Identity-related sessions at Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Orlando

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Microsoft Ignite 2017 North America in Orlando is only a few weeks away and many of us have begun filling their session builder with interesting sessions, corresponding to their interests and knowledge.

I decided to compile a list of the Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, Graph, Group Policy  and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S) related sessions at Ignite 2017. I’ve compiled the list below, divided per Ignite session type and arranged by date, since Ignite offers breakout sessions, theater sessions, workshops, hands-on labs and even studio recordings (not all apply to identity).

Breakout Sessions (75 minutes)

When your goal at Ignite is to learn about the different Active Directory technologies and Group Policy topics, breakout sessions offer the most bang for your buck. In 75 minutes, speakers show technologies with presentations and demos.

What’s New and upcoming in AD FS to securely sign-in your users to Office 365 and other applications
Monday September 25 4PM-5:15PM, OCCC W307
Speaker: Samuel Devasahayam Star

Productivity and protection for your employees, partners and customers with Azure Active Directory
Tuesday September 26 9AM-10:15AM, OCCC Valencia W415AB
Speakers: Nasos Kladakis and Alex Simons Star

Credential protection in Windows: An overview
Tuesday September 26 4PM-5:15PM, OCCC West Hall E1
Speaker: Yogesh Mehta

Making life easier for IT: Automating credential management on connected and disconnected systems
Wednesday September 27 10:45AM-12PM, OCCC S320 E-H
Speaker: Philip Lieberman

Windows devices in Azure Active Directory: Why should I care?
Wednesday September 27, 2:15PM-3:30PM, OCCC S331
Speaker: Jairo Cadena Star

What’s New in Azure Active Directory Domain Services
Wednesday September 27 4PM-5:15PM, Hyatt Plaza International I-K
Speaker: Mahesh Unnikrishnan

Shut the door to cybercrime with Azure Active Directory risk-based identity protection
Wednesday September 27 4PM-5:15PM, OCCC Chaprin Theater W320
Speaker: Nitika Gupta

Extending Windows Hello with trusted signals
Wednesday September 27 4PM-5:15PM, OCCC Valencia W415AB
Speaker: Chris Bortlik

Share corporate resources with your partners using Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration
Thursday September 28 9AM-10:15AM, OCCC W208 AB,
Speakers: Mary Lynch and Sarat Subramaniam

Transition to cloud-based management of Windows 10 and Office 35 ProPlus with EMS
Thursday September 28 9AM-10:15AM, OCCC West Hall 4B
Speakers: Janani Vasudevan and Maayan Bar-Niv

The keys to the cloud: Use Microsoft identities to sign in and access API from your mobile+web apps
Thursday September 28 10:45AM-12PM, OCCC S310
Speaker: Vittorio Bertocci Star

Ensure users have the right access with Azure Active Directory
Thursday September 28 12:30PM-1:45PM, OCCC Valencia W415AB
Speaker: Joseph Dadzie

Secure Windows 10 with Intune, Azure AD and System Center Configuration Manager
Thursday September 28 12:30PM-1:45PM, OCCC West Hall B4
Speaker: Dune Desormeaux

Deep-dive: Azure Active Directory Authentication and Single Sign-On
Thursday September 28 2:15PM-3:30PM, OCCC W414
Speaker: John Craddock Star

Microsoft’s guide for going password-less
Thursday September 28 2:15PM-3:30PM, OCCC W207AB
Speaker: Yogesh Mehta

Azure Active Directory best practices from around the world
Thursday September 28 4PM-5:15PM, OCCC Valencia W415AB
Speakers: Tarek Dawoud and Mark Morowczynski Star

Achieving a modern workplace with Windows 10, EM+S and Office 365
Friday September 29 12:30PM-1:45PM, Hyatt Plaza International I-K
Speaker: Paul Huijbregts


Breakout sessions (45 minutes)

There are also 45-minute Breakout sessions:

Saying goodbye to passwords
Tuesday September 26 12:45PM-1:30PM, OCCC W240
Speaker: Alex Simons Star

Microsoft Office 365 security and compliance
Wednesday September 27 10:15AM-11AM, OCCC South – MSFT TechCenter
Thursday September 28 3:15PM-4PM, OCCC South – MSFT TechCenter
Speaker: Ed Hild

