Microsoft Update March 2017

Microsoft licensing updates roundup for March 2017

  • Partner Insight – Microsoft reiterate play for Identity layer as new control plane. Enable App ecosystem with APIs for EMS
  • Acquisition – Skycure  acquisition finds it’s way into Microsoft Intune , offers mobile anomaly detection, enables conditional access
  • Resource – Microsoft explain the latest System Center (SCCM) 2016 Upgrade Paths
  • Resource (Licensing) – Visual Studio 2017 Edition Comparison Table
  • Article – Azure AD Basic and Premium Group license management features scare Academic Sector. ‘Pull’ staff into paid AD
  • New Feature – Azure Analytics service, tapping into PowerBI and Excel, goes live in UK South Datacenter
  • Pricing – Microsoft drop Azure VM and Blob Storage Prices
  • New Feature – New RDS Management Pack on Windows Server 2016. Monitor and Manage all roles, including RDS Licensing
  • Analyst Insight – Gartner advocate “Adaptive Sourcing” and “Core Cost Optimization”, (the core competency and service portfolio of SoftwareONE)
  • New Feature – System Center Configuration Manager SCCM 1702 supports Creators Update, Conditional Access to Office365 Services
  • Licensing – Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Group-Based Licensing Scenarios
  • Technical Dependency – Microsoft Teams is on-by-default at the organization level for all users with Office365 Enterprise Plans
  • Technical Dependency – Office365 and Azure UK customers with local data residency requirement need to request move by 15.09.2017. Expect 2 year transition window.
  • Licensing – Microsoft Premium Assurance for SQL and Windows Server added to the Product Terms in March 2017
  • Licensing – Microsoft Flow and PowerApps added to the Online Service Terms in March 2017
  • Tools – APIs are the new control plane for Cloud Management. New Azure and Office365 dashboards on horizon re-iterating our requirement for independent channel innovation and integrated advisory services.
  • Licensing – Citrix XenApp Essentials, RDS via Azure. BYOL for RDS supported with SA
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Site Recovery (ASR) hits the UK datacenters
  • Resource (Licensing) – SCCM 2016 if your Data Warehouse is remote to your site server, you’ll need SQL licenses
  • Resource (Licensing) FAQs for Configuration Manager branches and licensing
  •  Licensing – Microsoft Teams  is Generally Available. Arguably the death knell of Slack with Inclusion in Office365 Enterprise Plans
  • Licensing – Novel approach to ‘lock in’, your perpetual license grant restricted to server you assigned it. Exit SA and it dies with the machine – Looking at exit of SA on Windows Server? New re-assignment restriction on ‘Additional Cores’ Grant. New limit on your perpetual license
  • Article – The Office365 collaboration conundrum, enterprise IT is trying to avoid email and tap into millennial Slack and WhatsApp use behaviors: Microsoft help you decide on collaborating via Microsoft Teams, Office365 Groups, SharePoint Team Sites or Yammer
  • Partner Insight – Microsoft enable 3rd party digital platform ecosystem with Microsoft Graph APIs supporting EMS extensibility
  • Tool – Microsoft likely to release Azure consumption and billing analytics dashboard for EA, CSP customers
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft re-think Auto Outlook Groups for Direct Reports after enterprise concerns of ongoing management of GALs
  • New Feature – PowerBI Pro subscribers can now set the refresh cadence of DirectQuery and Live Connections to PowerBI
  • New Feature – Office365 Kiosk Plans now benefit from ‘view only’ Video
  • Resource – Microsoft help you decide on collaborating via Microsoft Teams, Office365 Groups, SharePoint Team Sites or Yammer
  • New Feature – Batch public folder migration available to Exchange Online, be aware of 25gb mailbox limit:
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Citrix XenDesktop Essentials provides management wrap service w. Citrix Receiver for Windows10 Enterprise in Azure
  • New Feature – Microsoft Teams supports Intune MAM policies
  • Technical Dependency – Visual Studio 2017 is not supported on Windows10 LTSB
  • New Feature – Server Management Tools (SMT) Web GUI for managing ‘headless’ Nano and Server Core Installs for Windows Server 2016
  •  New Feature – Conditional Access via EMS now in SharePoint. “Limited Access” via Browser only, No Download from SPO and OneDrive
  • Licensing – Microsoft Teams supports Office365 Groups and PowerBI. Could arguably ‘pull’ Users into Azure ADP and PowerBI Pro
  • New Feature – Microsoft Teams supports compliance with eDiscovery and Legal Hold when purchased within Office365 E3 and E5 Plans
  • Tool – PowerShell script pulls from Azure rate card and usage APIs into JSON to provide Spend Information CSV
  •  New Feature – Azure Site Recovery extends from VMs to expansive Application tier. From write-order, boot-order and custom IPs
  • New Feature – Office365 Profiles provide Role Information, Direct Reports, Team, and vTeam based on collaboration behavior
  •  Technical Dependency – LTSB will support only current release silicon at the time of LTSB GA. Future silicon generation needs future LTSB
  • Licensing – LTSB will support only current release silicon at the time of LTSB GA. Future silicon generation needs future LTSB

Thanks All


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