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Microsoft Ignite agenda insights to the future road map

August 14th, 2018

Microsoft recently published the session list for its annual Ignite IT Pro conference happening at the end of the September. Alook at the topcis gives a clue to its roadmap. There sessionson on the next version of SQL Server. Surface Hub 2 and Surface Go with LTE, Intune and Windows Autopilot, Windows Server 2019. New Remote Desktop services.

Last year, Microsoft used Ignite to highlight AI, intelligent edge and its futuristic quantum-computing technologies but overall the listed sessions, look more down to earth. There are two mixed-reality sessions — including “Visio Immersive,” Almost 100 listed sessions touch on AI . At Inspire Microsoft told partners the “AI Accelerate Kit”would be coming in October and include AI use cases, best practices and “Ethical AI” guidance so that seems lilley to be included.

At Ignite Microsoft will again focus on Microsoft 365,- the bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Intune security/management technologies.

Expect to a lot of Dynamics 365 CRM and ERP content — because October is when the next feature update will arrive for the suite of Dynamics products.

There seems to be more developer content: . ASP.NET, Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio 2017, Node.js, and sessions on linux and Docket containers, Progressive Web Apps and MSIX, the new Windows 10 application-packaging technology Microsoft is rolling out.

There are 115 sessions listed for SQL Server /Azure SQL. Mayeb we will get an insight into the successor to SQL Server 2017 — codenamed “Aris,” which is currently in private Community Technology Preview testing.

Microsoft wil lalso show the new the Surface Hub 2 and Surface Go.

Expect Windows Server 2019, Microsoft’s next major release of Windows Server, to be a hot topic -it’s due to start roll out before year end.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite/faq

September 24–28, 2018 | Orlando, Florida

Dynamics 365 October 2018 release – many new features

August 4th, 2018

What to expect from the Dynamics 365 October 2018 release is set out in a 250 plus page document. The coming October update includes more than a hundred incremental updates to: the core Dynamics, Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Portals, Omni-channel Engagement Hub, Field Service, Project Service, Social Engagement, Finance and Operations, Talent, Retail, and Business Central products and services.

The new Dynamics 365 AI for Sales app, will help sales teams to use technologies, such as call sentiment analysis and warnings about deals being at risk, to take proactive actions. This app will be in public preview as of October 2018.

Expect to see a more tightly integrated Dynamics 365 with Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, LinkedIn, Microsoft Stream video platform, Azure, Azure IoT Central, Outlook together with relationship analytics and predictive lead scoring also in public preview as of October.

Finance and Operations (Dynamics AX, ERP) each feature listed below will be released with general availability
Financial
• Dual currency
• View settlement transactions
• Global number sequences
• Vendor and customer approvals for specific fields
• Data entry dimension values
• Consistent validation actions
• IBAN number validation
• Change cash discounts
• Automatic ledger settlements
• Reverse journal posting
• On-hand inventory report performance
• Simplification through configurable templates
• Enterprise credit management
• Revenue recognition

Operations
• Master planning performance improvements
• Consolidation of planned orders during parallel firming
• Sealed bidding
• Unit of measure
• Public sector enhancements

Globalization
• Russian localization
• Globalization – enhanced configurability
• Regulatory Services, Configuration service
Platform Updates
• Usability and productivity updates
• Personalization improvements
• Additional demo data
• Data resident subscriptions
• Supportability rules
• Test automation support
• Troubleshooting for the document routing agent
• Upgrade automation
• On-premises deployment
• Manage batch jobs

Integration
• Integration with Field Service: Inventory and Projects
• Extend analytical workspaces by mashing up external data with Power BI

Analytics
• BYOD (Public Preview)
• Edit analytical workspaces
• Pin Power BI dashboards to workspaces
• Real-time embedded Power BI Reports

Lifecycle Services
• Dynamics Translation Services API (Public Preview)

Microsoft continues to emphasize the applicability of its HoloLens augmented reality goggles with the company’s business applications. The October 2018 update will feautre integration with Remote Assist, Microsoft’s new hands-free video calling, and Microsoft Layout, which allows space planners to design their spaces.

