Microsoft Mesh – Cross Platform Connectivity For Mobile Enterprise

Microsoft Mesh – Cross Platform Connectivity For Mobile Enterprise

Microsoft Mesh is a new service that allows your enterprise and your social media to go far together, allowing users and customers to interconnect using a web-enabled mesh. This new internet-based service combines the advantages of social networking and collaboration together with business tools like enterprise mobility management, collaboration, and task management for a really multi-dimensional experience on the internet. Microsoft Mesh also enables groups to work together not just inside the scope of a project but also when creating tasks shared. It follows that group real-time and productivity tasks can be handled in exactly the same fashion across multiple network devices.

Multi-user capabilities extend beyond networking. Microsoft Mesh offers rich editing and publishing experiences for e-commerce, publishing, collaboration, and publishing of all documents in addition to data. A multi-user network can include anywhere from 1 individual to several hundred consumers based on the size of your network. Since Microsoft Mesh is cross platform and cross apparatus capable, it delivers a special opportunity to leverage the capabilities of numerous devices and browsers across your corporate network without any additional investments in software or connection.

For companies looking for a new way to connect with their clients and strengthen their business ties, the usage of Microsoft Mesh is a clear way for moving your company ahead. Employing this cross-platform social network you can achieve a highly targeted audience over several devices while at the exact same time increasing your revenue. The price and complexity of integrating this system in your company should be no problem at all, letting you construct your organization and reach your goals easily. Mesh is a powerful tool and needs to be leveraged for the current generation of mobile computing.

Diagnose and Resolve issues Blade – Self-help tool for troubleshooting issues.

Diagnose and Resolve issues Blade – Self-help tool for troubleshooting issues.

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Software fails, hardware breaks and you can run into issues when trying new things. Whenever we encounter an issue on Azure, we quickly open our favorite search engine, weed through the results, and look for answers pertaining to that issue. But what if I tell you that we have a blade in the Azure Portal that can help you diagnose and resolve issues, find authoritative troubleshooting resources (tools, guided steps, and articles), and easily get additional help as needed. 


The Diagnose and Solve problems blade empowers Azure customers to troubleshoot and solve Azure service issues via service/resource health insights, automated troubleshooters (insight diagnostics), curated troubleshooting guides (common solutions), and additional troubleshooting tools provided by service teams. 


 


This blade is available for all the azure resources. In this blog post, we will look at SQL Server on Azure VM as an example. 


 


The diagnose and Solve blade contains 2 sections. 


 



  • Common Problems 

  • Troubleshooting Tools 


 


Common Problems


Each common problem has a title, a category, and a brief description, making it easier for customers to make the right selection. Customers can also search or use filters to look for a problem or a tool. One can also group the problem by category. 


 


The following are the various categories that have been listed. 



  • Administration-Management 

  • Backup-Restore 

  • Data Services 

  • HADR 

  • Performance 

  • Security 

  • Setup-Licensing 

  • SQL Connectivity 

  • Change 

  • Health 


  


The page also contains information about the resource health and any change details associated with the resource in the last 72 hours. 


 


 


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Once the customer identifies the problem they are having, clicking on “Troubleshoot” button, will open a new page where you can tell us more about the problem you are experiencing. Depending on the information provided and the problem scenario chosen, we get information on ways to fix the issue. 


 


I have chosen Backup and Restore as the problem and clicking on the problem takes me to a new page asking me to tell more about the problem that I am experiencing. It also provides me with further options to choose that match my specific problem.  


 


 


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I have chosen “Database Backup or Restore using URL (Azure Storage) as the issue that matches my problem. The page provides me with a list of common causes for the issues related to backup or restore using URL. 


 


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Assuming, the error msg that I am getting is Error 3201: Backup fails with – Operating system error 50, clicking on the headline, provides me with the steps to resolve the issue.  


 


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Troubleshooting Tools


Clicking on the Troubleshooting Tools tab for the SQL Server on Azure VM provides you with 4 options. 


 



  • Performance Diagnostics 

  • Troubleshoot network connectivity 

  • Evaluate Best Practices for your SQL Server using SQL Assessments

  • Repair or Redeploy Iaas extension


 


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Performance Diagnostics 


PerfInsights is a self-help diagnostics tool that can be run through the portal or as a standalone tool that collects diagnostic data, produces analytic reporting, summarizes system information, and produces a system log output that can help troubleshoot virtual machine performance problems in Azure for various scenarios including SQL Server, Windows OS, Linux, Azure storage, and more. 


