November 2014

Secure Sharing: Collaboration without Compromise (Part 2)

In this, Part 2 of our series on secure sharing, we’ll discuss data classification and some do’s and don’ts for sharing ultra-sensitive data with collaborators both inside and outside the company.…

PowerShell DSC Azure Extension 1.5 is now available

We’re excited to announce version 1.5 of the Azure DSC extension, which now supports Windows Server 2012 (in addition to Windows Server 2012 R2).

Version 1.5 uses the Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview November 2014.

You can see the …

Release history for the Azure DSC Extension

Last August we introduced the Azure Desired State Configuration (DSC) Extension, which can be used to upload and apply a DSC configuration on an Azure VM. We will use this blog post to keep a history of the different releases …

PowerShell Remote Script Debugging in the ISE

This is the second of a series of blogs discussing the new PowerShell 5.0 script debugging features.  These new features are available through the PowerShell 5.0 preview, which is part of the WMF (Windows Management Foundation) 5.0 preview that you …

PowerShell Break All Command

The PowerShell team has added some new script debugging features for version 5.0.  I’ll be talking about these new features in a series of blogs starting with the new PowerShell Break All command.  PowerShell 5.0 has been released as a …

Introducing: PowerShell Gallery

PowerShellGet is an exciting new feature releasing in WMF 5.0 Preview.  With it, you can easily discover, install, update, and publish PowerShell modules to and from online repositories – simplifying the process of sharing PowerShell content.

While we’ve talked …

Documenting DSC Part 2

In a previous post, we introduced the team of writers working on documenting DSC. (You can always contact them at DSCIX@microsoft.com.) We’ve started out by bringing the existing documentation up to date (the topics for all of the …

Accessing Azure AD connected apps on Android phones, iPhones, and iPads

Howdy folks, Two week ago I blogged about how your can solve issues with shared account management using our cool new password-based single sign-on (SSO) capability for groups. Today I want to let you know how you can get SSO …

De-provisioning Users in Active Directory

This article takes a look at ways to de-provision separated employees in Active Directory.…

Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview November 2014 is now available

We’re excited to announce Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview November 2014, a new package publicizing new and exciting management technologies, is now available for download on Download Center!

This Windows Management Framework (WMF) preview includes everything from WMF 5.0 …

PowerShell DSC Resource Design and Testing Checklist

DSC Resource Design and Testing Checklist

 

Writing Desired State Configuration Resources is not trivial and there’s many things which can go wrong. You should always spend significant amount of time testing resources you create. This task, although critical for

Microsoft Identity Manager Public Preview is now available!

Howdy folks, Back in April, we blogged about the vNext release of Microsoft Identity Manager (a.k.a. "MIM", the product formerly known as Forefront Identity Manager). Today I have the privilege to let you know that we have released the…(read

Documenting DSC

We have a new team of content developers focusing on documenting Desired State Configuration (DSC). Led by our manager Steve Kaczmarek, the team comprises Jaime Ondrusek, Corey Plett, and Eric Slesar. A little background:  

Steve – I joined Microsoft …

Microsoft Acquires Aorato

Exciting news to share today! Early this morning, we closed on our agreement to acquire Aorato. Aorato has done some incredibly innovative work to use Active Directory to monitor and detect anomalous user behavior inside of corporate networks. You…(read

Secure Sharing: Collaboration without Compromise (Part 1)

In this multi-part article, we’re going to discuss the problem of why secure sharing is essential to business today and how to enable users to collaborate without compromising your data and network. …

November Exchange Releases delayed until December

We know that many of you are anxiously awaiting the release of our quarterly Exchange updates planned for November. Earlier today the Exchange Team decided to hold the release of these packages until December. We made this decision to provide …

Announcing Skype for Business

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Just this morning Microsoft has announced, by way of Twitter and new posts on the Office and Skype blogs that the Lync Server product will be rebranded as Skype for Business.

Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Skype, Gurdeep Singh …

Introducing the IMAP Migration Troubleshooter

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If transitioning your organization from a non-Exchange system such as Google or Lotus Notes to Office 365, you typically need to follow the IMAP migration path. As diagnosing and remediating any issues you might run into during such a …

SILK Audio in Lync Mobile Clients

A previous article entitled Media Codes in Lync 2013 covered the introduction of the SILK narrowband and wideband audio codecs from Skype into the Lync 2013 desktop client.  Since posting that article Microsoft has also added SILK support into the …

On-Premises Legacy Public Folder Coexistence for Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 7 and Beyond

What are we talking about today?

In Exchange 2013 CU5 (yes 5, V, cinco, fem, and cinque) we started implementing changes to how Legacy Public Folder endpoint discovery will be performed by Outlook (for Windows) in the future. This work …

Is Microsoft Windows Security Essentials Enough for Enterprise Security?

Is Windows Security Essentials enough to achieve satisfactory enterprise security or should enterprises be considering additional security strategies? Let’s take a look……

vExpert 2015 applications are open

Applications for the 2015 vExpert program are now open. Applications will be accepted until December 12th at midnight PST. Applications received after the December 12th deadline will roll into the next nomination & voting process. vExpert 2015 announcement will be

Azure AD the leader in KuppingerCole leadership compass + first case studies

Howdy folks, Catching up on some news your may have not been aware of with today's post. Azure AD the leader in KuppingerCole leadership compass report First, I'm excited to let you know that we were recently cited as the …