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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

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

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 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 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

Oct 29, 2019

Chris Lauren the Principal Program Manager for the Azure Machine Learning Platform goes over the new Azure Machine Learning service. Chris shows you what capabilities data scientists can get across the machine learning lifecycle within a familiar notebook experience.

And you'll see how you can use the newly introduced Automated Machine Learning capabilities in Azure ML to build machine learning models in a fraction of the time.

Sep 19, 2019

If you're troubleshooting an issue and wondering whether the problem is on your side or on the Azure side, you'll want to watch. In just a few minutes, Microsoft Azure Product Manager Dante Rasera will walk you through how you can get a personalized view of the health of your Azure services, regions, and resources with Azure Service Health. You'll see how to set up alerts so you can triage service issues like outages and planned maintenance, how to get official incident reports to share with your stakeholders, and your options for architecting your workloads for the appropriate level of resilience.

Sep 10, 2019

If you're new to Azure or just want to quickly learn more, check out our introduction to Azure Quickstart Center. Senior Program Manager at Azure, Ayesha Gaffer will show you how Azure Quickstart Center is the fastest way to explore and onboard yourself to Azure. You'll see how it helps with in-the-moment, pragmatic guidance, and steps that you can accomplish all in one flow by taking you to the exact blade in Azure to perform a specific action. You'll also see how Azure Quickstart Center can help you plan and kick off your VM or data migrations with our new migration guide. Try it for yourself and let us know your feedback https://aka.ms/AQC

Aug 20, 2019

If you're in the middle of your cloud migration, dealing with legacy systems, or you want better integration between Microsoft, third party, and on-premises systems and services, we're going to take a look at how Azure Logic Apps can help. Derek Li from the Logic Apps team will give you the latest updates. You'll see the new SAP connector with bi-directional connectivity, and the new integration service environment for direct, secure access to your virtual network resources.

Aug 1, 2019

Run a bare metal VMware private cloud in Azure without using nested virtualization or re-platforming your virtual machines, thanks to Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple. Markus Hain from the Azure engineering team walks through the experience coming from an on-premises VMware vSphere environment, provisioning an Azure VMware Solution private cloud, getting both environments to communicate, and what you can do once the service is up and running. We show you how new VMs in can be created in the Azure portal and managed in either vSphere or Azure and how you can leverage the broad set of Azure cloud services with your hybrid environment once you're up and running. To get started, just search for "vmware" in the Azure portal.

Learn more about the Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple at this link: https://aks.ms/VMwareAzure

Jul 24, 2019

Tips to innovate with the cloud in a highly-regulated industry. Alessio Basso, Chief Architect of PayMe from HSBC will show you how they built an intelligent, secure and analytics rich, digital payment platform for their PayMe for Business App in Hong Kong on Azure.

Check out the PayMe app here: https://payme.hsbc.com.hk
To build tech like this with HSBC. Go to https://www.hsbc.com/techcareers

Jul 11, 2019

Now open source, see the latest updates to the Microsoft Quantum Development Kit. Including how it's easier for you to jump into Quantum programming with self-paced learning exercises called Quantum Katas; the new samples for Numerics and Chemistry that give you examples of quantum programming and algorithms; the enterprise-grade development environment that integrates with Visual Studio and several new chemistry packages including a new release with 1Qubit for intermediate-scale Quantum solutions.

Learn the core concepts of Quantum Computing, go to https://aka.ms/QuantumMechanics
For the Microsoft Quantum Development kit samples repository on GitHub, go to https://aka.ms/quantum-samples
To get Quantum Katas as Jupyter Notebooks, go to https://aka.ms/online-quantum-katas
To learn more or share your feedback, go to https://aka.ms/docs.microsoft.com/quantum

Jul 9, 2019

Run your most demanding workloads with near-limitless growth capacity using Azure SQL Database Hyperscale. Industry expert, Kevin Farlee shows you how you can easily update your existing databases to hyperscale without rearchitecting your apps. We demo the major advantages from super-fast data backup and restore times, and the flexibility that comes from independently and fluidly scaling compute and data replicas.

To learn more on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale, go to https://aka.ms/SQLDB_Hyperscale

For information on the Azure import/export service, go to https://aka.ms/Azure-Import-Export

Jul 9, 2019

Find and fix any issue with the health and performance of your workload. Watch Shankar Sivadasan, Senior Product Manager at Microsoft Azure, review the benefits of using end-to-end full-stack monitoring, advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities of Azure Monitor. If you are running complex workloads on Azure or embracing DevOps you need that single monitoring tool that gives you a 360-degree view across the application code, infrastructure, and network and allow teams and individuals to collaborate. Azure Monitor has consolidated various monitoring tools in Azure to give you that holistic view of your application. Find out how Azure Monitor works and how to use it.

