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New version of Microsofts Project Siena released! Access Sharepoint Online and OnPremise

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Microsoft has released a new Version of Siena, a very handy tool to easily create LOB apps for Windows 8.x. I’ve played loads with Siena in the last few month and the most important Feature I was missing was accessing Sharepoint Online. With the new release this will work. But there are more great features coming.

Siena

  • Office 365 calendars, emails, contacts and files with Azure Active Directory integration
  • Read/write capability for SharePoint Online lists
  • Support for portrait and landscape aspect ratios
  • Grouping and multi-selection of visual elements
  • Support for Line Charts as a new visual element

Links:

Siena Websites: microsoft.com/en-us/projectsiena/LookingAhead.aspx

Written by Christoph Harding

November 19th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

RTFM: EAP and WPA Payload for Windows Phone in Airwatch MDM

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Well, I’m not back at VMware … but I’ve had a customer situation this week where I got in touch with Airwatch MDM. My customer would like to use Windows Phones with Airwatch but had some questions regarding the configuration. It wasn’t really a phone question but more related to a option configurable in the Airwatch Console. There were two fields without description, one for EAP in the VPN configuration and another in the WLAN configuration when using WPA encryption.

tmw_air_2  tmw_air_1

To be honest I didn’t even know what they are talking about but again the old wisdom is right …… RTFM.

The Microsoft MDM protocol documentation for Windows Phone 8.1 gives you all you need. There are great examples in the documentation you can use.

But usually I’m not a person to read a manual too…

Links:

Microsoft MDM Protocol documentation: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn499787.aspx

Written by Christoph Harding

November 18th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

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Improvements to the Windows Phone 8.1 Enrollment Process for Intune

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Microsoft is updating the Intune Company Portal as part of the Microsoft Intune service upgrade. A big improvement in the new release is the fact that you don’t need a Symantec certificate to enable the Enrollment of Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the Intune standalone version anymore. Please check the TechNet blog mentiond below to get more detailed information. The technical documentation will be available on 21th November at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=519191&WT.mc_id=Blog_Intune_General_PCIT

Link: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftintune/archive/2014/11/18/improvements-to-the-windows-phone-8-1-enrollment-process-for-intune.aspx

Written by Christoph Harding

November 18th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

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New Microsoft Intune version coming this week

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Great News from the Intune Team at Microsoft. They’ve published a new blog post today saying that an upgraded version with new capabilities is coming this week. To get a full overview of the news please visit the TechNet blog but here’s a Feature view in a nutshell.

  • Enhanced user interface for Intune administration console
  • Ability to restrict access to Exchange on-premises email based upon device enrollment
  • Bulk enrollment of devices using a single service account
  • Lockdown of Supervised iOS devices and devices using Samsung KNOX with Kiosk mode
  • Targeting of policies and apps by device groups
  • Ability to report on and allow or block a specific set of applications
  • Enforcement of application install or uninstall
  • Deployment of certificates, email, VPN and WiFi profiles
  • Ability to push free store apps to iOS devices
  • More convenient access to internal corporate resources using per-app VPN configurations for iOS devices
  • Remote pin reset for Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Multi-factor authentication at enrollment for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Ability to restrict administrator access to a specific set of user and device groups
  • Updated Company Portal apps to support customizable terms and conditions

Link: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftintune/archive/2014/11/17/new-microsoft-intune-capabilities-coming-this-week.aspx

Written by Christoph Harding

November 17th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

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Sponsor Webinars: Software-Defined Storage Architecture & Microsoft Storage Best Practises

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New Microsoft Storage Best Practices for Hyper-V & SQL Server: SMB 3.0 and Scale-Out File Servers

Tuesday, September 16, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT
Featured Speaker: Greg Schulz, Founder, StorageIO

What is the trick to supporting growth for your Microsoft environment without breaking your budget, or causing performance problems? Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) is the Microsoft solution for enabling a flexible, scalable resilient data infrastructure supporting Windows, Hyper-V and SQL Server environments.
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Live Webinar: Software-Defined Storage Architecture: Optimizing Business Value and Minimizing Risk in Microsoft/VMware Storage Strategies

Tuesday, September 24, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT
Featured Speaker: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International

Sifting through the marketing hype from VMware and Microsoft regarding their “server-side software-defined storage models” can be almost as challenging as understanding the underlying technical issues that software-defined storage seeks to solve. What is needed is a clear headed analysis of the storage challenges created by virtual server computing, the benefits and limitations of competing software-defined approaches to addressing them, and what alternatives exist that might provide highly available and scalable storage capacity in a business-savvy way.

In this webinar, storage expert Jon Toigo:

  • Provides a brief retrospective on the drivers of software-defined storage
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  • Identifies the key requirements that have yet to be met


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Link for registration: http://virtualizationreview.com/webcasts/2014/09/starwind-software-defined-storage-architecture.aspx?partnerref=sw5

Written by Christoph Harding

September 10th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Posted in Sponsor Post,Webcast

Project Siena Beta 3 now available

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If you would like to design an app you need development skills – usually, but not with Project Siena. Siena which was just published as Beta 3 Version. Project Siena is a WYSIWYG development tool from Microsoft which enables everyone to create nice little apps for Windows 8 tablets.

The new version has great enhancements i.e. easier integration with social networks like Facebook or Twitter.

Please download the new version from Microsofts website.

Link: Microsoft Store (Free Download)

Written by Christoph Harding

July 14th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

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Video: Hands-on with Surface Pro 3

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A great device! Looking forward to it.

Written by Christoph Harding

June 5th, 2014 at 8:42 am

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Microsoft’s ‘Mohoro’ Windows-as-a-service released as a public preview

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Interesting read on Mary Jo Foley’s blog today.

Mohoro — known officially as Azure RemoteApp — allows users to deliver Windows Server applications on a variety of devices. The accompanying remote desktop client apps will run on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and/or Android.

http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-mohoro-windows-as-a-service-released-as-a-public-preview-7000029309/#ftag=RSS0966a21

Written by Christoph Harding

May 12th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Posted in Azure,Windows

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Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack updated (MDOP 2014)

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Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Desktop Optimization pack (MDOP) 2014 which is now available for download. MDOP is Microsoft’s suite of virtualization, management and security technologies for desktops. MDOP is available as a subscription for Software Assurance.

What does the new version include?

  • Enhanced support for FIPS 140-2
  • Improved compliance and enforcement policies
  • Support for enterprise scenarios and technologies
  • Innovations to application publishing and launch
  • Support of parallel deployment and execution of application upgrades
  • Improvements to existing capabilities
  • More deployment guidance and how-to guides

Please check the following blog post for more detail.

Link: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/business/archive/2014/05/01/improving-your-organization-s-security-and-performance-with-the-microsoft-desktop-optimization-pack.aspx

Written by Christoph Harding

May 2nd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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Windows Intune with Windows Phone 8.1 and Samsung Knox Support

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The Windows Intune Team has announced today that with beginning today they’re going to rollout a new version of Windows Intune until 21th May which supports Windows Phone 8.1 and Samsung Know. The blog post gives a great overview of the new features included. There are also two links to TechNet where you can find the new policies supported for MDM.

Link: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/archive/2014/04/28/availability-of-update-to-windows-intune-for-windows-phone-8-1-and-samsung-knox-standard.aspx

Written by Christoph Harding

April 28th, 2014 at 10:22 pm