Using the Telstra Wi-Fi Maximiser

The Telstra Wi-Fi Maximiser provides a free way to test the Wi-Fi capabilities within your house or office. It provides a cheap and effective heat map to understand where you can get best use of your network.

The app is available to download on iOS and Android

There is a short simple video on how to use it by Telstra on YouTube.

The great thing, it doesn’t matter if your Internet provider is Telstra or anyone else in the world, it is just testing the strength or your Wi-Fi signal from your router.

The steps are very easy. Start the app, create a rough mud map of your house floor plan.

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Plot points on the map, while moving to those locations in the house.

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View the results

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Share as needed.

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Not hard but a great tool to have.

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User Group Wednesday 30th- (NXT WK Reminder) The Microsoft Operations Management Suite by James Crawshaw MSFT

September User Group Wednesday 30th- The Microsoft Operations Management Suite by James Crawshaw MSFT

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This month we have a special guest James Crawshaw TSP all the way from Perth to present on The Microsoft Operations Management Suite.

Gain control over any hybrid cloud. Manage Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS), Windows Server or Linux, VMware or OpenStack—all with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS), our cost-effective, all-in-one cloud IT management solution.

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We will see:

  • Better control over hybrid cloud
  • Transforming IT agility
  • Extending your System Center investments

Great prizes on offer!

Register Here

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Azure warns when your MSDN Azure spend wont last the month

Today I was working in the Azure portal. I noticed the Orange credit at the top (normally green). I then clicked on the alert icon in the bottom right corner. I was presented with the message

“The ‘Visual Studio Premium with MSDN’ subscription might run out of credit in 18 days (based on the average usage of $6.57 per day).”.

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An easy fix was to turn off and delete some items that were not required.

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Cant install AADSync via AADConnect using a Windows 2016 forest

You cannot yet install AADSync via AADConnect using a Windows 2016 Technical Preview 2 with a 2016 Forest.

I installed a DC on Windows 2016 with 2016 Forest.

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Then I went to install AADSync, and got this error indicating that the 2016 Forest is not yet supported by AADSync.

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I imagine that companies wont be in a great hurry to upgrade their Forest immediately anyway when 2016 goes GA, but I have reached out to Alex Simons for an update on when this will be supported. I will update this post if I receive a time line for this.

Aaron @aaronw2003

September User Group Wednesday 30th- The Microsoft Operations Management Suite by James Crawshaw MSFT

September User Group Wednesday 30th- The Microsoft Operations Management Suite by James Crawshaw MSFT

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This month we have a special guest James Crawshaw TSP all the way from Perth to present on The Microsoft Operations Management Suite.

Gain control over any hybrid cloud. Manage Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS), Windows Server or Linux, VMware or OpenStack—all with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS), our cost-effective, all-in-one cloud IT management solution.

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We will see:

  • Better control over hybrid cloud
  • Transforming IT agility
  • Extending your System Center investments

Great prizes on offer!

Register Here

Presented by

Microsoft
Microsoft

Microsoft Australian Partner Conference Day 3 KeyNote learnings

This mornings Keynote was presented by Steven Miller director applications and services group. He shared that some interesting thoughts. Among them he said in 5 years time there will be 20 billion devices .

Jace Moreno and Michelle Markham provided a very interactive demo on a connected platform. In a modern agile world they showed the transformation of how sales makers can interact prior to a customer meeting, enhancing and improving efficiency while helping boost sales.

They demonstrated Windows Hello (facial recognition to login), Delve, PowerBi, and they user security controls built into EMS (enterprise mobility suite), EMS security and productivity was demonstrated on a personal iPad. We then saw the Surface Hub Jace invited a Surface Hub as user, when the meeting is due to start Jace walked up to the Surface Hub pressed the screen and then the Skype meeting immediately started (all within 2 seconds). Traditionally reports suggest that meetings on average take 8 minutes to start. This can be reduced considerably with Surface Hub.

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Sarah Vaugan was a great speaker. She discussed the pace of change by human ingenuity and innovation. She discussed the drive and influence of the millennials. Sarah showed a video demonstrating the power of Bing Translator built into Skype. We saw a HoloLens case study video on Trimble (a US construction company).
Sarah demonstrated the power of machine learning for Dartmouth Hitchcock (a US Health provider).

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Microsofts Education Productivity vision – APC Session Day 2

I attended a great interactive productivity vision session. This was chaired by Ray Fleming from Microsoft, the session involved smaller groups solving common education problems.

