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Aug 26, 2020

Take a hands-on tour to experience the security, compatibility, and manageability of the new Microsoft Edge. Edge is based on Chromium and designed to be the best browser for business. Our host, Jeremy Chapman, shows you what sets it apart from other browsers.

QUICK LINKS:

00:23 - Security

06:23 - Compatibility

12:14 - Manageability

Security Edge helps protect your network and devices from malicious attacks and prevents unauthorized access and leaks of corporate data.

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen provides an early warning system.

Microsoft Defender Application Guard takes process isolation to another level.

Compatibility

Microsoft Edge is compatible with both the modern and legacy web.

Internet Explorer mode ensures you can use legacy functionality. Configure Enterprise Mode to determine how and where sites will be rendered.

Manageability

Consider your update management or servicing options for Microsoft Edge.

As an internal developer, or as a pilot user, test new releases and set channel priority.

Side-by-side installation is recommended for testing and validating capabilities early on while managing risk.

Link References:

Download and install the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager at https://aka.ms.EMSLM.

To get policy templates, head over to https://aka.ms/edgeenterprise.

Check out our full playlist for Microsoft Edge at https://aka.ms/EdgeforIT.

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Aug 26, 2020

Build a more resilient supply chain with Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management (SCM). Now more than ever, it's critical to have real-time insights into supply chain factors. Dynamics 365 SCM gives you those insights by providing unified operations across areas like warehousing, planning and transportation. We've also built intelligence on that integrated foundation to provide insights so you can identify issues and keep fulfilling orders, even in today's fast changing environment. Vanessa Fournier, Senior Product Manager for Dynamics 365, shows you what it takes to set up these agile and responsive operations using Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management.

Supply Chain Management is part of the larger Dynamics 365 family of apps and is focused on operations. It comprises a broad range of functionality, covering all the areas of your supply chain, to help provide solutions to operational challenges now and in the future. It includes:

• Product information management

• Planning

• Inventory and logistics

• Asset management

Dynamics 365 SCM provides a powerful alternative to disparate systems with one application that handles all of their functionality. It supports your business with intelligent insights and the tools to respond, it integrates with your existing backend systems from your logistics system to your HR system through the Microsoft Power Platform, and it lets you build your own custom experiences.

Link References:

To see the connectors available for SCM, go to https://aka.ms/SupplyChainConnectors.

Check out our Dynamics 365 Essentials for IT series to learn more about how to adopt specific Dynamics 365 applications and services at https://aka.ms/Dynamics365forIT.

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Aug 25, 2020

Take a look at the latest options for assessing and migrating your apps and their underlying code into Azure. Azure App Service allows you to bring code and containers straight into Azure and connect to integrated databases, whether those are on-premises or in Azure. In many cases, this is the easiest path to migrate your existing .NET apps into Azure. Join Jeremy Chapman, as he shows how to bring an app that you already have running on-premises into Azure App Service.

If you're new to Azure App Service, it's an HTTP-based service for hosting web applications, REST APIs, and mobile back-ends. It's flexible, so you can develop in your favorite language (such as .NET, .NET Core, Java, Node.js or Python), and the apps run on both Windows and Linux-based environments. Because they run on Azure, they can also auto-scale to meet any demand level and even sudden spikes. We take care of load balancing, automated OS patching, and faster version release. And you can take advantage of hybrid and DevOps capabilities, like Continuous Deployment and GitHub actions, as well as connecting to your on-prem resources via VNets, once your app is up and running.

Migrating .NET apps into Azure follows two primary steps:

• Assessment — Review all the technologies your app uses, and determine whether it can be hosted on Azure App Service.

• Migration — Migrate your code into Azure App Service, then move your app into production on Azure.

Link References:

Find out more about Azure App Service at https://aka.ms/appservice.

Want to get started assessing and migrating your apps to Azure? Learn more at https://aka.ms/AzureMigratePortal

Check out the rest of our Azure migration series at https://aka.ms/MechanicsAzureMigrate.

