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Why, how & when to use current and upcoming Microsoft tech for IT implementers, developers and tech enthusiasts. Hosted by Microsoft Director Jeremy Chapman and his colleagues. An official Microsoft video series.
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Now displaying: November, 2021
Nov 18, 2021

Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets lets you create and manage a group of virtual machines to run your app or workload and provides sophisticated load-balancing, management, and automation. This is a critical service for creating and dynamically managing thousands of VMs in your environment. If you are new to the service this show will get you up to speed or if you haven’t looked at VM Scale Sets in a while we’ll show you how the service has significantly evolved to help you efficiently architect your apps for centralized configuration, high availability, auto-scaling and performance, cost optimization, security, and more.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Virtual machine scale sets intro
00:32 - What is a virtual machine scale set?
00:47 - Centralized configuration options
02:30 - How do scale sets increase availability?
03:54 - How does autoscaling work?
04:58 - Keeping costs down with VM scale sets
05:47 - Building security into your scale set configurations
06:28 - Where you can learn more about VM scale sets

► Link References:

To learn more, check out https://aka.ms/VMSSOverview
Watch our episode about Azure Spot VMs at https://aka.ms/EssentialsSpotVMs

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Nov 17, 2021

Reduce the operational costs of stateless workloads by using Azure Spot Virtual Machines. When compute capacity in Azure frees up, and depending on where you need it, Azure will provision your VM workload on unused compute capacity. Spot VMs are then evicted when Azure needs capacity back or when the current price of using the spot VM is higher than the price threshold you may have specified. This results in considerable discounts. And although the price of your Spot VM will vary based on the amount of unused capacity in Azure, across different VM sizes, and in different Azure regions, you may achieve up to 90% savings compared to pay-as-you-go pricing.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
01:54 - Compute options
02:45 - Find the Spot VM right for you
03:30 - Deployment and provisioning options
05:18 - Architect your Spot VM for resilience
06:39 - Wrap up

► Link References:
To learn more, check out https://aka.ms/SpotVMOverview
Watch our episode about compute options at https://aka.ms/AzureComputeChoices

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Nov 17, 2021

A first look at SQL Server 2022—the latest Azure-enabled database and data integration innovations. See what it means for your hybrid workloads, including first-time bi-directional high availability and disaster recovery between Azure SQL Managed Instance and SQL Server, Azure Synapse Link integration with SQL for ETL free near real-time reporting and analytics over your operational data, and new next-generation built-in query intelligence with parameter sensitive plan optimization. Bob Ward, SQL engineering leader, joins Jeremy Chapman to share the focus on this round of updates.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
00:38 - Overview of updates
02:19 - Disaster recovery
04:26 - Failover and restore example
06:16 - Azure Synapse integration
09:04 - Built-in query intelligence
10:19 - See it in action
12:52 - Wrap up

► Link References:

Learn more about SQL Server 2022 at https://aka.ms/SQLServer2022
Apply to join our private preview, and try it out at https://aka.ms/EAPSignUp

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Nov 8, 2021

Tour updates to improve your hybrid work and collaboration experiences across Microsoft 365. We've focused on capabilities that give you more flexibility in the way you work, whether that's in the office, at home, or anywhere in between.

The latest round of updates fall into two main categories: New ways to securely share your work while collaborating with people inside and outside your organization, and the continuous infusion of intelligence across Microsoft 365 experiences to save you time. Omar Shahine, Microsoft 365 CVP, joins Jeremy Chapman to walk you through all the updates.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
00:56 - File sharing and what’s new in OneDrive
03:20 - New in OneDrive web experience
04:27 - SharePoint Syntex and user experience
06:35 - Teams and SharePoint connected experiences
07:46 - Capabilities for recorded Teams meetings
09:04 - Updates to Microsoft Lists
10:58 - Updates to Outlook in email
13:36 - Wrap up

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Nov 2, 2021

Take advantage of the new pay-as-you-go billing model and seamlessly leverage the low-code Power Platform to spin up Power Apps directly from Azure. We’ll also show you how to package Power Apps as self-contained mobile apps. Charles Lamanna, Microsoft Business Applications & Power Platform CVP, joins Jeremy Chapman to walk through updates across the Power Platform.

