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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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Jun 10, 2021

See how you can apply Zero Trust principles and policies to your endpoints and apps; the conduits for users to access your data, network, and resources. Jeremy Chapman walks through your options, controls, and recent updates to implement the Zero Trust security model.

Our Essentials episode gave a high-level overview of the principles of the Zero Trust security model, spanning identity, endpoints, applications, networks, infrastructure, and data. For Zero Trust, endpoints refer to the devices people use every day — both corporate or personally owned computers and mobile devices. The prevalence of remote work means devices can be connected from anywhere and the controls you apply should be correlated to the level of risk at those endpoints. For corporate managed endpoints that run within your firewall or your VPN, you will still want to use principles of Zero Trust: Verify explicitly, apply least privileged access, and assume breach.

We've thought about the endpoint attack vectors holistically and have solutions to help you protect your endpoints and the resources that they're accessing.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
01:16 - Register your endpoints
01:49 - Configure and enforce compliance
02:31 - Search policies with new settings catalog
03:15 - Group Policy analytics
04:00 - Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
04:36 - Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS)
06:36 - Reverse proxy
07:06 - Authentication context
08:44 - Anomaly detection policies
09:21 - Wrap up

► Link References:

For more on our series, keep checking back to https://aka.ms/ZeroTrustMechanics
Watch our Zero Trust Identity episode at https://aka.ms/IdentityMechanics
Learn more about the Zero Trust approach at https://aka.ms/zerotrust

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Jun 3, 2021

Take a closer look at how the Power Platform can be used for professional developers’ most demanding business apps. Per Mikkelsen, GPM for Microsoft Power Platform, joins host Jeremy Chapman to share how you can build APIs as serverless functions, integrate Power Apps as part of your CI/CD pipelines, and publish Power Apps to Microsoft Teams for increased discoverability.

The Power Platform is designed for any app and any developer. We've set out to remove a lot of the pain in the software development process and speed things up that can take a lot of time. This makes it simple to build new apps or extend existing apps, fast.

Most of what you need to build your UI and to integrate your business logic and workflow processes can be done by the Power Platform. It sits on top of Dataverse to give you a powerful and managed data backend for any data, so that you have common data and logic stack that all your apps and services can use. On top of that, we give you all 400 data connectors, which seamlessly connect with the barrier systems and services that you may have in your organization. And if you need more custom logic on the backend, you also have all the coding environments available in Azure.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
01:55 - Build complex apps
03:00 - T-Mobile example app
04:41 - How to build custom APIs
08:52 - How Power Apps works with existing DevOps or CI/CD processes
11:35 - How to make apps more discoverable
12:11 - Wrap up

► Link References:

Watch our show on Dataverse at https://aka.ms/DataverseMechanics
If you're using Azure DevOps, check out https://aka.ms/PowerBuildTools
For more on governance capabilities available with the Power Platform, go to https://aka.ms/GovernPowerPlatform
Check out the new learning path we published at https://aka.ms/FusionDevPath

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May 24, 2021

Tour your identity options when moving to the Zero Trust security model. Our last Essentials episode gave a high-level overview of the Zero Trust security model principles: identity, endpoints, applications, networks, infrastructure, and data.

Join our host, Jeremy Chapman, as he unpacks the foundational layer of the model with identity. As the primary control plane for Zero Trust, it acts as the front door for people, service accounts, and devices as each requests access to resources. Identity is at the core of the Zero Trust concepts of never trust, always verify and grant the appropriate level of access through the principle of least privilege.

Verify Explicitly
Azure AD - easily implement additional protections to verify explicitly
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) - requires an additional authentication factor. Replace passwords with Microsoft Authenticator, Windows Hello, or FIDO2 keys.
Activity reports in the Authentication methods - see who’s capable of MFA and passwordless authentication, how many recent registrations and by type.
Usage - see the distribution of MFA sign-ins and by method, as well as the number of password changes and resets.

Least Privilege access
Conditional Access in Azure AD - uses real-time intelligence at the time of sign-in to assess the risk level, then blocks or grants access.
Built-in Insights and Reporting - expose the impact of enabled policies pre- and post enforcement.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
00:37 - Demo in Azure AD
01:47 - Azure AD Application Proxy
02:50 - How to set up multi-factor authentication
04:44 - Activity Reports for admins
05:21 - Least privileged access and conditional access
07:22 - Conditional Access Insights and Reporting
08:16 - Wrap up

► Link References:

For tips and demonstrations, check out our series at https://aka.ms/ZeroTrustMechanics

Learn more at https://aka.ms/zerotrust

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May 13, 2021

Adopt a Zero Trust approach for security and benefit from the core ways in which Microsoft can help. In the past, your defenses may have been focused on protecting network access with on-premises firewalls and VPNs, assuming everything inside the network was safe. But as corporate data footprints have expanded to sit outside your corporate network, to live in the Cloud or a hybrid across both, the Zero Trust security model has evolved to address a more holistic set of attack vectors.