The Common Data Service, which is part of its “Power Platform,” will also be updated with the October 2018 release.

Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations catch up with the new features

July 30th, 2018

Take a look into the new Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations capabilities mentioned in several of our prior posts that were added during the Business Applications Spring 2018 Launch that help you to engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations, and transform products.

Call Synergy Software Systems – implementing Dynamics from Dubai since 2003.

SQL Server 2016 SP2 CU2, SP1 CU10

July 18th, 2018

Fixes and improvements:
• DAG improvement – automatically seed replicas – when you add a database to an existing AG, SQL Server can automatically seed it across the secondary replicas. .
• AGs – configurable session_timeouts
• AGs – slow transactions with 1 sync and 1 async secondary
• AGs – on cross-data-center AG failover, you get a non-yielding scheduler and a crash
• AGs – queries on secondary take twice as long
• AGs – VSS backups fail on secondary replicas in a Basic Availability Group (which technically you’re not supposed to do, but you can still back up the entire secondary VM, and that’s where the problem looks like it’s coming in)
• AGs – fixing error 19432 for duplicate log blocks
• Log shipping – add support for Transparent Data Encryption by configuring MAXTRANSFERSIZE.
• Dynamic data masking doesn’t
• SSAS crashes when Process Full follows Process Clear –“you will notice that the SSAS may crash.” .
• Memory dump when you merge partitioned temporal tables .
• Stats updates can get a “corrupted index” message and a disconnect
• Assertion error when you add a database
• Slow performance when Query Store is enabled
• Non-yielding schedulers require a reboot – not the most informative KB article ever. “Assume that you have a Microsoft SQL Server 2016 installed.” .

See KB articles for more information . Download SQL 2016 SP2 CU2 and/or SP1 CU10.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4341569/cumulative-update-10-for-sql-server-2016-sp1

End of life for SQL 2008 and 2008 r2 is only a year away

July 14th, 2018

On July 9, 2019, Microsoft will end Extended Support, for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2hich means no more updates or support of any kind, potentially leaving you vulnerable to security and compliance issues.
Some considerations:
That is only a year away. So time to start planning and to get it into your 2019 budget.
What applications are affected? With what new SQL version are they compatible?
Will you need to rebuy licenses? The SQL license cost is now core based and it might prove lot higher than last time so take the time to consider all options.
Should any of your applications move to the cloud?
Should you also look at upgrades to Hardware? Windows, Office, Exchange, or Business finance/erp systems in conjunction with SQL?
Is now the time to review your security solutions?
Are you going to expand, or implement heavy new processes like consolidation, budgeting, BI in then next 2-3 years?
Is your mobile network growing?

There are major enhancements at QL 2016 sp1 so we recommend you should not consider any version lower than that. By next year SQL 2017 will also have settled down.

To discuss options callus o 0097143365589

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2

April 25th, 2018

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 is released. This SP2 release includes the hotfixes from all released 2016 cumulative updates: SQL Server 2016 CU1 through SP1 CU8.

SQL Server 2016 Updates
Each update is linked to its Microsoft knowledge base article with the download and the list of hotfixes included. The dates show the end of support date