Pay-as-you-go billing model:
Set it up and link your app to your Azure subscription
Only pay when people use the app

Track usage with new Azure Meters:
Power Apps per app meter- accrue costs per unique user of the app each month
Dataverse meter- get two gigabytes of storage + new overage billing when you go over limits
Use Azure Cost Management to track your spending and create budgets and alerts

Package Power Apps as standalone mobile apps:
Tailor and customize each app experience.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
00:59 - Pay-as-you-go
01:45 - Track usage with Azure meters
04:07 - Standalone Mobile apps
05:41 - Updates used by Xiaomi's demo app
06:56 - Additional updates
08:59 - Wrap up

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Nov 2, 2021

Take a look at the just announced capability to run Azure Virtual Desktop for Azure Stack HCI on premises, as well as a roundup of what's new in hybrid management across platforms with Azure Arc. Azure Virtual Desktop, formerly known as Windows Virtual Desktop, used to be an all or nothing decision in order to run your VMs from the Azure cloud. Now you can use Azure, Azure Stack HCI, and use Windows 10 multi-session in a hybrid environment where you get the full Windows experience along with cost efficiency. Matt McSpirit, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Azure, joins Jeremy Chapman to share the latest Azure hybrid updates:

A unified management plane in the Azure cloud for your virtual desktops, whether they're running in the cloud or locally on Azure Stack HCI
Manage Azure Stack HCI physical hosts and clusters at scale with Azure Arc
Deploy a VM from the Azure portal to your on-prem VMware environment
Up-to-date inventory of your VMware resource pools, clusters, hosts, and virtual networks all in your VMware environment in the Azure portal

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
02:05 - See it in action: Admin experience
03:51 - Other benefits to Azure Virtual Desktop
05:14 - Workloads running on Azure Stack HCI
07:11 - Improved management of other resources in data center
08:04 - Deploy a VM from the Azure portal to on-prem VMware environment
09:12 - Wrap up

► Link References:

Try out Azure Virtual Desktop for Azure Stack HCI at https://aka.ms/AVDonHCI
Stay tuned to the tech community at https://aka.ms/AzureTechCommunity
See the latest updates on the Azure update blog at https://aka.ms/AzureUpdatesBlog

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Nov 1, 2021

Prevent your cloud and hybrid apps from becoming entry points to cyber attacks and exploits with Microsoft app governance, now generally available. Jeremy Chapman, Director of Microsoft 365, walks through a cloud app-based attack and shows how app governance helps you get visibility into the compliance posture of all your connected cloud apps, identify anomalous behaviors and risk, and take action to respond to threats.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
00:28 - Cross app integrations
02:13 - Attack demo
03:49 - How app governance detects and mitigates risks
05:37 - Behind the policy and how to block apps
06:43 - Templates
07:36 - Wrap up

► Link References:

Enable a trial by going to https://aka.ms/appgovernance
To learn more, check out https://aka.ms/appgovernancedocs

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Nov 1, 2021

Now free to anyone with commercial versions of Office 365 and Microsoft 365. Check out the recent updates to Microsoft Visio. If you're new to Visio, we'll show you how easy it is to get started, as well as how to coauthor and collaborate across Visio for the web and Microsoft Teams. As a Visio expert, get updates to the desktop app, including new integrations that export diagrams to PowerPoint and Microsoft Word or as a process in Power Automate. Mukul Kumar, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft Visio, joins host Jeremy Chapman to walk you through new capabilities and show you how to get started.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
00:41 - What is Visio?
01:36 - Built-in collaboration capabilities
02:50 - Advanced updates for paid expert users
03:29 - Visio desktop app
04:38 - Export to Word and PowerPoint
06:18 - How everyday users & expert users can collaborate
09:38 - Wrap up

► Link References:

Sign up for a trial of the Visio desktop app at https://aka.ms/VisioTrial

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