January webinar resources

https://docs.com/d/embed/D25191743-6640-8940-4220-000669904411%7eMd4186d87-61d5-259a-4d26-00a8bd86cfff

Welcome to 2017. The first webinar of the New Year is now done and dusted. You can see the slide above or download directly from:

January 2017 Need to Know Webinar

If you are not a CIAOPS patron you want to view or download a full copy of the video from the session you can do so here:

http://www.ciaopsacademy.com/p/january-2017-need-to-know-webinar/

you can also now get access to all webinars via:

http://ciaops-academy.teachable.com/courses/need-to-know-webinars

for a nominal fee.

Thanks to everyone who attended and I hope to see you again next month.

Need to Know podcast–Episode 127

In this episode we are joined by Alessandro Cardoso, Technology strategist at Microsoft to talk about his upcoming Microsoft Ignite Australia sessions:

Managing Red Hat on Azure with OMS [OPEN312]

With the capability to deploy a Red Hat supported Virtual Machine in Azure, you may be asking: “What else can I do with my Azure Red Hat VM?” We will introduce Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS), walking you through the incredible analytic power of the system for Linux and Windows Azure VMs. With Linux, OMS allows you to collect Syslog events, Performance data, and Nagios/Zabbix alerts

And

Deploying Linux on Microsoft Public and Private cloud [OPEN323]

Heterogeneous environments with Microsoft Windows Clients, Microsoft Windows Server, Linux, FreeBSD, and the cloud are the norm. Being able to run all of your virtualized workloads on a single hypervisor simplifies management and optimizes server capacity. Learn how to deploy Linux VM to Hyper-V or Windows Azure.

You can listen to this episode directly at:

http://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-127-alessandro-cardoso/

or on Soundcloud here:

or subscribe via iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/ciaops-need-to-know-podcasts/id406891445?mt=2

The podcast is also available on Stitcher at:

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ciaops/need-to-know-podcast?refid=stpr

Don’t forget to give the show a rating as well as send us any feedback or suggestions you may have for the show.

Resources

@cloudtidings

@marckean

@directorcia

Microsoft OMS

Azure news from Marc

New features in Microsoft Flow

Using Flow for event registration

Project Osaka

Issues with Azure File Backup on SBS

One of the initial steps that I have been advocating when it came to migrating SBS servers to Azure was the installation of the Azure backup agent (marsagentinstaller.exe) on the SBS box in order to backup files and folders. It was the first step before moving onto more complex operations. After further research, it turns out that doing this will break “other SBS” things.

The reason is that the Azure Backup agent needs at least PowerShell V3.0 per:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-client-automation

Now it turns out that installing PowerShell V3 or higher on an SBS breaks per this:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/sbs/2012/12/15/windows-management-framework-3-0-applicability-on-windows-small-business-server-20082011-standard/

which concludes:

Our guidance at this time is that Windows Management Framework 3.0 should not be deployed on a server running Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard or Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard.

Windows Management Framework 3.0 contains PowerShell v3.0.

The bottom line is that you shouldn’t install the Azure files backup agent on an SBS box from what I can determine, because it doesn’t support the minimum required version of PowerShell.

However, the Azure files backup agent will actually install and run on an SBS server. However, it will also as part of that installation install PowerShell v 3.0 which can cause lots of other issues. Thus, even if it can be installed DON’T install it because the components will cause other issues on SBS.

Unfortunately, the Azure file backup agent can only backup files on the host that it is installed on. This means you can’t install it on a members server and backup files across the network that are on the SBS box. However, the way you can do this (in theory) is using Azure application backup, which I’ll now have to go out and check actually operates in an SBS environment.

Makes things tough when your production OS doesn’t support the latest software eh?

