70-534 Architecting Azure Solutions – Exam Prep

Are you preparing for Azure Architect Certification, if so then check this out. There is a free training and free lab available from Microsoft. Below is the one of the module content out of seven module. Since i’m conducing the training below is an example of Module #6

 

#6 Design a management, monitoring, and business continuity strategy

  1. Design a monitoring strategy
    • Identify the Microsoft products and services for monitoring Azure solutions
    • leverage the capabilities of Azure Operations Management Suite and Azure Application Insights for monitoring Azure solutions
    • leverage built-in Azure capabilities
    • identify third-party monitoring tools, including open source
    • describe Azure architecture constructs, such as availability sets and update domains, and how they impact a patching strategy
    • analyze logs by using the Azure Operations Management Suite
  2. Describe Azure business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) capabilities
    • Leverage the architectural capabilities of BC/DR
    • describe Hyper-V Replica and Azure Site Recovery (ASR)
    • describe use cases for Hyper-V Replica and ASR
  3. Design a disaster recovery strategy
    • Design and deploy Azure Backup and other Microsoft backup solutions for Azure
    • leverage use cases when StorSimple and System Center Data Protection Manager would be appropriate
    • design and deploy Azure Site Recovery
  4. Design Azure Automation and PowerShell workflows
    • Create a PowerShell script specific to Azure, automate tasks by using the Azure Operations Management Suite
  5. Describe the use cases for Azure Automation configuration
  6. Evaluate when to use:
    • Azure Automation
    • Chef
    • Puppet
    • PowerShell
    • Desired State Configuration (DSC)

Find more details here

70-534 Architecting Azure Solutions Event Summary

 

Be Productive Using Microsoft Team – I’m speaking

Hi, I’m speaking again after the summer break. This time I’m speaking to NYC Enterprise Collaboration User Group. There is no fee to attend this event but you will need to register the event on meetup. Click the url below.

Businesses of all sizes are taking advantage of the convergence of cloud and mobile technology to enhance collaboration and productivity, accommodate different work styles, and reduce costs. Many companies now let employees work from anywhere, provide cloud-based productivity tools so those workers can communicate and collaborate more effectively, and encourage them to use their own devices for work.

In this presentation/discussion we will take a close look at the Team and how it can best fit for your day to day work.

Increase Productivity by Working Together in Microsoft Teams

Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017, 6:00 PM

Microsoft Office
11 Times Square New York, NY

55 Techies Attending

Businesses of all sizes are taking advantage of the convergence of cloud and mobile technology to enhance collaboration and productivity, accommodate different work styles, and reduce costs. Many companies now let employees work from anywhere, provide cloud-based productivity tools so those workers can communicate and collaborate more effectively, …

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Microsoft Teams and Office Group Are Not Synced

Imagine a scenario that
You create Microsoft Team, which does the magic of offering full collaboration in no time (I super love it). Microsoft Team is based on Office 365 Group so it does get an email address like this

The beauty of this Group is that you can start sending the emails directly to this group and you can leverage Outlook App to start conversation with the members who are part of the Group. Yes I said GROUP and I didn’t say Team though I created Microsoft Team.

Yes this is what I’m trying to explain, Microsoft Team does not show the conversation which is done using the Group which was created by Team. To start the conversation you need to create a new Chanel, and then either use App or Desktop client or send email directly to that Channel to appear in the Conversation in that particular Team,,,, i know is sounds complicated 🙂 – Is there fix .. not now may I’m sure very soon. 

 

Read my previous blog post why this can (Microsoft Teams) be a No Go in a large enterprise
http://www.exchangeitpro.com/2017/05/09/microsoft-teams-hello-microsoft-take-it-to-next-level/

 

Microsoft Teams – Hello Microsoft Take It To Next Level

Microsoft Teams – Hello Microsoft Take It To Next Level

I will keep this post short and to the point because if you want know more about Microsoft Team you can search about it. I’m writing my experience about Microsoft Team which very minor issues but how it can go to the next level which is related to a BIGGER ISSUE and A PROBLEM.

 

So what about minor ones?

If you notice this is a taskbar in MacBook and you can there is email notification for outlook but all the way on the right corner there is Microsoft Team’s and it does not show me any notification whenever there is updated related to a chat or calendar invite or anything. It does not show any notification.

The OTHER minor issues it that, now you can see all your Office Group in the Outlook App on your mobile device (I’m using iOS) but all the management/administration feature such as Add/Remove the member I still can’t do that from the Outlook App and still dependent on Groups App, wish it were managed by the same Outlook App.

 

The MAJOR Issue

It may not be a major issue for so many of you but I can say this will not work in any large enterprise organization because it will be stuck to security and it may not be compliant. Here is the thing. If are using Microsoft Team in your tenant and you Tenant for example has primary domain name as techiesonly.com , the channels in the team are mail enable and if you look at their smtp alias they are not the same as your tenant. I’m sure you know what I’m saying here. You channel conversation is routed via email using a different email route and email alias somewhere in the cloud and then coming back to your conversation history. Though your Microsoft Team is built on Office Group (a exchange mailbox) but your conversation are somewhere in the cloud and There is no information available on the that is a question. I’m sure Microsoft will address that and fix it soon.

 

 

 

My Talk At Microsoft Cloud (Azure & Office 365) | NYC User Group

This month I will be speaking at MS Cloud NYC User Group in NYC. Join me if you interested in learning about digital workplace and new tools for collaboration in Office 365. For more details checkout one of the following links

 

 

Meetup- https://www.meetup.com/msftcloud/events/238180442/

Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-exploring-groups-in-office-365-tickets-32589961452

Last months event – http://www.nyexug.com/upcoming-meetings/february-14-2017-meeting/

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is time to upgrade – End of life Exchange 2007

Exchange 2007 End of Life Roadmap

Do you know that April 11 2017 is the date when Exchange 2007 will no longer be supported by Microsoft.

If you haven’t already begun your migration from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2016 or Office 365 now’s the time to start your planning.

What does End of Life mean?

Exchange Server, like almost all Microsoft products, has a support lifecycle during which we provide new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and so on. This lifecycle typically lasts for 10 years from the date of the product’s initial release, and the end of this lifecycle is known as the product’s End of Life. When Exchange 2007 reaches its End of Life on April 11, 2017, Microsoft will no longer provide:

  • Technical support for problems that may occur;
  • Bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server;
  • Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches;
  • Time zone updates.

Your installation of Exchange 2007 will continue to run after this date. However, because of the changes listed above, we strongly recommend that you migrate from Exchange 2007 as soon as possible.

Benefits of upgrading to Exchange 2016

Simpler and Better Server Architecture – Single Server Role
Better Collaboration
Saving files to OneDrive for Business
Uploading a file to OneDrive for Business.
Most Recently Used lists populated with both local and online files.
Office 365 hybrid
Messaging policy and compliance
In-place Archiving, retention, and eDiscovery
Improved performance and scalability
Auditing
Antimalware protection
Integration with SharePoint and Skype for Business

What are upgrade options?
#1-You can migrate to Office 365
#2- If you don’t want to migrate to cloud then you can upgrade to either Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016.

I still have more questions, where do I get more details?
Follow this url – https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Exchange-2007-End-of-Life-Roadmap-c3024358-326b-404e-9fe6-b618e54d977d