Max Fritz

Max Fritz

Office 365 Technical Specialist

Max is an Technical Specialist for Office 365 at Microsoft. He focuses on improving collaboration and simplifying implementation, and has worked with Office 365 for the past eight years. He is a self-proclaimed geek, passionate about a broad range of messaging and collaboration tools and can't stop talking about the technology he loves.
Max is the founder and leader of the Minnesota Microsoft 365 User Group, and holds MCSA and MCSE Microsoft certifications. Max can be found speaking at Microsoft 365 conferences all over the country.

Current sessions

Configure Azure AD Connect like the Pros

Join this session to understand one of the most vital components of Azure AD and Office 365; synchronizing your local directory. We will go through step by step setting up a simple directory synchronization with Azure AD Connect all the way to setting it up in a multi-forest, multi-domain, and even multi-tenant scenario. We'll walk through the preparation steps you should perform before syncing, and then dig deep into installation and customization to make sure your directory syncs in just the way you want it.

Expect deep dives into identity transformations and filtering, single sign on methods such as Seamless SSO, and password methodologies including password sync, write-back, and pass-through authentication. We will also dig deep into PowerShell and the must know commands to maintain and troubleshoot your installation.

Finally, we will also show how to troubleshoot the more problematic issues, and how to setup a backup Azure AD Connect installation.


A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Office 365 Identities

Take a peek behind the curtain into the service that runs the core part of Office 365; the identities. Learn how Office 365 interacts with Azure Active Directory, and what can be configured in the service. Demos will include configuring policies for end users (MFA, Groups, etc), enabling and customizing synchronization with a local Active Directory, and customizing organizational branding. Services such as self-service password reset and multi-factor authentication will also be shown.
Note: This session is targeted specifically to those with admin rights.


Keeping up with the Joneses: Managing Change in Office 365

In Office 365, administrators have lost most of the control of updates and upgrades, but are still held responsible for the impact. With Microsoft rolling out new features to Office 365 and Azure every week, the game has changed.
This session will cover not only how to adapt to these rapid changes in the Microsoft cloud, but also how to make them work to the organization's advantage. The way Microsoft manages and communicates change will be a topic, and how to properly interact with and provide feedback to Microsoft. Expect detailed examples of past cloud changes, and how other organizations successfully or unsuccessfully adapted. There will be something for everyone at this session, admins or end users of any skill level.


Getting started with Office 365 Administration

So you've just been handed the keys to a new Office 365 tenant, and you need to know where to start? Or maybe you've been managing Office 365 for a while and want some tips and tricks, and a better understanding of what's changing? You've found the right session!
In this session, we'll take a walk through an Office 365 admin's life, everywhere from identities, to SharePoint, Exchange, and even Teams. We'll show you the key things you need to know to manage your tenant.
To top things off, we'll go through the top 10 tips and tricks to managing Office 365 without losing your mind! Come find out!


Hybrid Identity & Security; What's the big deal?

Identity and Security. Those seem to be the big buzzwords lately, but how do they affect your Office 365 & SharePoint environments? We'll spend this session taking a dive into Identity Protection, Application Management, Information Security, and more, all from an Office 365 Admin's perspective!
In this session you'll learn how to implement tools like Conditional Access, Application SSO, Azure ATP, Azure Information Protection and more to increase the security and grow adoption of your Office 365 environment.


PowerShell 101

Have you found yourself running into more and more situations where you need to run a PowerShell command or script? Have you always wondered what can actually be done with PowerShell? Does PowerShell code look like the Matrix to you, but you'd like to understand it better?
Come join this session to learn the basics so you can understand PowerShell and even write some of your own lines! We'll look at what makes up the PowerShell language, what makes a good script, and how PowerShell works with SharePoint and Office 365.
At the end, we'll make a script together live to see how it works!


Anatomy of an Office 365 Breach

Ever wonder what it would take to breach the security of your Office 365 tenant? Come to this session and wonder no longer!
We'll show some of the most common ways attackers are getting access to your tenants, identities and data in a live demo. More importantly, we'll cover how to protect yourself from these breach points in the future, and even how to detect suspicious activity within your tenant.


Proving and Increasing the Business Value of Microsoft 365

As Microsoft 365 administrators, we often spend most of our time day to day administering the services in use within our organization. But whether it be by request of higher ups, or because we want to prove our own value, it's often important to know how to show the business value of the tools we administer.
In this session, we will review ways to prove business value, including adoption metrics, Power BI, and end user campaigns. We will also go into ways to increase adoption of tools to further increase the value of the respective tools.


Teams Architecture Deep Dive

Want to understand how Teams works under the hood? Then this is the session for you! In this session you can expect to learn all about:
- Teams interaction with other Office 365 services, such as Azure AD, Exchange, SharePoint and more
- Retention and eDiscovery
- Back-end voice and meeting technologies
- Federation and Skype Hybrid
- 3rd Party Applications


Teams + Power Platform: Better Together

Are you looking for ways to become a Teams superstar? While Teams may have many great features built in, come to this session to learn all about how you can use the Microsoft Power Platform (PowerApps, Flow, PowerBI) to supercharge Teams for yourself and your team!
We'll show a variety of different simple solutions that you can deploy in your Teams environment today to see immediate results. We'll also walk through building more advanced solutions to transform your business processes.


A Year in the Life of a Teams Admin

Looking at deploying Teams and not sure what to expect long term? Already administering Teams and looking for tips and tricks? Either way, this is the session you don't want to miss!
Come learn the daily, weekly, and monthly tasks every good Teams admin should be doing. Learn how to keep up with the near-constant changes in Teams, and how manage governance and reporting. We'll even share some solutions you can use to automate regular tasks and save yourself precious time. Lastly, we'll cover how Teams is interconnected with other Office 365 services, and what administration you need to keep in mind for those services.


Microsoft Teams in a Regulated Environment

Come learn how you can deploy, use, and achieve success with Teams in a regulated environment. Max Fritz, Teams Technical Specialist at Microsoft for Regulated Industries, will show you the strategies and technologies you need to succeed.
You will learn:
- Governance Strategies
- Compliance & Records Management
- Security Options
- Monitoring & Auditing Capabilities
- Training and Enablement


Past and future events

SharePoint Fest Chicago 2019

9 Dec 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
Chicago, United States

SharePoint Saturday - Omaha - August 2019

3 Aug 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
Omaha, United States

Office 365 & SharePoint Saturday Nashville

15 Jun 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
Nashville, United States

Minnesota Microsoft 365 Admin Workshop Day

17 May 2019 - 17 May 2019
Edina, United States

Midwest Management Summit

6 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
Minneapolis, United States

SharePoint Fest DC 2019

29 Apr 2019 - 3 May 2019
Washington, D.C., United States

SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities

6 Apr 2019 - 6 Apr 2019

MVPDays Online January 2019

30 Jan 2019 - 30 Jan 2019
Calgary, Canada

SharePoint/Office 365 Saturday San Diego 2019

19 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019
San Diego, United States

SharePoint Fest Chicago

3 Dec 2018 - 7 Dec 2018
Chicago, United States

SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities

17 Nov 2018 - 17 Nov 2018

SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities

14 Apr 2018 - 14 Apr 2018

SharePoint Saturday - Omaha 2018

7 Apr 2018 - 7 Apr 2018
Omaha, United States

SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities

28 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017