Based on the principles of “verify explicitly”, “apply least privileged access” and “always assume breach”, Zero Trust establishes a comprehensive control plane across multiple layers of defense:

Identity: Azure Active Directory assigns identity and conditional access controls for your people, the service accounts used for apps and processes, and your devices.

Endpoints: Microsoft Endpoint Manager assures devices and their installed apps meet your security and compliance policy requirements

Applications: Microsoft Endpoint Manager can be used to configure and enforce policy management. Microsoft Cloud App Security can discover and manage Shadow IT services in use.

Network: Get a number of controls, including Network Segmentation, Threat protection, and Encryption.

Infrastructure: Azure landing zones, Blueprints and Policies can ensure newly deployed infrastructure meets compliance requirements for cloud resources. Azure Security Center and Log Analytics help with configuration and software update management for on-premises, cross-cloud and cross-platform infrastructure. Data Limit data access to only the people and processes that need it.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:37 - Six layers of defense

02:31 - Identity

03:48 - Endpoints

04:48 - Applications

05:46 - Network

06:36 - Infrastructure

07:18 - Data

08:11 - Wrap Up

► Link References:

Learn more at https://aka.ms/zerotrust

For tips and demonstrations, check out https://aka.ms/ZeroTrustMechanics

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May 4, 2021

How to build a fast, scalable data system on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale. Hyperscale’s flexible architecture scales with the pace of your business to process large amounts of data with a small amount of compute in just minutes, and allows you to back up data almost instantaneously.

Zach Fransen, VP of data and AI at Xplor, joins Jeremy Chapman to share how credit card processing firm, Clearent by Xplor, built a fast, scalable merchant transaction reporting system on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale. Take a deep dive on their Hyperscale implementation, from their approach with micro-batching to continuously bring in billions of rows of transactional data, from their on-premises payment fulfillment system at scale, as well as their optimizations for near real-time query performance using clustered column store indexing for data aggregation.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:35 - Intro to Clearent

01:33 - Starting point and challenges

03:12 - Clearant’s shift to Hyperscale

04:53 - Near real-time reporting/micro-batching

06:25 - See it in action

08:28 - Processing large amounts of data

09:42 - Named replicas

10:34 - Query speed ups - clustered column store indexing

11:45 - What’s next for Clearent by Xplor?

12:26 - Wrap up

► Link References:

Learn more about Clearent by Xplor and what they're doing with Hyperscale at https://aka.ms/ClearentMechanics

For more guidance on implementing Azure SQL Database Hyperscale, check out https://aka.ms/MechanicsHyperscale

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May 4, 2021

Modernize your existing data at scale, and solve for operational efficiency with Azure SQL Managed Instance. Azure SQL MI is an intelligent, scalable, cloud database service and fully managed SQL server.

Nipun Sharma, lead data architect, joins Jeremy Chapman to share how the Australian subsidiary of large equipment manufacturer, Komatsu, built a scalable and proactive sales and inventory management and customer servicing model on top of Azure SQL Managed Instance to consolidate their legacy data estate on-premises. See what they did to expand their operational visibility and time to insights, including self-service reporting through integration with Power BI.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:30 - Komatsu’s background

03:28 - Komatsu’s modernization path

04:12 - Consolidating data to one source

05:50 - Data migration and consolidation of 3 core systems

08:20 - Example reports

09:49 - Self-service reporting

11:17 - Built-in auto tuning

12:45 - What’s next for Komatsu?

13:45 - Wrap up

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May 4, 2021

Take a closer look at Microsoft Dataverse, a managed service that securely shapes, stores, and manages any data across your business apps, from ERP systems to user generated Power Apps. Dataverse empowers citizen developers to quickly develop apps at scale, and pro developers to easily create apps that interoperate across multiple systems. Marc Mercuri, engineering lead, joins Jeremy Chapman to show how Dataverse is a great data backend for any app and any developer – without the need to architect, implement or manage it.

Dataverse for Microsoft Teams:

Provides the data layer behind the Power Apps integration with Teams. As you build data rich apps, it places text and file based data in the right data store. Great for everyday, no-code apps built in Teams. Scales to a million rows, or 2GB.

Dataverse in Power Apps Studio:

Works as the backend service that powers Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents and Power BI. More capacity, control and capabilities Built on additional enterprise-grade Azure services for larger scale, data integration, relevance search, off-line support and more granular security. Scales to 4TB or more.

