Azure in 5 Minutes

  Welcome!  My team will be doing a number of videos around various components in Azure. The goal of this series is to give you very short messages around a number of the key Azure components needed to build a solution on Azure.  We will start with the basics and build from there.  This page…

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Azure Backup and ASR General Availability in CSP

  Partners,   Quick Update.   I wanted to get the news out on this as some of you may not have looked at the most current Azure Release Notes for CSP which is dated May 31st announced two very important points that illustrate the inertia building in Azure and CSP. Azure Backup is now Generally…

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Cool storage now available in Azure

Rob Waggoner Question: Does Microsoft have a lower cost storage solution for items like Backup and long term retention?   Answer: Azure Cool Storage just released and provides a lower cost solution for things like backup and other long term, seldom used, data retention needs.  The details are here and here.   As I read…

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Should I buy Windows Server 2012 R2 or wait for Windows Server 2016?

Rob Waggoner   Partners, You are starting to hear news about Windows Server 2016, and I agree that Windows Server 2016 is looking great, but that doesn’t mean Windows Server 2012 R2 isn’t up to the task.  As I like to remind Partners, Software Assurance is always a great value, but right now, the value…

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Should I buy Windows Server 2012 R2 or wait for Windows Server 2016?

Rob Waggoner   Partners, You are starting to hear news about Windows Server 2016 and I agree that Windows Server 2016 is looking great, but that doesn’t mean Windows Server 2012 R2 isn’t up to the task.  As I like to remind Partners, Software Assurance is always a great value, but right now, the value…

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Does RSA SecurID integrate with Azure Authentication?

Rob Waggoner   A question that came up during my most recent SMB Live:  Does Azure authentication work with RSA SecureID? The Answer is yes.  I had to do some research, here, but come to find out there has been support for SecurID for a number years.  Here is an announcement from 2011 announcing this…

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The “Get Windows 10” app is coming to your Domain join machines

Rob Waggoner Partners, Up until now, if your customer had a domain joined computer, the Windows 10 upgrade app did not ask your users to upgrade to Windows 10.  This will be changing soon and I want to make sure you are ready for the change.   We announced the change here, and we even documented…

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Deploying Windows 10 just got easier!

Rob Waggoner Beginning with Version 1511 of Windows 10, you can now use your Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 product keys to activate Windows 10 without doing an in place upgrade.  This will be a huge timesaver for partners deploying new images to their customers.  Originally, to take advantage of the free Windows…

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Updated Azure Virtual Networking documentation

Rob Waggoner We updated our documentation on the VPN devices supported in Azure and I wanted to share the new link and some of the details.  The updated list of devices is here now, and I will try to update my documentation going forward.   As the article states, we have moved away from the “Static”…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Windows Clustering

Rob Waggoner When we talk about Windows Clustering, we are always talking about the need for High Availability.  Clustering is the way we achieve High Availability in the event of a hardware failure of one of your servers.  Clustering ensures that your roles or workloads fail over to another node so users can continue to…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Data loss prevention

Rob Waggoner   Office 365 and Exchange 2013 include a capability called Data loss Prevention (DLP).  DLP allows a company to prevent confidential data from leaving their company via email, or from being communicated via email at all (internal or external).  Below I’ll show you an example of preventing Credit Card information from leaving a…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Tell me what you want to do…

Rob Waggoner Every time we release a new version of Office, we optimize the user interface.  Have you ever wanted the ability to ask Office “How do I do something?”.  Well that’s what Tell me, included in Office 2016, will give you.  Below, I’ll show you the user experience for Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint,…

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Business is better with Office 365: Introducing Office 2016 Webcast Q/A

Good afternoon everyone!  Tim, Rob and I had the chance to answer questions on a customer facing webcast: Business is better with Office 365.  Everyone had great questions and I think we typed non-stop for the entire webcast.   I believe the Q/A list provides some insights into the types of solutions and technologies our customers…

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Office 365 Shared Computer Activation Supported SKUs

Rob Waggoner   Q: Which SKUs of Office 365 can I use in a Terminal Server / Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environment? A: Only the SKUs that include the Office 365 Pro Plus bits can be deployed to an Terminal / RDS Server . If you look at the following link (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/office-365-plan-options.aspx), the second table…

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Office 365 Import Service coming soon to Open and Direct customers

Rob Waggoner   I wanted to provide an update on the new Office 365 Import Service that launched on September 1.  Right now the service is only available for EA customers.  For Open and Direct customers, this capability will be coming soon. This new service, you can speed the data-migration process to Office 365—enabling you…

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Azure VM Drive attachment limits

Rob Waggoner As I talk to people about Microsoft Azure, some of the same questions come up, so I wanted to provide the information here so its handy to find. How many data disks (virtual hard drives) can be attached to each Azure VM?  The answer is that it depends on the size of the…

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How do I get the SLA on Azure Virtual Machines

  Rob Waggoner Rob, As I have started using Azure a little more, I have a few questions: Question 1.  In order to get the SLA and high availability, we would like to set it up as the two server system. Does this need done from the start or can the second server be added…

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Static vs. Dynamic Gateways in Azure

Rob Waggoner   I often talk about Site-to-Site VPNs in Azure, and every time I do, I talk about the routers that need to be on-premises to connect to the Azure Virtual Network.  We put together the Azure in 5 minute series so if this isn’t making sense, please check out our Azure in 5…

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Using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit

  Rob Waggoner   I often receive the question: “How do I know if my customer is running an out of date Operating System or Application?”  Let me introduce you to the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit.  You can download the MAPs toolkit from here.    Until next time, Rob Technorati Tags: Rob Waggoner,Microsoft…

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What is Automated Azure Desktop Hosting and Why You Should Check it Out?

Rob Waggoner   First let’s answer the question you are probably asking yourself. What is Azure Desktop Hosting? The name sounds intriguing enough, but it probably doesn’t register among the 1000’s of Microsoft terms compiled over the years. The most accurate description for Azure Desktop Hosting is Remote Desktop Services (RDS) built on top of…

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