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Episode 121 - Jeff Alexander

November 29th, 2016

After getting through all the cloud news, Marc and I have a chat to an old and frequent podcast guest, Technical Solution Specialist, Enterprise Mobility and Security, Jeff Alexander. We hope this will be the first in a series focused on the Enterprise Mobility and Security Suite from Microsoft. We kick off the discussions with Jeff telling us all about Azure AD and role that it plays both on premises and in the cloud. We dig deep in how Azure AD is being used to secure the growth of mobile devices and the demands of users to have full access to their information at all times.





Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security Suite

EMS blog

Start and Stop Azure VM's using autmation

Announcing auto VM shitdown from the portal

Azure news from Marc

Office 365 group guest access available to all tenants




Episode 120 - Cloud update

November 25th, 2016

Marc and I chew the fat over the latest updates from the Microsoft Cloud. No guest for this episode just us giving you the latest news. Don't worry we are buys teeing up some great guests for future episodes but we thought we'd get this update out for everyone.


Satya's Australian visit

Azure N Series machines available

Azure functions now generally available

Azure backups directly from VM blade in portal

CMD to be replaced by PowerShell

Azure news from Marc

Outlook Customer Manager in Office 365

New SharePoint Team news authoring

New Microsoft documentation site



Episode 119 - MVP Summit

November 12th, 2016

Marc reports back on what happened during his first trip to the MVP Summit in Redmond. You'll learn his experiences with the events, the people and the places as well as an interesting aside on Microsoft grass! You'll also get the latest Office 365 and Azure news so listen for details of our roving reporter in the belly of the beast.




Automated patching for Azure VMS

Getting started with the new Azure AD Management experience

The Azure portals

Master the art of stage presence with James Whittaker

Azure detailed login auditing

Microsoft Teams





Episode 118 - Azure backup

November 4th, 2016

After the usual cloud news wrap up with both of us Marc dives deep into Azure backup with Trinadh who is the Program Manager for Azure IaaS backup. He also ropes in fellow MVP Stephan Budo to learn more about what Azure backup can do and what options are available.


Marc Kean - @marckean

Stephane Budo - @_TheWorks_

Robert Crane - @directorcia

Dynamics 365 now generally available

Microsoft Flow and PowerApps now generally available

New scheduling experience for Outlook for iOS

Azure Onboarding Guide for IT organizations


Episode 117 - Nigel Moore

October 25th, 2016

Marc and I round up all the cloud news and then I spend some time with Nigel Moore talking about selling an IT business. Nigel has extensive and current experience in exactly this having just sold his own IT business. Nigel shares some real world learnings that will benefit anyone who runs a business.

Nigel Moore - @nigel_moore

Marc Kean - @marckean

Robert Crane - @directorcia

Dynamics 365
Facebook Workplace
PowerBI Office 365 Content Pack

Episode 116 - Bill Chestnut

October 10th, 2016

Marc and I are joined by MVP Bill Chestnut, maybe better known as Biz Talk Bill, to speak about the wave of automation that is sweeping Microsoft products. Bill brings us up to date about Microsoft Biztalk Server and then shares with us his insights around things such as Azure functions, Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. We also cover the latest Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Cloud news for you to ensure you have the latest.

Bill Chestnut - @biztalkbill
Marc Kean - @marckean
Robert Crane - @directorcia
Azure functions
Azure Logic Apps
Microsoft Flow
Marc's blog
New access controls for Office 365
New Office 365 App launcher
Updates to Yammer
Automatically download all the Microsoft Ignite 2016 content

Need to Know Podcast - Episode 115

October 3rd, 2016

Newly crowned Microsoft MVP and I speak with MVP Grant Paisley about Power BI. Grant shares with us his insight into this Microsoft tool that can be used to analyse just about any sorts of data to give you a visual dashboard of information quickly and easily We also cover the latest updates from the Microsoft Ignite conference and all the changes that are happening in the Microsoft cloud.

@angrykoala- Grant Paisley
@marckean - Marc Kean
@directorcia - Robert Crane
Angry Koala
Microsoft Power BI
Corey Sanders at Ignite
Bulk Ignite session downloader 1
Bulk Ignite session downloader 2
Microsoft Ignite
Microsoft Ignite on demand
Microsoft Ignite YouTube channel
Introducing the Office 365 launcher
Microsoft Staff Hub for deskless workers
New OneDrive Preview sync client
OneDrive announcements

Episode 114 - Steve Luper

September 20th, 2016

Marc spends some time with Steve Luper, ‎Worldwide Technical Director, Azure Managed Partners at Microsoft talking Azure. Marc and I of course also give you our regular update on all the cloud news and events from Azure, Office 365 and more. don;t forget you can also provide us you feedback at 

Steve Luper on Twitter
Lupers Learnings
Underwater data centers
Azure geographic footprint map
Microsoft Ignite
New Azure AD experience
Australian Partner Conference 2016
Dynamic 365
New Office 365 Reports
New Microsoft data centers in UK open
Azure Image factory
Office 365 Secure Score
Azure Essentials free eBook

Episode 113 - Jeffrey Snover

September 5th, 2016

A special episode with a true technology superstar. Jeffrey Snover, Microsoft Technical Fellow/Lead Architect for Enterprise Group, Azure Stack and PowerShell Architect joins us to talk about Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) and of course, all about his baby, PowerShell. Jeff shares some really great insights into the birth of PowerShell and why scripting is so valuable is today's modern IT environment. Of course you'll also get a cloud news update from Marc and I as well as a special report about upcoming changes to the Microsoft reseller initiatives around Office 365. It's a bumper episode packed with content. So listen along, give us some feedback and listen to wisdom the father of PowerShell.



Modern SharePoint Lists

SharePoint Online Site Collection limit increased to 25TB

Change to partner remuneration coming 1st October 2016

Marc's blog on all the Azure news

@jsnover - Jeffrey Snover: Microsoft Technical Fellow/ Lead Architect for Enterprise Cloud Group/ Azure Stack Architect/ PowerShell Architect

Here is the must watch video on Jeff’s history at Microsoft

Use the PowerShell 5 Convert-String Cmdlet

Learning PowerShell

Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0 – Microsoft Virtual Academy Course

Microsoft Operations Management Suite Overview

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Episode 112 - Rayanne Buchianico

August 28th, 2016

Marc and I kick off the show with a few topical news items and then I dive into an interview with Rayanne Buchianico from Sell my MSP. Rayanne and I cover off what you need to know about selling your IT business. We examine the reasons and how to go about actually doing the selling. There is more to it than you think but that doesn't mean it's a process you should put off. even if you currently don't plan to sell your IT business you never know what the future might hold. The smart move is always be positioning your business for sale, that give you the maximum advantage.