Need to Know podcast–Episode 126

For our continued focus on speakers at the upcoming Microsoft Ignite event on the Gold Coast we speak with Andrew McMurray from Microsoft about Azure Information Protection. Andrew’s presentation is:

Prevent unwanted and embarrassing leakage with Azure Information Protection

Microsoft Azure Information Protection helps you safeguard your data throughout the complete data lifecycle. Data is “born” protected and carries the protection wherever it travels. So you don’t need to worry where it’s stored or with whom it’s shared – you can rest assured it’s always protected. Join us to learn more about the technology and how it can solve your information protection challenges.

Marc and I also do our usual wrap up of the latest Microsoft cloud news.

You can listen to this episode directly at:

http://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-126-andrew-mcmurray/

or on Soundcloud here:

or subscribe via iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/ciaops-need-to-know-podcasts/id406891445?mt=2

The podcast is also available on Stitcher at:

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ciaops/need-to-know-podcast?refid=stpr

Don’t forget to give the show a rating as well as send us any feedback or suggestions you may have for the show.

Resources

andrew.mcmurray@microsoft.com

@marckean

@directorcia

AIP Slides: https://aka.ms/IPdeck
AIP video of slides: https://aka.ms/IPvideo
News: https://aka.ms/aipnews
Blogs: https://aka.ms/aipblogs
Security Overview: https://aka.ms/rmssec
Web: https://aka.ms/aip
Overview: https://aka.ms/aipoverview
Forum: https://www.yammer.com/AskIPteam
AAD Sync: https://aka.ms/aipaadsync

Azure news from Marc

Azure AV2 machines now available

Microsoft Staffhub is here

Study says Teams to pass Slack

Using Microsoft Flow for event confirmations

One of the handy features that many third party webinar products provide is the ability for people to register on a web page and then receive confirmation of that registration via email. Unfortunately, if you are looking to run a public Skype for Business meeting this feature is currently not really available. However, Office 365 does provides some tools that allows you to build an even more powerful solution than the one provided by third parties

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The tool to do this with is Microsoft Flow, which you can access via:

https://flow.microsoft.com

You can then login with your Office 365 credentials.

If you then select the My Flows option from the menu bar in the top left you should see a screen as shown above. Here select Create from blank.

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Flow allows me to connect to external web services such as Typeform, which is what I have used to create the public registration page. Basically, the Typeform registration will ask for First Name, Last Name and Email address.

I can search for the service I wish to use in the box as shown above. In this case I enter typeform.

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I’ll need to authorise and connect to that third party web service. In the the case of Typeform, I’ll need to locate and insert the API key from my Typeform account into my flow.

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Once the service is connected to my flow I can select the registration form I’m going to use to capture my data. Here, I’m using an existing Typeform form called “Flow demo” which I can select from a drop down list of all the TYpeforms I have set up.

This flow will start when a new response is submitted to this form.

Now select the + New step button below.

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From the items that appear, select Add an action.

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From the search box that appears I enter “Office 365” and select the Send an email option as shown.

You may need to authorise the connection to email but once that is done you will see the fields To:, Subject and Body that you can now fill.

I can now insert dynamic content into these regions. Dynamic content effectively means fields from the connected services. which appear on the right that I can now select.

So, I click in the To: field in the flow and then select the appropriate question from the Typeform form on the right that will yield the register’s email address. Thus, I will be sending a reply email to the registration email address that was collected from Typeform.

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I then complete the rest of the information I want to go out in the confirmation email as shown above.

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Now, here’s where Flow is superior to other third party registration services. I have a custom list in my Team Site that I also want to populate with the registration details so I have a copy. This list is just the name and email address as you see above.

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I go back to my flow and Add an action again.

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Into the search box that appears I enter “SharePoint” and select the option Create item that appears.

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I now enter the Team Site URL and the list within that Team Site I want to populate from Typeform.

You will then see the fields from that list appear (here Email and Name), which again I can now populate with dynamic content from Typeform.

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I could continue on and add more steps if I wanted but I’ll now give this Flow a name and select the Create flow option in the top right to save the changes and activate the automation.