Dataverse Pro-Dev: Easily bring in existing data for an app Use virtual tables to directly call your remote data without importing or moving it. Greater control and security options. Build search into your apps and even into your processes or bots.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:45 - What is Dataverse?

02:17 - How to get Dataverse for Teams

03:57 - How it’s built: Behind the scenes

05:05 - Dataverse in Power Apps Studio

06:17 - Additional options: Business rules

07:15 - Bring in existing data

08:45 - How to integrate Search

10:42 - Dataverse Pro-Dev

12:18 - Wrap up: How to get started

► Link References:

For guidance and tutorials, go to https://aka.ms/DataverseMechanics

See controls for governance and compliance in action at https://aka.ms/PowerPlatformGovernance

Learn more about virtual tables at https://aka.ms/virtualtablemechanics

Get plugins and code samples at https://aka.ms/DataversePlugIns

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Apr 21, 2021

Azure Percept is a new zero-to-low-code platform that includes sensory hardware accelerators, AI models, and templates to help you build and deploy secured, intelligent AI workloads and solutions to edge IoT devices. Host Jeremy Chapman joins George Moore, Azure Edge Lead Engineer, for an introduction on how to build intelligent solutions on the Edge quickly and easily.

Azure Percept Vision:

Optically perceive an event in the real world. Sensory data from cameras perform a broad array of everyday tasks.

Azure Percept Audio:

Enable custom wake words and commands, and get a response using real time analytics.

Templates and pre-built AI models:

Get started with no code. Go from prototype to implementation with ease.

Custom AI models:

Write your own AI models and business logic for specific scenarios. Once turned on, they’re instantly connected and ready to go.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:18 - Azure Percept solutions

02:23 - AI enabled hardware accelerators

03:29 - Azure Percept Vision

05:22 - Azure Percept Audio

06:21 - Demo: Deploy models to the Edge with Percept

08:16 - How to build custom AI models

09:57 - How to deploy models at scale

10:57 - Ongoing management

11:40 - Wrap Up

► Link References:

Access an example model as an open-source notebook at https://aka.ms/VolumetricAI

Get the Azure Percept DevKit to start prototyping with samples and guides at https://aka.ms/getazurepercept

Whether you’re a citizen developer or advanced developer, you can try out our tutorials at https://aka.ms/azureperceptsamples

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Apr 8, 2021

Explore your options to select the right VMs for your workloads. On this episode of Azure Essentials, Matt McSpirit shares core compute and disk storage options for any workload you want to run in Azure.

If you're new to Azure, shifting your apps or workloads onto a virtual machine or multiple VMs in Azure can be achieved without rearchitecting them or writing new code. You can even deploy your workloads to Azure Dedicated Hosts that provide single tenant physical servers dedicated to your organization. Azure literally becomes the equivalent of running your physical data center in the cloud.

The primary benefit of running your apps and workloads in Azure is choice. Azure provides a comprehensive range of hundreds of VMs to deliver the scale and performance needed across your preferred Linux distros and Windows Server based applications.

Select the right VMs for your workloads: From entry-level to optimized, depending on the workload

Deployment: Download images from the Azure Marketplace, or deploy your own

Scale: Create thousands of virtual machines using Azure Virtual Machines Scale Sets.

Pay for what you consume: Bring existing and future Windows and SQL server licenses, Red Hat enterprise Linux, and SUSE licenses into Azure using the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:40 - Azure offers choice

01:38 - A series: Entry-level

02:24 - D series: General purpose compute

03:33 - E series: Memory optimized VMs

04:09 - M series: Optimized

04:27 - Constrained vCPU VMs

04:47 - F series: Compute optimized

05:10 - L series: Storage optimized

05:42 - Deployment

06:05 - Scale

06:32 - Pay for what you consume

07:19 - Wrap up

► Link References:

To learn more about the economics of running your workloads in Azure, check out our recent Azure Essentials episode at https://aka.ms/AzureEconomics

Find more resources at https://aka.ms/AzureVMEssentials

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Mar 8, 2021

See how the latest updates to Azure Migrate provide one unified environment to discover and assess your servers, databases, and apps, and easily migrate them to Azure. Jeremy Chapman is joined by Abhishek Hemrajani, Group PM Manager for Azure Migration, to explore how we’ve merged three different tool sets for discovery and assessment into one unified, at scale, agentless discovery and assessment experience.

Discovery: Track multiple SQL server instances on the same server, and discover the different user databases within those instances.

Assessment: Understand the compatibility of various applications running on the server for successful migration. Assess for Azure SQL, Azure VMware Solution or AVS.