SP2 2018/04/24 13.0.5026.0 2026/07/14
CU8 2018/03/19 13.0.4474.0 2019/04/24
CU7 2018/01/04 13.0.4466.4 2019/04/24
CU6 2017/11/22 13.0.4457.0 2019/04/24
CU5 2017/09/18 13.0.4451.0 2019/04/24
CU4 (w/MDS bug) 2017/08/08 13.0.4446.0 2019/04/24
CU3 2017/05/15 13.0.4435.0 2019/04/24
CU2 2017/03/20 13.0.4422.0 2019/04/24
CU1 2017/01/18 13.0.4411.0 2019/04/24
SP1 2016/11/16 13.0.4001.0 2019/04/24
CU9 2017/11/22 13.0.2216.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU8 2017/09/18 13.0.2213.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU7 2017/08/08 13.0.2210.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU6 2017/05/15 13.0.2204.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU5 2017/03/28 13.0.2197.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU4 2017/01/18 13.0.2193.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU3 2016/11/17 13.0.2186.6 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU2 (see note 1 and note 2) 2016/09/22 13.0.2164.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
CU1 2016/07/25 13.0.2149.0 2018/01/09 – out of support
None (RTM) 2016/06/01 13.0.1601.5 2018/01/09 – out of support

Note 1: CU2 has a known issue with Filestream not working when SecureBoot is enabled. If you’re on Windows Server 2016 or Windows 10, and using SecureBoot (which is enabled by default with Hyper-V Gen2 VMs), and your database has Filestream, then either need disable SecureBoot, or skip CU2 for now.

Note 2: columnstore index users should consider the on-demand hotfix update 13.0.2170.0, which includes serious performance and reliability fixes.

Warnin read the bottom note about “Uninstalling SQL Server 2016 SP2 (Not recommended): there some new features which once installed may give issues if you then try to uninstall.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=56836

Dynamics 365 Spring release and v9.2

April 23rd, 2018

We recently posted about Dynamics 365 Spring release and focused on Finance and Operations Enterprise features and enhancements.

Now lets look at the customer engagement apps. We now have the previously mentioned new Unified Interface framework and Customer Service Hub Dynamics 365 for Marketing

D365 for Marketing includes event management, email marketing and lead nurturing capabilities embedded within the Dynamics 365 user interface.

Dynamics 365 for Sales – Professional Licence. In addition to the functionality of the D365 for Sales Enterprise licence, Microsoft will offer a new streamlined licence at a lower price point for sales teams members only need lighter functionality. This new licence type restricts use of custom entities, workflows and forms and excludes some functionality including hierarchies, sales goals, social engagement and mobile offline sync.

Embedded Intelligence. Previously available as a preview feature (formerly called Relationship Insights),
• Relationship assistant helps sales users by letting them know when to: follow up on an email, answer a question, attend a meeting, follow-up with a neglected contact and much more. Alert cards are displayed throughout the application to provide relevant information for the context in which the user is currently working and uses data stored in Dynamics 365 and Exchange inbox and calendar.
• Auto capture with Outlook – analyses emails to find messages relevant to specific accounts and then tracks in Dynamics 365 with just one click
• Email engagement – insights from customer emails so sellers can prioritize the most receptive contacts.

Power BI Insights apps. Microsoft will release a series of embedded Power BI Insight apps tailored to specific business functions beginning with a previous release for Sales Insights. This is expected to include predictive lead scoring and relationship analytics to give a relationship health score calculated from emails and content exchanged, and frequency and level of customer interactions brought together from Dynamics 365, email and social networks.

New App Platform Capabilities

The application platform that sits underneath Dynamics 365 sees a significant change with this release. For Dynamics 365 v9, the legacy XRM framework behind Dynamics is npw merged with an updated version of Microsoft’s Common Data Service (CDS). This uses the same Dynamics code base and with backwards compatibility promised, there will be no obvious change, with existing Dynamics 365 apps continuing to work without any modification.
This means that the same platform that powers Dynamics 365 is also used by PowerApps, Office 365, Power BI and the Common Data Service – now renamed Common Data Service for Apps. CDS for Apps has a boost in functionality through server side logic, improved app building experiences and developer capabilities.

PowerApps. PowerApps together with the platform that powers Dynamics 365 lets you build an app and choose between a Canvas app (using a visual WYSIWYG editor) or a Model-driven app (driven by entities, their relationships & business processes). Both apps can access your data and logic in CDS for Apps.

