In this new series I discuss the latest in Enterprise Mobility and the news you can't afford to miss.
The Microsoft Ignite conference was epic, so many announcements, demos, roadmaps. I wish I could have been there, maybe next year. Windows Server 2016 and Azure Information Protection reached general availability. The new Microsoft Tech Community is going from strength to strength.
Microsoft held their huge conference in Atlanta September 26-30. It had everything, something for everyone really. Office 365, Infrastructure, IoT, Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility and a lot more.
Most of the sessions are now available on-demand. Head straight to the Microsoft Ignite YouTube channel. On the official web site, you can explore sessions by topic or product. Here are the top three watched presentations as of writing.
If you are after the PowerPoint slides from the Microsoft Ignite sessions, I'll tell you where you can find them later.
Innovation Keynote with Satya Nadella
MVP HubTalk Stephen Owen - Intro to PowerShell
Reinvent IT infrastructure for business agility
The Innovation Keynote with Satya Nadella was really interesting. I really like what Satya is doing with Microsoft. While I wont say its unrecognizable from even a few years back, Microsoft have really embraced change and innovating, whatever the underlying platform is. iOS, Linux, Docker, Raspberry Pi, Microsoft are doing great things with these systems.
Here is my somewhat random top moments from Microsoft Ignite. It's hardly complete but captures some of the moments that stood out for me. It was more an opportunity to use the 'journal' feature in Docs.com on my account. I quickly hit the 10 Twitter embed limit incidentally.
Windows Server 2016 was released at Microsoft Ignite. To begin with only the trial media was available. Now you can download the full Windows Server 2016 ISO's from MSDN and the Volume Licensing Service Center.
Windows Server 2016 is a gamer-changer. Inspired by Microsoft Azure, it brings the best of the next gen features - Windows Server containers, Docker support, just enough OS, just enough administration, software defined storage & networking and lots more.
I have already talked about Nano Server in a separate post. It eliminates all of the graphical interface, leaving a lean and agile platform. With an install footprint of around 500 MB from what I gather, means it's more secure, needing less patches,with less reboots.
Here is a collection of Windows Server 2016 resources I have put together on Docs.com:
Azure Information Protection is now available. Based on Microsoft's purchase of Secure Islands and fused with Azure Rights Management, this new offering comes in two plans. You can compare Azure Information Protection Premium P1 vs the P2 plan here.
The mean differences between the two plans are:
Azure Information Protection Premium P2 will add advanced capabilities like automatic classification of data, on top of the manual classification, labeling and everything else included in P1.
If you have previously signed up to the the Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) bundle, you now have the Azure Information Protection Premium P1 plan. Since EMS itself is now split across two plans, you can upgrade to Enterprise Mobility + Security E5. This comes with Azure Information Protection Premium P2 amongst other things.
Azure Information Protection adds easy to use labeling which applies a classification. The classification can enforce various controls including protection via Azure RMS.
Really good documentation is available on Microsoft's new docs.microsoft.com platform.
The Microsoft Tech Community is coming along nicely. After closing the popular Yammer based Office 365 Network there were some concerns. Microsoft expanded the scope to include other services like Azure and the Microsoft Tech Community was born.
I post on the Microsoft Tech Community, when I come across something good and if I can help with any questions or requests for feedback. If you haven't joined yet, it is really is worth it. Here is the getting started guide.
If you are after any Microsoft Ignite PowerPoint slides, you can fine them in a dedicated space in the Microsoft Tech Community.
There are groups related to Enterprise Mobility. You will find them burred under the Azure heading. This includes Microsoft Intune, Azure Information Protection and System Center Configuration Manager. Microsoft has more work to to get these up and running, as most have little engagement.
Here is some other assorted news, as you can see I am being quite liberal with what I consider to be Enterprise Mobility:
Update 1609 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview was released. It includes Windows 10 Upgrade Analytics, Office 365 Client Management Dashboard and can Deploy Office 365 apps to clients amongst other things.
Secure Productive Enterprise was released on the 1st October. This offering includes Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).
The Intune device limit was increased from managing 5 devices to 15 devices. This is a big deal, it was a common complaint that 5 was simply not enough. There is a great new resource for admins deploying or maintaining Office 365 ProPlus. The Preferred Practices guide for Office 365 ProPlus deployment is highly recommended.
One of the big stories from Microsoft Ignite was that Docker Engine is being included with all Windows Server 2016 deployments. Docker answered the top 5 questions from Microsoft Ignite. If you are still getting your head around containers and such, it’s a must read.
That's the first installment of this new series, please check me out on Twitter if you get a chance @CianAllner. Thanks for reading.
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