Recap of a great community week!


Last week was a blast of community engagements. Hereby a recap…

Theme Night – Hybrid Identity & Business Continuity

Ahead of TechDays 2015 Netherlands the System Center User Group NL & Hyper-V.NU had the unique chance to welcome Simon May and Sergio Pattinama during Theme Night – Hybrid Identity & Business Continuity. This night Simon discussed how important hybrid identity is and how to adopt this into your organization with Azure AD Premium. He showed us how easily it is to add additional security layer to your username & password with Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) and keeping track on suspicious and irregular sign-ins from unknown resources or multiple geographies by using Security Reports, based on Azure Machine Learning.

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The second slot Sergio explained us what the importance is of having disaster recovery plan and process in place. “It’s your business insurance policy” to protect your data and guarantees business continuity. With Data Protection Manager, Azure Site Recovery and Azure Recovery Services aka Azure Backup Microsoft offers various “insurance policies” your business continuity is guaranteed. “Your data is like oil” for your company so why don’t take benefit of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with Azure Site Recovery and Azure Recovery Services.

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With the closing session Simon showed us the latest features which will be available in Windows 10 which will probably released after summer. Simon showed us Device Guard, a feature which lock down devices in a way that provides advanced malware protection against new and unknown malware variants as well as Advanced Persistent Threats (APT’s). It provides better security against malware and zero days for Windows 10 by blocking anything other than trusted apps. In additional to Hybrid Identity Simon addressed Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS) as “most sexiest service of the Enterprise Mobility Suite” :-) An interesting question from the audience whether to use BitLocker or Azure RMS protecting your data? “BitLocker and Azure RMS are complementary security solutions, one protects the OS where the other solution protects the data.”

Interview with Simon May

Because his presence at the user group meeting I’d the chance to interview Simon May for Experts Live TV. During this 10 minute interview we discussed what impact of Windows 10 will have for organizations. Topics as the new way of provisioning with provisioning packages, the way we can manage the new OS with a broad native device management integration which bridges the cap between PC- & Mobile Device Management. Further we discussed the blasting developments of the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) And lastly we tried taking advance on the next 5 years. A fun and inspiring tech talk.

TechDays 2015 – Breaking New Ground

This year I presented together with my colleague Arjan Vroege a session about Azure RemoteApp. During this session we showed the audience why Azure RemoteApp is added value to your company bringing Windows (LOB) applications to your mobile devices no matter what OS of form factor. Arjan showed the power and flexibility how you can use Configuration Manager with App-V delivering custom applications without the need of creating a custom image each time. Further we had the chance to show the new Azure RemoteApp client for Windows, which integrates the published applications in the start menu. With a packed room, great feedback, and a great topic. We look back on a successful event and looking forward to be part of  #TechDaysNL 2016!

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