Issues & warnings: Understand the readiness and any potential migration concerns.

Cost details: Review compute and storage costs for every instance that has been assessed. Estimate monthly compute and storage costs when you run your SQL server databases on Azure SQL.

Experiment & modify assessments: Modify your assessment properties at any time, and recalculate the assessment. Compare assessments across different dimensions that were used to create them.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

02:01 - Discovery

04:32 - Assessment

06:28 - Issues & warnings

09:27 - Cost details

09:59 - Experiment & modify

10:47 - How to start

11:54 - Wrap up

► Link References:

For more on migration, go to https://aka.ms/LearnAzureMigration

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Mar 5, 2021

Eliminate passwords by users and their organizations with the latest authentication updates in Azure AD, now generally available. Joy Chik, Microsoft CVP from the identity engineering team, joins host Jeremy Chapman to review friction-free ways of going passwordless with the introduction of the new temporary access pass.

USERS:

Azure AD now supports FIDO2 security keys as an authentication method for signing into operating systems, applications, and services

FIDO2 keys – make life easier for frontline workers using shared devices

Microsoft Authenticator app – never need to remember, or even type a password

Secure and convenient, on-prem or in any cloud

IT:

Easier to drive passwordless adoption

Roll out passwordless authentication methods in Azure AD

Automate the management of passwordless using PowerShell or our new Microsoft Graph APIs

New reporting to help track how well your organization is doing

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

02:33 - Users: FIDO2 Security Key

03:41 - IT: Passwordless adoption

05:01 - See it in action

07:23 - How to enable experiences in Azure AD Portal

09:30 - Set up Temporary Access Pass

11:11 - How to issue a Temporary Access Pass to a user

12:57 - Wrap Up

► Link References:

Register your key at https://aka.ms/mysecurityinfo

If you are a Microsoft 365 admin, use an interactive guide at https://aka.ms/passwordlesswizard

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Mar 5, 2021

Bring state-of-the-art search capabilities to your custom applications in content management systems with Azure Cognitive Search. Tour the latest enhancements with Semantic Search to surface relevant answers to your search queries.

Azure Cognitive Search is a PaaS solution that allows you to integrate sophisticated search capabilities into your applications. It helps you quickly ingest, enrich, and explore structured and unstructured data, and is available to everyone.

Azure and Bing teams have worked together to bring learned ranking models to Azure for you to leverage in your custom search solutions. Now search can extract and index information from any format, applying machine learning techniques to understand latent structure in all data. Distinguished engineer, Pablo Castro, joins host Jeremy Chapman, to walk you through the improvements and show you how the intelligence works behind these powerful capabilities. Semantic Search: Relevance, Captions, and Answers: Create similar experiences to web search engines, but for your own application and on your own data. Search matches words, but also understands the context of the words relative to the words surrounding them. Offers a significant improvement in relevant results; all you have to do is enable it.

Spell correction, Inverted index, Prep model, and Re-ranker Keyword searches return exact matches and ranking is often only based on the rate of relevant frequencies of the words. Capture nuances in the language for a more sophisticated machine learning model that's course document relevant in the context of the query.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:18 - Data ingestion

02:38 - Semantic Search

04:48 - How to get it running

06:59 - How the intelligence works

08:43 - Advancements in natural language processing

10:52 - How it avoids slow search results

11:35 - Wrap Up

► Link References:

Get started with Azure Cognitive Search at https://aka.ms/SemanticGetStarted

Sign up for the public review of semantic search at https://aka.ms/SemanticPreview

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Mar 3, 2021

Tour the newest updates to Azure Communication Services (ACS). Microsoft CVP, Scott Van Vliet, joins host Jeremy Chapman to give you the details, from core capabilities generally available this month, to new capabilities available in preview, including interoperability with Microsoft Teams and using the Azure Bot Framework to enable Intelligent Voice Response.

If you're new to Azure Communication Services, it's a new platform for building rich custom communication experiences that leverage the same enterprise-grade services that back Microsoft Teams all through Azure.

Generally available:

Foundational capabilities with voice, video chat, SMS and PSTN calling

Bring your own existing phone numbers via direct routing with your own SIP trunks.

Public preview:

ACS’s interoperability with Microsoft Teams

Integration with Azure bot framework for IVR scenarios.

UI controls: starting with react controls for video calls and expanding controls available on GitHub

To automate, use a no-code approach in ACS with Logic App Designer

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:17 - Updates to foundational capabilities: voice, video chat, SMS and PSTN calling

02:49 - Public preview: interoperability with Teams, bot framework, UI controls

03:26 - Demo: see Communication Services in action

07:02 - How to get it working

08:05 - No-code approach using Logic App Designer

10:28 - What’s next for ACS?

