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What is Windows 10 Enterprise Multi-session for WVD?

Announced at Ignite in 2018, Microsoft recently released Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) into public preview. According to Nerdio, Microsoft will be delivering functionality in the next version of Windows 10 to work better with WVD. Microsoft is releasing a brand-new version of Windows 10 to support multiple user desktop sessions on a single VM. It is called Windows 10 Enterprise Multi-session for WVD and it is built specifically to enable hosted desktops that are identical to what the more than 800M Windows 10 users are already used to on their physical devices. The new OS also comes with enhancements that improve the user experience. For instance, the Windows Search index (which speeds up searching in Outlook and other apps) will be a per-user database that will be portable and can move wi...

Microsoft Rolls Out Lab as a Service in Azure

Setting up a hands-on lab environment for testing and other non-production activities has always been a key factor for ensuring success in an organization’s technical infrastructure. Lab environments are also used for training, delivering speaking sessions, demos – the list goes on and on. Over and above the cost of the hardware to supply these lab environments, they also cost extra to maintain. Microsoft has now delivered Lab Services in Azure to help organizations and individuals create lab environments quickly in the cloud. Easily set up and provide on-demand access to preconfigured virtual machines (VMs) to support your scenarios. Teach a class, train professionals, run a hackathon or a hands-on lab, and more. Simply define your needs and the service will roll the lab out t...

Registration for Microsoft Replacement Exam AZ-103 Begins on May 1, 2019

Microsoft has decided to consolidate AZ-100 and AZ-101 into AZ-103. This consolidation is intended to simplify the Azure Administrator Associate certification that can be achieved through sitting for one exam. The unfortunate thing is that this new exam is only available after May 1, 2019. Those that are currently studying to pass the original exams have asked whether or not they should wait. The recommendation is that if a person has already passed either AZ-100 or AZ-101 and ready to sit for the other exam, they should finish the track. Otherwise, if the person is just starting out to obtain the certification, they can begin studying, but focus on AZ-103. The AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator certification exam is geared towards Azure Administrator candidates who manage cloud services...

Tip: Learn All About Virtual Machines in Azure for Free

You might be new to Virtual Machines, or even new to Azure, or you could be a long-time VM aficionado. Whichever category you fall into, it’s always good to learn. Microsoft’s new Learn platform has a multitude of opportunities to educate yourself on the latest, most modern technologies. Whether you want a career in the cloud or just need information on how to complete a task or project, the free Virtual Machines is one of the core Compute components of Azure and proficiency in this area can lead to a great career. Use this direct link to access the growing list of free training modules on Virtual Machines in Azure:

Azure Backup for SQL Server Virtual Machines

Microsoft has just announced the availability for Azure Backup for SQL Server Virtual Machines. Azure Backup is an enterprise scale, zero- infrastructure solution, that eliminates the need to deploy and manage backup infrastructure while providing a simple and consistent experience to centrally manage and monitor the backups on standalone SQL instances and Always On Availability Groups. Details: Azure Backup for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines now generally available!

Office 365 Groups Gains the Ability to Enforce Company-consistent Group Names

Microsoft is rolling out a new function for Office 365 Groups to allow companies to help make sense of the group names being created by end-users. Office 365 Groups is a valuable feature that gives users the ability to connect with like-minded or collaborative partners for corporate projects, business, and community. But, due to the ability to generate groups, the group names can become unruly. Azure AD Naming Policy for Office 365 Groups is now generally available and contains two rules that can be applied: Prefix-suffix naming policy You can define prefixes or suffixes that are then added automatically to enforce a naming convention on your groups (for example, in the group name “GRP_JAPAN_My Group_Engineering”, GRP_JAPAN_ is the prefix, and _Engineering is the suffix). Custom blocked wo...

Adaptive Network Hardening in Azure Security Center Now in Public Preview

Microsoft has now delivered adaptive network hardening capability into a public preview. What does it do? Adaptive Network Hardening uses intelligence to learn the network traffic and connectivity patterns of the Azure workloads and provide network security recommendations for rule configuration for your internet-facing virtual machines. To find this, in the Azure Portal go to Security Center select Networking and then Adaptive network hardening.

Windows Server 2019 + Microsoft Azure = hybrid management updates

See updates to Windows Admin Center and Windows Server 2019 that line up practical hybrid management scenarios with Microsoft Azure. Windows Server, Principal Program Manager, Jeff Woolsey starts you off with Azure File Sync. Sync your local files to the cloud with virtually unlimited storage and fast, secure access. Next, he’ll go over Azure Network Adapter for streamlined and encrypted connectivity from your Windows Server environment to Azure. See how to use your existing hardware, and how you can now easily protect and failover your virtual machines to Azure.

Azure Blob Storage Now Includes Auto-Tiering and Auto-Expiration Functionalities

In this video, learn what Azure Blob Storage on IoT Edge is, and how you can use it. You’ll also learn how to configure and deploy Azure Blob Storage on IoT Edge with auto-tiering and auto-expiration functionalities.

Microsoft Brings the IBM Mainframe to Azure with the 3270 Connector

If successful, Microsoft may finally put the IBM mainframe out of its misery. Microsoft today has announced that it has placed a new Microsoft Azure Logic Apps Connector for 3270 Screens into a public preview. According to Microsoft… The new Microsoft Connector for 3270 Screens (3270 Connector) allows enterprise developers to build modern applications that automate end-user task flows based on legacy IBM mainframe 3270 programs, to deliver Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and other integration capabilities to transform business. Documentation can be found here: Integrate 3270 screen-driven apps on IBM mainframes with Azure by using Azure Logic Apps and IBM 3270 connector And, there’s also a developer tool available that produces metadata directly from the mainframe: Host Integr...

Microsoft Simplifies a Product Name: VM backup stack V2 Renamed to Instant Restore

Microsoft has a long history of extremely poor product naming. But, this latest instance might show that there’s hope for the company. For many, this is bigger news than some might realize. As part of a new feature rollout, Microsoft listened to customers and took the poorly named VM Backup Stack V2 and renamed it to Instant Restore. Instant Restore for Azure is a valuable new feature that has the following functions: Ability to use snapshots taken as part of a backup job that is available for recovery without waiting for data transfer to the vault to finish. It reduces the wait time for snapshots to copy to the vault before triggering restore. Reduces backup and restore times by retaining snapshots locally, for two days by default. This default vault is configurable to any value bet...

Microsoft Delivers Azure Sentinel to Preview – Intelligent Security Analytics for the Enterprise

Microsoft today has delivered into preview a new security analytics product called Azure Sentinel. Utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI), the service constantly digs into the Enterprise to uncover potential security issues and to identify active ones. Azure Sentinel works across all hardware, users, devices, and software both on-premises and in the cloud. It collects data, detects faults and flaws, investigates what it finds, and then has orchestration built in to deliver mitigations. The data that Azure Sentinel collects can be imported into Office 365 where it’s reviewed and shared. Preview it for free here: