Azure presentation and technical materials

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I’ve received a plenty useful links to my mail today. By using these links you can download Azure related materials to improve your understanding the process of planning and selling Azure services. There are multiple presentations with different levels (from 50 to 200/300) and technical documentation kits.

Azure and CSPs

How partners can make money with Azure IaaS

This presentation provides an overview of how partners can make money with Azure IaaS.

N + DV2 VMs are also described (but a very shortly)

Getting started on CSP for Azure

This FAQ style document is a “Getting Started guide” for Microsoft Azure services in the CSP program.

Overview of CSP in Azure

This presentation provides an overview of the Azure in CSP program

Case Studies 

Azure CSP partner case study – Dell and Takeform

Azure CSP partner case study – Datapipe

Azure CSP partner case study – Lumen21

Azure CSP partner case study – ProserveIT and BC Milk

Azure CSP partner case study – SaaSplaza

Miscelanneous

Active Directory from on-premises to the cloud – Azure AD whitepapers (it’s clear)

Hybrid IaaS technical guides (hope it’s clear too | tech.guides level 300 are perfect)

Hybrid IaaS GTM materials

IoT business documentation

This zipped folder includes an overview of Analytics on Azure, including the IoT vision and data platform scenarios

Internet Of Things (IoT) technical documentation

This document provides technical guidance on deploying cloud services for IoT

Application dev/test technical guides

These documents provide a technical overview of application development and testing.

Application dev/test business documentation

This zipped folder contains documents that provide an overview of application dev/test offerings for partners.

Analytics technical guides

This zipped folder provides technical guidance for analytics on Azure

Analytics business documentation

This zipped folder includes an overview of Analytics on Azure, including the Analytics vision and data platform scenarios.

Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud

[PDF, VSD] See how a representative global organization has adopted all of Microsoft’s cloud offerings, including Office 365, Azure, Dynamics 365, and Intune.

SQL Services

Azure SQL DB technical documentation

This zipped folder contains best practices and deployment documentation for Azure SQL database.

Azure SQL DB business documentation

This zipped folder contains presentations that provide guidance on Azure SQL database – business discussions.

SQL in Azure VMs GTM materials

Videos/solution templates

SQL in Azure VMs technical documentation

Best practices and deployment documentation

SQL in Azure VMs business documentation

This zipped folder contains presentations that provide guidance on SQL in Azure VMs – business discussions.

Power BI technical guides

This zipped folder provides technical guidance for deploying Power BI, creating dashboards, and other technical details of managed services.

Power BI business documentation

This presentation provides guidance on incorporating Power BI into your managed services practice through CSP.

RDS 2016 in Azure

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Technical Guidance Deck

[PPTX] RDS 2016 on Azure IaaS Scenario, Offer and Deployment Approach

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Technical Guidance Document

[DOC] Great Technical guidance for CSP partners

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Landing Page Framework

This is the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) 2016 on Azure IaaS Landing Page Framework for HMSPs. Please use the content and modify the format to fit your website template

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Hoster Partners Messaging Framework

Use this document as a guide as you develop relevant communications. This is a reference document, intended to inform the work of marketing and sales professionals.

RDS 2016 on Azure laaS Sales Datasheet

Explains the value of RDS 2016 on Azure IaaS (DOC)

RDS on Azure Laas BDM Deck

[PPTX] RDS on Azure Laas BDM Deck

DR and BaaS

Backup and Disaster Recovery technical documentation

These documents provide a technical overview of Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions.

Backup and Disaster Recovery business documentation

This zipped folder contains documents that provides an overview of backup and disaster recovery offerings for partners.

Backup and Disaster Recovery GTM materials

Disaster Recovery for SQL business documentation

This zipped folder contains presentations that provide guidance on disaster recovery for SQL – business discussions.

Disaster Recovery for SQL GTM materials

Campaigns, sample service offers, and templates

Disaster Recovery for SQL technical documentation

This zipped folder contains technical documentation for disaster recovery for SQL, along with a SQL 2014 hybrid kit.

SQL Backup to Azure GTM materials

This zipped folder contains campaigns, sample service offers, and templates for SQL backup to Azure.