Also, you can go to to the aApp Migration Learning Path right here: https://aka.ms/dotnet_azure_migration_learn

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Aug 25, 2020

Watch how Clearsale, a leading fraud detection company in Brazil, is using Azure Synapse to modernize their operational analytics data platform. Clearsale helps customers verify an average of half a million transactions daily using big data analytics to detect fraud across the world. Host Jeremy Chapman, speaks with Jelther Goncalves, Data Engineer at Clearsale, to discuss how Clearsale is using Azure Synapse to expand their machine learning analytics for anomaly detection and to operate at greater scale.

If you are new to Azure Synapse, it's Microsoft's limitless analytics platform that brings enterprise data warehousing and big data processing together into a single service, removing the traditional constraints for analyzing data of all shapes and sizes.

Watch an introduction to Azure Synapse at https://aka.ms/mechanicssynapse

Check out other early adopters on our How We Built It series at https://aka.ms/AzureSynapseSeries

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Aug 19, 2020

Take a look at Azure Stack Edge and its growing application for AI and machine learning workloads. Find out how it’s being piloted, as part of Microsoft's AI For Good program, at London’s Heathrow Airport, to prevent illegal wildlife trafficking by inspecting passenger luggage for positive matches. All this is achieved using Azure Custom Vision AI models running locally on Azure Stack Edge. Matt McSpirit, Senior Program Manager for Azure Stack, joins Jeremy Chapman to share how the Azure AI Customer Engineering Team has been working with Heathrow to build a solution, combining a 3D scanner with AI models created in Azure, that cuts time and optimizes the process of early detection.

If you’re new to Azure Stack Edge, it is part of our Azure Stack family. When you're deploying workloads, such as machine learning to the Edge, and need to avoid the latency caused by roundtripping data to the cloud and back for processing, you can use Azure Stack Edge. This replaces compute power close to where you need it, so hardware accelerated data processing and AI inferencing can all be done locally. Now, management is performed remotely and centrally through Azure.

Want to build out similar solutions customized to your specific needs? Watch to find out what the setup and management experience looks like, and what you need to deploy in order to run it all on your Azure Stack Edge device.

Link References:

Get familiar with IoT Edge at https://aka.ms/IoTEdge.

Order an Azure Stack Edge device, and try it out for yourself at https://aka.ms/StackEdge.

If you’ve got a project for our Azure AI Customer Engineering Team and AI For Good program to consider, we’ve placed their contact details in the description of this video.

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Aug 19, 2020

Want to build a 360 degree view of your customers? Take a tour of Dynamics 365 Customer Insights to see what it is, how to set it up, and how to get predictive recommended actions with Azure Synapse. Jeremy Chapman is joined by Satish Thomas, Director of Program Management and a leader on Customer Insights.

Customer Insights was built to harness a fundamental change that's happening in the world today. Customer data is essentially coming from everywhere: a customer service call, a website visit, a purchase made. This data can be harmonized and leveraged by organizations to deliver personalized experiences and, over the long term, build trust with customers.

Find out how Customer Insights does the hard part for you:

• Ingests data from disparate sources

• Recommends attributes to merge

• Reconciles conflicting data

• Builds a deep understanding of the customer

• Enables you to use AI on top of customer data

Plus, with the combined power of Customer Insights and Azure Synapse, you can perform limitless analytics and create your own custom machine learning models and apply them, so you can answer specific questions relevant for your business.

Get started with a free trial at https://aka.ms/TriCI

To learn more about how to integrate and build on Customer Insights go to https://aka.ms/CIdoc

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Aug 18, 2020

The security and threat landscape has changed with more of us working from home. Attackers are getting more sophisticated in both luring victims and hiding automated commands. Equally, the protections from your on-premises network perimeter and firewall don't always apply when your users are away from the office, using personal devices, or if you've had to free up capacity on your VPN to avoid saturation.

In this episode, we catch up with David Weston, Microsoft Hacker in Chief, once again to see live malware campaigns, COVID-19 themed phishing attempts, connecting non-compliant devices to managed resources -- along with the controls you can put in place to both block unwanted attacks and investigate/remediate post breach.

We'll look at policy controls in Microsoft Intune and Group Policy in Windows 10, plus how you can use Microsoft Secure Score to assess where your organization is today and plan for the controls to increase your security posture in the future. The good news is that as you increase your protections for people working from home, these additive controls will make your defenses even stronger once users come back to the office.