10:45 - Wrap Up

► Link References: Find out more and get started at https://aka.ms/GetStartedWithACS

For the public preview of new features for Azure Communications Services, go to https://aka.ms/ACSPreview

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Feb 9, 2021

Watch how to implement a serverless architecture in Azure from Azure SQL Database serverless to Azure container instances. Join solution provider Icertis and watch how they use serverless technology from Azure SQL Database serverless to give their customers a customizable, turnkey and scalable contract intelligence platform.

The Icertis Contract Intelligence (or ICI platform) is used by the world's most iconic brands and turns contracts from static documents into strategic advantage by structuring and connecting the critical contract information that defines how an organization runs. The ICI platform is hosted entirely in Azure, but now Icertis has gone to the next step of optimization by incorporating serverless technologies. Monish Darda, Chief Technology Officer for Icertis, joins host Jeremy Chapman to share the architecture of the Icertis platform using Azure SQL Database serverless.

Ideal for databases with intermittent usage patterns or extended periods of inactivity.

Just-in-time compute only runs as queries come in.

Set min-max ranges and define when you want the service to pause.

Billing is per second vs per hour using provision compute, reducing costs.

Azure Resource Manager template options:

Fully automated and you can integrate it with your current systems of record.

Start with single server architecture, then move to enterprise architecture as needed.

Add optional services, AI integration, or other SaaS apps.

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00:00 - Introduction

01:38 - Architecture of the platform

03:38 - Why serverless?

04:06 - Transition from PaaS into serverless

06:02 - Query performance demonstrations

08:13 - Billing with serverless

08:34 - Azure Resource Manager template options

10:10 - What’s next for Icertis?

11:22 - Wrap up

► Link References:

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Try the platform for yourself from the Azure marketplace at https://aka.ms/icertisAM

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Feb 2, 2021

Take a deep dive on Azure Cost Management and Billing, a free tool that helps you set budget accountability and find optimizations to keep Cloud cost down. Whether you are managing your Cloud expenditure, want to ensure a specific workload or project stays within budget, or want to identify optimizations, Azure Cost Management can help. And Cost Management comes free with your Azure subscription, so there’s no excuse not to use it.

Antonio Ortoll, Product Manager for Microsoft Azure, joins Jeremy Chapman to help you understand the costs of everything running in your environment and show you how Azure Cost Management and Billing solves for:

Visibility into the workloads and related resources that are driving spend. See spending patterns or even detect specific anomalies in spend.

The ability to track spend against budget so you can drive accountability and charge costs back to individual teams or departments.

Identify optimizations that can help you to save money through dynamic recommendations available through Azure Advisor, which is integrated with Azure Cost Management.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:01 - Solve for visibility, accountability, and identify optimizations

02:05 - Walk through demo

03:26 - Custom aggregate view

04:41 - Budgets by cost center

07:06 - How to keep track of your budget

10:22 - Optimizations to save money

12:46 - Track spend across different Cloud implementations

14:17 - Closing notes

► Link References:

For more guidance check out https://aka.ms/acmdocs

Download the Azure Cost Management and Billing App for Power BI at https://aka.ms/ACMApp

Watch the episode for optimizing your Cloud investments at https://aka.ms/AzureEconomics

Learn more about enforcing budget caps through automation, and see our sample scripts at https://aka.ms/acmrunbook

Leverage our Azure Consumption APIs at https://aka.ms/acmdocs

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Jan 25, 2021

As you migrate or build new solutions in the Cloud with Azure Landing Zones, set yourself up for success with a set of reference environments that provide an operational foundation to host your workloads in Azure.

Azure Landing Zones gives you the building blocks and scaffolding at the workload or organizational level to ensure any resource you build or migrate to Azure aligns with the rules and policies you set. We provision a set of Azure baseline services that you deploy as code to give you a landing zone to host your workloads. This ensures consistency across foundational services, like how you configure networking, identity, resource organization, governance policy, and operations.

