Microsoft Platform: Workspace Transformation

Microsoft Platform: Workspace Transformation

Workspace transformation is gaining  lot of momentum at the moment.   At its core,  it is about letting users access data and applications securely anywhere anytime.   Enabling users to quickly provision their devices is only part of the story.   Request applications so they can quickly securely access the  data without the large bureaucracy associated with IT…

Microsoft Platform: Workspace Transformation
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Microsoft Platform: Workspace Transformation

Workspace transformation is gaining  lot of momentum at the moment.   At its core,  it is about letting users access data and applications securely anywhere anytime.   Enabling users to quickly provision their devices is only part of the story.   Request applications so they can quickly securely access the  data without the large bureaucracy associated with IT…

Windows 10 and Application Modernization: MSIX Format
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Windows 10 and Application Modernization: MSIX Format

Lots of change in the EUC space these days! — The reason for this blog is a specific question I received : Customer is looking for application modernization services.  They would like their .exe apps converted to be able to work in the Windows Store for Business as a part of their AutoPilot/Intune project. Short…

Windows 10 Opportunity: 184M devices in 370 Working Days
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Windows 10 Opportunity: 184M devices in 370 Working Days

As of today, we sit at less than 18 calendar months from the end of Windows 7 Extended Support. A couple of weeks ago in the Microsoft Partner Conference in Vegas,   Microsoft provided some context to the opportunity ahead for partners by giving the numbers of installed Windows 7 devices around the world…   A summary of…

Getting to Windows 10: Take the Blue Pill or the Red Pill
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Getting to Windows 10: Take the Blue Pill or the Red Pill

I always start my Windows 10 conversations with the statement: There are two parts to any Windows 10 project: Getting to Windows 10. Maintaining Windows 10 This article is all about “Getting to Windows 10”. All of us have been to customers that have not yet officially started their Windows 10 projects or they are…

InfoBits: Windows 10 News You can Use June 2018
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InfoBits: Windows 10 News You can Use June 2018

Windows 7  End of Extended Support date: January 14, 2020 :      Days Remaining to migrate your PC fleet:     Total Calendar Days: 569 / Business Days: <395 Call to Action:  Ask your customers: How are you doing with your Windows 10 adoption ? Will you be fully migrated by the end of 2019? Effectively it is less than 18…

Windows 10 Generic Image / No Bloatware
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Windows 10 Generic Image / No Bloatware

With the popularity of Modern Device Provisioning using  Windows Autopilot or AirWatch, using a “Generic Image”  (Microsoft OS without OEM added-value software added) as the baseline OS is a very common practice. I have been asked multiple times if a generic image (ISO from Microsoft) contains any bloatware.  – The short answer is NO.   It…

Microsoft Extends Windows 10 v1511 EOS
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Microsoft Extends Windows 10 v1511 EOS

Late last night (Novermber 14),  Michael Niehaus posted a blog titled:  Progressing Windows as a Service  in which  informed the Windows 10 community that Microsoft will be extending the End of Support for Windows 10 v1511  until April 2018 (previously announced for Oct 1, 2017): To help some early enterprise adopters that are still finishing their transition…

InfoBits – Win10 news you can use October 2017
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InfoBits – Win10 news you can use October 2017

Every month, I try to to find a short list on Windows 10 related topics which would be of  interest to you and specially your customers.   Windows 10 represent a great opportunity to change the way customers deploy and manage devices, however it also represents a big challenge for many customer.  We continue to visit…

InfoBits – Win10 News You can use September 2017
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InfoBits – Win10 News You can use September 2017

Below you will find a short list on Windows 10 related topics which would be of  interest to your customers.   Windows 10 represent a great opportunity to change the way customers deploy and manage devices.  It also represents a big challenge for many customer. We can help them in this journey to Modern Device Management! …

Windows 10 version 1511 End of Support: : October 10, 2017
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Windows 10 version 1511 End of Support: : October 10, 2017

Windows 10 version 1511 will no longer receive security or quality updates after October 10, 2017. What this means? After October 10, 2017  Windows 10 version 1511 will no longer receive security or  quality updates! Why is this important?   Because many customer began to deploy Windows 10 and may have no plan to update these…

Walter Mossberg Retires on Charlie Rose
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Walter Mossberg Retires on Charlie Rose

