Getting started with MyAnalytics (Productivity Guide)

Source: Microsoft
Microsoft MyAnalytics gives you insights about how you spend your time at work and who you spend it with. To improve your time management skills, use your MyAnalytics dashboard to set goals for time spent in meetings and on email. With the detailed information in your dashboard, you can target ways to gain time so that you can focus on what matters most. The data MyAnalytics provides can also help you stay connected to important people in your network.
Getting started with MyAnalytics (Productivity Guide)

What to expect and social media tips for VeeamON 2017

Source: Veeam

I am very happy to announce an updated agenda for VeeamON 2017. With the event just on the horizon, we are able to share some of the activities at our conference and get you familiar with the schedule and venues, so you will not miss a thing. In less than four months, you’ll find yourself in New Orleans, Louisiana, which is why I’d like to offer you some highlights of the event.

For those of you who have registered for the Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) training, the conference will start two days earlier: partner training on May 14 — 15 and end-user training on May 15 — 16, which both take place at Sheraton New Orleans. If you are already a VMCE, this is a great opportunity to become a VMCE-Advanced: Design & Optimization v1 (VMCE-ADO). Every VMCE training participant will be able to take the VMCE exam on site at the event in simulated labs or at a later date at no extra charge.

Tuesday, May 16 is the last day of VMCE training sessions and it’s also Partner Day, which includes many sessions entirely focused on partners: general session, Hands-On Lab and breakout sessions. The day concludes with the long-awaited VeeamON Welcome Reception, held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18 are the main days of the conference, taking place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. There are plenty of activities that will keep your agenda full. At the Hands-On Lab, you’ll meet Veeam experts and learn about our future releases — including Veeam Availability Suite v10 and the Veeam Availability Orchestrator!

The Expo Lounge, one of my favorites, is where big players gather, such as Cisco, HPE, Microsoft and NetApp, to showcase their innovative and fresh solutions for the Modern Data Center. And, of course, don’t hesitate to challenge your IT fellows at the LabWarz competition — prizes worth $25,000 are at stake!

On Wednesday, you can also look forward to the Rafflethon in the Expo Lounge, where you can win cool prizes from the exhibitors. On Wednesday evening, we invite you to take a stroll through the New Orleans Arts District and visit the premier party zone. Here, each of our premier partners will be hosting a party venue along Fulton Street. Food, drinks, music and fun are on the agenda for the evening.

On Thursday, after a great general session and insightful breakouts, the conference will conclude with the classic VeeamON party at Generations Hall. If you have never been to a VeeamON wrap-up party, this is something you don’t want to miss.

To make things easier, you can also download the agenda file and add it to your personal calendar.

Early Bird registration is still available until Tuesday, Jan. 31, so step on it! On Feb. 1, regular pricing of $849 begins.

Social media tips

VeeamON 2017 is going to be impressive, both at the scene and online. I encourage you to be part of the conversation by engaging on our social media channels during the conference:

Other useful resources for VeeamON:

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What to expect and social media tips for VeeamON 2017

How to use Skype Meeting Broadcast (Productivity QRG)

Source: Microsoft
Skype Meeting Broadcast, a broadcast solution from Skype for Business, delivers a high-quality video stream and scales to thousands of participants. It’s ideal for online corporate meetings and streaming events to external customers. Participants can join the meeting from anywhere, with any device—an Internet connection is all they need. Use this quick reference guide to get started using Skype Meeting Broadcast.
How to use Skype Meeting Broadcast (Productivity QRG)

Top 10 ways SQL Server R Services helps to optimize supply chain operations (Article)

Source: Microsoft
Microsoft SQL Server R Services, a new R-based analytics feature in SQL Server 2016, helps Microsoft IT manage our supply chain with insights that drive more efficient manufacturing operations and better customer service. We’ve compiled a few top scenarios for R Services in supply chain management—including linear programming to predict best outcomes, text analysis of customer feedback, machine learning to create predictive maintenance models, and association rule mining to refine shipping processes.
Top 10 ways SQL Server R Services helps to optimize supply chain operations (Article)

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 Public Beta is NOW Available!

Source: Veeam

During our announcement on Aug. 23, one of the items we talked about was a new version of Veeam Endpoint Backup which will be renamed Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and today I am happy to announce that the public beta is now available!

You may wonder, why rename the most successful free Veeam product ever – the product that has been downloaded over 1 million times since its release less than two years ago, the de-facto standard and universally recommended solution in all major technical communities? Indeed, it was a tough decision. As the original product name implies, our initial focus with this solution has been mainly on endpoints. This is no longer the case now that we’re expanding to providing full support of physical and cloud instances running server workloads, so we needed the new universal name that would cover both Windows-based workstations AND servers!

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0

This next version of Veeam Endpoint Backup will expand on the current free offering by providing a more robust and enhanced business feature set by adding two new paid editions. However, not to worry, we’re still maintaining and even expanding the functionality of our FREE offering as well to address your most common feedback.

For example, new functionality of the free edition includes Windows Server 2016 support, source-side encryption and the ability to schedule periodic active full backups for better reliability of backups to consumer-grade storage. All of these features were very frequently requested in our forums.