Matt McSpirit, Microsoft Azure’s Senior Product Manager, joins host Jeremy Chapman to give you a hands-on introduction to landing zone options from ‘Start Small and Expand’, which helps you incrementally govern your environment, to ‘Enterprise Scale’, that enables you to operationalize and construct many landing zones at scale.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

02:07 - Landing Zone options: migration, foundation blueprint, Terraform

02:44 - See Landing Zones in action

03:17 - How to get started

04:49 - How to edit blueprints

05:50 - How to add more policies or artifacts

06:34 - Publish and assign blueprints

08:26 - How it links to Azure Migrate

09:12 - Enterprise-scale Landing Zones

12:05 - Wrap Up

► Link References:

To get started, check out the Azure Landing Zones documentation as part of the Cloud Adoption Framework at https://aka.ms/Adopt/LandingZone

Additional tutorials are available on Microsoft Learn at https://aka.ms/LearnLandingZones

Check out our best practice guidance at https://aka.ms/IDAMBestPractices

For more guidance on using Azure Migrate to move your VM and other resources into Azure, go to https://aka.ms/MechanicsAzureMigrate

For Enterprise Scale Landing Zones on GitHub, visit https://aka.ms/GitHubEnterpriseScale

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Jan 14, 2021

Navigate Cloud Economics in Azure, and see radical cost savings for your organization based on your specific workloads. Cloud billing is tied to compute and storage, which includes the underlying software licensing fees. Costs accrue via a pay for what you consume model, versus the up-front server infrastructure and software licensing costs that you would typically pay on-premises in your data center. Join Matt McSpirit, Microsoft Azure’s Senior Product Manager, to see how the cloud consumption model in Azure applies.

The Cloud is infinitely flexible; it’s not “one size fits all.” A major advantage of the Cloud is the power it gives you to elastically scale compute resources in response to different peaks in your business. As you pay for what you consume, consider how you will consume resources for your specific workloads in order to get the best pricing.

Unpredictable workloads:

Add and subtract resources as you need them, resulting in variable costs.

Purposefully architecting for elasticity can help to save costs

Predictable workloads:

Make an upfront commitment to consume at a certain level for a longer period of time, and you can benefit from fixed costs at reduced pricing.

Azure Dedicated Host provides the physical servers you need dedicated to your Azure subscription

Azure Reservations allows you to commit resources for one-year or three-year plans for multiple services

Across both of these consumption approaches, one of the most important levers to keep your costs in check, is software licensing which can make up to 30-40% of your Cloud bill. Once you are in Azure, the Azure Cost Management tool allows you to set target budgets and track against spending. And if you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint, studies show that Microsoft cloud services are up to 93 percent more energy-efficient and up to 98 percent more carbon-efficient than datacenters run on-premises.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:22 - How cloud pricing works

02:39 - Software licensing

03:35 - Paying for what you consume

04:08 - Variable costs

05:15 - Fixed costs

06:29 - See economic tips put to the test/Azure pricing calculator

09:57 - Managing costs over time

► Link References:

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

For more information on licenses, visit https://aka.ms/Licensing

Leverage the free Azure Pricing Calculator, available at https://aka.ms/azurepricingcalculator

Check calculations at https://aka.ms/WSOpenLicensing  and https://aka.ms/SAMechanics

Find pricing details for SQL Server at https://aka.ms/SQLOpenLicensing

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Jan 6, 2021

Global investments company, BNY Mellon shows how they leverage Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Hyperscale (Citus), and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to design an intelligent system for data ingest and transformation.

Keith Pijanowski, Senior Principal Consultant at BNY Mellon, joins host Jeremy Chapman to share the team’s implementation story and how they unified their data in Azure, established an integrated data and analytics platform, and built new SaaS applications that could leverage the unique IP in their data quickly and at scale.

If you’re new to BNY Mellon, it's the world's largest custodian bank and asset servicing company. It helps many of the world's largest and most sophisticated asset managers and asset owners manage and service their financial investments and reach data-driven decisions.

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00:00 - Introduction

01:39 - Take a look at the app

02:48 - How they built it

03:39 - Intelligent system for data ingest and transformation

05:50 - How Azure database for PostgreSQL - Hyperscale helps

06:19 - How to process queries quickly

09:23 - Serving the data from PostgreSQL into the app

11:02 - What’s next for BNY Mellon?

► Link References:

Learn more about BNY Mellon’s solutions check out https://aka.ms/BNYMellon

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Dec 9, 2020

Make automation more accessible so you can focus on what’s important. From code-free automation to your everyday processes in Microsoft teams, the new Power Automate Desktops Robotic Process Automation (RPA) capabilities expands UI automation across a broader spectrum of legacy apps and your favorite web browsers.

Automation is no longer only referring to IT automation. As more of what we do every day is digital, automation can apply to almost any process or task. Whether it's an approval process across the stakeholders, or data entry between different apps, there's nothing stopping you from automating many of the things that you do every single day. With Power Automate, part of the Microsoft Power platform, you can do digital process automation for any task or business process.