Walter Mossberg ,  THE GO-TO technology columnist for many years, is retiring.      He announced his retirement  in early June 2017 and Charlie Rose interviewed him not only on his life as a journalist but they got to talk about the future.  Excellent conversation.   A truly accomplished and down-to-earth person.      Impeccable journey,…

Mastering Chaos – A Netflix Guide to Microservices

Mastering Chaos – A Netflix Guide to Microservices

What a great presentation by Josh Evans  I just found on YouTube.  He talks about the chaotic and vibrant world of microservices at Netflix. Although it was recorded in June 2016 it has a lot of excellent insights very current today. Great insight into the future (today) Microservice architecture is the future of development. No…

Windows 10 Resources List
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Windows 10 Resources List

I’ve been using these for a while, but posting here for as I am constantly updating them.  Hope these help! The Windows 10 from video sessions  I mentioned would be useful are (all from Microsoft Ignite 2016):  – Key Note by Brad Anderson:  The session name was:  “Protect & Manage Your Digital Transformation”                    (It is…

Application Compatibility Testing with Windows 10 and Windows-as-a-Service
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Application Compatibility Testing with Windows 10 and Windows-as-a-Service

Summary: Microsoft’s Windows 10 new delivery and update cycles will drive significant change in the current enterprise application compatibility testing and verification operational processes. These processes will need to be done on an ongoing basis as opposed to being done prior to large OS migration projects. Enterprises will need to quickly adjust to this new…

Tech Summit 2017:Latest Windows 10 Deployment Video
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Tech Summit 2017:Latest Windows 10 Deployment Video

If you have not seen the latest (January 27, 2017) Microsoft Tech Summit video from Michael Niehaus you are missing a lot ! Enhance Windows 10 deployment: What’s new with Windows 10 deployment? It is a wealth of information on current releases but also lots of insights on best practices as well! One particular item…

Application Compatibility Testing with Windows 10 and Windows-as-a-Service

Application Compatibility Testing with Windows 10 and Windows-as-a-Service

Summary:  Microsoft’s Windows 10 new delivery and update cycles will drive significant change in the current enterprise application compatibility testing and verification operational processes.   These processes will need to be done on an ongoing basis as opposed to being done prior to large OS migration projects. Enterprises will need to quickly adjust to this new…

The Value Proposition of a Platform: Microsoft Win10/Office365/EM+S
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The Value Proposition of a Platform: Microsoft Win10/Office365/EM+S

[ Update 20161004: I encourage you to watch Brad Anderson’s keynote session at Microsoft Ignite 2016 – Simply IMPRESSIVE!  ] As I have written before,  technology management has made an incredible shift over the past few years (maybe the last 3-5 years).    Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service are now the common conversations in most…

Brief History of DevOps

Brief History of DevOps

I just ran into a great summary of the History of DevOps by Damon Edwards. Very nice explanation he published back in Sep 17, 2012  (Very glad it is still available) It is cool he mentions Andrew  Shaffer, and his 2008 presentation called  “Agile Infrastructure”   — His talk can be seen in YouTube here With all of…

Windows 10 Version Feature Comparison

Windows 10 Version Feature Comparison

Good quick summary chart from Microsoft on the Windows 10 features  by version.. Windows 10 Enterprise will come with key features for enterprises, including Direct Access,  AppLocker, BranchCache, and Start Screen Control with Group Policy.  However, Windows 10 Pro also comes business-ready  features, like Domain Join, Bitlocker, Enterprise Mode Intenret Explorer, Assigned Access 8.1, and…

Windows 10 Timelines..

Windows 10 Timelines..

AS a follow-up to my Windows 7 End of Mainstream Support posting,   several questions came in regarding the Windows 10 availability dates… ( This is based  on multiple publicly  available news stories and sources.. ) Regarding Windows 10 availability: September 2014 — Windows Technical Preview (WTP) for laptops and desktops Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program opened…

Windows 7 End of Mainstream Support Implications

Windows 7 End of Mainstream Support Implications

I have been asked a couple of times about end of Mainstream support for Windows 7 Regarding Windows 7: January 12, 2015 – Microsoft will stop mainstream support for Windows 7 January 14, 2020 – Windows 7 extended support ends http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?alpha=windows+7 What does end of mainstream support mean? You still get the monthly updates and…

Google to Announce Fiber Expansion In Four Cities

Google to Announce Fiber Expansion In Four Cities

This is good news!   Having used Google Fiber, it is a game changer…   We continue to be hopefull that other carrie Current Cities: Kansas City, Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah. Cities: to be announced, according to the report: Atlanta,GA Charlotte, N.C. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Nashville, Tenn. Other cities under consideration: Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Phoenix,…

Microsoft: A Platform Agnostic Company  – Yeah!
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Microsoft: A Platform Agnostic Company – Yeah!

