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New Azure AD Connect release

Microsoft have announce the release of Azure AD Connect 1.1 with the following set of enhancements to Azure AD Connect that we’ve released today:

  • Reduction in the sync interval to keep your Azure AD in sync with AD on-premises more quickly
  • Support for automatic upgrades
  • Ability to switch between sign-in methods through the wizard to enable faster pilots
  • Support for Domain and OU filtering within the wizard
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SharePoint Online Storage Changes

I missed the big fan fare for this, but the base SharePoint Online storage allocation for Office 365 plans has increased from 10GB to 1TB, the change came into effect on the 16 February, all new customers get the new allocation immediately, whereas existing customer will have the update applied on a phased basis.

 

Azure Updates

There are many updates to Azure and I don’t blog about all of them, just the ones I think you’ll find useful, and there has been a couple this week of interest.

First the ability to use your on premise Windows Server License with Software Assurance to reduce the cost of the Azure VMs. Second the introduction of support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux images on Azure Marketplace.

Windows 10 Roadshow returns to London

Join Tech Data on the Windows 10 roadshow on Thursday 3rd March.

The Windows 10 roadshow will be split into 4 exciting areas where you can explore and learn about the Windows 10 opportunity as well as getting hands on with some of the amazing NEW Windows 10 devices

Attendees with travel through 4 zones: Quiz Zone, Security Zone, Analyse This and Pitch Perfect

To find out more information and to register for this great event click here

Microsoft Training 2016 dates released

Join Tech data at one of our Microsoft training workshops or events, with limited spaces available for each event, book now to avoid disappointment.

We have training sessions that will cover the following;

Sales Specialist Accreditation (SSA)
The Sales Specialist accreditation program is designed for individuals in a sales role within a Microsoft partner organisation.

Tech Data/ Microsoft Multi-Cloud Workshop
The workshop provides an introduction to the Microsoft Multi-Cloud, with product overviews, how to build out the Multi-Cloud solution stack and how to transact.

Tech Series
The Tech Series provides solution-selling training for partners who serve SMB customers. Grow Efficiently Track 3 covers all things Azure.

Click here to find out more and register

New OneDrive for Business Sync Client

I know a lot of you have been waiting for this for some time, but it’s finally here and ready to deploy. Check out the details for Windows OS here and Apple OS here.

NEW! UK Cloud QuickLinks is here

UK Cloud QuickLinksUK Cloud QuickLinks has been introduced following feedback from SMB Partners who wanted a collection of Microsoft’s most important tools, information and assets required to help them on their journey to developing and sustaining a successful cloud business.UK Cloud QuickLinks.PNG

The type of content you can expect to find includes:

 ·         SmartPartnerMarketing – Digital Marketing help tailored to you!

·         Pitch decks aligned to the #ModernBiz pillars

·         Product sales cheat sheets covering products including Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility Suite

 We have specific topic areas ‘Learn’, ‘Market’ and ‘Sell’ which are split out across the three business areas of:

 ·         Building the Intelligent Cloud (Azure, Server & SQL)

·         Reinventing Productivity (CRM Online, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Office 365)

·         Creating More Personal Computing (Windows 10 & Devices).

Find out more by visiting the site today http://www.microsoft.com/uk/partner/cloudquicklinks/

What Killed My Domain Controller

Introducing Azure AD Domain Services

Azure AD Domain Services provide managed domain services such as domain join, group policy, LDAP, Kerberos/NTLM authentication etc. that are fully compatible with Windows Server Active Directory. Azure AD Domain Services enable you to consume these domain services, without the need for you to deploy, manage and patch domain controllers in the cloud. Azure AD Domain Services integrate with your existing Azure AD tenant, thus making it possible for users to login using their corporate credentials. Additionally, you can use existing groups and user accounts to secure access to resources, thus ensuring a smoother ‘lift-and-shift’ of on-premises resources to Azure Infrastructure Services.

Azure AD Domain Services work seamlessly regardless of whether your Azure AD tenant is cloud-only or synced with your on-premises Active Directory.

Microsoft Worldwide Cloud Roadshow

The Microsoft Cloud Roadshow is a free, two-day technical training event for IT Professionals and Developers that provides best practices and insight directly from the experts who build and run the cloud services across Office 365, Microsoft Azure and Windows 10.

Microsoft are bringing top engineers from Redmond to cities around the world. They’ll share expert tips and techniques, with over 80 technical training sessions covering for more details and to register click here.

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