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Posts by Patrick Proesmans:

What the end of LTS for .Net Core 3.1 means for Atlas clients

LTS, in this context, stands for Long Term Support. And for Microsoft that means something like 3 years. (Yes, that might not be very long-term in your reckoning). 

In this blog I want to highlight 13 December 2022 – the date when Microsoft support for .Net Core 3.1 ends – and why it’s important for all Atlas customers to upgrade to Atlas 4.0 before that deadline.

What Microsoft New Commerce Experience Means For You

Microsoft is constantly adapting the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program as organisations' business needs change. Recently, Microsoft announced the New Commerce Experience which applies to seat-based offers. (A seat-based offer is a subscription that's offered 'per seat' for one user for cloud services - so it doesn't matter how many devices that person uses.)

Microsoft’s New Commerce Experience (NCE) is part of a transformational journey that’s changing the way customers transact with Microsoft. It’s a multi-phase, long-term investment in the CSP programme aimed at helping partners accelerate business growth, simplify licensing, and better suit how customers prefer to purchase.

Microsoft initially added the New Commerce Experience for Microsoft Azure in 2019, and as of October 2021 included seat-based offers in CSP for Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Windows 365, and Power Platform.
 
NCE will change how you purchase Microsoft online services such as Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform and Windows 365. The goal is to reduce complexity and provide cost savings for longer term commitments, while introducing additional features to make CSP comparable to the legacy Enterprise Agreement (EA).

Install security updates for on-premises Microsoft Exchange Server

ACTION REQUIRED : Install security updates for on-premises Microsoft Exchange Server.

As mentioned a few weeks ago Microsoft flagged some vulnerabilities detected impacting on-premises Exchange servers

Exchange Server patch alert - Please read & Immediately Action if you have Exchange on-prem

Current risks to multiple different on-premises Microsoft Exchange Servers where zero-day vulnerabilities are being exploited by a nation-state affiliated group. Please note that EXCHANGE ONLINE is not affected.

(Y)Our Success Department

"People First" is one of our main company values and we don't want this to be just a nice phrase on a plaque on the wall. No, we see it as one of our top priorities in everything we do.

Use Authenticator Apps and move away from SMS and voice

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) has now been widely accepted and used as a best practice. All your creds are belong to us, is a nice blog that outlines vulnerabilities in credentials other than passwords and highlights the promise of passwordless, cryptographically protected creds like FIDO, Windows Hello, and the Authenticator App.

Optimising Microsoft Office 365 traffic for remote working

As remote work is still something we are doing, you might get a lot of value from this blog published by Microsoft last week.

DPOR is now CPOR - Claiming Partner Of Record

As our customer you will probably be familiar with DPOR – Digital Partner Of Record – which was the way that we were associated with you, our Enterprise Agreement customers where  we were helping you drive adoption of Office 365. 

Microsoft introduces a new commerce experience for Azure

Introducing a new commerce experience for Azure

Microsoft has launched the new Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA)

New Microsoft Customer Agreement as of October 1, 2019