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New lower Azure pricing


Interesting Article for those who plan to Migrate to Azure

 

As part of our continued commitment to deliver Azure to customers at the best possible prices, effective October 1st, we are lowering prices on many of our most popular virtual machines (VMs). The rest of this blog covers key highlights, but if you are ready to learn more, please check out our redesigned website that makes it easier for you identify the VM categories that map to your use cases and find their prices across our regions.

Here is the summary of the changes:

  • General Purpose Instances: Prices of our Dv2 series VMs will be reduced by up to 15%. We are also lowering prices of our A1 and A2 Basic VMs by up to 50%.
  • Compute Optimized Instances: Prices of our F series will be reduced up to 11%.
  • Av2 series: In November 2016, we will introduce new A series virtual machines (Av2), with prices up to 36% lower than the A series Standard VM prices available today.

More Details : https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-lower-azure-pricing/


Companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Google continue to compete fiercely in the area of cloud services for consumers, developers and enterprises, and today Microsoft made its latest moves to lay out its bid to lead the race, while also launching a new mission to position itself as the cloud provider you can trust.

Microsoft announced it would build its first Azure data center in France this year, as part of a $3 billion investment that it has made to build its cloud services in Europe. At the same time, the company also launched a new publication, Cloud for Global Good, with no fewer than 78 public policy recommendations in 15 categories like data protection and accessibility issues.

The new expansion, investment and “trust” initiative were revealed by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was speaking at an event in Dublin, Ireland. He said that the expansion would mean that Microsoft covers “more regions than any other cloud provider… In the last year the capacity has more than doubled.”

As a measure of how Microsoft and Amazon are intent on levelling each other on service availability right now, the news of the French data center comes one month after Amazon announced that it would also be building a data center in France.

Nadella, of course, did not mention AWS by name but that is the big elephant in the room for Microsoft. Nadella said today that Microsoft has data centers covering 30 regions across the globe, “more regions than any other cloud provider,” with the European footprint including Ireland, the Netherlands, the UK and Germany.

In Germany, its data center is operated by Deutsche Telekom on Microsoft’s behalf in atrustee model, a move made both for “digital sovereignty and compliance,” Nadella said, “and a real world understanding of what the customer needs.”

The popularity of cloud-based storage and services has grown exponentially in the last several years, fuelled by the rise of smartphones and tablets that rely on cloud-based architectures to run apps; as well as a rise of other consumer and enterprise services that have also taken a remote storage and processing approach to deliver software more efficiently.

While Microsoft may have lost to companies like Google/Android and Apple when it came to building a mobile platform or phone that is widely used by the mass market, it’s hoping that its presence in cloud services will give it a place at the table for computing in the future.

“We have a very particular point of view by what we mean by mobile first and cloud first,” Nadella said today “It’s about the mobility of your experience across all devices in your life [and] the way to achieve that mobility … those experiences… is only possible because of the cloud.”

 

More :  https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/03/microsoft-expands-azure-datacenters-to-france-looks-to-beat-aws-on-image-of-trust/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29


Microsoft and Adobe today announced a major partnership that will see Adobe deliver its cloud services on Microsoft Azure and that will make Adobe the preferred marketing service for Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Enterprise CRM solution.

Microsoft says Adobe will now make Azure its “preferred cloud platform” for its three main services: the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Creative Cloud and Document Cloud. Specifically, Adobe will use SQL Server and Azure’s machine learning services available in the Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite.

“Customers today expect a well-designed, personalized and consistent experience every time they engage with a brand,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe, in a statement today. “Adobe and Microsoft will bring together the cloud horsepower and end-to-end capabilities brands need to design and deliver great digital experiences.”

As is so often the case with these partnership announcement, quite a few questions remain unanswered. Traditionally, Adobe has run its own data centers, for example, and it’s unclear from today’s announcement what will happen to these (though we have asked Adobe for comment and will update this post once we hear more).

 

More : https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/26/microsoft-signs-up-adobe-for-its-azure-cloud-computing-services/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&sr_share=twitter


A lot of times Customers will ask you questions regarding Monitoring in Hybrid Cloud or Cloud Security . This happens all the more when a New Customer plans to move to cloud . Microsoft Operations Management Suite , is a solution ( to an extent ) to the customer questions .

Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Microsoft Operations Management Suite

More Details :

Microsoft OMS is the IT management solution for the hybrid cloud. Used alone or to extend your existing System Center deployment, OMS gives you the maximum flexibility and control for cloud-based management of your infrastructure. With OMS, you can manage any instance in any cloud, including on-premises, Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMware, and OpenStack, at a lower cost than competitive solutions. Built for the cloud-first world, OMS offers a new approach to managing your enterprise that is the fastest, most cost-effective way to meet new business challenges and accommodate new workloads, applications and cloud environments. Microsoft OMS delivers:
 Simplicity: A single portal for all your management tasks. No infrastructure to maintain.
 Time to value: Onboard fast. No content to create. Connects to your on-premises datacenter.
 Easy to integrate: Add new servers, or connect to your existing management tools within minutes.
 Hybrid and open: Manage workloads across Windows and Linux, hybrid and public clouds, Azure and AWS.
 Optimized for System Center: Complements your System Center investment to unleash new management scenarios


Link to Download :  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-technical-preview?WT.mc_id=Blog_SC_Announce_TTD?i=1

SCCM 2016

What is Clutter in Office 365


Clutter

Clutter is an email filtering option available to Office 365 customers.  It is similar to an anti-spam filter as it moves less important email (based on your reading habits) into a ‘Clutter’ folder where they can be ignored or reviewed later.  Most of the mail going into the folder should be bulk mail (advertisements) and messages from mailing lists.  However, you will want to periodically check the Clutter folder as it may move legitimate email into this folder.

Clutter is not enabled by default.  To enable Clutter log into OWA , click on the Gear,Options, Automatic Processing, Clutter and select Separate items identified as Clutter then click Save.  When it is first enabled, it will create a folder in your mailbox called Clutter.

If you are using OWA and need to mark messages as “not clutter”,  either right click on the message and choose ‘Mark as not clutter’ or just drag it to the Inbox. If Exchange is missing messages you want marked as clutter, right click and choose ‘Mark as clutter’ or drag it to the Clutter folder. In Outlook and other clients, you’ll need to drag a message to the clutter folder to mark it as clutter or drag it to the Inbox to mark it not clutter.

Users can drag messages they deem suitable to the Clutter folder to “train” the tool to spot similar email in the future. The tool gets smarter over time, learning from your prior actions with similar messages.

Once Clutter is enabled in OWA, it appears in other clients linked to that Exchange account, including Outlook on both Windows and OS X desktops and notebooks, and the iPhone and Android OWA apps.

Note:  If you have rules moving messages, Clutter is applied after server-side rules are applied and items touched by rules won’t be filtered by clutter.

2014 in review


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Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 77,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

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Lets now start with Various Things that can be done from Microsoft Intune .

Lets get started from Simple first :

Remote Lock Mobile Device from Microsoft Intune 

Today , let us try and Lock a Mobile device which is Enrolled with Microsoft Intune .

refer to below Screen .

Lock Mobile Phone from Intune

Lock Mobile Phone from Intune

Now , If you want to Lock the Mobile from Intune :

Right Click the Device and Click Remote Lock .

Remote Lock Mobile From Microsoft Intune

Remote Lock Mobile From Microsoft Intune

 

Check below for Update on Microsoft Intune Portal :

Lock Mobile From Intune 3


To automatically deploy the client software by using Group Policy

1.In the folder that contains the files Microsoft_Intune_Setup.exe and MicrosoftIntune.accountcert, run the following command to extract the Windows Installer-based installation programs for 32-bit and 64-bit computers:
Microsoft_Intune_Setup.exe /Extract <destination folder>

2.Copy the Microsoft_Intune_x86.msi file, the Microsoft_Intune_x64.msi file, and the MicrosoftIntune.accountcert file to a network location that can be accessed by all computers to which the client software is to be installed.

Note :

Do not separate or rename the files or the client software installation will fail.
3.Use Group Policy to deploy the software to computers on your network.


As we all know that Intune has gained a lot of buzz during recent past . Today , We will discuss about How do we install Client Intune Agent on Computers .

Client Computer Management in Intune 

There are two ways by which you can do this :

1 . Manually : Here you will have to download the Intune Client Software and then Install It . Please make sure that only one client agent can be installed on one computer , either SCCM Client or Intune . If you already have SCCM Client agent installed you won’t be able to install Intune Client .

 

2. Automatically : You can use software Distribution Programs for this .

How to Manually Install Intune Client on Computer :

First of all you need to download the Client Agent Which can be downloaded from the Intune Portal :

Intune Client Agent Installation - 1

Intune Client Agent Installation – 1

 

Once Downloaded you need to run the set up

Intune Client Agent Installation - 2

Intune Client Agent Installation - 3

 

After the Installation is Complete you will see the Client Computer Showing up in the Intune Console like this :

Intune Client Agent Installation - 4

 

Hardware Inventory in Intune :

After the Initial Hardware Inventory Cycle you will be able to see Hardware related Information related to this Computer as Shown :

Hardware Inventory in Intune

Hardware Inventory in Intune

 

Hope this Post will be helpful to you

 

 

SCCM Sample Architecture Diagram


Sample System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Architecture Diagram :

 

Let us talk about a sample scenario and then prepare a High Level Architecture Diagram . Let us assume that we have a Customer who has 7 different locations with 500 machines connected with good bandwidth . Then in such a case we can prepare a sample attached pasted below :

SCCM Architecture Diagram

SCCM Architecture Diagram

 


Off Late a lot of people have been writing to me regarding Direct Access and SCCM Internet based client management.

So , I thought I would clarify this in the post . So , if your company  has Direct access Implemented then you do not need to Implement SCCM  Internet Client Based Management as  the Inetrnet Based clients will be managed using Direct Access.

Please see figure  below for More Clarity.

Direct Access and SCCM

Direct Access and SCCM


Are you planning to Migrate form your Existing Email System to Office 365 . Then it is important that take a look at the below plan

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Email Migration to Office 365

Email Migration to Office 365


For those of you who have been looking for exact Difference between Packages ( Which was mostly used in SCCM 2007 ) and Applications ( a New Concept in 2012 ) below chart will explain things in detail:

App Vs Packages


Cumulative Update 3 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 has been released .

Some of the changes that have been made are related to Powershell, Operating System Deployment Bugs .,SOftware Distribution etc .

To Download : http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2882125

More Detailed Information can be found here :  http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2882125