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Jun 30, 2020

Check out the new and upcoming capabilities in Microsoft Teams. As more and more of us are working remotely, Teams has become the go-to app for digital collaboration, online meetings, and the unified canvas to deliver powerful integrated app experiences.

Here's what we'll show you:

• Expanded view of participants from 4 to 9 of the most recently active.

• Raise Hand feature allows you to get the attention of others in a meeting.

• New pre-join meeting experience lets you dial in your settings and background effects prior to joining a meeting.

• Pop-out windows for meetings, chats, and apps coming soon to Teams.

• Microsoft Lists brings the power of lists and related workflow automation into Teams as an integrated app experience.

• Developer and admin experiences get better with the Visual Studio extension for Microsoft Teams and simplified publishing flow from Power Apps into Microsoft Teams.

Learn more about Microsoft Lists at https://aka.ms/MicrosoftLists

For a comprehensive roundup of all the new capabilities in Microsoft Teams, check out https://aka.ms/Teams2020Updates

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Jun 30, 2020

If you're managing infrastructure, see how to gain more control over pre-production test environments by shifting to Azure and taking advantage of our dev/test subscription —you pay for infrastructure use only. Join Microsoft dev/test expert, Steven Murawski as he reviews great ways to get started with Azure Dev/Test.

Assess the cost of spinning up a Dev/Test environment for your organization at https://aka.ms/azuredevtestpricing

Watch a step-by-step overview with Jeff Woolsey who details the full Azure Migrate process at https://aka.ms/mechanicsazuremigrate

Try out DevTest Labs for yourself at https://aka.ms/azuredevtestlabs 

Jun 29, 2020

Surface Go 2, the smallest, most affordable Surface 2-in-1, now with a more brilliant higher-resolution 10.5” “PixelSense" display and even more performance and battery life packed into the same compact form factor.

At just over half a kilogram or 1.2 pounds, Surface Go 2 brings laptop-to-tablet flexibility, that goes anywhere. And its fanless design means the Surface Go 2 is an excellent choice for high dust or sterile working environments.

Surface Go 2 adds an optional Intel 8th generation Core M3 processor, that is 64% faster than Surface Go, as well as an Intel Pentium Gold option.

And the LTE model now works with eSIM and you can manage this through Endpoint Manager.

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Jun 29, 2020

The new Surface Dock transforms your Surface into a desktop PC. It offers a complement of USB-C, USB-A, audio, and Ethernet ports, its more than just a simple port replicator and brings with it smart, enterprise-grade controls. Such as individually disabling USB data, audio, or Ethernet on the Surface Dock with certificate-based management. It also has the capability of driving two 4K displays at 60Hz or two 5K at 30Hz.

You’ll see the new Surface Dock shares a consistent, quality look and feel with the previous Surface Dock.

On the front: • 2x USB-C 3.2 ports. Charge at 15 watts each

On the back: • 2x USB-C 3.2 ports at Display Port 1.4 spec • 2x USB-A ports • 3.5mm headset jack • Gigabit Ethernet

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Jun 29, 2020

Designed to give you the best balance of computational power and versatility in a laptop. The Surface Book 3, in its most powerful configuration, can create 3D designs, produce graphical content with real-time ray tracing and advanced shading; and run GPU-intensive machine learning and AI workloads.

Surface Book 3 has options for discreet GPUs with Nvidia GeForce or Nvidia Quadro for businesses with certifications for professional grade apps. It uses 10th generation Intel Core processors, available in either Core i7 or Core i5 configurations. And for the first time with Surface Book, you can choose options with up to 32 gigabytes of RAM.

The 13.5-inch model comes with a color-calibrated 3000 by 2000 pixel display and the 15-inch model has a 3240 (thirty-two-forty) by 2160 twenty-one-sixty) resolution.

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Jun 25, 2020

If you're managing infrastructure, see how to gain more control over pre-production test environments by shifting to Azure and taking advantage of our dev/test subscription —you pay for infrastructure use only. Join Microsoft dev/test expert, Steven Murawski as he reviews great ways to get started with Azure Dev/Test.

