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Software-based networks lay foundation of networking’s future

Enterprise networking takes many, constantly changing forms. Today, networking is in the midst of an evolution from hardware to software — a transition to what many call software-based networks that will reshape how companies do business in the years to come.

Software-based networking uses programmability and automation, rather than closed systems housed on proprietary hardware, as the key levers to operate the network. It relies on a variety of concepts — among them software-defined networking, network functions virtualization (NFV) and open source software. Applied properly, software-based networks can increase productivity, reduce downtime and enable an organization to respond more quickly to business and competitive pressures.

But even as the concept gains traction, software-based networking remains in flux. Software-based networks mean different things to different people, and it will take some time for enterprises to sort out which approaches will work best for them.

The reality is that most organizations will use a combination of software-based networking tools in some way. Server virtualization and open source software are already familiar concepts, while enterprises deploy SDN and NFV where they make sense. At the same time, network engineers are beginning to pay attention to the emergence of intent-based networking and its promise that network components can be provisioned and configured automatically.

Software-defined WAN, through its use of virtual connections to enable traffic to flow along multiple paths, has already demonstrated that software-enabled networks can handle the demands of the modern enterprise.

At some point, the lines between software-based networking and legacy networking will disappear, and everything will just be called … networking. But until that day comes, software-based networks open up the possibilities for networking engineers to use a new set of networking tools that better support their businesses.

And it will help them get ready for the next round of changes.

For Sale – MSI Geforce GTX 980Ti 6GD5T OC

Closed for now till I review in the morning.

Whilst threads are constantly checked by all relevant mods, some do get missed so until such time as a report is made.

@ghrh – your comments are not required and are not helpful. Please refrain from any further posts if not interested in the deal. Mods spent alot of time reviewing many hundreds/thousands of posts and threads a day so it can be a few hours before things get picked up.

@sutek89 – As above – please use the report function if you feel that there has been a rule violation instead of posting in the thread.

I’ll review tomorrow with regards a few offers/withdrawals. Anything useful to add to the thread in the meantime – pm me.

Join educators from around the world as we Hack the Classroom – Saturday, Oct. 14th |

Educators face an entirely new set of challenges and opportunities in today’s constantly evolving technological landscape. Digital transformation can have a profound impact on the education experience, but it’s becoming harder than ever to keep up with, identify, and incorporate the best strategies and solutions for your classroom.

Enter Hack the Classroom: It’s a live, online event designed to inspire educators, ignite new ideas, and showcase what’s possible in today‘s schools and classrooms. Broadcasting live on October 14th, Hack the Classroom will bring together the latest teaching methods, tools, and technologies to spark creativity and curiosity in students and educators alike. We’ll also share tips, tricks, and inspiring stories from educators all across the globe, unlocking new ways to empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.

Tune in live to the event on October 14, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Our theme for this Hack the Classroom event is all about:

Sparking creativity and curiosity to empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.

Hack the Classroom will feature classroom hacks from educators, discussions from inspiring thought leaders, and resources to help you get started. The key is to start with just a few small steps.

By attending our live, online Hack the Classroom event, you can:

  • Hear from Alan November, live from Boston, MA. Alan’s approach is to support students in becoming “problem designers” as a critical step in tapping their imagination and curiosity.  Providing a framework for lines of inquiry and “messy” problems to be developed can be a stepping stone to helping students learn how to think through increasingly complex and creative conundrums.
  • Look into Tammy Dunbar’s tech-infused classroom in Manteca Unified School District to see how technology is engaging her students and empowering them to meet high standards.  Tammy will share the top five tools to support creativity and curiosity.
  • Learn how courses on the Microsoft Educator Community can prepare you to incorporate rich STEM lessons into your classroom, whether you are an elementary or a secondary teacher, and see the results in action with a school in the UK.
  • See how students at Renton Prep are using the new video features in the Photo App to share their learning creatively.
  • See innovative class hacks from MIE Experts around the world.
  • Participate in the live studio Q&A – come with questions!
  • Receive an HTC participant badge and receive 500 points on our Educator Community. Once you’ve earned 1,000 points, you become a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator.

Click here to register and save your spot.

Be sure to share the event with fellow teachers, connect with us on Twitter @MicrosoftEDU and tweet out your thoughts using #MicrosoftEDU and #HackTheClassroom.

For daily ideas on how to infuse technology into your classroom, check out our Educator Community and learn how to become a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator. Our Educator Community is the place to collaborate with educators around the world and the best location for resources on using technology in the classroom. Our content is designed by educators for educators, up-to-date and ever-growing to meet your teaching needs.

We look forward to seeing you at Hack the Classroom!

Azure AD and Intune now support macOS in conditional access!

Howdy folks,

Conditional access is one of athe fastest growing services in EMS and we are constantly getting feedback from customers about new capabilities they would like us to add to it. One of the most frequently requested is support for macOS. Customers want to have one consistent system for securing user accessing to Office 365 on all the platforms their employees are using.

So I’m excited to share that Azure Active Directory and Intune now support macOS platform for device-based conditional access! Administrators can now restrict access to Intune-managed macOS devices using device-based conditional access according to their organization’s security guidelines.

With the public preview of macOS device-based conditional access, you’ll be able to:

  • Enroll and manage macOS devices using Intune
  • Ensure macOS devices adhere to your organization’s compliance policies
  • Restrict access to applications in Azure AD to only compliant macOS devices

Get started with macOS conditional access public preview in two simple steps:

Configure compliance requirements for macOS devices in Intune

Use the Intune service in Azure Portal to create a device compliance policy for macOS devices in a few easy clicks:

Configure compliance requirements for device health, properties, and system security per your organization’s requirements.

For more details, go to https://aka.ms/macoscompliancepolicy.

(Important Note: for Conditional Access on macOS to work, the device will need to have the Intune Company Portal app installed).

Restrict access to Azure AD applications for macOS devices

Create a targeted conditional access policy for macOS to protect the Azure AD Applications. Go to conditional access under Azure AD service in Azure portal to create a new policy for macOS platform.

For more details on conditional access policies, go to Conditional Access in Azure Active Directory.

After you’ve taken these steps, macOS users covered in the policy will be able to access Azure AD connected applications only if their Mac conforms to your organization’s policies.

Supported OS versions, applications, and browsers

In the public preview, the following OS versions, applications, and browsers are supported on macOS:

Operating Systems

  • macOS 10.11+


The following Office 2016 for macOS applications are supported:

  • Outlook v15.34 and later
  • Word v15.34 and later
  • Excel v15.34 and later
  • PowerPoint v15.34 and later
  • OneNote v15.34 and later


Try it out today and let us know what you think! We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)

Director of Program Management

Microsoft Identity Division