Azure AD / Office 365 – Integration with LinkedIn is finally here

It has been announced some time ago already, but now the integration is finally here. You can now enable the LinkedIn integration with your Office 365 (Azure AD) tenant. NOTE the integration is turned off by default. To enable the feature, you need to logon to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com/) or your Azure AD administration portal (https://aad.portal.azure.com) Then go to your Azure AD configuration blade Access the User settings configuration…

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Windows 10 – Error 0x80180014 when joining Windows 10 to Azure AD

I just got an interesting error when trying to join a Windows 10 1803 to Azure AD; I was continuously getting the error ‘0x80180014’ when trying to join the device to Azure AD. The interesting thing was this device has been already Azure AD Joined but has been reset, with all reference in Azure AD or Intune removed. Nonetheless, each time I tried to join again I was getting this…

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Exchange Online – Mailbox Auditing will be enabled by default

A good news for compliance and security, Exchange Online Mailbox auditing will now be enabled by default. The schedule is all commercial tenant will be set by end of calendar year. All mailboxes already set for auditing will continue to be enabled, while all others will then be audited. A new parameter for the Set-OrganizationConfig cmdlet will also be introduce for Exchange administrator to override (not recommended) this new configuration.…

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Azure – New data migration option to Azure: Azure Data Box

As for Exchange Online migration, you now have the option to ship encrypted hard-drives to Microsoft datacentres when you migrate big amount of data to Azure workloads. This is a similar option than the one we already have to migrate Exchange mailboxes to Exchange Online. The option, called Azure Data Box, has been introduced late last year already but now it has been improved to provide more flexibility in term…

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Azure – New networking feature in preview: Azure Virtual WAN

A new Azure networking feature is now available in preview (you need to register first, see below): Azure Virtual WAN. Azure Virtual WAN allows you to optimize and automate branch-to-branch connectivity with Azure. Virtual WAN offers the following advantages: Virtual WAN and virtual hubs: You can create a virtual WAN and then deploy virtual hubs in any Azure public region. This allows your hubs to be close to your branch…

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Azure – Ever wanted to learn Azure Stack?

If you ever wanted to learn about Azure Stack but don’t have the resources or infrastructure to do so by yourself? Then, this is for you An online training is available to learn Azure Stack at https://openedx.microsoft.com/courses/course-v1:Microsoft+INF240x+2018_T2 You just need to have a registered account with Microsoft Learning; if you don’t have one yet, register here https://openedx.microsoft.com/register

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Azure – A new security feature available in preview in Azure: Azure Firewall

Microsoft has introduced a new security feature in Azure, in preview, called Azure Firewall. Azure Firewall is going to help you protect your Azure vNET. Like with other on-premises firewall solutions, Azure Firewall supports: FQDN filtering Traffic filtering rules SNAT support Integration with Azure Monitor logging (diagram courtesy Microsoft)   As this is a preview, there is still few things: If a network security group (NSG) is applied on the…

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Azure / Sql – New offers and capabilities for SQL 2008 Server

As you may know (otherwise, this is it, you know ), SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 is going out of support in July 2019 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search/14917), while Windows Server 2008 is going to be out of support in January 2020 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search/12925). To help you migrate your workloads still running on these systems, Microsoft is extending the security updates support for 3 years when running these systems on Microsoft Azure. That said, it…

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Azure – Azure NetApp files in now in preview

A new capability has been added to Azure: Azure NetApp Files. Microsoft has teamed up with NetApp to help customers embracing the challenge of deploying file-based workloads on Azure. The public preview is now available at http://aka.ms/nfspublicpreview The Azure NetApp Files service is powered by the NetApp’s ONTAP technology to deliver rich data management and security. Once registered for the public preview, you will be able to create your new…

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Teams – Microsoft Teams goes free

It has just been announced, Microsoft Teams goes free… The free version allows users with no commercial Office 365 offers to collaborate with up to 300 people, using up to 10 Gb of file storage (with 2 Gb additional per user). Off course, this free version of Teams also integrates with Office Online Apps to open and edit Office documents. Start using it from here http://office.com/teams

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Azure / Office 365 – New registration experience coming for Azure MFA and Azure SSPR

You may already well know the Azure Multi Factor (MFA) and Azure Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) features; if not you are missing a very good piece of your Azure AD/Office 365 services. Well, a new registration experience for Azure MFA and Azure SSPR is currently being in preview to simply the end-user registration experience. With the current experience, end-users had to register twice their details (like phone number or…

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Lync 2013–The latest and last cumulative update is available

Ok, this one is related to some ‘old’ server product, Lync 2013, but I have an excuse: there is a major reminder coming with it So the latest Cumulative Update for Lync Server 2013 (CU10) has been released (available here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36820), but this is not the major reminder; the major reminder is this is the LAST update for Lync Server. Indeed, as per the support lifecycle, Lync Server 2013 is…

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Office 365 – RSS and XML service for Office 365 endpoints management are going to be retired

This is an important announcement I already announced in April that Microsoft was introducing a new way to provide Office 365 endpoints details (IP addresses ranges for each services) using web services (see http://blog.hametbenoit.info/2018/04/04/office-365-new-and-better-way-to-manage-office-365-services-ip-addresses-updates) Well, it has now be announced that the existing RSS and XML services providing the same information are going to be retired by October 2018 so you need to quickly start looking at the new web…

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Azure – Azure Migrate v2 is going in preview

You may be already aware that Microsoft has introduced a migration tool to help you assess and migrate your VMWare virtual machines to Azure workloads called Azure Migrate. Now, Azure Migrate is evolving to the v2 (in preview) which will includes Hyper-V virtual machines assessment and migration too. The v2 will also introduce some improvements like continuous connected migration appliance (no manual trigger required to (re)discover your on-premises infrastructure) or…

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