Assess the cost of spinning up a Dev/Test environment for your organization at https://aka.ms/azuredevtestpricing

Watch a step-by-step overview with Jeff Woolsey who details the full Azure Migrate process at https://aka.ms/mechanicsazuremigrate

Try out DevTest Labs for yourself at https://aka.ms/azuredevtestlabs 

Jun 25, 2020

Walk through all the steps an admin will take to assess and migrate client virtual machines (VMs) and their related dependencies to Azure, using Azure Migrate.

If you are unfamiliar with Azure Migrate, it is a central hub to discover, assess, and migrate workloads to Azure. It provides tooling and monitoring to both Microsoft and partner migration services for moving servers, databases, websites, and virtual desktop infrastructure to the cloud.

In this video, the focus will be on the steps used for migrating your virtual desktop infrastructure. This includes two primary paths:

• Migrate your existing host infrastructure to new Windows Virtual Desktop host infrastructure on Azure and tailor your VDI images to the new environment (great for shared virtual machines)

• Choose to replicate existing persistent virtual machines to the new infrastructure (works well for user-dedicated, personal VMs)

For our “how-to” on migrating servers with Azure Migrate, go to https://aka.ms/MechanicsAzureMigrate

For the FSLogix migration preview module for Powershell, go to https://aka.ms/FSLogixMigrationPreviewModule

Get the WVD agent at https://aka.ms/WVDVMAgent

Find out more information about Azure Migrate at https://aka.ms/azuremigrate 

Jun 24, 2020

See the admin-focused updates to Windows Virtual Desktop for the first half of 2020. Starting with the brand new Windows Virtual Desktop admin center, we'll show you the new integrated processes for creating host pools, managing apps, workspaces, and users - without dependencies on PowerShell scripting. The new experiences are also integrated with Azure Monitor and Log Analytics for performance tracking and Azure Automation for auto-scaling.

To help meet the needs of remote workers, the recent updates to our managed Windows Virtual Desktop service will provide a more efficient, productive, and secure approach to desktop virtualization.

Get the PowerShell script Windows Virtual Desktop autoscaling here at https://aka.ms/WVDautoscaling

Watch the Windows Virtual Desktop virtual event on-demand at https://aka.ms/WVDVirtualEvent

For more info on Windows Virtual Desktop and how to set it up, see our full playlist at https://aka.ms/wvdplaylist 

Jun 24, 2020

Brad Anderson, Microsoft 365 CVP, introduces updates to help IT better support secure remote work. He covers the growth in Microsoft Teams during this unprecedented time and its pivotal role in today’s work environment. Brad demonstrates updates to Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Configuration Manager 2002 with tenant attach, the new Company Portal app, improved macOS management, and more.

You'll also see the new Windows Virtual Desktop admin experience, with improvements in provisioning, app and user management, plus global expansion and more robust scaling automation with Azure Automation.

Finally, you'll get an early look at the new Microsoft Productivity Score, which gives you insights that transform how work gets done - across collaboration, mobility, communication, endpoint analytics, and network connectivity.

Guides for deploying Microsoft Teams at scale can be found at https://aka.ms/MicrosoftTeamsforIT

Try the new Endpoint Manager portal yourself, it can be found at https://endpoint.microsoft.com

To see what's new about Productivity Score, check out https://aka.ms/ProductivityScoreBlog

To learn more and find additional news for IT, check out https://aka.ms/AprilITNews 

May 18, 2020

Automate and manage your cloud-native, hybrid, and even on-premises resources using PowerShell. Eamon O'Reilly, who's leading the efforts at Microsoft for serverless automation, shows you how to get started.

If you're new to Azure Functions, this is Microsoft's event-driven serverless compute in Azure. You can execute code or a script, allowing you to automate rules, configuration, and processes. Because it's on demand, you only pay for the exact time needed to run that function- right down to the second.

To learn more, check out https://aka.ms/PowerShellFunctions

Apr 28, 2020

Get a hands-on tour of how to deploy Microsoft Edge to your devices. Learn about Edge package options for automated installation, how to deploy Edge to Windows PCs using MECM (Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager), and steps to ensure all managed devices, including your phones and Macs, are provisioned with Edge.

The new Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium and is compatible with both modern web standards, as well as your existing browser-based apps. Through a built-in IE Mode, you can browse Internet Explorer-dependent applications and sites without leaving the context of Edge. As expected, Edge brings enterprise-ready security, privacy and manageability controls. All this makes Microsoft Edge the best browser for business across PC, Mac and mobile devices.

MSI-based packages found at: https://aka.ms/edgeenterprise More info on Edge Channels: http://aka.ms/EdgeChannels Full playlist for Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Search: http://aka.ms/EdgeforIT

Mar 10, 2020

Get tools and tips to save time as an IT Admin as you validate, communicate and scale your Teams rollout.

Microsoft Teams represents a fundamental shift in the way people communicate and collaborate. Don’t wait to think about user adoption until after you have deployed Teams. Having a plan for user adoption needs to go hand-in-hand with your planning for technical readiness. We’ve gathered the learnings from thousands of organizations that have deployed Teams, to give you guidance and tips so your deployment is a success.

If you’re new to this series or want to learn more about Microsoft Teams, check out our complete playlist at https://aka.ms/MicrosoftTeamsforIT to discover:

• How to enable and configure Microsoft Teams

• The available security and compliance controls

• Upgrading from Skype for Business to Teams

Get Microsoft 365 learning pathway templates at: https://aka.ms/m365LP

For additional technical resources go to: https://aka.ms/TeamsAdoption

For training go to: https://aka.ms/TeamsLiveTraining 

Mar 9, 2020

The core components in Dynamics 365 that enable an intelligent sales and marketing approach for your organization, and the key considerations for IT Admins.

Organizations may be accustomed to siloed role and function-specific CRM solutions that force users to navigate multiple disconnected sales, marketing, and related apps and services.

Today, Dynamics 365 solves this with modular and connected sales and marketing SaaS applications within Dynamics 365. It delivers a unified platform, built on Azure and natively connected to Microsoft 365. This allows your users to access sales and marketing data and capabilities as dedicated app experiences OR within their day-to-day productivity apps.

Watch to see the full breadth of capabilities and what it takes to set it up.

For more details, go to https://aka.ms/D365Essentials

Watch the whole series at https://aka.ms/Dynamics365forIT

Mar 5, 2020

See the steps an admin must take to move from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. Online or on-premises.

This video takes you through the mechanics of the upgrade options, built-in services you’ll want to know about before you start, and explains the steps you’ll take for:

1. Skype for Business Online with Enterprise Voice to Teams if you have a Microsoft Calling Plan

2. Skype for Business Online with Enterprise Voice using Cloud Connector Edition or Direct Routing

3. Skype for Business Server with or without Enterprise Voice

Bulk action PowerShell commands shown in the video:

#Enumerate all Teams Only users $TOUsers = get-csonlineuser | Where-Object TeamsUpgradeEffectiveMode -eq "TeamsOnly" | select-object UserPrincipalName

#Migrate those users' meetings to Teams foreach ($TOUsers in $TOUsers) {Start-CsExMeetingMigration -Identity $TOUsers.UserPrincipalName -TargetMeetingType Teams -Confirm:$false}

#Get a summary of progress Get-CsMeetingMigrationStatus -SummaryOnly

Feb 27, 2020

Azure Migrate is your resource to help migrate your on-premises datacenter to Azure, providing tools to discover, assess, and migrate your on-premises applications and virtual machines in VMware or Windows Server Hyper-V using Microsoft or third-party tools.

In this tutorial, Jeff Woolsey, engineer in the cloud hybrid team, walks you step-by-step through the prerequisites, Azure Migrate setup, configuring the Azure Migrate appliance VM in VMware, discovering and assessing on-premises applications with dependencies, replicating your VMs to Azure storage, then testing and migrating into production. Jeff guides you through the agentless approach in Azure Migrate using Microsoft's assessment and migration tools.

