Highlights from Microsoft Technical Takeoff, November 27-30, 2023

Unless you have been totally off grid the last few weeks or so, you probably noticed a ton of new information on Endpoint Management from Microsoft, more specifically from the Microsoft Technical Takeoff event that has been running during November 27-30, 2023-.

The Microsoft Technical Takeoff event was combination of about live AMA (Ask Microsoft Anything) sessions and pre-recorded presentations and demos that were streamed on a schedule throughout the four days. The live AMA sessions and videos are between 10-60 minutes, and during the stream, Microsoft staff and Tech Community members were posting questions/comments/answers under each topic.

The topics are well presented, well produced, and there is indeed some deeper technical info to be found if you pay attention and watch the full videos. I found a lot of value from viewing these sessions, and I think you will too. Don't forget to read the comments too, many of them contain absolutely great information.

Like the first Technical Takeoff from 2022, if anyone from Microsoft is reading this: Thank you for organizing the event!

First, during the varios session, Microsoft shared some short links to various topics. I haven't found any official collection of them, so here are the ones I spotted:

#1 – Modern management or Windows 11? It’s more about "and" than "or" (24 minutes)

My favorite session from the whole week, no doubt, was the Modern management or Windows 11? It’s more about "and" than "or"session presented by Aria Carley, Brett Flegg, Harjit Dhaliwal, and Donna Ryan. This was more of generic session about the cloud management landscape, highlighting many of the Intune features announced during Microsoft Ignite, such as Cloud PKI, Enterprise App Management, Advanced Analytics.

You find the recording and Q&A here: Modern management or Windows 11? It’s more about "and" than "or"

#2 – Advanced analytics: supercharge real-time reporting with insights that matter (33 minutes)

This session will give you a great insight into the Intune reporting platform, and what Microsoft is working on to improve it. The session was presented by Liz Cox, David Alessi, and Zineb Takafi. In the session you will learn about the two reporting platforms Intune currently uses, V1 and V2, how they are different, and how far the migration of reports from V1 to V2 has come. You learn about the two main APIs to get data out of Intune, and obviously about the new Intune analytics which is built on the foundation of Microsoft data driven platform.

You find the recording and Q&A here: Advanced analytics: supercharge real-time reporting with insights that matter

#3 – Windows Firewall: new and upcoming features for 2023 (16 minutes)

In this session presented by Nick Welton you will learn about new firewall rules like application id tagging (WDAC), ICMP updates, log configuration, debugging, and my personal favorite: reusable settings/groups.

You find the recording and Q&A here: Windows Firewall: new and upcoming features for 2023

#4 – Troubleshooting Windows updates (17 minutes)

If there was an award for best deep-dive session during the event, this would be the winner (followed by the advanced analytics session). Great troubleshooting session presented by Akash Malhotra and Mustafa Jamal. In this session you learn about reporting capabilities, update, and device alerts, top update issues, and how to troubleshoot with logs.

You find the recording and Q&A here: Troubleshooting Windows updates

#5 – Generative AI and the next generation of Intune features (23 Minutes)

This session gives you a good introduction to what generative AI and how it is mapped into Intune and Security Copilot. This session was presented by Ravi Ashok (incorrectly worded as Rai in the lower thirds of the video), Scott Duffey, Lavanya Lakshman, and Nandini Bhatt.

You find the recording and Q&A here: Generative AI and the next generation of Intune features

Honorable Mentions

In addition to the top 5 sessions, I recommend watching the following:

Uplevel security with Endpoint Privilege Management + Windows LAPS
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/endpoint-management-events/uplevel-security-with-endpoint-privilege-management-windows-laps/ev-p/3971508

On-premises to cloud native in Intune: expert tips and key considerations
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/endpoint-management-events/on-premises-to-cloud-native-in-intune-expert-tips-and-key/ev-p/3971531

What's new in Active Directory
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-events/what-s-new-in-active-directory/ev-p/3971596

Navigate the future of Enterprise Application Management with Intune
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/endpoint-management-events/navigate-the-future-of-enterprise-application-management-with/ec-p/3971683

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