Microsoft 365, Training & Workshop

Microsoft Modern Workplace Technical Day

Innovate like never before with Microsoft 365! From home to business, from desktop to web and the devices in between, Microsoft 365 empowers your employees with intelligent and secure tools to get work done.

We’re inviting you to experience Microsoft 365’s potential in person with a full-day Modern Workplace (Microsoft 365) Technical Day.

Join us to understand what products are available to you now, as well as understanding new products which can be introduced seamlessly with existing tools and infrastructure.  

The following topics will be covered:

  • Microsoft Teams governance, compliance and best practices
  • Automate O365 Group & Teams provisioning: SharePoint, Azure Functions, PowerApps and Flow in actions
  • Teams as a platform
  • Data Governance, Privacy and Compliance in Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Security solutions capabilities, tips & tricks how to quickly increase cyber resilience

Cliftons Auckland
September 24, 2019 9:00AM-4:30PM

To register go here:

Azure, MFA, Office 365

Office 365 MFA verses Azure Active Directory MFA

Great article by David McWee talking about the real world decision between O365 MFA vs Azure AD MFA. Deficiently worth a read:

Additionally here is a list of the features that are available in the various versions of Office 365 and Azure Multi-Factor Authentication:


Windows Analytics in Azure – Where has my Commercial ID gone?

With Microsoft moving from Windows Analytics from OMS to Azure, it has been a bit difficult to find that Commerical ID. No worries, just give this a go:

  1. Go to the Azure Portal and search for Log analytics
  2. Click on solutions
  3. Then go into anyone of the installed analytics features
  4. Click on Settings and the ID is displayed

Security, Security Updates, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

Are you still Using Windows 7? Microsoft’s Next Update Is Critical

If you want to continue receiving Windows updates, then the next Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 update is critical as it adds support for SHA-2 encryption. Without it, future updates can’t be downloaded.

The date to prepare for is March 12, which is when Microsoft rolls out the Stand Alone update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. Just leave your desktop or laptop turned on and let Windows Update do its things.

After that, you’ll be in a position to receive all remaining updates until next year. It’s also a chance to grab a few extra months to decide on which upgrade path to take. Do you want a new Windows 10 PC, are you considering a switch to Mac, or is Linux a possibility?

Active Directory, Azure

Five steps to securing your identity infrastructure in Azure Active Directory

This link to the Microsoft document will help you get a more secure posture using the capabilities of Azure Active Directory by using a five-step checklist to inoculate your organization against cyber-attacks.

This checklist will help you quickly deploy critical recommended actions to protect your organization immediately by explaining how to:

  • Strengthen your credentials.
  • Reduce your attack surface area.
  • Automate threat response.
  • Increase your awareness of auditing and monitoring.
  • Enable more predictable and complete end-user security with self-help.

Configuration Manager 2012, Windows 10

Windows IT Pros: Save Time Through Automation

As Configuration Manager pro, you have tens of thousands of endpoints to manage and not nearly enough time to do it all. Your challenge is complex, involving multiple teams within your organization. It may also require new staff, contractors, hardware, and infrastructure.

Join us for this webinar where you will learn the tools, technologies and best practices that Fortune 500 organizations use to manage and secure their endpoints at scale. Discover ways to automate countless endpoint management tasks and eliminate costly I.T. infrastructure.

How to Automatically Manage and Secure Windows Endpoints at Scale
Chaz Spahn, Sr. Solutions Architect, Adaptiva
Tuesday, Oct 30th, 2018
9am PDT / 12pm EDT / 6pm CEST

The program will present many of the products, tools, and training you need to:
• Reliably and cost effectively distribute software, including Windows 10, across an enterprise
• Automate endpoint security configuration management to reduce manual troubleshooting time
• Increase visibility, control, and reporting across an enterprise’s endpoints
• Rapidly adapt to changing I.T. priorities and endpoint security conditions

Register URL:

Active Directory, DISM, Group Policy Objects, Group Policy Preferences, Uncategorized, Windows 10

Setting Acrobat Reader DC as the default PDF viewer on Windows 10 with a GPO

  1. Create a AdobeReaderAssociations.xml file that’s in the Adobe Enterprise Administration Guide or create your own using DISM
  2. Copy that file on a shared location. Using group policy preferences copy the XML file to the local device
  3. Apply the XML file by opening up the group policy and navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\File Explorer\Set a default associations configuration file
  4. Select Enabled and specify the path for the XML file and click Apply
  5. The corresponding registry entry is HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System\DefaultAssociationsConfiguration
Thanks to the GuruPackager

What is Adaptiva OneSite?

What is Adaptiva OneSite?
Adaptiva OneSite allows you to consolidate your server hierarchy and improve bandwidth utilization. It allows you to remove all ConfigMgr Secondary sites, Distribution Points, and unwanted Primary sites. Companies are able to save on hardware costs, as well as drastically reduce the cost of managing these servers. This is made possible through an enterprise Peer to Peer system, a distributed virtual cache, and an advanced network protocol.

Adaptiva OneSite Benefits
– Roll-out ConfigMgr 2007 or 2012 server infrastructure instantly: do it in weeks
– Simplify operations: no system design or operational maintenance
– Lower costs: Reduce server cost, maximize bandwidth utilization
– Dramatically faster package downloads
– Secure software distribution and patching
– Fault tolerant and agile
– No need for bandwidth throttles or scheduled distributions

Adaptiva OneSite Users Guide

Adaptiva, Best Practices, Configuration Manager 2012, Configuration Manager 2016, Intune, MDT, Microsoft, Windows 10

Windows 10 OSD Best Practices with ConfigMgr

Microsoft MVP Ami Casto will give you demonstrations of community tools and Adaptiva technologies to help ensure your success with:

  • Windows 10 OSD planning, deployment, and maintenance
  • Large-scale, zero-touch deployments and ongoing servicing
  • Security configuration management to harden attack surfaces
  • Real-time incident response to urgent security issues
  • Windows 10 OSD Best Practices with ConfigMgr Webinar

Administration, Applications

Application Portfolio Management – TIME (Tolerate, Invest, Migrate, Eliminate)

Great article on creating an application portfolio management. Which applications are worth the investment versus those that might not be.

TIME (Tolerate, Invest, Migrate, and Eliminate) analysis has proven to be useful tool for structuring the sorting of applications in a company’s portfolio. After all the applications are divided into four categories, a deeper analysis of the application portfolio can be performed.

Tolerate – applications that are creating enough business value and have manageable costs but should be maintained for various reasons.

Invest – ideally we need to strive to place all existing portfolio of application under this category. These are the most lucrative and investment-worthy applications that bring enough revenue and help streamline operations.

Migrate – applications that need modernization and no are no longer worth the investment.

Eliminate – this category consists of applications that have low business value and even high risks. Therefore, they are of no real value to the organization and need to be eliminated.