From a SQL Server on Azure VM perspective, we can use PerfInsights captures to review SQL Server findings, review storage analysis against Azure storage thresholds, resource reporting, review the system summary information that can make it a lot easier to document your Azure SQL Virtual Machine environment. 


 


PerfInsights can be run on virtual machines as a standalone tool, directly from the portal by using   Performance Diagnostics for Azure virtual machines, or by installing Azure Performance Diagnostics VM Extension. 


 


If you are experiencing performance problems with virtual machines, before contacting support, run this tool.  More information can be found here.


 


Troubleshoot network Connectivity 


The connection troubleshoot feature of Network Watcher provides the capability to check a direct TCP connection from a virtual machine to a virtual machine (VM), fully qualified domain name (FQDN), URI, or IPv4 address. Network scenarios are complex, they are implemented using network security groups, firewalls, user-defined routes, and resources provided by Azure. Complex configurations make troubleshooting connectivity issues challenging. Network Watcher helps reduce the amount of time to find and detect connectivity issues. The results returned can provide insights into whether a connectivity issue is due to a platform or a user configuration issue.


More information can be found here.


 


SQL Best Practice Assessment


SQL best practices assessment provides a mechanism to evaluate the configuration of your Azure SQL VM for best practices like indexes, deprecated features, trace flag usage, statistics, etc. Assessment results are uploaded to your Log Analytics workspace using Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA). 


In order to enable SQL best practices assessment, your SQL Server on Azure VM (2012 and higher versions) needs to be registered with SQL IaaS extension in full mode. Registering your VM is easy and provides additional benefits that help you manage your SQL Server on Azure VM.


 


More information can be found here.


 


Repair or Redeploy Iaas Extension


Repair SQL IaaS Agent extension if the status is “Failed”. This operation will also help install latest SQL IaaS Agent extension if it is not already installed. 


There is also a ” Force repair” option. Checking that will enable the repair button even if the SQL IaaS Agent extension is in “Succeeded” provisioning state. This allows you to upgrade your SQL IaaS Agent extension which is already in “Succeeded” provisioning state to the latest version.


 


From an azure SQL perspective, we have similar scenarios curated for both Azure SQL Database and Managed instance. We will explore them in another blog post.


 


I would encourage you all to take advantage of the “Diagnostics and Solve” blade to quickly identify your issues and resolve them. If one cannot resolve the issue, you can always use Azure Support to further troubleshoot it. 


 


 

JCDC Announces 2023 Planning Agenda

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Today, the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) announced its 2023 Planning Agenda. This release marks a major milestone in the continued evolution and maturation of the collaborative’s planning efforts. JCDC’s Planning Agenda brings together government and private sector partners to develop and execute cyber defense plans that achieve specific risk reduction goals focused on systemic risk, collective cyber response, and high-risk communities.

Through this effort, CISA and partners across government and the private sector will take steps to measurably reduce some of the most significant cyber risks facing the global cyber community. This effort also aims to deepen our collaborative capabilities to enable more rapid action when the need arises.

CISA encourages organizations to review JCDC’s Planning Agenda webpage and CISA Executive Assistant Director Eric Goldstein’s blog post on this effort for a deeper understanding of the collaborative’s joint cyber defense plans. Visit CISA.gov/JCDC to learn about other ways JCDC is uniting the global cyber community in the collective defense of cyberspace.

CISA Releases Eight Industrial Control Systems Advisories

CISA Releases Eight Industrial Control Systems Advisories

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Azure Marketplace new offers – January 26, 2023

Azure Marketplace new offers – January 26, 2023

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We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. For this volume, 68 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:


 


































































































































































































































































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2023 release wave 1 plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform now available

2023 release wave 1 plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform now available

This article is contributed. See the original author and article here.

On January 25, 2023, we published the 2023 release wave 1 plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform, a compilation of new capabilities planned to be released between April 2023 and September 2023. This first release wave of the year offers hundreds of new features and enhancements, demonstrating our continued investment to power digital transformation for our customers and partners. 

This release wave builds on our commitment to create applications and experiences that add value to every role by breaking down silos between data, insights, and people. New capabilities empower new ways to make informed decisions with AI-guided insights and suggested actions, easier ways to automate tasks and processes, and collaboration seamlessly integrated into the flow of work, plus, new low-code ways for anyone to build solutions.

As part of our commitment to creating great customer experiences, we have introduced a new way to interact with release plans. The release planner for Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform enables users to view and manage release plans across all active waves in a unified and interactive interface while giving them the option to personalize, filter, sort, and share these plans.

