What is group-based licensing in Azure Active Directory?

The azure AD team has announced a service offering to dynamically license users based off group membership, excerpts from the post:

Microsoft cloud services, such as Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, Dynamics CRM, and other similar products, require licenses. These licenses are assigned to each user who needs access to these services. To manage licenses, administrators use one of the management portals (Office or Azure) and PowerShell cmdlets. Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is the underlying infrastructure that supports identity management for all Microsoft cloud services. Azure AD stores information about license assignment states for users.+

Until now, licenses could only be assigned at the individual user level, which can make large-scale management difficult. For example, to add or remove user licenses based on organizational changes, such as users joining or leaving the organization or a department, an administrator often must write a complex PowerShell script. This script makes individual calls to the cloud service.+

To address those challenges, Azure AD now includes group-based licensing. You can assign one or more product licenses to a group. Azure AD ensures that the licenses are assigned to all members of the group. Any new members who join the group are assigned the appropriate licenses. When they leave the group, those licenses are removed. This eliminates the need for automating license management via PowerShell to reflect changes in the organization and departmental structure on a per-user basis.

This means users can now opt-in to licenses or automatically have licenses assigned to them based on Dynamic group membership, more at the link below:

What is group-based licensing in Azure Active Directory? | Microsoft Docs

April 28, 2017 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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New ways to drive your business forward in today’s digital landscape – The Official Microsoft Blog

Improving sales with Dynamics 365 + LinkedIn Sales Navigator….nice article.

New ways to drive your business forward in today’s digital landscape  – The Official Microsoft Blog

April 24, 2017 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Azure Reference Architectures | Microsoft Docs

The official channel for Architectural guidance, Patterns and proven practices for building solutions on Microsoft Azure Platform….

Azure Reference Architectures | Microsoft Docs

April 24, 2017 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Download Unified Service Desk for Microsoft Dynamics 365 from Official Microsoft Download Center

Version 2.2 now available….

Unified Service Desk for Microsoft Dynamics 365 provides a configuration-based framework for quickly building agent applications for call centers. You can aggregate customer information from different areas in Microsoft Dynamics 365 into a single desktop and get a 360° view of customer interactions. For more information, see Unified Service Desk Administration Guide.

Download Unified Service Desk for Microsoft Dynamics 365 from Official Microsoft Download Center

April 17, 2017 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Microsoft ALM VM | Microsoft Visual Studio ALM Virtual Machine

 

The Microsoft Visual Studio ALM Virtual Machine is a virtual machine pre-installed with Visual Studio & Team Foundation server along with other supporting software coming pre-configured with sample projects, users, data and a set of hands-on-labs/demo scripts to get started with all the ALM Capabilities that Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server/Visual Studio Team Services provides.

Microsoft ALM VM | Microsoft Visual Studio ALM Virtual Machine

March 14, 2017 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Accelerate business success with Microsoft FastTrack for Dynamics 365

 

Originally offered as a one-time onboarding benefit for Office 365 customers, Microsoft FastTrack has rapidly evolved over the past 18 months to become the customer success service that helps businesses onboard and drive adoption of Microsoft Cloud.

Today, we are announcing the preview of Microsoft FastTrack for Dynamics 365, a program that represents Microsoft’s strong commitment to fostering the business success of our customers, and offers an exciting opportunity for partners as well.

Accelerate business success with Microsoft FastTrack for Dynamics 365 – Microsoft Dynamics Blog

January 23, 2017 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance

 

New offerings and Software Assurance essential to your ongoing digital transformation

Introducing Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance – Hybrid Cloud Blog

December 12, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Introducing Microsoft Inspire: A New Name for our Worldwide Partner Conference

 

Introducing Microsoft Inspire: A New Name for our Worldwide Partner Conference – Microsoft Partner Network

December 8, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Microsoft + LinkedIn: Beginning our Journey Together | Satya Nadella | LinkedIn

 

Today is an exciting day, one I’ve been looking forward to since June. It marks the close of the agreement for Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn and the beginning of our journey to bring together the world’s leading professional cloud and the world’s leading professional network.

Microsoft + LinkedIn: Beginning our Journey Together | Satya Nadella | LinkedIn

December 8, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Digital Transformation – 7 Success Factors

A must read article on Digital transformation….

Digital transformation or digital disruption, seems to be the hot topic across many boardrooms these days. To quote some numbers from a recent PwC CEO survey, 86% of CEOs believe technology will transform their business more than any other global trend through digital transformation. According to Gartner 2015 survey found that by 2017, CEOs expect revenues attributable to digital (products, marketing and sales) will reach 42 percent.

Digital Transformation – 7 Success Factors

November 28, 2016 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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