Find out more on:

• How to protect yourself using Microsoft Secure Score

• Improvement actions to detect and prevent obfuscated scripts with Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection

• Network protection

• How you can use Microsoft Endpoint Manager to get your machine to a compliant state, so you can connect to resources and get work done

• New capabilities to Secure Score that are related to planning or tracking your progress against your security goals over time

Microsoft Secure Score (authenticated portal): https://aka.ms/SecureScore

Attack Surface Reduction GUIDs: https://aka.ms/FindASRGUIDs

Dave's previous show from Microsoft Ignite: https://aka.ms/StoppingRealAttacks

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Aug 18, 2020

See how Southern Company, an American gas and electric utility firm, is evaluating Azure Synapse to make it easier to share anonymized data with their analytics partners, and also to strengthen their capabilities to do analytics in-house. Host Jeremy Chapman speaks with Greg Floyd, Enterprise Architect Specialist at Southern Company, to share how Azure Synapse optimizes data transformation without giving away personal information, and simplifies the solution by reducing the number of overlapping technologies.

If you are new to Azure Synapse, it's Microsoft's limitless analytics platform that brings enterprise data warehousing and big data processing together into a single service, removing the traditional constraints for analyzing data of all shapes and sizes.

Watch an introduction to Azure Synapse at https://aka.ms/mechanicssynapse

Check out other early adopters on our How We Built It series at https://aka.ms/AzureSynapseSeries

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Aug 17, 2020

A practical use case for Predictive Maintenance, Safety, and Efficiency through Microsoft Azure Synapse.

Find out how Azure Synapse is part of the next-generation data and analytics platform for global aviation tech company, GE Aviation. Jeremy Chapman speaks with Luke Bowman, Senior Product Manager at GE Aviation’s Digital Group, to discuss how they are evaluating Azure Synapse to drive the development of predictive maintenance analytics at scale to help airlines, as well as to get ahead of issues to optimize flight safety and operational efficiency.

If you are new to Azure Synapse, it's Microsoft's limitless analytics platform that brings enterprise data warehousing and big data processing together into a single service, removing the traditional constraints for analyzing data of all shapes and sizes.

Watch an introduction to Azure Synapse at https://aka.ms/mechanicssynapse

Check out other early adopters on our How We Built It series at https://aka.ms/AzureSynapseSeries

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Aug 17, 2020

Running SQL Server on-premises and looking to move to Azure? Review your best options for assessment and migration. Bob Ward, SQL Server database expert and engineering lead, joins host Jeremy Chapman to walk through different migration options for moving your SQL Databases into the cloud, and then shows how to perform a migration end-to-end.

Whether you need to increase your capacity, take advantage of built-in high availability in disaster recovery, or reduce your operational costs, moving to Azure is the next logical step. In fact, you can bring your existing SQL licenses to the Cloud with Azure Hybrid Benefit. And with that benefit, you can actually bring your on-premises licenses into Azure to save on subscription costs, as well.

Check out migration options:

• Lift and shift your SQL Servers to Azure VMs instead of your own infrastructure

• Migrate to Azure SQL Managed Instance, which is a fully-managed SQL Server

• Migrate to Azure SQL Database, which is the best for modern database applications and gives you maximum PaaS-managed capabilities

Find tools to migrate to a Managed Instance or to Azure SQL database:

Data Migration Assistant (DMA) helps detect compatibility issues that can impact database functionality in your new version of SQL Server or Azure SQL. And it helps you right-size your deployment for the appropriate Azure service tier.

Data Migration Service (DMS) gives a holistic view of your data state after your initial assessment, and is used for live migration for zero downtime.

Link References:

Download the Data Migration Assistant (DMA) tool for free at https://aka.ms/DMAdownload.

Learn more about DB Compat at https://aka.ms/dbcompat.

See how to apply database schemas before you migrate at https://aka.ms/AzureSqlMigrate.

Migrating a large number of databases? Go to https://aka.ms/DMAPowerShell to learn more.

Check out the rest of our Azure Migration series at https://aka.ms/MechanicsAzureMigrate.

