Author: Kevin Kaminski

Virtually There Post Ignite 2019 EP1 Tim Mangan #MSIX

In an effort to keep the community up to date on the latest developments with MSIX technology for packaging and deploying application I catch up yet again with Tim Mangan. Tim has been a fixture in the SoftGrid/Microsoft Application Virtualization world but keeping with the times means working with MSIX and it’s an evolution into Microsoft’s next-generation application package platform. The entire interview is about 40 minutes so be prepared, we have lots to talk about as we don’t get to chat as much as we used to....

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Can a Bridge Be a Destination? Co-Management for Windows Devices Has Become a Destination for Many Organizations

Announcements and speculation have been coming out fast and furious since the Microsoft Ignite conference, but one point stood out for me. The introduction of Microsoft Endpoint Manager, which merges device management services from System Center Configuration Manager and Intune into a more unified experience.  One of the key features bundled within Microsoft Endpoint Manager is co-management, which was initially developed as a bridging technology to help organizations migrate from SCCM to Intune. Co-management wasn’t supposed to become a solution in and of itself, but most organizations encounter challenges that obstruct or significantly delay complete migration. Microsoft really worked...

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Microsoft Renews Calls for Password-less Authentication

Microsoft recently released a whitepaper on password-less authentication, and it presents a good overview of Microsoft’s motivations and methodology for more secure and nearly frictionless authentication in modern computing.  The renewed emphasis on eliminating passwords and replacing them with device-dependent, multi-factor authentication technologies resurfaces the fact that passwords aren’t helping eliminate existing and new attack vectors as they remain vulnerable to bad actors and have become an endless source of pain both for IT and end-users.  Microsoft wants to get the word out that it’s working on the hardware and software necessary to enable password-less authentication across its ecosystem...

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Configuring Windows Analytics: Part 2 Creating the Azure Log Analytics Workspace

Introduction When configuring the workspace, it is usually a best practice to create a unique workspace using a free subscription to house the Windows Analytics solutions and data. Using an existing workspace is possible but it may muddy the waters between functional teams. What I recommend is only one workspace for Windows Analytics per tenant. You may want to keep all your workspaces in the same resource group depending on what Azure Log Analytics is being used for but for this example, I’ll be deploying to a new resource group with a new workspace. Creating the Workspace Creating the...

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Configuring Windows Analytics: Part 1 Prerequisites

Introduction Welcome, since I’ve been working with a number of clients using Windows Analytics I thought I would share some tips on getting up and running plus make sense of all the ways it can be configured. This blog series reviews the strategy and steps I have used to configure device telemetry for Windows Analytics with various organizations. And to add a twist I’ve decided to break with my tradition of making mega blog articles and break this one up into the following posts. Part 1: Prerequisites Part 2: Configuring Azure Log Analytics Part 3: Configuring Windows Analytics with...

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