SQL Backup to Azure business documentation

This presentation provides guidance on SQL Backup to Azure – business discussions

SQL Backup to Azure technical documentation

Technical deployment kit with deployment guidance of SQL backup to Azure.

Study Guide 70-346

What is the exam 70-346?

70-346 is one of the two exams (+70-347) that you have to pass to achieve MCSA: Office 365.

This exam checks your skills in administration, licensing (o365 plans and scenarios), planning and deploying hybrid solutions (on-premises <> cloud).

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How many questions in the exam?

56

What types of questions exam has?

There are a lot of drag-and-drop . multiple-choice questions.

How to prepare for an exam?

Get the free trial of O365 E3 Plan

Fill out the required form. Make sure you provided the active phone number.

You will receive a verification code that is required to finalize creating new O365 account.

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Click on “You’re ready to go …” and you will be redirected to the main page of portal.

To get status of trial subscription or to view all available plans click on “Purchase” at the top-right corner of the screen

Note “days left” and parameters (expiration date, quantity of purchased users) of trial subscription

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Go to pricing and plans and try to remember the main differences between business and enterprise plans!

For example,

Business/Enterprise : 300 users maximum and unlimited respectively

Free trial option: Only for Business, Business Premium, E3

If you are not familiar with what O365 offers or want to get deep knowledge about plans and services go to these documents:

Office 365 service description

Office 365 service comparison

Just for your information :

MS has E4 plan (to enhance unified messaging experience) and going to add new plan called E5 before the end of this year

Education and Government plans are not widely presented in the exam so you can be free to omit them.

Prepare your workstation

To be able manage O365 with PowerShell you have to install some required software on your machine.

In my environment I use only the following modules (RMS+Azure AD) :

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Then go to the exam’s official page and explore 6 categories of skills :

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Open your Office 365 portal and run Azure AD PowerShell machine.

You have to be ready to repeat all described steps below in web GUI and PowerShell as well.

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Provision Office 365

Where is? Portal –> Domains , Portal –> Setup

Provision Tenants

  • Add and configure custom domains
  • Plan a pilot

GUI: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2419713

PS: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn919677.aspx

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Plan and implement networking and security

Where is ? Service Settings –> Rights Management , Portal –> Users

PowerShell: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn629398.aspx

Example:How to activate RMS using PowerShell

#Import Rights Management module 
Import-Module aadrm

#Get credentials (global administrator)
$cred=Get-Credential -Credential rlevchenko@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com

#Connect to RM Service and activate it. 

Connect-AadrmService -Credential $cred -Verbose

VERBOSE: https://admin.eu.aadrm.com/adminV2/admin.svc
A connection to the Windows Azure AD Rights Management (AADRM) service was opened for rlevchenko@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com.

Enable-Aadrm -Verbose

The Rights Management service has been successfully enabled although additional
 configuration of other services might be required. For more information, see h
ttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=251909.

#Add user to RMS administrators group

Add-AadrmRoleBasedAdministrator -EmailAddress "user1@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com"
user1@<tenantname>..onmicrosoft.com was added to the list of administrators for the
Rights Management service.

#Disconnect from RM Service

Disconnect-AadrmService -Verbose
Connection to the AADRM service closed.


PowerShell: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn919663.aspx

Example: How to create a new user and assign to one of administrators group

#Connect to MS Online. 
Connect-MSOnline -Credential $cred

#Create new user DisplayName and UserPrincipalName are REQUIRED! 
#Note: Password is automatically generated

New-MsolUser -DisplayName "User2" -UserPrincipalName user2@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com

Password            UserPrincipalName   DisplayName         isLicensed
--------            -----------------   -----------         ----------
Jura4110            user2@<tenantname>... User2               False

#List of available administrator roles

Get-MsolRole|ft Name

Name
----
Compliance Administrator
Exchange Service Administrator
Device Managers
Partner Tier1 Support
Company Administrator
Helpdesk Administrator
Lync Service Administrator
Directory Readers
Directory Writers
Device Join
Device Administrators
Billing Administrator
Workplace Device Join
Directory Synchronization Accounts
Device Users
Partner Tier2 Support
Service Support Administrator
SharePoint Service Administrator
User Account Administrator

