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2020 has been a year of change, including our approach to Microsoft Ignite. The event will be entirely virtual this year, taking place over 48 hours from September 22-24.


To help you manage this change in approach and navigate the hundreds of videos published during this timeframe, please review the below guide for important content related to Network Connectivity. While this content is being made available during the Ignite timeframe, it is meant to serve as foundational learning material beyond the scope of the event. As a result you will not see Ignite specific branding, but rest assured this is the most up to date and in-depth content; all delivered by our Microsoft subject matter experts as you have hopefully come to expect from Microsoft Ignite.


As you review the content below, make sure to add the Microsoft 365 Network Connectivity Office Hours to your calendar. It’s on Wednesday, Sept 23rd from 8am – noon PST. Please drop in any time to ask our panel of network experts your questions. Set a reminder on your calendar now, and visit for details on how to join.


Pages to know:

Optimizing Microsoft 365 network connectivity –

If you are interested in the Microsoft 365 network connectivity topic – you should bookmark this page. Not only will all the latest video content from Ignite be posted here, but you’ll find links to the most important Microsoft network configuration resources and guidance on how to handle critical topics like remote work or Zero Trust security. This is a recently launched page and going forward will serve as the central hub for updates and information regarding Microsoft 365 network connectivity.


Interactive guide: Configure your network for Microsoft 365 and Teams –

Launching on Sept 18th, this interactive guide provides step by step instructions to configure your network for optimal connectivity to the Microsoft 365 suite, with a focus on Teams. As more organizations adopt Microsoft Teams, we’ve seen increasing demands for guidance on how to get the best experience with native in-platform experiences that are performance sensitive – like video/audio conferencing, document co-editing, chat, and search. Use this guide to ensure your users have the best Teams experience possible.


Network connectivity discussion forum

Use this discussion forum to ask questions, see hot topics from your peers, and engage directly with our Microsoft 365 networking experts. See the latest post from Paul Andrew, Microsoft 365 Principal Program Manager, on the new features of the network assessment tool. 


Core content videos:

Topic: Overview of Network Connectivity Principles

Speaker: Konstantin Ryvkin, Microsoft 365 Partner Architect


Learn about the Microsoft 365 Network Connectivity Principles, which serve as foundational elements to achieve optimal network connectivity and most performant user experience with Microsoft 365. Learning about these key principles can help ensure your network strategy and design choices are optimal for your Microsoft 365 users, competitive in the marketplace, and future proof to the constant evolution of the cloud.


Topic: Microsoft’s enterprise network design for the cloud era

Speaker: Paul Collinge, Microsoft 365 Senior Program Manager


This video discusses why a traditional enterprise network built for the on-premises world isn’t a good fit for a cloud-first world. We’ll look at some of the common modern enterprise network design models which our customers are using to achieve great performance, agility, security—and often cost savings. We will also cover how Microsoft 365’s design and network principles lend themselves well to this approach.


Topic: Microsoft 365 network connectivity for remote users

Speaker: Roshan Padmanabhan, Microsoft 365 Senior Program Manager


In this video we will discuss Microsoft 365 network connectivity best practices for remote users working from home, we will go through remote connectivity strategies like VPN split-tunneling to facilitate continued user productivity during large scale work from home events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.


Topic: Microsoft 365 Networking Partner Program


John Mighell, Microsoft 365 Senior Product Marketing Manager

Fraser Street, Silver Peak, VP Technical Alliances

Ritesh Mukherjee, 128 Technology, Vice President Product Management

Joseph Chung, VMWare, Director Strategic Alliances


Customers often ask Microsoft if partner solutions work with Microsoft 365 and whether they align with Microsoft’s Network Connectivity Principles. This session will review our Networking Partner Program and explain how we designate verified partner solutions that can help optimize your network connectivity.


Topic: How Microsoft does Zero Trust

Speakers: Mark Simos, Microsoft Lead Cybersecurity Architect; Lesley Kipling, Microsoft Chief Security Advisor


Learn about Microsoft’s approach to Zero Trust within the context of network configuration. Research shows that the Zero Trust concept is used to discuss very different approaches to the same problem and it is often left to the organization to determine which approach is best for their environment. In this session, we’ll outline an approach that details 4 critical categories that evolve the discussion from “Trust but verify” to “Verify everything, trust nothing” including the network.


Topic: Managing connections using the IP/URL web service [NOTE: will be available 9/22]

Speaker: Jeff Mealiffe, Microsoft 365 Principal Architect


In this video, we will explain how Microsoft publishes details on the service endpoints across Microsoft 365 workloads, and how you can consume these details to keep your infrastructure configuration up to date and ensure the best possible experience for your users.


Topic: Microsoft 365 network connectivity testing tools [NOTE: will be available 9/22]

Speaker: Paul Andrew, Microsoft 365 Principal Program Manager


For large enterprises Microsoft 365 connectivity often requires different network perimeter design than generic Internet connectivity. We publish connectivity principles and best practices for optimizing network perimeters for Microsoft 365. This session will show tooling that is available for testing against those connectivity principles and it will evaluate network connectivity for impact on Microsoft 365 user experience. Passive network measurements from Microsoft 365 clients are shown in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. Active testing can be run using the Microsoft 365 Network Connectivity Test tool which is available at This talk will review the test tools, describe when you would use them, and explain the output and what you can learn from them using demos. We will look at network latency, DNS configuration, download speed, network media elements, home VPN configuration, and more. Take a look and you’ll learn how to get the most out of your network perimeter supporting Microsoft 365 user experience.

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