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Ep. 90, Entra insights and Merill Fernando’s toolbox: Powering the community


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Merill FernandoPrincipal product manager at Microsoft

Aired November 6, 2023 | 62 min

We dive into a fascinating discussion with Merill Fernando, principal product manager on the Entra team at Microsoft. He highlights his journey to becoming a PM, underscores the significance of knowledge-sharing in the tech community, and explores the shift from AzureAD to a more efficient use of Graph. Merill also introduces his acclaimed tools like, idPowerToys, and, promising exciting insights for listeners.

Meet our guest

Merill Fernando

Merill Fernando is a Principal Product Manager in the Microsoft Entra product group at Microsoft Security. In his role he helps some of Microsoft's biggest customers define their identity strategy and deploy Microsoft Entra. He is passionate about Microsoft Graph, PowerShell, DevOps and you can usually find him on LinkedIn, X, and YouTube talking about these topics. In his spare time, he works on some popular open-source app including, idPowerToys, and Graph X-Ray plus he also runs a weekly newsletter on all things Microsoft Entra at

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Andrew Pla

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Andrew Pla, a seasoned IT professional with over 10 years of experience, has spent the last 5 years mastering PowerShell. An ardent member of the PowerShell community and a Microsoft MVP, he loves sharing his knowledge and leveraging automation to solve complex problems. You can always find him connecting with others on the PDQ Discord and troubleshooting, with the firm belief that a problem shared is a problem halved.

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Jordan Hammond

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Jordan Hammond spent years as an exchange server administrator. One day, it dawned on him that he could automate many of those mundane tasks using PowerShell. And just like that, his journey into PowerShell began. Jordan has spent the past several years working at PDQ perfecting his automation and PowerShell skills.

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