The power of common identity across any cloud
Wednesday September 27, 12:45PM-1:30PM, OCCC West Hall F3-4
Speakers: Nasos Kladakis and Alex Simons Star

Deliver management and security at scale to Office 365 with Azure Active Directory
Wednesday September 27 3:15PM-4PM, Hyatt Plaza International H

Modernize your customer identity management with Azure Active Directory B2C
Friday September 29 9AM-9:45AM, OCCC West Hall F3-4
Speaker: Saeed Akhter

Theater Sessions

When a deep-dive is not really necessary, why not opt for a 20-minute session, focusing on a specific part of a technology, explained and/or demoed by experts from the field, featuring real-world examples and cases. Theater sessions at Ignite offer this kind of interaction, and it’s no wonder most of these sessions are led by Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs):

Azure Active Directory Domain Services
Monday September 25 4:35PM-4:55PM, OCCC South – Expo 10

Using Azure Active Directory B2C for your WordPress site configuration and security considerations
Monday September 25 7:05PM-7:25PM, OCCC South – Expo 1
Speaker: Bill Hughes

Five mistakes to avoid when deploying Enterprise Mobility + Security
Tuesday September 26 10:50AM-11:10AM, OCCC South – Expo 4, Jussi Roine

Managing enterprise applications, permissions and consent in Azure Active Directory
Tuesday September 26 2:10PM-2:30PM, OCCC West Level 2
Speaker: Jeff Sakowicz

Group Policy in MDM: Dealing with ADMX backed policies
Tuesday September 26 3:35PM-3:55PM, OCCC South – Expo 5
Speaker: Raymond Comvalius Star

Enterprise-grade security for your cloud apps with Microsoft Cloud App Security
Tuesday September 26 5:05PM-5:25PM, OCCC South – Expo 10

Surviving identity management in a hybrid world
Wednesday September 27 10:20AM-10:40AM, OCCC South – Expo 11
Speaker: Elias Mereb Star

Make Windows devices more secure by taking them out of your existing infrastructure
Wednesday September 27 10:50AM-11:10AM, OCCC South – Expo 7
Speaker: Chris Rodes

How to secure your front door with real-time risk assessments of your logons
Wednesday September 27 12:35PM-12:55PM, OCCC South – Expo 4
Speaker: Jan Ketil Skanke

Four common problems to avoid with your AD FS environment
Wednesday September 27 2:10PM-2:30PM, OCCC South – Expo 4
Speaker: Sander Berkouwer Winking smile

What’s your Active Directory recovery plan?
Wednesday September 27 5:05PM-5:25PM, OCCC South – Expo 2
Speaker: Shawny Reiner

Fixing bad IT security: Stupid mistakes and dangerous conveniences
Wednesday September 27 5:35PM-5:55PM, OCCC South – Expo 2
Speaker: Philip Lieberman

Windows 10 and the cloud: Why the future needs hybrid solutions
Thursday September 28 10:20AM-10:40AM, OCCC South – Expo 7
Speaker: Alex Benoit

Manage mobile productivity with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS)
Thursday September 28 12:05PM-12:25PM, OCCC South – Expo 10
Speaker: Vladimir Petrosyan

Holistic management for Microsoft Azure and the hybrid IT ecosystem
Thursday September 28 12:40PM-1PM, OCCC South – Expo 3

Microsoft Studio

If you’re looking to experiencing a live show on Azure Active Directory and the hybrid identity options, be sure to attend the following session:

Azure Active Directory: Your options explained from AD sync to pass-through authentication and more
Tuesday September 26, 2:10PM-2:30PM



When you’re not attending Microsoft Ignite, this year, use the above list of Identity-related sessions to convince your manager.

When you are attending Ignite and are into identity, please use the above list to add some identity flavor to your session builder: especially the sessions I’ve denoted with a star are worth your time. Of course, I invite you to visit my community session, but be sure that with every presentation, a certain amount of booth time is involved: contact me with any questions you may have.

Author: Sander Berkouwer

Sander Berkouwer is the author of the Active Directory Administration Cookbook, speaker and blogger at and He is awarded Microsoft MVP, Veeam Vanguard and VMware vExpert. Since 2009, Microsoft has awarded Sander with the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. Since 2016, Veeam has awarded Sander with the Veeam Vanguard award.