In addition to server side logic, the latest app building capabilities include:
• Business Process Flows to model process stages and guide users through them
• Sophisticated security model providing row level security and model hierarchies
• Calculated fields that use server side logic to compute values in an entity

These new capabilities enable lightweight mobile apps to be quickly developed for field based staff to collect data and also to create new processes that will natively connect across Dynamics 365 and other Microsoft cloud services. PowerApps P2 now becomes the platform licence for users of stand-alone model driven apps. PowerApps P2 is included with the Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Plan.

Common Data Service for Analytics. Another CDS for Analytics reduces the complexity of analysing data and extracting insights across standalone business apps and other sources. A new capability in Power BI, Common Data Service for Analytics enables organisations to integrate data from multiple sources and will provide teams with increased access to analytics across all the relevant tdata.

GDPR Microsoft states its Spring 18 release features a series of updates across Dynamics 365 products to address the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Visit the Microsoft Trust Center to find tools and auditing reports for managing cloud-data security and compliance within your organisation and to read more about what Microsoft is doing to help its customers comply with this regulation.
Use Microsoft Compliance Manager to get insights into your responsibilities for meeting compliance standards.

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation effective from 18th May 2018 in Europe.
The primary objectives of the GDPR are to give citizens and residents back control of their personal data and to “simplify” the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.
As per the ICO, the UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights, the GDPR applies to “controllers” and “processors”. The definitions of controllers and processes are broadly the same as those under the Data Protection Act. In short, the controller says how and why personal data is processed and the processor acts on the controller’s behalf.

If you are a processor, then the GDPR places specific legal obligations on you. For example, when you/ your organisation / your solution / your product maintains or stores records of personal data and includes processing activities, you will have significantly more legal liability if you are responsible for a breach. These obligations for processors are a new requirement under the GDPR and were not as such in the Data Protection Act (DPA).

For Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM projects, this is a significant legal obligation. The majority, of Dynamics CRM projects include the storage, maintenance and processing of personal data and will most probably fall under GDPR rules if you have European operations, customers and vendors..

LinkedIn Sales Navigator Integration. Improvements to the integration between Dynamics 365 for Sales and LinkedIn Sales Navigator provides more detail about companies and LinkedIn members synchronised to Dynamics record forms and dashboard including profile pictures.

Web Portal . With the Spring Upgrade, portal search is now extended to knowledge article attachments increasing the likelihood of relevant search results.

Dynamics 365 – 9.0.2 Update. This month icrosoft will begin applying Update 9.0.2 to Dynamics 365 (Online), version 9.0 and higher. This update is focused on reliability and performance improvements as well as some new features. Any updates from version 8.x to version 9.0 are scheduled on or after April 2 will automatically get this update – no change of schedule is needed. For customers already running Dynamics 365 (Online) version 9.0.1 or higher, Microsoft begin deploying this update from April 7 through its normal deployment process. No customer action is needed to deploy this update.

Dynamics 365 Spring 2018 (v9.0.2) licensing guide:

https://mbs.microsoft.com/Files/public/365/Dynamics365LicensingGuide.pdf

#Dyn365FO Spring 18 release

March 24th, 2018

The release is due out in April and brings many new features:

Business productivity
Alerts – Client-based alert functionality enables a user to define alert rules based on business events, such as when an invoice is paid or a customer changes an address.
Optimization advisor – Uses telemetry to analyze customers’ business processes, finds optimization opportunities, uses application data to quantify the opportunities, and then recommends solutions.
Project timesheet mobile - Employees can create and submit project timesheets. The use of saved favorites and the ability to copy from a previous timesheet facilitates rapid, accurate time entry.
Edit default project fulfillment hours – Project resource managers can edit the default hours as part of the project booking fulfillment process.
Reserve project resources past the task end date – Project resource managers can fulfill resources on tasks past the current task planned end date..
Person search report - You can find a person and their personal data in Finance and Operations.
Data sharing for customer and vendor tables –share Data across customer and vendor tables and related tables across multiple legal entities.
One voucher deprecation – One voucher is turned off by default, through a General ledger parameter.

