Getting your Windows skills up to date – your New Year’s Resolution?

Over the past few years as I’ve spent more time focused on delivering training and education events, it’s become even more important to try to stay as up to date as possible. This is definitely becoming more challenging with the accelerated release cycle  of Windows 10, but it’s not something that needs to be overwhelming…

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New Windows AutoPilot Resources

Back in November at the Microsoft Tech Summit in Sydney I had the pleasure of delivering a session on Modern Management, including Windows AutoPilot, with Michael Niehaus in attendance. I had to be careful not too steal too much of his content, as his AutoPilot session immediately followed mine. Over the last couple of weeks…

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The Microsoft 365 powered device lab kit available for download

For those of you who were wondering how to fill those public holidays over the next month, you now have the answer. This was previously known as the Windows 10 Deployment and Management Lab Kit, but has been updated  for Windows 10, Version 1709 along with some other updates. Description The Microsoft 365 powered device lab kit…


On Demand: Add the power of Microsoft Azure to your Windows Server workloads

The recording for this should be available shortly, and you can register to watch it here. I was able to watch this earlier today when it was live, and I strongly encourage you to take a look, especially if you want to see some short sharp demonstrations including Azure File Sync and moving an IIS…


Azure Backup System State Backup is generally available

This announcement was made last month, but I thought it would be worth mentioning as it ties into the previous post about how to leverage Azure with your Windows Server deployments. System State backup with MARS Agent is now generally available in all Azure regions. With this release, the MARS Agent has full production support…


Webcast: How to leverage Azure for your Windows Server environment

Somehow I missed this announcement until today, but the Windows Server team are running a webinar on leveraging Windows Server with Azure in our early hours tomorrow morning. I’m not a get out of bed in the middle of the night to watch something that I know will be recorded and made available, so register…


Choosing the right Office version for your customers

We’ve been getting a few scenario variations around this topic recently, so I thought it was worth sharing a few of the different resources that will help you to make the right decision. There are two different parts to this conversation, the first is selling a perpetual licence (e.g. Office 2016) versus a subscription (e.g….


Office v16.4 OPK released

Microsoft has released Office version 16.4 OEM Pre-installation Kit (OPK) on DPC. This OPK complements the planned availability of the Office desktop applications in the Windows Store. Also, some end user out-of-box experience workflows that were previously handled in Office client will now be handled by the Windows Store.    The 16.4 OPK uses the…


INVITE: Introducing Microsoft 365 powered HP devices – The Modern Workplace vision realised

As a Microsoft partner targeting small to medium sized businesses, this joint webinar with HP, exclusively for partners, is an event not to be missed. Microsoft 365 Business deployed on HP devices represents a massive opportunity for you to help your SMB customers transform the way they empower teams, safeguard business data and simplify IT….


Microsoft 365 Business and Upgrade Analytics – Collecting Data From Previous Windows Pro Editions

Following on from the last post which was an introduction to the Windows Analytics Upgrade Analytics solution in Operations Management Suite, today’s post is on collecting data from your Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.x Pro devices. For this post I will be using the Pilot version of the Upgrade Readiness Deployment Script to collect…