Highlights from Dynamics 365 

Dynamics 365 Marketing delivers connected sales and marketing capabilities to enable marketers and sellers to act as a unified team and accelerate their pipelines. New features such as a new business-to-business (B2B) analytics dashboard, frequency capping, multiple email recipient activation, emails timeline, customizable preference centers, and Urchin Tracking Module (UTM) marketing tagging will be released in this wave to allow businesses to increase their output, organizational efficiency, and analyze the impact of their campaigns to reach higher levels of marketing maturity.

Dynamics 365 Sales brings new features such as enhanced sequence capabilities supporting personalized and account-based engagement, actionable AI-powered suggestions within the seller workflow, an updated form layout, and new opportunity management workspace. Additionally, enhanced email templates, content suggestions and text message capabilities, as well as various new abilities to create, loop, and optimize sales sequences will be released during this wave.

Dynamics 365 Customer Service empowers agents to work more efficiently with enhancements to voice features, unified routing, embedded Microsoft Teams collaboration, and elements of the agent workspace such as the case form, timeline, and conversation control. Throughout this wave, we will continue to invest in AI across the contact center with intelligent-suggested replies and robust real-time analytics with customization.

Dynamics 365 Field Service is continuing to improve the new schedule board for dispatchers this wave. We are also supporting our frontline workers by allowing them to see their appointments in Outlook, find information faster through improved global search, and recognize improvements in performance and reliability on the mobile app.

Dynamics 365 Finance is focused on enhancing organizations’ visibility into their data, continuing finance automation, and expanding out-of-the-box country coverage in Latin America. Other enhancements such as further automation of complex tax scenarios, full end-to-end automation of accounts payable and ledger settlements to expedite the close and enable talented finance users to spend more time focusing on value-added activities will also be released.

Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management continues to deliver increased agility and resilience across the supply chain with enhancements to omnichannel sales strategies with improved ways of managing attribute-based pricing, integrated soft reservations, and optimized end-to-end process integration across Dynamics 365 Sales and Supply Chain Management. Investments to improve agility and increase efficiency for discrete manufacturers, maintenance workers, and warehouse workers will also be a focus for this wave.

Dynamics 365 Project Operations is continuing to invest in capabilities to empower project managers and project teams with new features like expanding the project budgeting and time-phased forecasting to resource/non-stocked deployment modes and completely lighting up the core experiences for expense management on the web and mobile form factors. Across-the-board investments in performance and usability with an uptake of modern and fluent controls in sales, billing and pricing, and subcontracting experiences are also targeted for this release wave.

Dynamics 365 Guides will continue investing in capabilities to improve collaboration experiences for users on HoloLens 2. Key updates include improvements in handling incoming calls, join settings, and more accurate mixed reality annotations will also be coming in this wave. We will also be adding new holographic workflows and features like the ability to manipulate a hologram as an operator and taking a photo while in a guide.

Dynamics 365 Human Resources will continue to expand the human capital management (HCM) ecosystem and further investment in expanding our payroll partner network to provide broader coverage for global organizations. We will also be providing better experiences to resource managers in Project Operations by integrating employee skill, compensation, and leave information while helping employees grow their careers by bringing project and experience information back into employee profiles.  

Dynamics 365 Commerce is enabling new and updated B2B experiences, including the modeling of distributers as sellers, introducing a distributer fulfillment dashboard, and improving the out-of-the-box B2B user sign-up flow. We are revising and improving our payment flows and enabling network health checks to diagnose network-related issues that can impact point of sale (POS) uptime for POS and Store Commerce users. We will also be investing in asynchronous payment capabilities to provide support for Klarna and other “buy now, pay later” methods and ACH real-time banking.

Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection is introducing Assessments API in 2023 release wave 1 that will allow customers to define their own fraud event (in addition to the default events covered by Fraud Protection such as Purchase Protection and Account Protection). This functionality will allow customers to configure Fraud Protection to protect against fraud events specific to their businesses.

Dynamics 365 Business Central will continue developing enhanced finance capabilities for intercompany transactions as well as several improvements to the warehouse management area to make customers’ processes more efficient. More default setup data will also be provided during this wave to expedite customers’ onboarding procedures. Furthermore, Microsoft Power Platform and Microsoft 365, including Teams, capabilities will be improved enabling better reporting, automation, and collaboration opportunities.

Dynamics 365 Customer Insights will bring enhancements such as improved data interoperability and governance features allowing the ability to control and restrict access to data, configurations, and actions; an increased maturity around application lifecycle management and enterprise lifecycle management; increased activation capabilities through tighter integration with Microsoft Dataverse; and will receive navigational guidance, AI-powered suggestions, and task assistance increasing the depth of insights obtained from the product with less time investment.    

Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces delivers alerts and notifications via Teams or Outlook when business AI-skills detect actionable patterns within a space containing vehiclesstationary or mobile. Throughout this wave, improvements will be released enabling customers to use the Microsoft Azure Stack HCI devices for configuring Connected Spaces to run AI models at the edge in addition to the existing Microsoft Azure Stack Edge devices.

Dynamics 365 Customer Voice is investing infunctionalities to unblock key scenarios for customers and is focusing on improving the overall usage experience along with the architecture evolution and stability fixes for survey owners and responders. We will focus on delivering features such as the transfer ownership of an orphan project in case a project owner has left the organization, as well as allowing survey responders to record partial survey responses.

Microsoft Supply Chain Center delivers improvements to organizations’ management of their supply chain by enhancing their end-to-end visibility of their supply chain, improving AI-based recommendations, and enabling them to seamlessly collaborate with their teams and suppliers on the workflow, resulting in better orchestrated business processes.

Implementation portal

We are launching a new implementation portal to provide contextual guidance and recommended practices for Dynamics 365 implementations, in order to enable greater success once implementations go live. This portal is based on the Success by Design for Dynamics 365 framework put together by the FastTrack for Dynamics 365 team.

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2023 release wave 1 for Dynamics 365

Check out new capabilities for Dynamics 365 with the 2023 release wave 1 plan.

Highlights from Microsoft Power Platform 

Power BI continues to invest in empowering individuals, teams, and organizations to drive a data culture. For individuals, we’re enhancing the creation experience, bringing more parity on the web, and adding the Power Query diagram view into Power BI. For teams, we’re bringing enhancements to meetings and multitasking to help users seamlessly work with their data wherever they work.

Power Apps is focusing on reducing risk for organizations with advanced governance capabilitiesensuring easy onboarding and using low-code capabilities in a manageable way for the organization to scale. Makers and developers of all skill levels will be more productive with modern experiences to build apps, manage data, and logic. Customers will benefit from modernization of web and mobile experiences ensuring modern and fast experiences across apps.

Power Pages continues to invest in bringing more out-of-the-box capabilities to support both low-code and no-code development as well as professional developers. New features in this release will allow makers to have additional capabilities and solution templates in the design studio. Professional developers will be able to perform additional actions and work with code productively using the Microsoft Power Platform CLI tool and Microsoft Visual Studio Code, and administrators will be enabled to better manage and govern their Power Pages sites.

Power Automate is releasing new capabilities to simplify creating new flows by describing them in natural language. This, with other experience improvements for creating and authoring flows, means it’ll be easier than ever for new users to get started. These improvements include introducing work queues where automatable tasks can be viewed and managed together as well as providing simpler connectivity to a machine for desktop flows, eliminating the need for additional installs and managing password management.

Power Virtual Agents offers a new unified authoring canvas that is Microsoft’s single conversational AI studio for all bot-building needs. With the continuing integration with Microsoft Bot Framework capabilities and Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services, bot creatorsfrom subject matter experts to developersare empowered to begin building today with the public preview. The advanced authoring canvas will be generally available this wave.

AI Builder will bring document processing improvements that will include more prebuilt model capabilities like contract processing, the ability to identify personal information, and the possibility to extract field types from documents. We’re also focusing on facilitating model governance and licensing by improving our admin interfaces to make it easier to govern how AI Builder credits are used across environments, apps, and flows.

For a complete list of new capabilities, please check out the Dynamics 365 2023 release wave 1 plan and the Microsoft Power Platform 2023 release wave 1 plan

2023 release wave 1 for Microsoft Power Platform

The first release wave of the year offers many new features and enhancements for Microsoft Power Platform.

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Early access period 

Starting January 30, 2023, customers and partners will be able to validate the latest features in a non-production environment. These features include user experience enhancements that will be automatically enabled for users in production environments during April 2023. To take advantage of the early access period, try out the latest updates in a non-production environment and effectively plan for your customer rollout. To take advantage of the early access period, try out the latest updates in a non-production environment, and effectively plan for your customer rollout. Check out the 2023 release wave 1 early access features for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform or visit the early access FAQ page.