Additionally, on the recovery side, via the integration with Veeam Backup Free Edition 9.5, you receive new abilities to perform instant recovery of free agent backups to a Microsoft Hyper-V VM (including free Hyper-V) – or even directly to Microsoft Azure! This gives you additional restore options and opens a lot of interesting usage scenarios. For example, I know I will be restoring my older endpoint backups to a Microsoft Azure VM so I can boot them there whenever I need something.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Restore options available from within Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5

Introducing two new paid editions!

One of the biggest requests for our free offering has been technical support! This non-technical feature will be available for both of the new, paid editions; Workstation and Server – enabling users to enjoy industry-leading, enterprise-class 24.7.365 support.

Which edition you choose depends on what type of workload the protected instance runs. The agent will automatically detect which type of license is required based on the operating system you are running, but of course you will be able to override that on every agent manually, via remote management API, or – when backing up to a Veeam repository – via the centralized license management available directly through your Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 console!

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 console can be used to manage Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows licenses

But, there is much more to paid editions than technical support alone. Adding full server support was the biggest priority of this release and we had a lot of work to do – starting from something as basic as a server-focused job scheduler and up to full application-aware processing for all Windows enterprise applications: Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SQL Server, SharePoint, Oracle and file servers. Yes, you guessed it right – the exact same, proven guest processing engine from Veeam Backup & Replication (including transaction log backup for low-RPO protection of databases) is now available within the server edition of the agent.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Application-aware image processing for Windows applications

There is also good news for mobile users. You need to ensure their backups can complete even when they’re away from the corporate network – and we’ve delivered the same functionality in the best way possible! The new functionality called Backup Cache will allow for scheduled incremental backups to complete to a local folder even when the primary backup target is temporarily unreachable. Needless to say, the cached backups will be transparently synced to the primary backup target as soon as the device enters the corporate network perimeter the next time – completely seamlessly for the end user!

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Easy to view the status of the backup synchronization via the cloud check box on the left and the absence of the cloud check box on the right

You may ask, what about travelling or home office users who rarely or even never come to the corporate offices, or public cloud instances outside the corporate network perimeter? How can these be protected as seamlessly (and securely)? For those, the paid editions also introduce support for backing up directly to a Veeam Cloud Connect repository hosted by one of the thousands of Veeam service providers (or in your own enterprise HQ data center) as the target for all of your protected instances regardless of where they’re deployed.

Last but not least, as noted above, paid editions will provide remote configuration and management API for Veeam Availability Console, as well as the framework for mass deployment and configuration of agents. The concept is so simple it’s beautiful – we will provide a tool that allows the local agent’s configuration to be exported out to an XML file that can then be used for a silent deployment of pre-configured agents using whatever remote deployment tool you are using for software distribution in your environment today – be it logon scripts, Group Policy, System Center Configuration Manager or multiple existing third-party tools. How cool is that?

With the two editions, administrators have the flexibility to pick the appropriate level of functionality based on the protected workload – workstation or server. The diagram below shows how all major new features of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 map to editions – but of course there are many smaller features and enhancements that will be available in all editions, including free edition (the complete What’s New document will be available when the product goes GA).

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Major features comparison chart for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Conclusion

Unlike its predecessor Veeam Endpoint Backup 1.5, which was focused on Windows-based endpoints, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 can help ensure the Availability of your Windows-based workstations and servers no matter where they run – on-premises data centers, remote or home offices, in the public cloud – or even if they spend most of their time in airplanes, as yours truly.

What’s next? Grab your copy of the public beta – and be sure to share your comments, feedback as well as use cases in the comments or in the official forum!

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Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 Public Beta is NOW Available!

Quantifying the Benefits of Network Transformation

Source: Cisco
IDC analysis shows that organizations deploying digital network technologies receive over $48K annual benefits per 100 employees with a 9-month payback. Meeting with IT leaders always fascinates—and often challenges—me. There is always some new insight or perspective I take away from these encounters. Over the past year, I’ve met with an increasing numbers of IT […]Quantifying the Benefits of Network Transformation

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire AppDynamics

Source: Cisco
Digitization and the transition to cloud are forcing the worlds of IT and business to blend together. In the digital economy, applications are critical. Combining real-time visibility and intelligence at the network, security and application layers is transformational for companies. It can provide them with insight into the state of their business and most importantly, […]Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire AppDynamics

SharePoint at Microsoft (SME roundtable December 2016)

Source: Microsoft
IT Showcase brought together subject matter experts from our SharePoint at Microsoft course to answer questions about how Microsoft IT designs, develops, implements, governs, upgrades, and supports SharePoint at Microsoft. In this session, they discuss modern team sites, governance, compliance, user adoption and training, Microsoft PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and much more.
SharePoint at Microsoft (SME roundtable December 2016)

Skype for Business at Microsoft (SME roundtable December 2016)

Source: Microsoft
IT Showcase brought together subject matter experts from our Skype for Business at Microsoft course to answer questions about how Microsoft IT implements, maintains, and supports Skype for Business at Microsoft. In this session, they discuss transition and migration strategies, integration with Microsoft Teams, SIP carriers, security, user training, and more.
Skype for Business at Microsoft (SME roundtable December 2016)