Extensibility and customization
Customizations through extensions only - Migrating customizations from one release to the next has been simplified by moving away from over-layering to the use of extensions.
Extensibility requests - Customers can submit a request to Microsoft for extension support to be added to the product for a needed scenario. The Spring ’18 release enhances this feature by moving it to Lifecycle Services.
Extensible project work breakdown structure – Enables customization of the project work breakdown structure using extensions. This replaces the hierarchical grid control used for the project work breakdown structure with a standard grid that supports hierarchical data.
Embedding PowerApps in workspaces and forms – Use PowerApps to embed data from external sources into Finance and Operations data.
Custom fields - Organizations can add custom fields to tailor their application to their business requirements, using a no-code extensibility experience.

Integration
Integration with Common Data Service (CDS)
Integration with Dynamics 365 for Field Service - Provides data integration to support scenarios where Field Service activities are done outside Finance and Operations, leveraging the data integrator.
Integration with Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation - Supports scenarios where project and resource management activities are done outside Finance and Operations, and the project accounting activities are done in Finance and Operations, leveraging the data integrator.
Integration with Dynamics 365 for Talent (Public Preview) – Provides data integration of the appropriate HR information into Finance and Operations.

Improved support experiences
Telemetry-based KB recommendation - Telemetry from a production environment can be used to identify the application hotfixes that apply to a tenant.
• KB recommendations when entering a support case - LCS provides telemetry-driven KB recommendations.
Report production outage – Provides a quick and effective channel to escalate issues to Microsoft Support if the services in a production environment are degraded or become unavailable.

Supply chain management
Vendor collaboration – RFQ process – Enhancements make it easy to tell who entered a bid (a vendor or a procurement department).
Partial shipment of a load (split load) - Allows single loads or multiple loads to be fully or partially loaded.
Immediate replenishment of locations – Used during wave execution if allocation fails for a location directive line that has a replenishment template.
Reason codes added to warehouse counting and adjustment – Users can add a reason code when performing counts and when making an adjustment.
Batch balancing enabled for advanced warehousing processes.
Analytical workspaces with embedded Power BI for Cost management – new Cost administration and Cost analysis workspaces

Globalization
India localization – project and upgrade – Users can manage India Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the Project management and accounting module, and AX 2012 customers can upgrade to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.
Enhanced configurability - New features include import and testing scenarios, and also broader support for configurability without coding.
Translation Service - In addition to supporting user interface translation, Dynamics Translation Service (DTS) now supports documentation translation in Microsoft Word and HTML formats (.docx, .html). DTS features can also be accessed directly from various development environments by using the DTS API.
• Regulatory service – configuration (available at the end of April) – Regulatory service targets a no-code programming approach, allowing users to configure electronic reporting formats or tax rules rather than write code for them in the underlying application.
Integration

Servicing, performance, and deployment
Improved delivery of platform and financial reporting updates – Enhancements to how software updates are provided, to improve deployment time and the reliability of servicing.
Upgrade automation – Upgrade automation makes major version upgrades a self-service operation for the customer, using LCS for non-production environments.
Service hardening – Added service monitoring and alerting for core business processes, and improved form load performance of the most commonly used forms.
Lifecycle Services sandbox self-service automation and RDP lockdown.
On-premises deployment updates. Much awaited!

Compliance
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Investments address the European privacy law’s requirements. Go to the Trust Center to learn more and find resources to help you comply. See our previous posts on the importance of this new legislation.
Accessibility enhancements – Go to the Trust Center to learn about industry-leading accessibility standards.

Finance Insights: Credit and collections

Credit and collections insights provides analytics that help organizations effectively manage their credit and collections processes. It provides:
• Aggregate views of credit and collections across all designated companies.
• Data broken down by company, customer group, and customer.
• Credit overview report.
• Collections report.
• Credit and collections details for a variety of dimensions.
• Predictive analytics to help identify trends.

