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 https://goo.gl/ZvISG3
  • Acquisition – Skycure  acquisition finds it’s way into Microsoft Intune , offers mobile anomaly detection, enables conditional access https://goo.gl/v4YfsH
  • Resource – Microsoft explain the latest System Center (SCCM) 2016 Upgrade Paths https://goo.gl/FG8ahk
  • Resource (Licensing) – Visual Studio 2017 Edition Comparison Table https://goo.gl/dsJyCs
  • Article – Azure AD Basic and Premium Group license management features scare Academic Sector. ‘Pull’ staff into paid AD https://goo.gl/2z7OWi
  • New Feature – Azure Analytics service, tapping into PowerBI and Excel, goes live in UK South Datacenter https://goo.gl/4K8Qqm
  • Pricing – Microsoft drop Azure VM and Blob Storage Prices https://goo.gl/EtTVBp
  • New Feature – New RDS Management Pack on Windows Server 2016. Monitor and Manage all roles, including RDS Licensing https://goo.gl/N4tg5j
  • Analyst Insight – Gartner advocate “Adaptive Sourcing” and “Core Cost Optimization”, (the core competency and service portfolio of SoftwareONE) https://goo.gl/2bmYbv
  • New Feature – System Center Configuration Manager SCCM 1702 supports Creators Update, Conditional Access to Office365 Services https://goo.gl/ycnscE
  • Licensing – Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Group-Based Licensing Scenarios https://goo.gl/lFY5ee
  • 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 https://goo.gl/FjTwa3
  • Licensing – Microsoft Flow and PowerApps added to the Online Service Terms in March 2017 https://goo.gl/fStjKm
  • Tools – APIs are the new control plane for Cloud Management. New Azure and Office365 dashboards on horizon https://goo.gl/jwKo3u https://goo.gl/WrERZV 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 https://goo.gl/ZzIGSe
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Site Recovery (ASR) hits the UK datacenters https://goo.gl/jpNkfw
  • Resource (Licensing) – SCCM 2016 if your Data Warehouse is remote to your site server, you’ll need SQL licenses https://goo.gl/0lNtHu
  • 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 https://goo.gl/7mNi0t
  • 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 https://goo.gl/G4vAiJ
  • Partner Insight – Microsoft enable 3rd party digital platform ecosystem with Microsoft Graph APIs supporting EMS extensibility https://goo.gl/GyKYa0
  • Tool – Microsoft likely to release Azure consumption and billing analytics dashboard for EA, CSP customers https://goo.gl/BGO9J6
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft re-think Auto Outlook Groups for Direct Reports after enterprise concerns of ongoing management of GALs https://goo.gl/wGC9v2
  • New Feature – PowerBI Pro subscribers can now set the refresh cadence of DirectQuery and Live Connections to PowerBI https://goo.gl/auapNk
  • New Feature – Office365 Kiosk Plans now benefit from ‘view only’ Video https://t.co/7rtQ6c7dEJ
  • Resource – Microsoft help you decide on collaborating via Microsoft Teams, Office365 Groups, SharePoint Team Sites or Yammer https://goo.gl/G4vAiJ
  • New Feature – Batch public folder migration available to Exchange Online, be aware of 25gb mailbox limit: https://goo.gl/KhrrmI
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Citrix XenDesktop Essentials provides management wrap service w. Citrix Receiver for Windows10 Enterprise in Azure https://goo.gl/rvDbSR
  • New Feature – Microsoft Teams supports Intune MAM policies https://goo.gl/f9042I
  • Technical Dependency – Visual Studio 2017 is not supported on Windows10 LTSB https://goo.gl/Kj9kBs
  • New Feature – Server Management Tools (SMT) Web GUI for managing ‘headless’ Nano and Server Core Installs for Windows Server 2016 https://t.co/AgaEqWubMv
  •  New Feature – Conditional Access via EMS now in SharePoint. “Limited Access” via Browser only, No Download from SPO and OneDrive https://goo.gl/zaZ2R2
  • Licensing – Microsoft Teams supports Office365 Groups and PowerBI. Could arguably ‘pull’ Users into Azure ADP and PowerBI Pro https://t.co/nZnASjyGG6
  • New Feature – Microsoft Teams supports compliance with eDiscovery and Legal Hold when purchased within Office365 E3 and E5 Plans https://goo.gl/5OCasU
  • Tool – PowerShell script pulls from Azure rate card and usage APIs into JSON to provide Spend Information CSV https://goo.gl/Kroo8c
  •  New Feature – Azure Site Recovery extends from VMs to expansive Application tier. From write-order, boot-order and custom IPs https://goo.gl/Y0fA88
  • New Feature – Office365 Profiles provide Role Information, Direct Reports, Team, and vTeam based on collaboration behavior https://goo.gl/vhGwyn
  •  Technical Dependency – LTSB will support only current release silicon at the time of LTSB GA. Future silicon generation needs future LTSB https://goo.gl/eZCm3R
  • Licensing – LTSB will support only current release silicon at the time of LTSB GA. Future silicon generation needs future LTSB https://goo.gl/eZCm3R

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