Host Jeremy Chapman is joined by Stephen Siciliano, PM Director for Power Automate, who shows the many options for automating repetitive tasks:

Everyday processes in your Microsoft 365 apps

Win32 apps

Web apps across browsers

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

03:00 - Demo RPA for Legacy App

05:08 - New Power Automate Desktop

08:39 - How to test the automation

10:02 - Automation in a web app in browsers

12:23 - How to track what’s been automated

12:58 - Closing notes

► Link References:

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Dec 3, 2020

Azure Purview is a significant breakthrough service, especially from a data management perspective. Because data can take many different forms, it's difficult to get a handle on the volumes of data that sit across your organization in multiple clouds and on premises. Purview solves for data discovery and provides the foundation for effective data governance. Ultimately, the better you understand the data you have, the more effectively you can use it across your organization.

Purview provides:

A unified platform that automatically discovers and classifies your data without the need to move it.

Rich user experiences, enable data, producers, consumers, and stewards to easily collaborate.

A way to easily track and visualize the lineage of your data across the data estate, so you can easily see where data is moved and how it's been transformed.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:10 - What is Azure Purview?

03:02 - Purview in action: Search process

04:38 - Purview in action: Tables information & lineage view

06:23 - How it works

07:43 - Setup

09:33 - Options to scan data

10:57 - Insights: Bird’s eye view of data landscape

12:11 - Closing notes

► Link References:

Get started and sign up for Azure Purview at https://aka.ms/TryAzurePurview

To learn more, check out our online resources at https://aka.ms/AzurePurview

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Dec 3, 2020

Azure Synapse is now generally available. Check out the updates with the release and a first look at additional capabilities coming soon. If you're new to Azure Synapse, it's Microsoft's limitless analytics platform that brings together enterprise data warehousing and big data processing into a single managed environment with no systems integration required. John Macintyre, engineering lead for Azure Synapse, joins host Jeremy Chapman to provide details on the newest updates, and walk through how a grocery retailer might use new capabilities in Synapse to plan inventory levels.

Preview capabilities in the Synapse workspace now ready for production workloads:

• Azure Synapse Link, the first cloud-native HTAP solution.

• SQL Serverless, now generally available.

• For analytics with Spark, we've built performance optimizations for our implementation of Apache spark.

New capabilities, formerly in preview, are now available and fully supported:

• New knowledge center gives you pipeline templates to bring data in sample scripts for analytics, automation, and notebooks.

• Bring data into Synapse for advanced analytics and to enrich that data in code-free ways and apply your Azure machine-learning models.

Added for data admins:

• Connect to your data and storage securely through managed private endpoints.

• You no longer have to manage subnets, worry about IP ranges, or configure private endpoints. You don't need deep networking knowledge.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:46 - Preview capabilities now ready for production workloads

02:07 - New capabilities that are available and fully supported

02:55 - Updates added for data admins

04:15 - Demo: How a Grocery retailer might use new capabilities in Synapse

08:59 - Demo: How to bring in historical data

10:28 - Demo: How to perform predictive analytics for yourself

12:48 - Demo: How to push it all into production

13:24 - Closing notes

► Link References:

Sign up for a trial, or create your first Synapse workspace at https://aka.ms/GetSynapse

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Nov 2, 2020

Establish an always-on and connected customer and field service approach with Dynamics 365. Vanessa Fournier, Group Product Manager for Dynamics 365, explains how you can use the Dynamics 365 Customer Service and Field Service apps and supporting capabilities to connect with customers wherever they are, as well as how you can add automated support using virtual agents and IoT devices to augment your customer service support infrastructure.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service provides you with digital tools such as self-service sites, communities, and chatbots, as well as IoT integration for remote detection and service. All of this makes service faster and more convenient for your customers. Dynamics 365 Customer Service also empowers your customer service personnel with the information they need and enables them to interact with customers all via one interface. Then, Dynamics 365 Field Service matches field service technicians with the appropriate job tasks while supporting them with the ability to talk with remote experts to resolve problems while they're onsite.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Intro

01:39 - Find out the components that make all of this possible.

02:46 - Learn how Chatbots are an efficient way to enable customer self-service.

03:32 - See how to surface information about IoT devices.

04:00 - How to evaluate cases for continuous improvement.

04:57 - See what it looks like to implement always-on service.

► Link References:

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Learn about configuring channels at https://aka.ms/D365ChannelConfig.

Watch all of our Dynamics 365 Essentials for IT episodes at https://aka.ms/Dynamics365forIT.

Keep checking back with our "Dynamics 365 Essentials for IT" series to learn more about adopting Dynamics 365 applications and services within your organization, and for a deeper dive on the Power Platform.