View the latest product updates and release highlights, and share your feedback in the community forums via Dynamics 365 or Power Platform

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Customer Offerings: Security: Microsoft Defender – Advanced Dashboards with Power BI

Customer Offerings: Security: Microsoft Defender – Advanced Dashboards with Power BI

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Introduction


As Microsoft Cloud Solution Architects, we get asked by Businesses, IT Managers and Cybersecurity Experts to accurately report on the Vulnerabilities and CVEs in our environments. This could be as easy as just deploying Endpoint Protection updates or as advanced as deploying every category and 3rd Party Updates using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.


 


Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Vulnerability Reporting with Power BI – involves implementing a cloud-based reporting and visualization solution that brings exposure to active threats into sharp focus. It is intended to provide value to IT Leaders, Stakeholders, Security & Compliance teams, and Operations Teams that are responsible for mitigating CVE documented risks. The reports provide rich drill throughs that enable full understanding of an organization’s current data and trends. The data is sourced from Microsoft Defender for Endpoint using API calls, stored in a small serverless Azure SQL instance, and can be accessed from anywhere on any device.


 


Outcomes​


Dashboard with summary view that shows CVE vulnerability status for the current month (n-0), the previous month (n-1), and all prior.​


Customization options to exclude specific CVEs and classes of vulnerabilities.​


Cloud installation that creates a small Azure serverless SQL instance, an Azure Automation Account, and an Azure Service Principal.


 


The Report


 


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Conclusion


This solution will provide accurate reporting of your Vulnerabilities across the entire Defender for Endpoint Estate.


 


How do I book this engagement?


If you are a Microsoft Premier or Unified customer, you can reach out to your Customer Success Account Manager (CSAM) for more questions!


 


Special thanks to the Dev Team:


Chris Sugdinis, Ken Wygant, Michael Schmidt, Nathan Hughes, Shawn Rand, Todd Sterrett, Jon Ellis, Suhail Abdul Salam, Vikram Sahay, Werner Rall


 


Disclaimer


The sample scripts or Power BI Dashboards are not supported under any Microsoft standard support program or service. The sample scripts or Power BI Dashboards are provided AS IS without warranty of any kind. Microsoft further disclaims all implied warranties including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk arising out of the use or performance of the sample scripts and documentation remains with you. In no event shall Microsoft, its authors, or anyone else involved in the creation, production, or delivery of the scripts or Power BI Dashboards be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the sample scripts or documentation, even if Microsoft has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

CISA Releases Eight Industrial Control Systems Advisories

Apple Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products 

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Accelerate your Azure cloud management using Azure Cloud Shell with Predictive IntelliSense

Accelerate your Azure cloud management using Azure Cloud Shell with Predictive IntelliSense

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We have heard feedback that with so many commands it can be challenging to remember the exact syntax or learn new cmdlets, so we are enabling a solution to make the experience easier.


 


We are excited to announce that we have enabled Predictive IntelliSense in PSReadLine and the predications from Azure PowerShell Az.Tools.Predictor module.


 


Beginning February 2023 Azure Cloud Shell uses the version of PSReadLine that has Predictive IntelliSense enabled by default. We’ve also installed and enabled the Azure PowerShell predictor Az.Tools.Predictor module. Together, these changes enhance the command-line experience by providing suggestions that help new and experienced users of Azure discover, edit, and execute complete PowerShell commands.


 


What is Predictive IntelliSense?


 


Predictive IntelliSense is a feature of the PSReadLine module. It provides suggestions for complete commands based on items from your history and from predictor modules, like Az.Tools.Predictor.


 


Prediction suggestions appear as colored text following the user’s cursor. The image below shows the default InlineView of the suggestion. Pressing RightArrow key accepts an inline suggestion. After accepting the suggestion, you can edit the command line before hitting Enter to run the command.


 


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PSReadLine also offers a ListView presentation of the suggestions.


 


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In ListView mode, use the arrow keys to scroll through the available suggestions. List view also shows the source of the prediction.


 


You can switch between InlineView and ListView by pressing the F2 key.


 


Where can I learn more?


 


For more information about how to customize predictions for Cloud Shell, see Cloud Shell Predictive IntelliSense.


 


Learn more about how Az.Tools.Predictor uses intelligent context-aware command completion to help you navigate cmdlets and parameters for the Az PowerShell module.


 


To learn more about PSReadLine and managing Predictive Intellisense, see Using predictors in PSReadLine.


 


Where can I make suggestions?


 


We welcome suggestions and feedback to your experience working with Azure Cloud Shell. Please help us learn your feedback by posting issues and suggestions to our Azure Cloud Shell GitHub.


 

CISA Releases Two Industrial Control Systems Advisories

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CISA released two Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on January 24, 2023.These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

CISA encourages users and administrators to review the newly released ICS advisories for technical details and mitigations: