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Dean is a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and Workspace Solution Architect at CDW. He is a co-organizer at the Cloud Management Community, providing both live events and recorded instructional videos.


Windows 11 2022 Update

Windows 11 Smart App Control Explained: What It Is and How It Works

Windows 11 Smart App Control is a new feature that Microsoft introduced in Windows 11 version 22H2, also known as the 2022 Update. Smart App Control is a system-level feature that can help to protect your Windows 11 PC by blocking malicious and untrusted apps. In this article, we’ll explain how Windows 11 Smart App…

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How to Configure Windows Autopatch: A Step-by-Step Guide

Windows Autopatch is a new Microsoft service that organizations can use to automate the patching of Windows, Microsoft 365 apps for Enterprise, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Teams. It aims to complete patching cycles within the least amount of time, whilst keeping downtime to a minimum. In this guide, we’ll show you how to configure Windows Autopatch…

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Windows Autopilot Deployment: A Step-by-Step Guide

Last Update: Aug 06, 2022

Windows Autopilot is a new Microsoft tool that IT pros can use to pre-configure, reset, or repurpose Windows devices. It’s a great tool to automate the process of deploying Windows devices in an organization. In this Windows Autopilot deployment step-by-step guide, we’ll explain how to get started with Windows Autopilot and set up new devices…

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Getting Started with Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Last Update: May 19, 2022

Microsoft 365 Business Premium, previously known as Microsoft 365 Business, is a subscription service packed with productivity and security management features. It’s designed specifically for organizations with fewer than 300 users, and it is more feature-rich than Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3. In this article, I’ll show you how to set up Microsoft 365 from scratch. Then…

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Microsoft Defender for Business Brings Enterprise-Grade Endpoint Security to SMEs

Last Update: May 10, 2022

On November 2nd 2021, Microsoft announced Microsoft Defender for Business. The announcement comes following a series of rebranding exercises into the “Microsoft Defender for” fold. What is Microsoft Defender for Business? Microsoft Defender for Business is a new endpoint security solution that will be available soon in preview. Defender for Business is designed to bring…

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How to Deploy Microsoft Defender Application Control (Previously WDAC)

Previously known as Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC), Microsoft Defender Application Control (MDAC) is now even more accessible to organizations through the removal of the Windows 10 Enterprise / Education requirement. Now, organizations using Windows 10 and Windows 11 Professional are able to leverage the feature to gain greater insight and control of their Windows…

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How to Validate Applications Using Test Base for Microsoft 365

Test Base for Microsoft 365 is a platform which allows you to script and automate your application compatibility testing. Hosted in Azure, and based on Azure virtual machines, this service allows the easy onboarding of applications through a dedicated area of the Azure portal. To validate apps in Test Base, you should: Sign up for…

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Windows 11 is the Most Inclusive and Accessible Windows to Date

Accessibility is one of the fundamental elements required when creating inclusive technology. When developing a platform that over a billion people worldwide use daily, it’s vital to understand the impact poor usability and accessibility can have. Poor usability can cause irritation for the average user, but it can be a complete blocker to those who…

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Microsoft Intune App Protection Policies Get Improved Targeting Capabilities

With Microsoft Intune Service Release 2109, released the week of 27th September 2021, there have been some significant improvements in how targeting for App Protection Policies can be achieved. These new capabilities come alongside an array of new Intune capabilities available in this new update. What are Microsoft Intune App Protection Policies? According to Microsoft,…

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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Pricing Plans

Microsoft recently announced that Microsoft Defender for Endpoint will soon be available in two plans: P1 and P2. In this article, I will look at how the two plans compare. With Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android devices being the most common target for cyber criminals, malware and threats are continuously improving and evolving. In the…

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