Microsoft Ignite 2017: Recommendations for Windows IT pros and day 1 recap

Day 1 at Microsoft Ignite was all about modern:  the modern workplace, modern user experiences, modern devices and—from the IT side of the house—modern deployment, modern security, and modern management. There were many announcements, and, over the next four days, there will be more than 150 sessions covering everything Windows. I posted a list of “can’t miss” sessions for Windows IT pros in the Windows 10 Tech Community a few weeks ago, so I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some additional activities for those attending this year’s conference and to provide a summary of what’s available online and on demand for those who aren’t able to attend.

But first, some quick tips

For the latest updates and news from the conference, make sure to follow us on Twitter @MSWindowsITPro. To build your personalized schedule, download the Microsoft Ignite app or use the online session builder. And, to map your agenda and get estimates on how long it will take you get from one session to another, check out this cool Power BI app.

Day 1 highlights

While mixed reality, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing were at the forefront of Satya’s keynote, he also touched on the modern workplace and the role of Microsoft 365 as a “strategic digital asset.” Brad Anderson and Rob Lefferts then talked about the Microsoft 365 powered device and the path to modern IT. Both the keynote and the Anderson/Lefferts sessions are available on demand at

Hands-on labs

If you’re onsite at Microsoft Ignite 2017, you have 15 opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience with Windows 10 setup, deployment, and management scenarios:


Customize the Windows 10 Start menu and taskbar during deployment


Deploy and manage Windows as a service


Deploy Credential Guard


Deploy Device Guard


Deploy Windows Information Protection


Join Windows 10 devices to Azure Active Directory


Set up Microsoft Store for Business to deploy apps in the enterprise


Simplify Windows 10 deployment by using provisioning packages


Upgrade in place to Windows 10 by using MDT and Configuration Manager


Use Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode to fix compatibility issues


Using MMAT to accelerate move from group policies to MDM


Win 10 SOE and Approach Followed


Enterprise application protection using WIP policy and Intune to prevent data leaks in Windows 10 devices


Deploying and Managing Windows Hello for Business


Windows Defender Antivirus – configure and deploy policies and check out reports

Many of these labs are also available online as virtual labs. Visit and get access to one or more virtual machines and step-by-step instructions—no additional software or setup required.

Microsoft Mechanics Live!

Microsoft’s official show on the latest tech is live all week at Microsoft Ignite. Monday’s schedule included Brad Anderson talking about the deployment and management of Microsoft 365 powered devices and details on what’s coming in Windows Server, version 1709. Microsoft Mechanics also posted a new video on Azure Active Directory pass-through authentication. If you’re at the conference this week, check out the full schedule in the Microsoft Ignite Session Catalog and stop by at 9:35 Pacific Time (12:35 EDT) today for an “ask me anything” session with Mark Russinovich on the cloud, Windows, security, and more.

Win big prizes

This one is only for those who are onsite at the conference. Attend any of these sessions to get a raffle ticket and your chance to win a Surface Book with Performance Base, Surface Pro or Surface Laptop. The more sessions you attend, the more chances you have to win!

Eligible sessions:


Windows Insider Business Program: A perfect match for companies


Windows 10 servicing explained: Deploying Windows as an in-place upgrade


Modernize deployment & servicing of Windows 10 & Office ProPlus with Enterprise Mobility + Security


An overview of Windows Analytics: New tools to help improve Windows experiences


Drill down: What’s new in the Fall Creators Update for Windows Defender ATP


New modern management features for IT pros


Best practices to secure Windows 10 with already included features


Deploying Windows 10: An overview of what's new and future direction


Windows 10 management with Microsoft 365 Business


Make Windows devices more secure by taking them out of your existing infrastructure


Simplify the management of your Microsoft 365 workplace with analytics


Designing and implementing your flighting strategy to support your Windows 10 deployment decisions

Windows take-over day at Community Central

Also for those at the conference. Windows is taking over Community Central on Thursday, September 28th and you’ll have the opportunity to connect with fellow members of the Windows community as well as well-known members of the Windows team at Microsoft, such as Dona Sarkar and Michael Niehaus. Join us for coffee, cookies, chair massages, and more.

Stay tuned

Day 2 is underway so stay tuned for highlights.


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