Category Archives: Windows 7

Microsoft 365 Business and Upgrade Analytics – Determining Upgrade Readiness

In today’s post we will focus on analysing the data that was collected previously from the Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro. What you will also see in this post is that PCs that have been upgraded to Windows 10 will also start appearing in Upgrade Readiness to help identify any issues that might arise with the next round of Windows upgrades you need to manage. For this post I’ve switched over to using https://portal.azure.com rather than using the

Microsoft 365 Business and Upgrade Analytics – Collecting Data From Previous Windows Pro Editions

Following on from the last post which was an introduction to the Windows Analytics Upgrade Analytics solution in Operations Management Suite, today’s post is on collecting data from your Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.x Pro devices. For this post I will be using the Pilot version of the Upgrade Readiness Deployment Script to collect data from a couple of PCs rather than using an automated deployment option. Before jumping in to the instructions, it’s worth discussing how many PCs

Microsoft 365 Business and Upgrade Analytics – Preparing to upgrade to Windows 10 Business

I’ve previously posted about Windows 10 Business, so I won’t go into that in this post. Instead the focus of this post is how set up Operations Management Suite’s Windows Analytics Upgrade Anaytlics to capture information from your Windows 7 and Windows 8.x devices. Even if you are just targeting Windows 10 Pro deployments, the information in this post is just as relevant, so don’t be concerned about references to Windows 10 Business. What do you need to get started?

Microsoft 365 Business Part 1 – Windows 10 Business

As I’m currently preparing some session content for Ignite 2017, I thought I would share some of the pieces I’ll be going through, starting with Windows 10 Business. This raises the question – what is Windows 10 Business, is it another Windows SKU? Rather than think of it as another SKU, the best way to think about it is that it’s Windows 10 Pro when it’s being managed by Microsoft 365 Business. If that’s not clear, think of it as

Use cases for Microsoft Intune Client Software vs MDM

Something that often comes up during conversations about managing Windows PCs with Intune is whether they should be managed as a PC or as a mobile device. As with most conversations, there isn’t usually a clear cut answer. In this post I will highlight some of the scenarios where one option might make more sense than the other. In the next post I will have table that compares the two options side by side. Please note that these do not

Office 365 Desktop Applications And Azure RMS

A scenario that is being raised more often now that Microsoft is pushing it’s Enterprise Mobility Suite through the SMB channel is whether or not the version of the Office 365 desktop applications included with the Business and Business Premium plans can interoperate with Azure Rights Management Service. The answer is yes, but with an asterisk. What’s the asterisk? The Business and Business Premium desktop applications do allow you to open rights protected content, but they don’t allow you to

Controlling Windows 10 Upgrades In Managed Environments

Knowing that many of you manage the networks of your SMB customers here are some important updates for controlling the advertisement, and obviously the roll out, of Windows 10 to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices. FIrst up is a post on the Windows for IT Pros blog – Making it Easier for Small Businesses to Upgrade To Windows 10. Customers in the US are initially targetting US customers later in January, with other geos, including Australia, to follow. It’s important to

Internet Explorer 11 and Edge Migration And Mitigation Resources

This post is a reference for some courses I’m running next week that have a section on Internet Explorer 11 and Edge content that I need to provide some additional resources for. Support for older versions of Internet Explorer ends on January 12, 2016 This page addresses some of the frequently asked questions that customers ask, and how to address them. Reasons to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 This article covers the benefits of upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, and

Say Hi At Infrastructure Saturday In Brisbane Today

Today I’ll be delivering two sessions at Infrastructure Saturday, the pre and post lunch slots. 11:20-12:20 Leveraging the Enterprise Mobility Suite for Windows 10, iOS and Android 13:00-14:00 Managing Windows 10 with Microsoft Online Service Offerings After all the announcements this week there will be no shortage of new things to discuss, so head along and join in the activities.

Sonos finally supports a Microsoft music subscription service, officially.

Many moons ago, you could play back rights managed Zune music files, but it wasn’t exactly a consumer friendly option. You needed to install the Zune software on a Windows, share your music library through Windows Media Player, and then your Sonos units could play back any of the rights protected WMA files. Not exactly integrated, and not exactly end user friendly but it worked. One day, however, a Sonos system update removed this capability. This didn’t completely leave all


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