To learn more, check out https://aka.ms/azuremigrate

Link references: Check out our Cloud Adoption Framework at aka.ms/CAF 

See how to get Azure VMware Solution up and running at aka.ms/MechanicsAVS

Demo of Vmotion using HCX into an Azure VMware instance, check out aka.ms/MechanicsHCX

Make sure that the right permissions are set up in Azure aka.ms/VMwarePrereqs

Feb 24, 2020

Now generally available, Microsoft Communication Compliance. Engineer on Microsoft 365's compliance solutions team, Christophe Fiessinger, introduces how Communication Compliance uses machine learning to proactively surface careless or negligent communication that may put your organization at risk, so that you can identify investigate and stop inappropriate conduct as soon as possible. In this demonstration, Christophe walks through a step-by-step tutorial for setting up and monitoring communication compliance, along with new trainable classifiers to automatically identify and alert you of inappropriate communication, then take action.

To learn more, check out https://aka.ms/CommunicationCompliance 

Feb 20, 2020

The top considerations and options. Upgrade from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. This video is for two groups: organizations that want to adopt Microsoft Teams and need to transition users from Skype for Business, and organizations staying ahead of Skype for Business Online retirement in 2021.

No matter the path you choose, if you follow this guide, no user will miss a chat message, and every meeting will be accessible, whether that’s from Skype or Teams.

Mentioned links: Teams Automatic Upgrade https://aka.ms/TeamsAutomaticUpgrade. For smaller organizations that do not have hybrid or on-premises dependencies and are using Skype for Business Online only. Great benefit if you don’t have dedicated IT staff.

Microsoft Teams end-user and IT Admin capabilities https://aka.ms/MicrosoftTeamsForIT A full overview, including security and compliance benefits.

Exchange & Microsoft Teams configuration. https://aka.ms/ExchangeTeams Microsoft supports Exchange running on-premises, but there is configuration needed.

Network configurations for Microsoft Teams https://aka.ms/TeamsNetworkPrep Find recommendations for the right network configurations such as having common TCP and UDP ports open.

Hybrid configuration with Skype for Business Online https://aka.ms/TeamsSFBHybrid Steps using PowerShell

Read these considerations https://aka.ms/SkypeToTeams A text overview of the top considerations for your upgrade from Skype to Teams.

Instructor-led workshops Attend at https://aka.ms/SkypeToTeamsPlanning

There is more to come. Keep checking back to watch the series on Microsoft Teams for IT, where next, we’ll go deeper on how to implement your Skype for Teams upgrade and end user training here on Microsoft Mechanics at aka.ms/MicrosoftTeamsForIT.

Feb 14, 2020

To handle a million futbol questions at any given moment, LaLiga built their analytics-rich, fan-engagement platform on Azure. Take a look at what goes into designing a platform that supports millions of queries simultaneously through a virtual assistant accessible on a user's preferred device and channel.

Join Chief Innovation Officer Minerva Santana from LaLiga as she answers these questions.

• How to capture and respond to substantial queries efficiently?

• How are queries dealt with during a live match?

• How to solve for BOT comprehension of dialects, misspellings and mispronunciations?

• How to retrain a BOT to answer questions correctly in the future?

Jan 31, 2020

The controls in Microsoft 365 to help drive security and compliance as your users work in Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams benefits from the security and compliance foundation of SharePoint, OneDrive and Exchange, so if you are used to the controls for these workloads, for the most part, you’ll just need to extend these to your Teams environment.

You’ll get details on turning on...

Multi-factor authentication. Learn more about MFA at https://aka.ms/mfa

Data Loss Protection. Learn more at https://aka.ms/DLP

Information Classifications. Learn more at https://aka.ms/infoclassification

eDiscovery. Learn more at https://aka.ms/M365eDiscovery

Information barriers. Learn more at https://aka.ms/informationbarriers

 

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.

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