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Now one of things that you may get is an error like the above. From what I understand, this is telling you something about the dynamic content, in my case Typeform, isn’t quite right. I’ll need to do more digging to understand why this happens but if it does you’ll need to debug your flow.

In may case, for some reason, Flow doesn’t like the Typeform First name or Last response, which is weird as the email response is fine. Something I need to investigate further. For the time being I simply deleted these Typeform fields from my flow.

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If all is good you should receive a message like that shown above and you can select the Done link on the right.

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The flow you just created should now appear in My Flows as shown above. You can view, edit, disable and track the flow from here if needed.

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So if I now go and complete the Typeform registration, it should kick off my flow.

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If I look at the status of my flow I indeed see it has executed successfully as shown above.

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If I now check my Team Site list I can see that item has been added as shown above.

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The person registering has also received an email (above),

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and I also have a the sent item in my inbox as seen above.

So there you have it, a pretty quick way to create a registration confirmation process with the added benefit of saving registration information into a Team Site list.

There of course limits to what can be done with Flow at this stage but it is improving rapidly and I am keen to spend more time with the service to improve my knowledge because it provides a great opportunity to automate business processes. The ability for Flow to connect to third party applications like Typeform shown here is where the real power lies I believe.

I look forward to the continued improvement in Flow and suggest that if you have Office 365 you should start looking at it to help automate more of your business.

Publish your Office 365 calendar publicly

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There are plenty of times when it is handy being able to give people anonymous access to your calendar not matter where they are.

To enable this, login to your Office 365 web portal.

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Navigate to your web calendar typically by selecting the calendar icon from the portal home page.

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In the top right of the page select the Cog icon as shown.

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This will slide a blade out from the right of the window. At the bottom of this locate and select Calendar as shown, this is under the Your app settings area.

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Locate and select the option Publish Calendar which appears under the Shared Calendars option towards the bottom on the left.

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Now determine your sharing options from the pull down menus. Since this is going to be available publically I’d be recommending you select Availability only from the Select permissions options.

Once you have made your changes select the Save icon at the top.

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You’ll now get a HTML calendar URL as well as an ICS calendar URL that you can copy and paste, then send to any contacts.

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If you navigate to the HTML link, you should see something like the above displayed. The entries there will depend on the permissions you selected previously.

Of course, when you update your private calendar the external links will also be updated, since they are basically a view onto this calendar.

Once you can configured this and copied the link it makes it really easy to provide people with a idea of what your calendar is like, now and in the future. Pretty cool eh?

Azure Av2 machines now available

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https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/cloud-services/?WT.mc_id=azurebg_email_Trans_33675_1284_Tier_2_Release_MOSP

The latest generation of A-series, Av2 Standard, has similar CPU performance and faster disk to standard A series. Suitable for development workloads, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, Av2 Standard also works for micro services, early product experiments, and small databases.

Need to Know podcast–Episode 125

We are back for 2017! Marc and I do our usual news and cloud updates followed by a returning guest, MVP Troy Hunt. Troy chats to us about his upcoming Microsoft Ignite Australia presentation – Applied Azure: Building a Large Scale Real World Application on a Coffee Budget, which makes for real interesting listening.

You can listen to this episode directly at:

https://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-125-troy-hunt/

or on Soundcloud here:

 

or subscribe via iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/ciaops-need-to-know-podcasts/id406891445?mt=2

The podcast is also available on Stitcher at:

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ciaops/need-to-know-podcast?refid=stpr

Don’t forget to give the show a rating as well as send us any feedback or suggestions you may have for the show.

Resources

@troyhunt

@haveibeenpwned

@marckean

@directorcia

Have I been Pwned

Azure updates from Marc

Updated SharePoint Team Sites move beyond first release

Microsoft Partner services being revamped

New unified DLP in Office 365

Microsoft Connect car platform

Replacement to Azure RemoteApp coming soon

Azure Backup protects against ransonware