Demonstrate Advanced Security Management in your Office 365 dev/test environment

Now that you have built your Office 365 Dev/Test Environment, it’s time to put Office 365 through its paces. An interesting feature of Office 365 Enterprise E5 is Advanced Security Management, which allows you to create specific policies that monitor for and inform you of suspicious activities in your Office 365 subscription. For example, one…


Add Directory Synchronization to your Office 365 dev/test environment

The Create an Office 365 Dev/Test Environment Test Lab Guide describes how to build out the Office 365 dev/test environment: This is a great starting point to gain skills and experience in Office 365, create demos for your departments or customers, or install and test an Office 365 application running on APP1. However, most organizations…


New Office 365 dev/test environment

The new Test Lab Guide: Create an Office 365 Dev/Test Environment describes how to build out the following: The resulting configuration consists of: A simplified organization intranet connected to the Internet, hosted in Microsoft Azure infrastructure services. This intranet has the Windows Server AD domain (DC1), a general application server (APP1), and a client/admin computer (CLIENT1)….


New Exchange 2016 dev/test environment in Azure

If you are curious about the new features and functionality in Exchange 2016 or need to test your Exchange app, you can set up a single Exchange server in Azure infrastructure services. The new Exchange 2016 dev/test environment in Azure takes you step by step through building out the following: This resulting environment consists of: A Windows…


New ExpressRoute section for the Microsoft Cloud Networking for Enterprise Architects poster

In response to customer interest and demand for a cross-cloud discussion of ExpressRoute, the Microsoft Cloud Networking for Enterprise Architects poster has been updated to include a new ExpressRoute section (3 printed pages). Take a look in these ways: PDF (pages 3-5) Visio file (ExpressRoute page) Easy-to-browse format on (pages 3-5) ExpressRoute is a…


June 2016 CAAB Webinar announcement

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, we will hold the fourteenth Cloud Adoption Advisory Board (CAAB) webinar. CAAB webinars are one hour and consist of brief presentations followed by time for open feedback. The Skype for Business/Lync Meeting will open at 7:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time. The session will begin promptly at 8:00 AM and run…


New SharePoint 2016 dev/test farm in Azure

Creating dev/test configurations in Microsoft Azure infrastructure services is a great way to evaluate new products or do testing of an application for the new version of a product. Case in point is SharePoint Server 2016. Instead of standing up a simple SharePoint 2016 farm on a local Hyper-V server, you can quickly and easily…


The Microsoft Cloud Storage for Enterprise Architects poster

If you are trying to determine the best combination of storage facilities and services in Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Intune, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for your IT scenarios, take a look at the Microsoft Cloud Storage for Enterprise Architects poster ( This poster allows you to: Determine the ready-to-use storage facilities in Office 365, Microsoft…


Closing the loop: The new Microsoft Hybrid Cloud for Enterprise Architects poster

At the March 2016 CAAB Webinar, I previewed a draft of a new hybrid cloud poster and got your initial impressions. I am happy to announce that the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud for Enterprise Architects poster has just been published. This new poster steps you through: Understanding the common elements and layers of hybrid cloud scenarios across Microsoft’s cloud offerings,…


Microsoft Cloud for Enterprise Architects series published in Posterpedia

I am happy to announce that the five posters and models of the Microsoft Cloud for Enterprise Architects series are now available in the Posterpedia Windows application. Posterpedia collects various posters and technical diagrams from across Microsoft and allows you to view them on a Windows device. If you don’t already have Posterpedia, you can…