We saw the transformation of life, class rooms, education, and even rock concerts.

Why do they still make phone directories/books? Just to sell advertising space.

We need to convert our thinking when solving education solutions, and not just replace the old, but rather transform the experience.

Even Microsoft processes have changed. The Microsoft Sydney office has 800 staff and yet only 4 printers. Nobody prints at Microsoft anymore.

Organisations need to build small tools, to be able to have effective poc’s and demonstrations, rather than the traditional monolithic systems.

We should look to reinvent the way content is delivered in classes.

Aaron @aaronw2003

Microsoft Australian Partner Conference MSAPC2015 Day 2 Keynote Summary

A theme of the conference was sharing an opportunity experience and a selfie via Twitter.

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I started the day in the hub with a coffee and collected an 8 gig usb stick in a credit card. Nice.

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The Keynote got underway with Adam Spencer as the MC.

Phil Sorgen came onstage to deliver a very enthusiastic keynote. He discussed the transformations that partners and customer are currently undergoing.  He discussed how partners need to differentiate themselves to increase their EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization). The digital marketing landscape has changed. Successful partners are now using reputation and peer reviews to drive business. All partners need to look at how the buyers are changing. Businesses need to transform people measurements with the changing sales model and selling cloud based services. Without this partners will stall. They need to retune their scorecard aligning sellers and businesses objectives.

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Phil announced Surestep profitability benchmark tool which is on the Microsoft Partner network.

Microsoft is committed to $11.4 billion dollars of research and development a year. They now have five cloud performance based competencies. Microsoft is driving shared success with the 3000 Microsoft Australia staff and the partner network. Phil’s commitment to driving the change:

  • Increase the value
  • Lower the cost
  • Make it easier

Something he didn’t focus on but came through in the session “cloud first, mobile first” commitment.

Karl Redenbach CEO of Live Tiles then gave a great speech.  He shared how Live Tiles has just listed on the asx under the code #lvt.  Their past experience with SharePoint solutions that is now Rhipe. They global customers such as Nike and Pepsi using their customized Office 365 solutions.  They have over 2 million end users, and they have a footprint in over 30 countries. Karl shared that his goal was that he wanted to create a solution for users to easily change SharePoint UI’s without code. #nocode

Scott Osborne from Total Synergy then came onstage and discussed about transitioning to Azure and creating MRR (Monthly Recurring Revenue). His organization has transformed dramatically over the past few years. They are now focused on engaging earlier on with the customer with marketing to drive and convert sales. His surprising ratio mix is now 1 sales maker for each 4 marketing staff members. In past years I am sure the reverse would have been the norm. The integration of the marketing team has had a massive impact. Less traditional printed material and roadshow. His sales cycle time has dropped from 130 days to an impressive 30 days. The  now foster client engagement and have reduced customer churn to 2%.

Neil Wilson from Oakton spoke about their business transformation with Dimension Data. The partnership transformed into ownership. They are focused around providing solutions that are business innovation, delivering stable updates to customers. Effectively transforming to an annuity business.

Tiffani Bova is an Analysist from Gartner. She is a recent recipient of the Gartner thought leadership award.

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She shared the top 10 business changes.

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She discussed the importance of creating fluid and timely solutions. The market is driving and pushed by mobility in this new reality. Every company will become an IT company. Whether it is RFD integration at Disney theme parks, BI in coke machines or Phillips light bulbs there is a clear transformation occurring. Now the most disruptive item in the buyer’s journey is the customer themselves. Tiffani said she loves hearing how partners have reimagined their business.

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Microsoft APC Registration day

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Buzz for Microsoft’s 2015 (APC) annual partner conference has been building for several weeks now.  I have been reading lots of exciting chatter on Yammer, and also through Twitter #MSAPC2015.

August Monday 31st 2015 day 1. Day 1 involves registration for the delegates from 3:00 pm.  Delegates were welcomed and greeted by friendly ushers. We received the standard lanyard. This year’s agenda and information was provided via smartphone apps IOS, Android, and Windows Devices. The conference provided complimentary unlimited internet which has become the standard at technical events. This year there were Microsoft Surfaces (with internet) at stands for delegates to use.

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After registration we went straight into the hub (exhibition hall), followed by a Welcome Keynote with Microsoft Australian Partner Awards (MAPA) Presentation. Congratulations to all the winners. Later in the evening we had a welcome dinner meeting many new people and finally putting faces to people’s names. Then I had an early night for the big three days to come.

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