Link to built-in integrations
https://aka.ms/azmon-integrate

Learn more about onboarding resources like VMs, Containers and your applications, check out the links below.
https://aka.ms/azmon-applicationonboarding
https://aka.ms/azmon-containeronboarding
https://aka.ms/azmon-vmonboarding

Jun 4, 2019

See how Symantec shifted from a complex self-managed database infrastructure to a geographically dispersed and low-latency database solution using Azure Cosmos DB. All with minimal code changes and no downtime. You’re also going to see how this was accelerated with their work into insights-driven DevOps and that model for continuous iteration and threat detection services. Joined Symantec technical architect, Michael Shavell in a special edition of “How We Built It” on Microsoft Mechanics, filmed in Amsterdam.

May 14, 2019

Watch the latest in Azure Search capabilities. Leverage hosted AI Services to quickly index unstructured data in any format so you can knowledge mine untapped information inside your organization. Principal Program Manager for Microsoft, Cindy Noteboom, walks you through a real-world example to demonstrate the steps you take to make previously idle data fully searchable.

You'll see how to search, discover and visualize relationships across your data and add custom AI models and classifiers.

Mentioned links.
How to create ML-driven custom skills: https://aka.ms/MLCustomSkills

Detailed information on Azure Search: https://aka.ms/LearnAzureSearch

Create an end-to-end solution leverating Azure Search: https://aka.ms/csaccelerator

Julia White's Microsoft Mechanics show on knowledge mining and AI: https://aka.ms/JuliaWhiteMechanics

May 6, 2019

The latest on Microsoft's customizable platform for running DevOps in your organization or on any tech platform or cloud. Abel Wang, Principal Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, shows you how Azure DevOps can be used with your preferred language, tools, and processes while taking advantage of new first-party GitHub integration for your open source projects. You'll see turn-key, cloud-hosted code versioning, and automated approval workflows plus learn to build and release CI/CD process with Azure pipelines, and automated code quality checks with release gates. Finally, a look at new features, such as IntelliSense and Autocomplete, and our visual editor to help you build quality code faster.

To get started with Azure DevOps go to: https://dev.azure.com

Apr 23, 2019

Event-driven automation using new Python and PowerShell language support for serverless compute, using Azure Functions. This allows you to bring your automation scripts to the cloud and run them automatically when needed, at minimal cost and exponentially more scale.

Apr 8, 2019

The latest on governing Azure subscriptions for Cloud Architects or Ops Managers. Satya Vel, from the Azure Governance Team, demonstrates Microsoft's approach to Azure Governance overall, which now includes more granular control of policy across different apps and departments in your organization with management groups. You'll also see the new Azure Blueprint templates that simplify setting up your environment to meet specific compliance requirements such as ISO, as well as easier tracking of policy changes and their impact. We'll show you how you can now apply governance capabilities across your Azure Kubernetes workloads.

Apr 3, 2019

Apply serverless compute securely and confidently to any workload with new enterprise capabilities. Jeff Hollan, Sr. Program Manager from the Azure Serverless team, demonstrates how you can turn on managed service identities and protect secrets with Key Vault integration, control virtual network connectivity for both Functions and Logic apps, build apps that integrate with systems inside your virtual network using serverless capabilities and set cost thresholds to control how much you want to scale with the Azure Functions premium plan.
Want to use the integration service environment for your Logic apps and workflows? Sign up for the preview here: https://aks.ms/integration-service-enviroment
Learn about applicable scenarios and play around with code samples with these Microsoft Learn modules on serverless: https://aks.ms/serverlesslearn

Apr 3, 2019

Recent updates to the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for developers and ops. Join Ria Bhatia, Program Manager for Azure Kubernetes Service, as she shows you the new autoscaling options using virtual nodes as well as how you can use Azure Dev Spaces to test your AKS apps without simulating dependencies. Also, check out the and new ways to troubleshoot and monitor your Kubernetes apps with Azure Monitor.

For more information on AKS virtual nodes: https://aka.ms/virtualnode
For more information on Azure Dev Spaces: https://aka.ms/devspaces

Apr 2, 2019

See your options for connecting your on-premises data center and workloads to Azure. Principal Product Manager for Microsoft Azure, Reshmi Yandapalli, will show you how you can establish connectivity with Azure Virtual Network to connect your general workloads, including the protection of your resources with Azure Firewall. Then we'll take things to the next level with a look at establishing your own resilient and secure private connection to Azure from your main sites with ExpressRoute, including new options with ExpressRoute Direct at 100 gigabits which provides you fast transfer speeds from your data center to the cloud. ExpressRoute Global Reach, which allows you to leverage Microsoft global network to connect your sites together, and will show you how you can connect thousands of branch offices by automating the configuration and connectivity of your branch sites at scale with the Azure Virtual WAN service.

Apr 2, 2019

See how to use Azure and Azure Stack to dynamically scale applications between your data center and the public cloud while keeping all of your data on premises and handling massive, unexpected increases in traffic. Senior Program Manager of Azure Stack, Anjay Ajodha, gives you an overview on how Azure Stack is Microsoft's hybrid cloud platform that gives you the flexibility to run some or all of your Azure-based infrastructure within your data center.

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