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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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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 21, 2016

In this demonstration, community manager Anna Chu gives a step-by-step introduction of the recently launched Microsoft Tech Community. She explains how to sign-up, personalize your experience, find experts and get your questions answered. You'll also find out how to discover technical training content, like presentations from Microsoft Tech Summits and Microsoft Ignite.

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.

Nov 10, 2016

Lead accessibility engineer, Jeff Petty demonstrates Microsoft Learning Tools being built into Office Lens, Word Desktop and Word Online. Learning Tools and Editor offer the capability to personalize reading and proofing experiences and are useful if you have a learning difference such as dyslexia. Capabilities demonstrated here start becoming available in November 2016, and more are coming to applications such as OneNote Online. You can learn more about these features and the latest accessibility updates for Office 365 applications on http://aka.ms/A11yInO365

Nov 7, 2016

Corey Sanders from the Azure compute engineering team, demonstrates just how fast it is to spin up containers with pre-installed apps using ACS and how to configure and manage an app on the service to meet scale requirements dynamically using a Linux-based environment. If you are a developer, this gives you an agile way to package and deploy your apps; if you are an IT admin, you get a simple infrastructure solution to manage your IT environment and easily spin up or spin down resources as required. As outlined in the show, to try out just go to the Azure Portal and select ACS under containers in the Gallery.

Nov 2, 2016

We take a close look at Microsoft Teams, the latest addition to Office 365, that makes it easier for you to chat in groups, socialize, and collaborate. We’ll walk you through the experience of chatting, sharing files and hosting online meetings. We'll also demonstrate how your teams can connect to external services using connectors. And, if you are an IT admin we'll show you how you can enable and configure Microsoft Teams for your organization.

Oct 25, 2016

A look at how to upgrade any Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster to Windows Server 2016 with minimal or no downtime or need for additional hardware. You'll see how it works, get a demonstration on the steps it takes to upgrade, and how you can automate the process with Virtual Machine Manager.

Oct 11, 2016

Team leaders discuss and demonstrate their use of Power BI, MyAnalytics, Advanced Threat Protection, Advanced Security Management, Advanced eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox and Skype for Business Cloud PBX.

Oct 7, 2016

In watching this episode, you'll get a first look at how you can use operations management and security, the unified management of your Linux and Windows server environments at scale, with Microsoft Azure. You'll see configuration management in your hybrid environment, applications using resource manager templates and PowerShell DSC applying your IT policy with OMS. Also, a look at orchestrating operational tasks using PowerShell and graphical Runbooks.

Oct 7, 2016

The latest admin tool updates for administering Office 365 
Including the redesigned Office 365 admin center to make it easier to perform management tasks and customize your dashboard. You'll see new usage reports to track which Office 365 services are being used down to the individual user. Also, how you can share reports and expand reporting insights with the upcoming content pack for Power BI.

Oct 7, 2016

With the developer preview of the SharePoint Framework available, we’ll take a deeper look at how you can deliver new experiences for SharePoint using common Web development tools. You'll see the new SharePoint Framework and the new Client Side Web Parts that provide the ability to extend SharePoint in ways that were previously unavailable in the Cloud.
Also we’ll show you the news ways that you can build, test with SharePoint Workbench and deploy your SharePoint Web Parts in your production environment

Oct 7, 2016

Adam Harmetz, (Group Manager, SharePoint Experiences) gives a rundown of SharePoint's updated team collaboration experience across SharePoint and OneDrive and what's coming in the future. He will show you what the mobile and web experience is like working with and sharing team files. You will see the recently launched improvements to the SharePoint team site which allows for the quick creation of a home for your Office 365 Group’s content. Plus, stay tuned for a look at the Cross-platform mobile apps that help you connect with your team members and content while on the go.

Oct 7, 2016

Lead Windows engineer Rama Shastri, demonstrates the newly announced Windows Upgrade Analytics Service from Microsoft. A free service that gives you insights to streamline and accelerate your Windows 10 upgrades. It uses client telemetry to discover, rationalize and evaluate applications and drivers within your current environment. Try it for yourself at aka.ms/upgradeanalytics-signup

Sep 25, 2016

From advances in graphics performance that improve the experience of GPU intensive apps. To how you can overcome the 9am log-on storm with new enhancements to the connection broker for up 10,000 concurrent log-ons.  And keep watching as we show you how you can optimize your deployment for the Cloud with Azure.

Sep 12, 2016

A look at the latest updates to software-defined storage with Storage Spaces Direct, new with Windows Server 2016. Watch as Elden Christensen (Principal Program Manager, Windows Server) explains the advantages in terms of cost, performance and reliability.

Also, find out what your deployment options are from hyper-converge or branch offices to converge for enterprise scale workloads. Finally, you'll see how this applies to disaster recovery.

Sep 7, 2016

Find out how you can use Azure AD Identity Protection for continuous and real-time risk assessment of logins and users to prevent against threats at the point of authentication. Learn how to reduce your attack surface by managing and restricting the exposure of privileged identities with Privileged Identity Management.

Finally, we'll wrap up with what's coming next and how to get started now.

Aug 30, 2016

A tour of the latest updates for Visio. Including enhanced AutoCAD support, one step data linking to your diagrams and the first look at the new cross-platform experiences with Visio Online and Visio on iPad.

Find out how you can get started with the Insider Program for the new Visio iPad app (limited time) and learn how to access the Visio Online Preview.

Aug 22, 2016

Lead engineer Sarah Fender offers a demo-rich tour of the new Operations Management Suite Security & Audit Solution. Part of Operations Management Suite, it provides deep and actionable insights into the security of your hybrid cloud environments, helping you to quickly understand the security state of your resources and identify vulnerabilities and investigate malicious activities.

Aug 22, 2016

Today Microsoft Mechanics takes a deep and hands-on look at updates to Yammer for enterprise-social, from enhanced security and compliance to greater team productivity. Angus Florance from the Yammer team demonstrates new integrated experiences, including Office 365 Video and Delve. And for admins, we’ll show you new controls for analytics, merging networks, and managing users.

Aug 16, 2016

A look at the compliance side of the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, the central place to view and manage your data - even beyond the Microsoft ecosystem.

Watch and you'll see how the experience is improved by centralized security controls, the ability to view and manage security and compliance for all your cloud services. Insights and intelligence that offer recommendations based on your Office 365 environment. Also, the experience for security and compliance based on your role.

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