#Add user to Helpdesk Administrator

Add-MsolRoleMember -RoleName "Helpdesk Administrator" -RoleMemberEmailAddress "user2@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com" -Verbose

#Check

$role=Get-MsolRole -RoleName "HelpDesk Administrator"
Get-MsolRoleMember -RoleObjectId $role.ObjectId

RoleMemberType      EmailAddress        DisplayName         isLicensed
--------------      ------------        -----------         ----------
User                user2@<tenantname>...       User2                    False

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Manage cloud identities

Where is ? Portal –> Users, <Billing>, <Service Settings –> Passwords>

PowerShell example:

#I have already connected to MS online so it's not necessary to execute Connect-MSolService.  

#Reset user's password to random password. User will be required to set new password on the next sign in.

Set-MsolUserPassword -UserPrincipalName user2@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com
Toha1184

#....Not to random password
Set-MsolUserPassword -UserPrincipalName user2@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com -NewPassword Pass123!
Pass123!

#Set expiration of password
Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName user2@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com -PasswordNeverExpires $true

#Set password expiration policy

Set-MsolPasswordPolicy -DomainName <tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com -ValidityPeriod 90 -NotificationDays 14

#Get password expiration policy
Get-MsolPasswordPolicy -DomainName <tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com

ExtensionData                        NotificationDays            ValidityPeriod
-------------                        ----------------            --------------
System.Runtime.Serializ...                         14                        90

Examples:

#Soft delete, no confirm 

Remove-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName user3@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com -Force

#List of deleted users

Get-MsolUser -ReturnDeletedUsers

UserPrincipalName          DisplayName                isLicensed
-----------------          -----------                ----------
user3@<tenantname>.onmicros... User3                      False

#Restore user after soft delete

Restore-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName user3@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com

UserPrincipalName          DisplayName                isLicensed
-----------------          -----------                ----------
user3@<tenantname>.onmicros... User3                      False

How to do “hard delete” users:

#First step it is to delete user with "soft" option

Remove-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName user3@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com -Force

#Delete user from recycle bin = hard delete

Remove-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName user3@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com -RemoveFromRecycleBin -Force

License management:

#Get list of unlicensed users

Get-MsolUser -UnlicensedUsersOnly

UserPrincipalName          DisplayName                isLicensed
-----------------          -----------                ----------
user2@<tenantname>.onmicros... User2                      False

#Get list of SKUs (as shown, 25 licenses are provided by trial)

Get-MsolAccountSku

AccountSkuId                    ActiveUnits     WarningUnits    ConsumedUnits
------------                    -----------     ------------    -------------
<tenantname>:ENTERPRISEPACK         25              0               2


#User must have UsageLocation
Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName user2@@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com -UsageLocation RU

#Add license to user
Set-MsolUserLicense -UserPrincipalName user2@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com -AddLicenses <tenantname>:ENTERPRISEPACK

#To remove license
Set-MsolUserLicense -UserPrincipalName user2@<tenantname>.onmicrosoft.com -RemoveLicenses <tenantname>:ENTERPRISEPACK


Some very important facts:

  1. soft delete – user will be in Recycle Bin for 30 days
  2. hard delete – user will be permanently removed from Recycle Bin
  3. Days before password expire: min 14 , max 730 days
  4. Days before a user is notified that their password will expire: min 1, max 30 days

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Go to Active Users –> Active Directory synchronization setup and review all required steps

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Fact: you cannot install AD FS proxy role with ADFS server on the same computer!

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Monitor and troubleshoot Office 365 availability and usage

Where? Portal –> Service Health , Portal –> Support, Portal –> Tools, Portal –> Reports

Some “all-in-one” courses, labs and tips:

  1. Office 365 Guides at IgniteLabs (Labs)
  2. TechNet virtual labs (Labs, just type “365” in search box)
  3. Office 365 courses at MVA (Video/Slides)
  4. Managing Office 365 Identities and Services (Video/Slides)
  5. Free Microsoft 70-346 Exam Study Guide (PDF)
  6. Free Second Shot (available up to 12 January, 2016)

Thanks for reading and good luck on your exam!