Windows Autopilot and (Non Pacific Standard Time) Time zones

First things first…  Let me say I LOVE WINDOWS AUTOPILOT!!  It’s an awesome way for organisations to on-board Windows 10 devices in this new Modern Workplace world.  But while the technology has been ground-breaking for Window by bringing that user driven on-boarding experience that people are used to with iOS and Android, it has not been without its problems. Recently, I’ve had an issue when implementing this solution and it’s taken some serious troubleshooting, multiple service calls and some rather stressful times. I want to state here that while I detail this experience originally from a client site, nothing in…

Microsoft Ignite The Tour – ANZAC Edition

The Microsoft Ignite tour rolls into Sydney this week. Not only am I fortunate to attend, but like in Orlando in 2018, I am going to be sharing the stage not once, but twice with the Chief Ninja Cat herself – Dona Sarkar. Both sessions are scheduled for Thursday, are back to back, and in the last two time slots of the conference.  I’m expecting some epic movement between rooms, not to mention some fast footwork as my flight home to New Zealand leaves not long after. The first session is an important one for me.  Along with Dona, two…

Transitioning Windows 7 devices to Windows 10 Modern Management with Windows Autopilot

My org is taking on the challenge of delivering a modern workspace to our user community . It will be good-bye to legacy Active Directory joined windows devices and excessive Group Policy that makes the user experience simply put – awful. Windows 10 is a modern operating system for a modern era with Windows as a Service delivering new features on a six monthly cadence that our user community should benefit from. Also, it’s not 1997 anymore, the combination of smart phone and tablet devices along with the injection of millennials into the work force means the user community is…

WaaS, WIP4Biz and Service Providers

So, this is the scenario – A company out there has started an RFP process around Digital Transformation. A number of parties have responded, but a shockingly low number have not mentioned Windows as a Service (WaaS) or Windows Insider for Business (WIP4Biz). Many still look to do the SOE Image with little to zero thought around how to service the Image going forward, as well as a continual improvement process leveraging Windows Insider for Business. Essentially, let’s just keep doing what we did with Windows XP, 7, 8.1 and apply it to Windows 10, collect the cheque and get…

The Road to Microsoft Ignite

It’s Sunday evening… Normally I would be preparing for the week ahead, contemplating challenging tasks that lie ahead and making sure I have everything I need to be “the best I can be”.  Starting the week on the right foot for me is something I take pride in. I find tonight my mind drifting to the near future… 13 sleeps into the future to be precise. In 13 days, I depart these shores of Aotearoa on the journey of a lifetime. My destination – The Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida. Not just an attendee, but a speaker! I still…

Deploying Office 365 ProPlus Insider in the Enterprise

Recently, I’ve been thinking about how I can help people in my organisation with the journey to Office 365 ProPlus (Monthly Channel), while still having confidence that their legacy applications that use the Office apps would still work, or at the very least, give them a little bit more time for our Business Systems teams to identify work arounds or contact application vendors for resolution. Enter the Office Insider program. As an active Windows Insider for many years, and an Office Insider on my home MacBook (Shhh, don’t tell the Microsoft gang I have a Mac too), it was time…

Windows Insider for Business – Doing the thing (Finally)

Late last week, I achieved the final two pieces of the #WIP4Biz puzzle at my org – Management Buy In and a meeting with the Infrastructure Team Lead and his Azure Engineer. The management buy in was reasonably easy due to my participation on the insider program in the org (more specifically the contacts made at Microsoft both here in Auckland and in Redmond). The combination of the recent two-year countdown to end of life for Window 7, and the greater awareness and understanding of what Windows as a Service also helped.  With Windows 10 now my orgs “standard” OS,…

Let’s kick this off…

It’s the start of a brand new year, and what better way to kick it off than jumping into the world of writing my own blog. The holiday break is almost over for me, and a return to work is not far off.  It will be interesting to see how this writing stuff works out once I return to work, and I’m sure like previous years, 2018 will be just as busy. I have many personal and professional goals to achieve this year, and I look forward to sharing some of these here. A few of my big goals at…