2018

In this demonstration, we'll introduce the new Privileged Access Management capabilities in Office 365, that allows you to control admin privileges within your tenant to prevent rogue admin activity or unauthorized admin access, in event that those credentials are stolen or compromised. Raji Dani from the Office 365 engineering team will explain how it works and how to set it up in your environment to help you move to zero standing access.

Apr 23, 2018

In this demonstration, we'll introduce updates to Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365 and show you how to set it up. If you are a multinational organization, Multi-Geo in Office 365 is designed to help you to control where your data resides at a per user level, based on your global data location and compliance needs. With Multi-Geo you can set up data locations before migrating user data to Office 365 or if you have existing Office 365 services, you can move users' data to preferred data locations. In this video, Sesha Mani from the multi-geo engineering team will show you how using controls in the Office 365 admin center or PowerShell.

Apr 23, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mandates that individuals have the right of request to understand the personal data held on them, as well as the ability to edit or remove and even transport their data records to a different location.
In this demonstration, we'll show you how new options in Office 365 enable you to respond to these requests, pin-pointing relevant data in a way that's intelligent, collaborative and efficient.

Apr 16, 2018

In this demonstration, we'll introduce the new attack simulator in Office 365 Threat Intelligence. The attack simulator allows you to run realistic simulated attacks against your environment to determine vulnerabilities with your users and determine proactive mitigation. We'll show you how you can simulate a kill-chain using a spear-phishing attack, password spray attack and brute force attack to help you test user behavioral and environment vulnerabilities as well as gather data to ultimately inform user education and information protection policies.

Apr 16, 2018

Microsoft Secure Score is a solution that automatically rates how well you’re leveraging security controls for Office 365 and now Windows 10 in your environment; while making it easy for you to discover and implement the security features and best practices that will advance your organization’s security posture. In this demonstration, Stu Clark from the Office 365 engineering team guides you through how to use Microsoft Secure Score as well as follow and track recommendations as you implement additional security controls.

Apr 12, 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 21, 2018

In this episode, we take a look at updates to Project Honolulu and PowerShell Core to manage your server infrastructure. Jeff Woolsey explains the updates IT pros will want to know about and demonstrates what's new in Project Honolulu - including Remote Desktop Protocol, Windows client management and PowerShell support. Speaking of PowerShell, Jeff also shows how everything has evolved to PowerShell Core, so you can manage your Windows and Linux workloads from one unified scripting place. You'll even see how with a single cmdlet, you can talk to both Windows and Linux machines and get cross-platform joined outputs.

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.

Mar 6, 2018

In this demonstration, Chris McNulty from the SharePoint team explains recent optimizations in SharePoint to support Enterprise Content Management. From increases to file count and size limits to improved indexing, classification and data protection controls, Chris highlights major platform updates for ECM.

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.

Feb 27, 2018

On this episode, Will Thompson from the Power BI team joins Jeremy Chapman to take a hands-on look at updates to Power BI, including new capabilities to help you to bookmark and spotlight your data during presentations, enhanced AI for Quick insights and Q&A, options for bi-directional integration between Power BI and other apps like Visio, new metrics to see how your reports are being consumed, and how you can to securely share your reports externally.

Feb 26, 2018

The Quantum Development Kit preview is now available for macOS and Linux. Jeff Henshaw from Microsoft's quantum computing team demonstrates how to get up and running on a Mac with Visual Studio Code, new interoperability with Python and Microsoft's Q# quantum programming language and how you can participate in the open source community to find and share your quantum code.

To get up-to-speed with the core concepts in Microsoft's quantum approach and see everything in action, check out the quantum playlist: www.aka.ms/quantumplaylist

And visit www.microsoft.com/quantum to find more information and resources.

Feb 22, 2018

In this episode of Microsoft Mechanics, we go hands-on with the updates to Azure Information Protection with its lead program manager, Gagan Gulati. We demonstrate and give step-by-step instructions for creating labels, scanning your files in Office 365 and on-prem server locations using the new AIP Scanner. And we'll show how these protections extend beyond Microsoft platforms, locations and file types as we show how AIP protections can extend to third party SaaS services like Box, using Microsoft Office apps on Windows or MacOS and even in non-Microsoft apps with a first look of AIP label integration coming to Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF files.

Feb 22, 2018

We take a look at the new tools and controls in Microsoft 365 - including Office 365 - to prepare for GDPR. Gagan Gulati from Microsoft's information protection engineering team goes hands-on with the new Compliance Manager to help you assess and manage your GDPR preparation for files stored in Office 365, file servers and SharePoint on-premises. We also highlight how the new capabilities in Microsoft's information protection tools extend beyond Microsoft platforms, locations and file types with a preview of Adobe Reader.

For more information, visit www.microsoft.com/gdpr

Feb 14, 2018

Microsoft Office is infused with artificial intelligence (AI) throughout app experiences to save you time and help you do your best work; from authoring in Word to designing slides in PowerPoint, automatically analyzing data in Excel (with the Excel Insights preview) and more. In this episode of Microsoft Mechanics, Jeremy Chapman is joined by Jack Elmore to take a hands-on demo tour of updated AI-driven capabilities across core Office apps, Office 365 services and other infused AI capabilities in the context of Office.

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/

Jan 17, 2018

The goal of every Surface device that we develop combined with Microsoft 365 teamwork experiences across Office 365 and Windows 10, is to help you to achieve a richer and higher level of collaboration. Watch as Jeremy and Nydia walk you through the latest Microsoft 365 powered device experiences and also share room design principles to bolster collaboration in your workspace.

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.

Dec 11, 2017

Krysta Svore, principal researcher at Microsoft, demonstrates the new Microsoft Quantum Development Kit, now in preview.

The Quantum Development Kit makes it easy for you to start experimenting with quantum computing now and includes:
· A native, quantum-focused programming language called Q#
· Local and Azure-hosted simulators for you to test your Q# solution
· And sample Q# code and libraries to help you get started

In this demo, she walks through a few code examples and explains where quantum principles like superposition and entanglement apply. She explains how quantum communication works using teleportation as your first "Hello World" inspired program. And keep watching to see more complex computations with molecular hydrogen.

Get started by accessing the preview at www.microsoft.com/quantumdevkit and there you can access Q#, the simulators, code samples and tutorials.

Dec 3, 2017

Gabe Long, Senior Product Manager for Office 365, offers a demo-rich overview of the new Microsoft 365 Business which gives small business owners a single solution comprising the productivity and collaboration capabilities of Office; plus built-in data protection and an easy way to manage users, devices and data, all within a single admin console.

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