Microsoft 365 Business Tech Series Videos – Hybrid Identity

In late June I was approached to record some short technical overview videos on Microsoft 365 Business, and now that they are recorded and published, it’s time to review them, and provide some additional resources and any important updates since the content was created. This is the fourth video in the series, the focus is…


Download the Azure Active Directory Password Protection for Windows Server Active Directory Preview

You can now download the preview of Azure Active Directory Password Protection. You can use it to prevent weak passwords being used in the organisation using Windows Server Active Directory. Azure AD password protection is available in public preview. Now you can establish comprehensive defense for your on-premises environment. With the public preview now you…


Microsoft Inspire 2018 – My Session Recommendations #2 – Windows Server

In #1 in this series I covered the Microsoft 365 sessions (and have added a few new additions as well), and today’s post is focused on Windows Server. With two different events on the horizon – the Windows Server 2019 launch, and the approaching End of Support deadline for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server…


Download Two Azure Active Directory Whitepapers

Keeping in line with a few of my recent posts about leveraging hybrid cloud scenarios, here are a couple of Azure Active Directory focused whitepapers, the first being a quick introduction to Azure Active Directory and the second being more focused on hybrid identity scenarios. Azure Active Directory is a critical component of digital transformation…


New Microsoft 365 Business Capabilities – Identity Enhancements

There are some new scenarios supported with Microsoft 365 Business which help to address one of the main concerns that I encountered when talking to others about the product. This new supported scenario is the use of Azure Active Directory (AAD) Connect to synchronise Active Directory objects to Azure Active Directory, and the flow on effect…


Enhancing Microsoft 365 Business – Part 1 Overview

I’ve previously written several posts covering some of the capabilities of Microsoft 365 Business, but recently during a round of training events I’ve seeing regular scenarios get presented where the required functionality may not be exposed through the admin center, or alternatively aren’t included as part of the license. In this series of posts, I’ll…


Download the Truly consistent hybrid cloud with Microsoft Azure whitepaper

If you are planning on integrating and extending your on-premises infrastructure with Azure, download the Truly consistent hybrid cloud with Microsoft Azure whitepaper. What does it cover? It focuses on the following four pillars… Common Identity When users access applications, they shouldn’t need to worry about whether those applications are running on-premises or in the cloud. Providing consistent…


Microsoft 365 Business Part 4 – Office 365 Business Deployment

In the earlier posts in this series we covered Windows 10 Business, Azure Active Directory and Windows AutoPilot, and now we move over to the deployment of Office 365 Business. In the last post on Windows AutoPilot we saw that this gets installed automatically as part of the Azure Active Domain Join and autoenrollment into…


Microsoft 365 Business Part 3 – Windows AutoPilot

Following on from the last post on Azure Active Directory inclusions in Microsoft 365 Business, let’s take a look at the Windows AutoPilot pieces. For full details on Windows AutoPilot take a look at the official documentation.   To start adding enrolling devices into Windows AutoPilot, sign in to the Microsoft Store for Business as an…


Microsoft 365 Business Part 2 – Azure Active Directory

In the first post of this series I covered the Windows 10 Pro upgrades included in Microsoft 365 Business, today it’s time to discuss the Azure Active Directory components that work alongside Intune to enable Windows 10 Business. I’ll start by posting the components included with the Microsoft 365 Business SKU again. Third from the…