My professional live has revolved, in great percentage, around Microsoft and Microsoft technologies.   It has been a good life, but  over the few years it has felt it like swiming against the current because of the major trends out there..    With so much of the market going cloud-services, device independent application delivery, bring-your-own-device,…

Technology Infrastructure Managed as Code

Technology Infrastructure Managed as Code

I have been involved in Technology Management for much of my professional life.   I have helped people in many type of organizations (small, medium, large and global) manage their technology improvements, migrations and transformations including PCs, Internet, virtualization, and as of late, cloud-based infrastructures… I have seen what it takes organizations adopt, transform and shift…

System Center 2012 SP1 Released.

System Center 2012 SP1 Released.

  Back in December Microsoft released System Center 2012 SP1 (Service Pack 1) to manufacturing.   Much has been written about it since…   The good news is that   it was officially released (general availability)  yesterday. With System Center 2012 SP1, you get the most cost effective and flexible platform for managing your traditional datacenters, private and…

BrianMadden.com refocus

BrianMadden.com refocus

If you are in this business, you are well aware of the great work Brian Madden and his team have done in producing fantastic content and guidelines on the topic of Virtualization… A recent blog article, Brian Madden makes some excellent points regarding the current state of Mobility Management,  IT Consumerization and Desktop Virtualization. Mobility Device…

Benefits and Dangers of BYOD – Report

Benefits and Dangers of BYOD – Report

In a July 2012 published report by Osterman Research (available via InfoWorld),   where they survey of 760 individuals with regard to the BYOD issues they face in their organizations. The research found widespread use of third party, cloud-based storage and file synchronization, which are not often supported by the IT organizations… Their report includes benefits…

Microsoft adds Windows 8 Upgrade Course

Microsoft adds Windows 8 Upgrade Course

Just received note that a new course was published  to get tech-folks ready for enterprise-level deployments of Windows 8, specifically on how to go about Windows 8 upgrades. The course, now available at the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA),  is under the heading Planning and Preparing for Windows 8 and consist of the following modules: Assessing Compatibility of…

The wave ahead: Digital Content on 200 Million tablets
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The wave ahead: Digital Content on 200 Million tablets

In one of my previous postings, I talked about the amazing growth of digital content fueled, as of late, by tablet devices.   One industry that is being forced to change leaps and bounds is the publishing industry. Just last week, it was leaked that two major player in this space, Random House and Penguin, were…

Operational Benefits OF BYOD Strategy

Operational Benefits OF BYOD Strategy

The influx of new communication devices and solutions in the corporate environment resulted in the workforce becoming increasingly mobile. Take for instance, remote desktop access and SSL VPNs, which has made it possible for the workforce to make the choice with respect to location and time. Similarly, very many technological innovations have made the concept…

Going Paperless at Home/Office: Introduction

Going Paperless at Home/Office: Introduction

Since the creation of the computer and data storage, people have been making every attempt to transition from their cluttered offices full of paper and rooms (or attics) full of file cabinets into a paperless, streamlined and easy to search environment. As technology has evolved, so has our ability to make the transition into paperless.Whether…

MCU in the Cloud

MCU in the Cloud

Article written by Rob West If you’ve got Lync, or another Voice over IP and collaboration solution in your organization, you’ve likely also got another video conferencing solution. Or, let’s say that you only have one, but your clients and partners have another one or two or three. What happens when you want to bridge…

MMS2012 content available

MMS2012 content available

Could not attend MMS2012 in Vegas this year?   Not to worry! Microsoft has posted all of the PowerPoint and videos for free at http://www.mms-2012.com/digitalmms regardless if you attended or not.  You can register and browse through the sessions… Thank you Microsoft!! For those of you that want to download the content for offline viewing: Videos:…

Couldn’t make MMS 2012 conference?
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Couldn’t make MMS 2012 conference?

Not to worry!   Microsoft has posted all of the PowerPoint and videos at http://www.mms-2012.com/digitalmms    regardless if you attended or not, you can register and browse through the sessions…   Thank you  Microsoft!!    For those of you that want to download the content for offline viewing: Videos:   Stefan Roth has created a PowerShell script that will…