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You’d be forgiven for thinking that wider adoption of cloud services will mean that Infrastructure specialists will no longer be needed in IT. While it is true that some traditional IT functions are in decline, there are also new roles emerging and so the challenge we face is how to develop our careers and stay relevant in the IT job market.
That’s the question we're trying to answer in this session, and we plan to break the problem down into three parts—what are those Next roles; what are the Next Skills we need; and what you need to do Next to stay current as the IT job market evolves. We do this by working with some of the pioneers in these new areas, specifically some of the Microsoft Valued Professionals who are already here at TechEd, as they have already started on this journey. Please join us for this interactive discussion which we hope will help you to be part of what’s next.
Organizations are realizing that traditional network-based security measures are woefully inadequate to protect corporate data in a world where the workforce likes to work from different locations, on a variety of different devices and targeting a plethora of different applications in cloud. Enterprises are looking to bolster traditional security controls with more adaptive, contextual mechanisms driven by increased analytics. Azure AD has a variety of features that can help IT secure their enterprises using data driven intelligence. In this session we cover how Azure AD can help detect and alert on compromised accounts and malicious access. We also cover Cloud App Discovery in depth and talk about how organizations can get a better handle on ‘ShadowIT’ as employees increasingly adopt cloud applications without IT involvement. Cloud App Discovery can help organizations detect cloud application usage and bring that under IT control.
We are excited to share the new, Microsoft Azure Portal Preview – reimagined, redesigned, and remade for you. Join us for this journey into the future of Ops in a DevOps world, integrating Microsoft Visual Studio Online and Azure into a single, seamless experience that allows you to get real work done, fast. We look at how to connect your source code to Azure for continuous deployment, managing builds, tests and work items, as well as managing your Azure apps built using Azure Web Sites or VMs, using Storage or SQL, etc., and monitoring the health of your deployed application with rich insights, all inside the new Azure Portal Preview. Join us to hear about the future of this new platform.
In today's modern datacenter, heterogeneous environments with Windows Server, Linux and FreeBSD are more common than not. Being able to run all of your virtualized workloads on a single hypervisor simplifies management and optimizes server capacity. In this session, we explore the level of support Hyper-V 2012 R2 has for Linux and FreeBSD-based distributions and how IT admins and architects can ensure top performance and reliability running on Hyper-V.
Topic: Azure Pack, System Center Operations Manager
Dynamic distributed applications can make System Center the key to streamlining your IT Operations Programs. Microsoft partnered with BlueStripe to deliver complete, multi-tier application management in System Center. In this session, learn how to deliver: Live, dynamic application discover/mapping, monitoring, and alerting in Operations Manager; Application management across platforms (Windows and non-Windows systems) and architectures (physical, virtual, cloud, and hybrid cloud); and Application management for Azure Hybrid Cloud. BlueStripe automatically discovers, maps, and monitors all the components that make up your distributed applications, regardless of platform or physical location. Learn how to build live dynamic application views that cross Azure and the datacenter, how to use these application maps within System Center Operations Manager, and how to apply application context to provide business services for Service Manager and application performance-focused run books using Orchestrator. You'll also preview an integration of live distributed application maps into Azure Pack.
Pass the Hash (PtH) is one of the most widespread and damaging attack techniques affecting our customers. Microsoft’s Pass the Hash workgroup has continued to work on mitigations in many forms including technical guidance and platform modifications. This session covers the new Pass the Hash whitepaper with guidance on mitigation strategies that integrate the new features and address common customer scenarios like helpdesk, domain, and server mitigation. The paper also includes guidance mapped to the functions in the recently released NIST cybersecurity framework. This session also discusses the PTH mitigation features that were introduced in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, and availability status for previous platforms.
Topic: Active Directory, Hybrid Identity, Microsoft Azure Active Directory
In this demo-heavy session we present in depth the most significant capabilities of Azure Active Directory Premium, the advanced hybrid identity and access management cloud solution of Microsoft. Self-Service Password reset with write-back to on-premises directories, Group Management Delegation, Machine learning-based Security and Usage reports , license assignment via UI and PowerShell and more. Let's go deeper on these popular capabilities to understand their architecture and how they can be configured, enabled and used
Topic: Azure Pack, Microsoft Azure, Service Management Automation, Windows PowerShell
Automation includes a balance of power and trust. Leveraging a combination of Service Management Automation (SMA) and PowerShell Just Enough Admin (JEA), you can deploy an operations platform where administrators perform work at scale across untrusted environments. Join us for this session as we explore what it takes to deploy a Hosted SMA Architecture protected by JEA with a PowerShell Web Access (PSWA) front-end.
As a bonus, we explore the various options for automating IaaS VM deployment and configuration leveraging SMA, PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), and Azure Automation!
Topic: Service Management Automation, System Center Orchestrator
You may have noticed that System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 has a new partner in automation, Service Management Automation. What exactly is Service Management Automation (SMA) and how does it align with current automaton and private cloud strategies? What are the capabilities of SMA and why should you care? What is the role of PowerShell workflow in SMA? Finally how is SMA configured, how is it used, what are the technical details needed to begin effectively using SMA?
In this session, we answer these questions. We take an in-depth look at SMA, exploring capability, configuration, and also demonstrating some cool automation examples with full technical breakdown. The session starts with a discussion around the role of SMA in the modern datacenter exploring use cases, integration opportunities, and also taking a look at potential future opportunities for SMA. We then detail the prerequisites and configuration steps required to use SMA. Finally, several practical example automations are detailed, demonstrated, and discussed in depth. This session is not only a great all-up introduction to Service Management Automation and the future of data center automation, but a great primer on using PowerShell workflow.
Mark shares insights gained on the high-scale battlefield from Microsoft Azure and large Azure customers that can help you create more manageable, highly available, and scalable applications. He goes inside Azure’s internal architecture to reveal how Azure itself applies these insights and explains how aspects of Azure’s architecture influence optimal application architectures. Whether you’re a developer or IT pro, create and manage small or large cloud applications, you’ll better understand how to get the most out of the cloud and Azure.