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Aug 11, 2020

Find out how Microsoft’s Power Platform admin center provides a unified management experience for IT. Julie Strauss, Principal PM Director for Microsoft Power Platform, joins host Jeremy Chapman to take a look at the controls you have in IT to manage environments, monitor across your tenant, as well as secure data access and more.

Power Platform’s low-code environment, such as Power Automate and Power Apps, is becoming more and more prolific among business users and citizen developers, but what does this mean for IT? In order to provide a unified management experience, see how we’ve been working in the area of administration and governance to make it easier from an IT perspective to oversee what apps and flows are being created, and all the policies you might need to set.

Access built-in reports on the new Power Platform admin center at https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com.

Sample apps, flows, and our cross tenant Power BI dashboard template at https://aka.ms/COEStarterkitDownload.

Join the Power Platform community to see how your peers are using these capabilities at https://aka.ms/power-users.

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Aug 11, 2020

A practical use case for performing predictive maintenance through Microsoft Azure Synapse.

Join Macaw, Netherlands-based AI and analytics firm, to see how they’re using Azure Synapse to help modernize the residential and commercial water supply in Holland with IoT and proactive analytics. Macaw specializes in modernizing data platforms for customers, and is using Azure Synapse to build analytics on top of nearly closed legacy systems. Host Jeremy Chapman speaks with Henko Kors, Data and Analytics Architect at Macaw, to discuss how they are using predictive maintenance to detect issues in advance while keeping a high quality of service, all through Azure Synapse.

If you are new to Azure Synapse, it's Microsoft's limitless analytics platform that brings enterprise data warehousing and big data processing together into a single service, removing the traditional constraints for analyzing data of all shapes and sizes.

Watch an introduction to Azure Synapse at https://aka.ms/mechanicssynapse

Check out other early adopters on our How We Built It series at https://aka.ms/AzureSynapseSeries

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Aug 10, 2020

Check out updates on how you can manage and secure distributed multi-cloud compute resources in Azure using Azure Arc. This extends a unified management plan to your virtual machines and physical servers on-premises, including your SQL Servers wherever they are. Travis Wright, Principal Group Program Manager from the Azure Data Engineering Team, joins host Jeremy Chapman to share the latest updates.

If you're new to Azure Arc, it simplifies complex and distributed environments across on-premises, edge, and multi-cloud into a unified central management plan in Azure. Now you don't have to migrate these resources or move them to a common directory service; they simply stay where they are.

This provides a frictionless way of bringing together all the infrastructure and services that you have across the clouds, your data centers, and edge site locations, into a single, consistent view and toolset.

Updates include:

Manage your entire SQL Server estate from a single point of view and a single toolset from Azure.

Azure Arc extends Azure Security Center's vulnerability assessments and Advanced Threat Protection services to SQL Servers in your data center.

Azure Policy ensures that services are compliant as they are provisioned. Track compliance in the Azure Policy compliance dashboard.

Monitor all your Kubernetes clusters from one place using Azure Monitor.

Link References:

If you missed our show on Azure Arc for data services, check it out at https://aka.ms/ArcDatabase.

Get started with Azure Arc, and sign up for the preview at https://aka.ms/AzureArcData.

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Aug 10, 2020

Take a look at the latest capabilities for Power Apps that allow you to build responsive and rich app experiences around your data and processes with zero-to-low-code. Power Apps is about building modern and cross-platform apps that are accessible to all types of users — from non-technical to developers. If you are new to Power Apps, the experience is similar to a cross between PowerPoint and Excel.

Join Jeremy Chapman as lead Power Apps Program Manager, Clay Wesener, shows you how to get started; from a blank app, ready-made templates, or based on data you already have. You’ll see new capabilities such as how to incorporate low-code components, components created using code by a pro developer, and how to use mixed reality to bridge the gap between your app and the real world - whether that's working with geospatial controls, measuring spaces, or viewing 3D objects.

Start building your first Power Apps with a free trial at https://powerapps.microsoft.com

Get more guidance on how to build your first app at https://aka.ms/PowerAppsGetStarted

Navigating through Covid-19? Find a template for crisis communications at https://aka.ms/CrisisCommsApp

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