Closing the loop: Improving Office 365 PowerShell content for administrators

Hello CAAB! At the December 2015 CAAB Webinar, I presented a proposed format for PowerShell procedure topics that was aimed at the occasional Office 365 PowerShell user. Thanks again to Mario Ganem, a CAAB member, for his early input and for your feedback, which I have included in this prototype article: Configure Skype for Business…

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Moving our Yammer discussion to the Office 365 Yammer Network and kicking it off with a YamJam on Dec 1

The Solutions Advisory Board (SAB) Yammer discussion is moving to a new location in the Office 365 Yammer Network.  With Microsoft and industry trends moving people and organizations to cloud-based services, the time has come to evolve the Solutions Advisory Board (SAB) into the Cloud Adoption Advisory Board (CAAB), a wider effort about Microsoft cloud adoption…

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November 2015 CAAB Webinar announcement

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, we will hold the eleventh Cloud Adoption Advisory Board (CAAB) (previously known as the Solutions Advisory Board [SAB]) webinar. CAAB webinars are one hour and consist of brief presentations followed by time for open feedback. The meeting will open at 7:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time. The session will begin promptly…

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New "Security in a Cloud-Enabled World" Microsoft Virtual Academy course

Good afternoon SAB, Mark Simos, an Architect in Microsoft Cybersecurity, and Tim Rains, a Microsoft Chief Security Advisor, have created a new "Security in a Cloud-Enabled World" Microsoft Virtual Academy course. Take it at https://aka.ms/securecustomermva. Here is the course description in their own words: Are you securing IT assets in a public or hybrid cloud?…

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The new service model and update channels for Office 365 ProPlus

Hello SAB, Office 365 ProPlus has moved to a new servicing model with the release of Office 2016. One of the benefits of Office 365 ProPlus is that Microsoft can provide new features for Office apps on a regular basis, through monthly updates. The new servicing model is designed to give IT departments: Flexibility in…

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SAB September 2015 webinar announcement

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, we will hold the tenth Solutions Advisory Board (SAB) webinar. SAB webinars are one hour and consist of brief presentations followed by time for open feedback. The Lync Meeting will open at 7:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time. The session will begin promptly at 8:00 AM and run to 9:00 AM….

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How SAB members gather materials for presentations

Hello SAB, Lots of SAB members give presentations. Venues include their organizations, their customers, or at local user groups and industry conferences. I'm a big fan of making it as easy as possible for you to present on Microsoft's behalf, so I am always looking for ways to share drawings and other materials. I asked…

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Azure AD Connect – It's the new DirSync

The DirSync tool, which you can use to synchronize your on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) with an instance of Azure Active Directory (AD), has been updated with the new Azure AD Connect tool. You typically use the DirSync or Azure AD Connect tools to configure either password synchronization or single sign-on so that…

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Resources for ramping up on Azure Resource Manager

In the July 2015 SAB webinar, I presented Azure Resource Manager as the new deployment model for compute, storage, and networking resources in Azure infrastructure services. Resource Manager is designed to eventually replace the classic deployment model, which has been the model up to now for deploying virtual machine-based workloads in Azure. As I described…

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SAB July 2015 webinar announcement

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, we will hold the ninth Solutions Advisory Board (SAB) webinar. SAB webinars are one hour and consist of brief presentations followed by time for open feedback. Here are some changes for this webinar that we would like to try out: One session, instead of two. Why?  We think that the…

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