Good morning Ignite!

So one of my podcasts that I catch every morning is the Marketplace Tech podcast – interesting little bits of information that are shared that sometimes are random and sometimes are highly pertinent.

This morning they had part one of a miniseries of conversations with Satya Nadella discussing the Ignite conference and the role of Microsoft in cloud services. Pretty darn cool considering that the Ignite conference kicks off today in Chicago at 9 AM CDT with Satya taking the stage along with others from the Microsoft product and platform groups.

Check it out if you have a minute – it’s amazing at just how humble Satya is in comparison to other CEOs out there.

Interview with Satya Nadella on MarketPlace – http://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/marketplace-tech-monday-may-4-2015

If you’re looking for a recap of last week’s //Build conference, check out Brewery.fm’s episode 13 where myself and Scott Hoag break things down from the keynotes on Wednesday.

Last but not least, if you happen to see my photo wandering around Ignite this week with Isaac Stith, be sure to stop him, snap a photo and post it to Facebook or Twitter and tag me – wish I could be there with you fine folks but things just didn’t work out this year.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Update

**UPDATE** Oddly this portion of the update is no longer published in the TechNet Article. Hoping that it’s added back soon.

To coincide with the Microsoft Build conference and the announcement of Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft will be releasing an update for Windows Server 2012 R2 per the published TechNet article on 2 April 2014 found here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn645472.aspx

The most interesting of the three major updates as noted in the TechNet article is by far this:

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) has added the capability for an administrator to enable signing in with an alternate login ID that is an attribute of the user object in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). This enables customers to adopt Azure Active Directory without modifying on-premises User Principal Names (UPNs). It also allows users to log in to the computer using an Office 365 email address instead of a UPN. This change does not affect the Active Directory schema. For more information, see Configuring Alternate Login ID.

If you start to think about the opportunities this provides for an additional way to store user identity without necessarily having to go through and completely change the naming schema that you’re using for your AD at the moment. Or at least that’s the way that I see it.

Looking forward to these bits being available on 8 April 2014 on the Download Center to begin testing this things out.

Official blog announcement from the Windows Server Product Team available here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2014/04/02/windows-server-2012-r2-update-is-now-available-to-subscribers.aspx