Lots lots more : Retail, cds, flow, Power bi etc

For more information contact your Dynamics 365 Dubai partner Synergy Software Systems 009714 3365589

Dynamics Finance and Operations Enterprise- new ahshtag for easier search #Dyn365FO

March 24th, 2018

#Dyn365FO. All content on docs.microsoft.com now has the hashtag

SQL 2008 Extended support ends July 2019

March 4th, 2018

A remdnder that Mainstream Support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 ended on July 8, 2014. – Support Lifecycle policy, found in http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle.

Customers are encouraged to prepare and execute on their upgrade and/or sustained engineering plans as early as possible for these SQL versions. Remaining current on your SQL Server version ensures that your product remains supported per the Support Lifecycle policy. Additionally, your software benefits from the many enhancements, fixes, and security updates provided through the latest releases.

For both SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft will continue to provide technical support which also includes security updates during the duration of extended support. See the table below for extended support end date. Non-security hotfixes for these versions will be offered only to customers who have an Extended Hotfix Support agreement.

SQL Server 2017 Cumulative Update 4

March 4th, 2018

Last month Microsoft released SQL Server 2017 Cumulative Update 4, which is Build 14.0.3022.28.

There are 55 hotfixes in the public fix list. Run the special T-SQL script in the release notes if you are using Query Store and previously ever had SQL Server 2017 CU2 installed (and you were using Query Store on any of your databases at that time). The script will look for any plans that were forced while you were running SQL Server 2017 CU2, and if it finds any, it will unforce those and then clear those from Query Store.

There are several updates both for Columnstore indexes and for Availability Groups.

There will not be any Service Packs for SQL Server 2017, so test and deploy SQL Server 2017 Cumulative Updates as they become available.

SQL Server 2017 and later versions will no longer receive SPs
The Modern Servicing Model (MSM)

Starting from SQL Server 2017:
• SPs will no longer be available. Only Cumulative Updates (CUs) and critical updates (GDRs) will be provided.
• CUs will contain localized content if it’s necessary as what SPs have done.
• CUs will be delivered more frequently at first and then less frequently: every month for the first 12 months, and then every quarter for the final four years of the five-year mainstream lifecycle.

Note The MSM only applies to SQL Server 2017 and later versions.

Earlier versions of SQL Server are not affected by this SP policy change. Service Packs (SPs) will continue to be provided for the reminder of mainstream support for SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2016.

EAM, field service, IOT and Holo lens -ask Synergy Software Systems, Dubai

February 17th, 2018

The digital world is already here and what seemed science fiction few years back we now accept as everyday. Voice activated commands on our smear phone now also query our databases and update our dashboards, remote medical checks are done at an atm, artificial intelligence and big data influence our live every time we log onto google, amazon, facebook or ring a callcentre.

We have been investigating IoT for over a year, particularly with regard to condition monitoring for asset management and several of our team were involved in recent training that included a hands on session for Microsoft Field Services. This is built on the Dynamics 365 platform as an extension of CRM and offer comprehensive features for field service: help desk, engineer scheduling and mobile operations. Field service is aimed at service companies with a large field force of service engineers and is typically integrated with erp systems and thus the overall project can be quite complex. To reduce the risk and implementation time we offer a proven accelerator.

We also offer a Enterprise Asset Management suite which is successfully deployed in several leading UAE companies for a number of years particularly for asset tracking.

In Dynamics 365/2012 for Ax EAM also needs to consider that both engineers and equipment may be sued is production or on projects. Thus engineering and maintenance scheduling also has to consider in house planned and breakdown maintenance and servicing and more complex overhauls and asset structures, the impact of equipment downtime on production schedules and much more. We offer a Microsoft certified isv integrated suite of EAM modules built on the Ax 2012/D365 platform that covers both field service and mobile as well as in in house maintenance.

Predictive maintenance and SCADA integration and extensive condition monitoring., embedded and Power BI analytics are no longer rocket science.

