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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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Jul 28, 2020

A practical use case for Dynamic Data Masking and Row-Level Security through Microsoft Azure Synapse.

See how Grab, a Singapore-based mobile technology company, is evaluating Azure Synapse to improve data governance with dynamic data masking and row-level security to empower business users in different countries to compliantly access and analyze their data. Grab has built a super app to match consumers to common services across eight countries and over 330 cities - from everything to ride sharing, delivery, cashless payments, and more.

Join host Jeremy Chapman, as he speaks with Adhi Utama, Solution Architect at Grab, to find out how they are using Azure Synapse to meet the unique challenges of delivering multiple kinds of services at scale across numerous countries while also in a secure, efficient way.

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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Jul 28, 2020

A practical use case for On-Demand Serverless Compute and Querying through Microsoft Azure Synapse.

Find out how UK-based data engineering consultant, endjin, is evaluating Azure Synapse for on-demand serverless compute and querying. Endjin specializes in big data analytics solutions for customers across a range of different industries such as ocean research, financial services, and retail industries. Host Jeremy Chapman speaks with Jess Panni, Principal and Data Architect at endjin, to discuss how they’re using SQL serverless for on-demand compute as well as visualization capabilities to help customers with big data challenges. 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.

For more information on endjin and how they help small teams achieve big things, check out their website at https://endjin.com

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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Jul 22, 2020

A practical use case for Just-In-Time Inventory through Microsoft Azure Synapse.

See how Aggreko is evaluating Azure Synapse to increase operational efficiency with just-in-time supply of their specialist equipment. Aggreko is a global leader in the supply of temporary power generation and temperature control systems, providing backup energy and power supply during times of crisis. Join Jeremy Chapman, as Elizabeth Hollinger, Director of Data Insights at Aggreko, shares how Azure Synapse is now part of their data modernization strategy by bringing inventory to just-in-time and increasing 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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Jul 20, 2020

Take a look at the latest updates to the Power Platform that allow you to build intelligent, low-code, cross-platform apps. Join host Jeremy Chapman as Charles Lamanna, Power Platform CVP, shares a hands-on demonstration to walk you through some of these updates in action.

QUICK LINKS:

02:29 - Hands-on-demo

07:12 - Setup Mixed Reality

08:12 - How robotic process automation capabilities work

10:50 - How to build a bot inside of Teams

13:01 - Where do you go to start using the Power Platform

• Discover the new robotic process automation capabilities in Power Automate: record mouse clicks, keyboard inputs, and Win32 application experiences, and then play them back in the background. This allows you to automate tasks (even if there's no API, and all you can use is a Legacy application or Legacy experience).

• Check out improved experiences of Power Virtual Agent, the newest addition to the Power Platform. This includes additional channel support, so you can work inside of Teams and WhatsApp, as well as integrate with Azure Bot Framework or Azure Bot Framework Composer to bring additional code-first skills inside the Power Virtual Agent design surface area.

• And finally, find out how to make the Power Platform respond to your new remote-work reality. With improved Teams integration, Power Apps now has responsive app templates that work on mobile, as well as desktops, and better understanding of the context that's hosting the application. Additionally, Power Apps Mobile has new mixed-reality capabilities and can visualize 3D assets in space.

New to the Power Platform? Sign up and get started at https://aka.ms/lowcode

Check out the Power Platform community at https://aka.ms/power-users

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Jul 14, 2020

Watch how Microsoft Power Virtual Agents gives you a fast, intuitive and AI-rich way to create intelligent bots that make decisions and take actions. Join Emma Archer, from the Power Virtual Agents team, and Jeremy Chapman as they review.

If you are new to Power Virtual Agents, it's Microsoft's newest member of the Power Platform. The Power Platform is Microsoft's family of tools for low-to-zero-code modern app development, process automation, business insights, and now – chatbots.

Interested in testing it out for yourself? Go to powervirtualagents.microsoft.com

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Jul 13, 2020

Find out how you can now bridge analytics over your live operational data without compromise. Microsoft’s technical fellow, Raghu Ramakrishnan, joins us for an overview of the new cloud-native approach for Hybrid Transactional/Analytical Processing (HTAP) with Azure Synapse Link, along with Cosmos DB.

We'll put it to the test and look at how this new approach enables analytics over your operational data in seconds versus hours.

Azure Synapse Link is an extension of Azure Synapse, Microsoft's single managed service for analytics over your data lake and data warehouse, using either serverless or provision compute. And now with Azure Synapse Link, this extends to your operational data sources.

Sign up for the private preview of Azure Synapse Link at https://aka.ms/AzureHTAP

If you haven't signed up for the public preview of Azure Synapse, you can do so here at https://aka.ms/TryAzureSynapse 

Jun 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

Jun 25, 2020

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

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

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

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

Jun 25, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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