Simon May

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Simon May

  • Endpoint Zone with Brad Anderson, Episode 2

    Brad and I talk about the last month in enterprise mobility in the second episode of The Endpoint Zone with Brad Anderson. If you don’t know Brad is CVP Enterprise Mobility and Client Management at Microsoft and he’s tasked with delivering Microsoft Enterprise Mobility vision through the solutions his team develops.

    In this episode Brad and I talk about:

    • Windows 10 and what it means for enterprise endpoints.
    • Look back at Brad’s time at Gartner Symposium, the worlds largest gathering of CIOs (spoiler: this stuff might affect your career).
    • Brad outlines the key reasons that Microsoft chose to stay out of this round of analysts reports and why he thinks we won’t be away for long (spoiler: strategic solutions).
    • I quiz Brad about when someone should chose Intune standalone over integration with SCCM.
    • Brad and I turn the tables on CITEworld contributor, Ryan Faas, by interviewing him!
    • Brad gives us his thoughts on the what’s coming up (spoiler: TechEd Europe!)

    Don’t forget to give Brad and Simon your feedback in the comments. They got some amazing feedback last time from some very interesting people, this time give us some captions for the freeze frame at the start of the video.

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    for all the latest EMM rumblings and the inside track on Enterprise Mobility at Microsoft along with other cool content.

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  • Poll: What are your top mobility challenges?

    Hey folks, I’m working on an upcoming post and I’d really like to get some feedback from you. I’ve already asked this on Twitter before and I have a pretty good idea from talking to people all over the world but: What are your top 5 mobility challenges? Let me know in the comments and in a future post I’ll explain how we can help solve them with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite.

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  • On the road: TechDays in Vilnius, Tallinn, Riga and TechEd Barcelona

    Over the next few weeks I’m going to be on the road, and in the air a lot so I’m just getting all my tech prepped to be able to show things off and keep myself fully productive while I’m on the go. Here’s what I’m doing and what I’m taking.

    See and Do

    First up I’m doing the Baltics TechDay tour and it’s my first time in all these places, so be nice. I know what we’ve got planned but, I’ll be honest, I really can’t tell you what the websites say. Each one is linked below so if you’re local be sure to get there…it’s going to be epic! Personally I’m doing the keynote with Symon Perriman and I’m presenting sessions on using mobility with Office 365 and on Windows. Check events out at the links below.

    On the road: TechDays in Vilnius, Tallinn, Riga and TechEd Barcelona On the road: TechDays in Vilnius, Tallinn, Riga and TechEd Barcelona On the road: TechDays in Vilnius, Tallinn, Riga and TechEd Barcelona

    Then I’m off top TechEd Europe in Barcelona. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time and I’m hoping to meet up with lots of people from the UK and elsewhere. I’ll obviously be manning the Channel 9 live stage, and therefore streaming live to those on the stream but I have some sessions as well.

    On the road: TechDays in Vilnius, Tallinn, Riga and TechEd Barcelona

    Don’t forget to sign up for my ILLs at TechEd Europe, you can find them in the session list.

    • EM-IL200 Introduction to Cloud-Based Mobile Device Management with Intune
    • EM-IL300 Deploying Windows 8.1 to Bare Metal Clients Using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
    • EM-IL302 Introduction to Unified Device Management with Intune and System Center Configuration Manager (this will be the first time we’ve done a lab like this at TechEd!)

    What I’m Packing

    Aside from that the core kit that’s going into my tech bag / pockets includes:

    • Surface Pro 3
    • Nokia Lumia 930 (just got it, wow it’s nice)
    • Lenovo X1
    • Arc Mouse
    • TP-Link Pocket Router (with so many geeks in the house hotel WiFi will just die)
    • Lenovo 5000mAh mobile battery
    • Nokia mobile battery
    • Lots of wires and adapters
    • Beats headphones and Jambox
    • iPad Air
    • iPad Mini
    • Dell Venu8 Pro
    • Nomad Charge Card (this thing is always in my wallet!)

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  • I’m on the PowerScripting Podcast

    A couple of weeks ago I sat myself in a darkened room, setup a mic (actually a LiveCam HD) and entered the fun world of the PowerScripting podcast. Before I did I checked out some previous episodes to see what I was getting myself into…turns out I was getting myself into an hour fun!

    Check out the Podcast here, get it in your favorite app and start playing it while you’re driving. I can’t promise that you’ll learn much but you should have some fun. You can also hang out and play it above.


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  • The revolutionary control and compatibility that Enterprise Mode for IE 11 delivers

    The new Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer 11 helps to fix your LoB web app compatibility issues, unblocking your ability to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Read on to learn out how and why…

    There is a revolution underway in enterprise IT, characterized by the BYOD trend but strongly contrasted by the realities of enterprise IT. Trouble is, internal LoB web apps are late to the party. The speed of change in enterprise application architectures in many organisations often dawdles behind the pace of improvement we’re becoming used to in our personal tech lives.