At a recent client 4 day workshop we demonstrated HOLO lens assisted reality to support engineers. This can for example be used to provide step by step guidance or for collaboration from the field with an OEM a remote manufacturer, or your chief engineer.

“Meltdown” and “Spectre and azure.”

February 10th, 2018

Last month as reported on this blog, Intel revealed two critical vulnerabilities they found in Intel chips. These vulnerabilities allow cyber-attackers to steal data from the memory of running apps. This data can include passwords, emails, photos, or documents. Intel dubbed these as: “Meltdown” and “Spectre.”

Microsoft released a patch for Azure the very next day. Just as well because Microsoft Azure is a shared-computing environment by default. One server hosts applications and development of applications, and various Virtual Machines tap into the server to allow employees to and others to access these applications. As such, the Meltdown vulnerability allows an attacker to compromise the host and read all the data from every operating system tapping into it. Around 3-10 million physical servers host Azure, and these servers in turn host tens of millions of Virtual Machines. So impressively Microsoft developed deployed a patch for these vulnerabilities in less than a week’s time. Azure is a cloud-based application and so Microsoft could focus their security team to work on the cloud servers and only the cloud servers. This way, these millions of servers and users had a patch and all applications hosted on the Azure cloud-platform were immediately protected.

A good business case example for business to move to Azure cloud services.

Malware developers are still out there. German antivirus testing firm AV-Test reported 139 samples of malware trying to attack the Meltdown vulnerability in January to exploit those who have not patched.

Microsoft patched their cloud servers, but non-Azure users (as well as all Windows users, period) still need to apply their operating system patches to ensure complete protection. This is one vulnerability you definitely don’t want cyber-attackers to exploit, whether it’s your personal computer or your business’s server.

Outlook Add in for Dynamics 365 lives on – ask Dubai Dynamics partner Synergy Software Systems

February 1st, 2018

In June 2017, Microsoft announced the deprecation of Dynamics 365 for Outlook (otherwise known as the “Outlook add-in”) and the plan to replace it with Dynamics 365 App for Outlook. The deprecation announcement meant that although Dynamics 365 for Outlook would continue to be supported, it would be removed in Dynamics 365 version 10.0.

Some feature gaps in Dynamics 365 App for Outlook prevent it from being a viable replacement for the Outlook add-in. Along with many other partners and customers we voiced our concern. Microsoft has announced it is reversing the deprecation of Dynamics 365 for Outlook so that customers who are still on older versions of Dynamics 365 can upgrade and not lose core functionalities on.

Microsoft will still release Dynamics 365 for Outlook with new versions of Dynamics 365. As a result, customers upgrading to a new version of Dynamics 365 will have the same Outlook integration experience as in previous versions.

The Outlook add-in will also continue to be fully supported in current and future versions of Dynamics 365, and bugs will continue to be fixed with improvements to the performance and reliability of the Outlook add-in

From a functionality standpoint, all current scenarios will continue to be supported; we are not planning to add any new features.

The reversal of the deprecation of Dynamics 365 for Outlook does not change the fact that COM add-ins (like Dynamics 365 for Outlook) are an older and slower technology.

The Dynamics 365 App for Outlook is based on newer Office add-in technology. This is an area where the Outlook team is also investing heavily. Unlike COM add-ins, Office add-ins do not have any code physically installed on the user’s device or on the Outlook client. They are easier to deploy and maintain, much more reliable, and work across platforms.

SQL Server 2014 SP2 CU9

January 2nd, 2018

On December 18, 2017, Microsoft released SQL Server 2014 SP2 CU9, which is Build 12.05563.0.
This CU has seven public hotfixes, most of which are for the SQL Engine of SQL performance -critical for taks like mrp. inventory close, consolidation etc.

Since SQL Server 2014 SP1 and earlier are no longer “supported service packs”, there is no corresponding CU for the SP1 or RTM branches of SQL Server 2014.

As always, make an effort to stay current on cumulative updates