Apologies for the delay–but with the advent of Operator Connect and a few other new features, we wanted to make sure we brought you the most up-to-date desk reference for configuring Microsoft Teams. We’ve also included a great flow chart on the number porting process, which we think will be really helpful to organizations starting up with cloud voice!… [ Continue reading ]
Seeing as how we’re just a few days away from the launch of another title, I wanted to release a teaser chapter for our updated and upcoming MS-900: Microsoft 365 Certified Fundamentals exam prep guide.
Welp … just a quick post to note here that we wrapped all the writing, editing, testing, re-writing, screenshotting, more updating, and exam item conjuring early, so our latest rev of the MS-900 exam prep guide (covering the updated 2021 exam skills outline) will be available for delivery starting December 30, 2021 (about two weeks early).… [ Continue reading ]
Hey, everyone! Just got the notification that our labor of love, the Microsoft 365 Certified Fundamentals MS-900 Exam Guide Second Edition (man, that’s a mouthful) is available for pre-order!
In this update, Shrek and Donkey are off on another whirlwind adventur–wait, that’s not it.… [ Continue reading ]
At long last, I’m pretty excited to announce this labor of love with some of my peers / teammates:
We’re still finalizing a few things (so a few chapter titles/headings may change), but here’s the top level outline:
|1||Teams Overview||Azure AD architecture Organization and user interface Instant messaging, chat, and presence Calendaring Mobile Devices|
|2||Approvals||Creating and responding to approvals Administration of the Approvals app|
|3||Task Management||Planner, To Do, and the Tasks App|
|4||Bookings||Creating and managing a booking calendar Integration with other apps and services|
|5||Meetings||Scheduled, Ad-hoc, and Channel meetings Meeting features (including transcription, recording, webinars, break-out rooms, and registration) Meeting options Audio conferencing|
|6||Meeting Room||Licensing and configuring Meeting Rooms Room scheduling Meeting room devices|
|7||Live Events||Scheduling live events Presenting and sharing content and invitations External meeting production|
|8||Teams app development||Building and publishing apps in Teams|
|9||Workflow integration||Connecting Power Automate to Teams, including posts and notifications|
|10||Power Virtual Agents||Creating and publishing chat bots|
|11||Phone System||Terminology, including calling plans, communication credits, conferencing, and emergency policies Calling features Licensing|
|12||Cloud Phone System Architecture||Cloud-only and direct-routing configurations Implementing phone system features, including E911, creating and assigning phone numbers, policies (call park, calling, caller ID, emergency) Configuring outbound calling|
|13||Microsoft Teams devices||Working with phones, Teams rooms, collaboration bars, and Teams displays|
|14||Planning and adoption||The Microsoft Teams adoption framework|
|15||Governance||Identity and authentcation Compliance (including retention and information barriers) Lifecycle management (including provisioning and access packages|
|16||Integration with Exchange Hybrid||Enabling and configuring hybrid connectivity between Teams and Exchange|
|17||Security and Data Protection||Conditional Access, Data Loss Prevention|
|18||Reporting||Call Quality Dashboard, Call detail reports, User-based call reports, Live events, Teams usage|
I decided to go for a walk down nostalgia lane–while I love to talk about new stuff that we’re doing here at Microsoft, I also like to reminisce about the earlier times in my career–especially when I first started tech blogging.… [ Continue reading ]
I’m writing this down because…
I will forget it.
I was reviewing someone else’s code that was largely full of common if/then statements and then stumbled across a solitary instance of a ternary statement.
It took me a while to decipher since the ternary evaluation happened as an argument for a cmdlet–definitely limiting its readability. … [ Continue reading ]
I posted a really non-technical thing a few days ago about a walking or pitch deck for myself on LinkedIn, and I got flooded with personal messages about it (both LinkedIn and email). I thought I’d break down what I think makes a good deck, how to build one, and some examples of other great decks that can help you hone yours.… [ Continue reading ]
Happy New Year, everyone!
I’m super excited to be part of of my publisher’s #NewYearNewSkills initiative. If you’ve been curious about how to get software to help you do less of the less important stuff so you can do more of the more important stuff but weren’t sure where to start, my book “Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate” is a great place to start! … [ Continue reading ]
This week I wanted to do something a little bit fun. You’ve probably seen scripts that keep your mouse moving so your machine doesn’t go to sleep…
But have you ever seen one with PowerShell?
Yes, with the
[System.Windows.Forms.Cursor] type, you can move the mouse. … [ Continue reading ]
Kind of excited to see the stats counter on my blog roll over this week, topping 1 million visits in the past year and a half since migrating from the TechNet blog platform!
Thank you for joining me! Here’s to many more years of cloud journey!… [ Continue reading ]
This week, I was testing something for a customer that required me to check back on a data replication/sync task. The fun part about continuously checking on something is that I’m human and I will eventually forget (or get bored and just stop doing it). … [ Continue reading ]
What a crazy year it has been! This week, I sent off the final drafts for my fifth book published this calendar year.
This hefty book (600+ pages) covers installation and configuration of the SharePoint server platform. Some of the highlights include:
- Designing for performance
- MinRole and custom server role deployments
- Business Connectivity Services walk-throughs
- Detailed deployment of the Power Platform On-Premises Data Gateway
- Using Power Automate with a Data Gateway to interact with SharePoint Server
- Walkthroughs of all the options in the Hybrid Picker / Hybrid Wizard
- Examples of using migration tools to get to SharePoint Online
You can quickly pre-order it on Amazon now!… [ Continue reading ]
We all end up doing a lot of work that we don’t need to do. That’s not to say that it doesn’t need to be done–it might be a critical operation that needs to be performed, but does it need to be done by you?… [ Continue reading ]
If you’re wondering (or even if you’re not) why I’ve been quiet on my blog lately, it’s because I’ve been furiously working trying to finish up a new book: Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate.
This is a 100-level book is targeted to users new to Microsoft Power Automate and the Microsoft 365 ecosystem.… [ Continue reading ]