    This has left a unique situation where devices and the apps on the devices are no longer capable of dealing with old applications due to deprecated standards or new app patterns. Web based LoB applications and portals are generally huge offenders. You probably have at least a couple inside your organisation and they probably slow down your adoption of newer, more enabling technologies.

    Internet Explorer 11 has a feature that revolutionizes the approach to the legacy web app problem: Enterprise Mode.

    This feature helps Internet Explorer deliver very high compatibility with older applications while maintain the advantages of a modern browser (like JavaScript rendering speed). Of course just having that ability isn’t much use unless you have telemetry that tells you where you, the IT admin, need to target those compatibility features: which sites. Moreover, the telemetry is only helpful if you can act upon it through management.

    Why: Compatibility

    Enterprise Mode is a compatibility mode that runs on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 Update and Windows 7 devices and lets websites render using a modified browser configuration. That configuration is designed to emulate Internet Explorer 8, avoiding the common compatibility problems associated with web apps written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer.

    I come across lots of enterprises that have not managed to yet reach the nirvana of 100% of their endpoints running on the latest version of Windows. I also see that many customers have many browser versions out there. So there is a need to identify commonality and that highest level of commonality comes from Internet Explorer 8 which was available for Windows XP through to Windows 7. Many organizations standardized on IE8. It therefore makes total logical sense to support IE8 in this way in IE11 (which is available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1)…this provides the highest surface area for backward compatibility and forward facing browser innovation. There is a great blog post by the IE team on the various compatibility vectors.

    You’ll know yourself that compatibility can be hit-and-miss when it’s something the user has to do. When you go to a site and it looks wrong, so you try a compatibility mode or another browser, it breaks your workflow. Enterprise Mode overcomes this because an enterprise controls a list of sites and subsites or web paths that need to use enterprise mode for rendering. In other words you can remove the burden of compatibility switching and troubleshooting from your users.

    Why: Performance

    One of the surprising improvements in IE11 is that pages designed for IE8 and rendered with Enterprise Mode will render faster than IE8 would have rendered the page natively. That is because of years (literally years) of improvement in the Internet Explorer engines for Java Script and layout and the improvements in hardware rendering. If you think about it this is a pretty amazing thing. If you have Windows 7 PCs why would you hold off on deploying Internet Explorer 11 when compatibility for all but the most uncommon of conditions is resolved?

    How: Crowed Sourced Telemetry

    Personally I think this is one of the best (and cleverest) features in Enterprise Mode. As an IT admin you probably don’t have the full picture of all the internal sites that need compatibility modes enabled. I’ve been involved in enough “software catalogue” projects to know that when you survey IT and your users about what corporate apps they use you get about 80% of the apps on the first take and the next 20% while you’re running your migration project. Wouldn’t live piloting be a better approach?

    Enterprise Mode supports logging to a central IIS server for Enterprise Mode. So it’s possible to:

    • Deploy IE11 to a group of test users
    • Enable that test pool to use Enterprise Mode at will to make sites work for them
    • Have Enterprise Mode log to an IIS server which URLs it is being used for
    • Finally you parse the logs for your results

    This means that you capture more information that you can act on. Insight to Action.

    This “crowed sourced telemetry” is quite simple to setup, detailed instructions on TechNet

    How: Management for “corporate owned” devices

    As you would expect there is management of IE for enterprises through Group Policy and this includes Enterprise Mode. You will however need more than “just” group policy, but not much more. Enterprise Mode uses a site list that details the sites to use Enterprise Mode on: as I said earlier it can make compatibility invisible to the user. The site list can be stored on either of:

    • HTTP location: “SiteList”=”http://localhost:8080/sites.xml”
    • Local network: “SiteList”=”file://network/shares/sites.xml”
    • Or Local file: “SiteList”=”file:///c:\\Users\\<user>\\Documents\\testList.xml”

    Within the group policy setting Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list you simply enable the setting and point to your site list. Creating your site list is pretty simple too, you take your crowed sourced telemetry and create a list using the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager. You can learn more about creating an Enterprise Mode site list on TechNet

    How: Management for “employee owned” devices

    The world of device management is changing right now to take advantage of those new models like BYOD and so while it’s quite likely that someone could bring a Windows 8.1 tablet to work and try to access the legacy expenses app, it’s pretty unlikely they are going to let you slap Group Policy on the device! Of course there’s a good chance you now have a mobility policy and it includes enrolment into your corporate MDM solution (such as Windows Intune). For that reason we made IE11 Enterprise Mode manageable through the OMA-DM agent in Windows 8.1 Update. Of course you might also have users brining in Windows 7 devices, there you’ll have to give them a script or some instructions to change the appropriate registry keys.

    So when your employees enrol their Windows 8.1 tablet into management they can now have their email, WiFi, VPN, Apps and Internet Explorer compatibility automatically configured for them!

    Of course we don’t just see this type of management as applicable for BYOD scenarios. This pre-integrated management is perfect for company owned solutions too, perhaps you need to deploy Windows 8.1 devices to field based task workers in your organization that don’t come into the office often: This is a great solution for those types of scenarios too. You can find a full list of the settings that Windows Intune can manage for you on devices here on TechNet too.


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