Category Archives: Azure Active Directory

Innovation Days Agenda – September 17, 2016

In a recent post I mentioned the Innovation Days event that is happening in Sydney on September 17. If you haven’t registered yet, head on over to the registration site and reserve your place. Check out the session agenda here, and make sure you come along to my session at 4:10pm to hear more about the latest updates to Windows 10 and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite.

Plan for Change: New Grouping and Targeting Experience Coming to Intune

Based on your feedback to have one grouping and targeting experience across Enterprise Mobility + Security, Microsoft is converting Intune Groups to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)-based Security Groups. This new unified group management experience will keep you from having to duplicate groups between services, introduces dynamic grouping for Intune device properties, and provides extensibility using PowerShell and Microsoft Graph. How does this affect you? A preliminary timeline and a high-level list of what to expect follows. While Microsoft knows

Join me at Innovation Days

Join Australian Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) and Industry Experts for a one day of accelerated learning about innovative technologies. Expert Speakers will present based on their real world experience in short action packed sessions.   Major Topics Includes: Cloud and Datacenter Management Topics covered include Private, Hybrid and Public Cloud and the future of applications, integrating Cloud into your IT strategy/the challenges of the journey to the cloud, managing scalable applications to managing customer relationships through social platforms; Linux and

WPC2016 and Related EMS Announcements

This week at WPC Microsoft have been discussing some of the most recent changes to EMS, which has now been rebranded from Enterprise Mobility Suite to Enterprise Mobility + Security to take into account some of the recent additions that focus heavily on security. Over the coming weeks I’ll have time to dig into these in more detail, but for now here are the related blog posts for the announcements. Introducing Enterprise Mobility + Security Learn about the rebranding and

Azure Active Directory Enterprise State Roaming Generally Available

I’ll do a more detailed post on this in an upcoming series of tutorial focused posts, but for now it’s worth mentioning one of the things I haven’t had a chance to post about yet – Enterprise State Roaming is now GA. This continues the trend of Windows 10 and Azure Active Directory based capabilities that are really helping to eliminate the need for a consumer Microsoft Account. This is something that has been problematic for many organisations in the

Windows Store For Business Resources

Recently I’ve been involved in a series of events that have included content on Windows Store For Business, and there are some useful resources that I point people back to which are worth sharing here. If you are using Intune standalone or as part of the Enterprise Mobility Suite, take a look at these two blog posts to begin with. Silently push the Microsoft Intune Company Portal to Azure AD Joined Windows 10 devices Block Windows 10 Public Store using

Deploy Windows 10 in a school

A new guide for schools looking to deploy Windows 10 alongside Office 365 and Azure Active Directory Premium can be found at https://technet.microsoft.com/itpro/windows/plan/deploy-windows-10-in-a-school and it includes the following topics. Prepare for school deployment How to configure a school Prepare the admin device Create and configure Office 365 Select an Office 365 user account–creation method Integrate on-premises AD DS with Azure AD Bulk-import user and group accounts into AD DS Bulk-import user accounts into Office 365 Assign user licenses for Azure

Azure Active Directory Domain Services Preview Now Available In Australia

Since the AADDS preview started I’ve been questioned several times during demonstrations of AAD/AADS/EMS scenarios why my tenants are always in US West, not in AustraliaEast or AustraliaSouthEast, and the primary reason was because the AADDS preview wasn’t available in the local datacenters. In a post on the Active Directory Team Blog they mention Australian DC availability, as well as other enhancements that have rolled into the preview, including… Secure LDAP access Custom OU support Administer DNS for your managed domain

Microsoft Intune April 2016 Updates

Listed below are the details of the Intune updates for April 2016, and as per usual there are likely a few that are particularly applicable to your environment.   All of the April 2016 features are also supported for hybrid customers (Configuration Manager integrated with Intune). App management MAM user compliance. You can now view the status of your application management policies for any user in your Azure Active Directory (AAD) tenant. This includes: Devices Apps on the device Status

APAC MVP Windows 10 Webinar Series – Week 2

This Thursday, at 1pm Sydney time, I’ll be presenting the second webinar in the MVP series that kicked last week. You can register here, but for more information keep reading. Preparing your environment and deploying Windows 10 Webinar link will be provided in the registration confirmation email. This webinar is a part of the Windows 10 webinar series, find out more about the series and related webinars here. Webinar description Windows 10 is designed to give you the smoothest Operating


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