Azure High Level Overviews & Resources

With the ever evolving Azure platform, it’s hard staying up to date and keeping the high-level overview of all the different services that one can use in Azure. Sometimes you just want to have a quick overview and explain what each service means, be it to educate yourself or your client. Coming across this issues on a weekly basis I found 3 resources that achieve to visualize all the services MS is currently providing within Azure. Read More »

First Azure Nights Melbourne User Group & how to start with Blockchains

Last night we had our first Azure Nights meetup in Melbourne. It was a great turnout with over 30 people attending. Not bad given that we only created the group a few weeks ago and announced the actual meetup 2 weeks prior to today. Or the topic of the evening was Blockchains which Lucas Cullen delivered perfectly. After the main breakout session, we had great conversations over some pizzas and beers and finished the evening with a short excursion to the Belgian Beer Café. You can download our Slides of the evening, which include the User Group News and announcements, ... Read More »

Sapphire Announcements Review – May 2017

With the recent announcements and Saphire 2017, it’s clear that Microsoft has heavily invested in its cloud platform to support the needs of current and future SAP HANA workloads. Here a Snapshot of the biggest announcements from last week: New Azure VM Series (M-series) to support SAP Hana workloads of up to 3.5 TB. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-au/services/virtual-machines/sap-hana  Azure Large Instances for SAP HANA can now scale up to 20TB. Yes, that’s 20TB in memory will be enough for even large multinational to move their SAP landscape to Azure. On top of this Scale out BW instances (OLAP) are now supported up to 60TB. ... Read More »

Deploying Office Pro Plus without admin rights

There are many ways to install Office Pro Plus to your client base. You can let the user install it from the web, push it out via SCCM or Intune or simply provide the user with an installation package. However, every now and then you come across some special requirements where security is tight and some options are not available for various reasons. In this post I show you how to deploy Office Pro Plus to client machines where users do not have administrative access. Read More »

A history of DirSync and the new Azure AD Sync Services tool

Microsoft’s new Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services tool (AADSync) was released to General Availability last month on the 16th of September. Microsoft calls it the new “one sync service to rule them all”, enabling support for Multi-Forest synchronizations and AD attribute filtering, amongst other features that were previously only possible with a licensed version of Forefront Identity Manager (FIM). With the latest release, I found this to be a perfect time to reflect on how DirSync has developed over the last few years, to look at what’s possible with the new tool and what we can expect in AADSync vNext. ... Read More »

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