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Nov 2, 2020

Options for very low latency networking with Azure Edge Zones. It brings Azure's global network fabric into local metro area data centers, provided by Microsoft or with mobile carriers, and onto 5G and 4G LTE networks, so your processing power is local to your users. Edge Zones is a turnkey solution for running your own private mobile network with dedicated bandwidth managed by Azure. Join Matt McSpirit, Microsoft Azure’s Senior Product Manager, for an overview of Azure Edge Zones and the three main options available to you for very low latency networking:

• Azure Edge Zones

Allows you to deploy apps and services and your IoT device infrastructure to a Metro Azure Data Center, close to where your users are. In the same way you're used to pulling your apps and services to a region in Azure, you can now deploy them to available Azure Edge Zones.

• Azure Edge Zones with Carrier

You can deploy your apps and services to a Carrier Hosted Edge Zone. The goal of this approach is to ensure that as your code runs in Azure Edge Zones with Carriers, it's only a single hop from the mobile 5G or 4G network of your users. Because your apps and services can be deployed locally across the carriers edge network, they can remain close to the users and their devices at all times, greatly reducing app response times to deliver superior user experiences. •

 Azure Private Edge Zones

Great if you want to connect to manage your IoT devices, or establish dedicated networking and compute scenarios like smart warehousing and more. With Azure Private Edge Zones, you can build and deploy your own Private Mobile Network.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:39 - Azure Edge Zones

02:08 - Azure Edge Zones with Carrier

03:43 - Azure Private Edge Zones

04:30 - Building block approach

06:14 - Attabotics: Real world example of Azure Private Edge Zones

07:00 - What role does 5G play?

► Link References:

• To try out Azure Zones for yourself, sign up at https://aka.ms/EdgeZones.

• Learn more about Edge Zones and see the current list of partners by visiting https://aka.ms/AboutAEZ.

• Find latency solutions at https://aka.ms/LowLatencyComputing.

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Oct 13, 2020

Reduced COVID-19 risk in the workplace with AI and IoT on the Edge, RXR Realty, New York based real estate company shows the full implementation. Cory Clarke, Product Management VP at RXR, joins Jeremy Chapman to share how they’re tackling an issue that many of us (whether as an employee or an organization) are trying to figure out— how to operate during the pandemic while keeping people safe. See how they are leveraging Azure AI and IoT for automated health checks, air quality control, social distancing, mask compliance and much more.

For those of you who are new to RXR Realty, they're one of the largest real estate companies in New York with over 27 million square feet of real estate. Normally, around 75,000 office workers occupy their building spaces. While New York was the epicenter of COVID-19 early on, it's positive recovery provides an interesting model for how to safely go back to normal life in the middle of a pandemic. RXR is offering its own unique perspective by implementing its RX Well platform, an IoT and AI based solution that supports safe return of people back to the office. The core advantage of Azure IoT Hub is it's end-to-end device management, massive scale, and seamless integration with other Azure services.

Walkthrough some of the user experiences:

• Office workers who need to feel safe in their return back to the office

• Property managers’ comprehensive view of building data in real-time, so they can dynamically adjust policies and procedures

• Facility managers that are actually tenants in the spaces who can see if more needs to be done to improve compliance to public health measures

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

02:43 - Walk through the user experiences

06:48 - Behind the scenes tech

09:50 - Security

11:22 - How to report on both employee and property manager apps

14:19 - Device management

► Link References:

Find out more about Azure Spatial Analysis at https://aka.ms/SpatialAnalysis.

Get our RxWell solution in the Azure Marketplace at https://aka.ms/RXWellSolution.

Learn more about RXR's example at https://aka.ms/RXWell.

For more on Azure IoT and AI, check out https://www.azure.com.

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Oct 12, 2020

Find out how you can run your VMware workloads natively in Azure with the new Azure VMware Solution. Matt McSpirit, Microsoft Azure Senior Product Manager, joins Jeremy Chapman to show you how to create a VMware private cloud in Azure, and move your on-premises VMware easily to Azure, while continuing to use your existing investments and skill sets in VMware in the cloud.

For anyone new to this concept, Azure VMware Solution, or AVS, is a fully-managed Azure PaaS service that lets you run your VMWare environment natively in Azure. It is essentially VMware in the cloud with your existing VMware tools and processes.

Dive into this special edition of Microsoft Mechanics for answers to questions such as:

• How do I know how to size the environment in Azure?

• How easy is it to create a new AVS private cloud?

• How long does it take to build? (only about an hour!)

• What does the process look like to migrate VM workloads?

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:25 - What is AVS?

00:43 - What’s new about it?

01:59 - Azure environment size

03:30 - What it takes to create AVS private cloud

05:34 - Process of Migrating VM Workloads

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Learn more about Azure VMware Solution at https://aka.ms/getAVS.

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