Azure/Office 365 – Multi Factor Authentication app available in preview for Apple Watch

The Multi Factor Authentication application for Azure and Office 365 is now available in preview for use with Apple Watch. It supports both corporate (work account) and personal (Microsoft account) accounts with push notification. You can sign up at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR68AojHg485IuWUUpl99NURUNFQ0OUpEQzFNRlBHUjc3NkxWSTQzSEhFRi4u

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Azure AD – New location to manage guest and organizational relationship

Azure AD has been updated with a new configuration blade called Organizational Relationships.This new configuration blade is the new location to manage guest users permissions and invitations   You now have access to a comprehensive list of users from external organizations (guest) with the option (as you already from the users list) to create a new guest By the way the invitation email has been also updated to use your…

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Azure – Disaster recovery now supporting cross-subscription

You can now use configure your disaster recovery (DR) to target another subscription. Until now, the DR was only using the subscription associated with the virtual machine. To enable the cross-subscription, access the virtual machine configuration blade and reach out the Operations\Disaster Recovery option Then select the Target Subscription; by default, the selected subscription is the same than the one used by the virtual machine

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SCCM/Intune – Hybrid mobile device management is deprecated

It seems it has not been widely and properly communicated As you may know with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) you were able to setup an hybrid mobile device management with Intune, meaning you were able to use Intune to register your device and use SCCM to manage them. So, since August 14th 2018, this hybrid mobile device management is deprecated. If you are using this hybrid MDM feature, you…

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Office 365 – End users can now delete their FindTime data

If your users are using FindTime, they can now delete their data on FindTime. NOTE this will delete all data (aka open/cancelled/completed pools) as well as their FindTime account. They will be able to relink their account with FindTime but the deleted data is unrecoverable.   To delete your FindTime data, you need to logon to your FindTime dashboard, available at https://findtime.microsoft.com/ Once logged on, access the Settings option (available…

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Azure – New version of the Developer’s Guide is now available

The updated version of the free ebook “Developer’s Guide to Azure” is now available – in PDF, EPub or Mobi. The ebook covers: Chapter 1: The Developer’s Guide to Azure Chapter 2: Getting started with Azure Chapter 3: Securing your application Chapter 4: Adding intelligence to your application Chapter 5: Working with and understanding IoT Chapter 6: Where and how to deploy your Azure services Chapter 7: Microsoft Azure in…

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SCCM – You can now deploy updates without package

With the latest update of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch (build 1806), you can deploy updates without creating a package to be deployed. When you choose to deploy the updates without a package, the client will download the updates from Windows Update servers. The option is available when you create (or edit) an automatic deployment rule

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Azure – Azure Security Center playbooks

4 new playbooks to demonstrate Azure Security Center capabilities are available. With these 4 playbooks you can demonstrate/evaluate Azure Security Capabilities to protect your Azure resources against virus attack, SQL injection, DDoS on public IP or cross site scripting. You can deploy the playbooks from the following URL to your Azure tenant: Virus attack playbook – https://aka.ms/ASCPlaybooksVAttack – deploys 2 virtual machines, OMS and associated network resources. One of the…

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Office 365 – New user deletion process for cloud user objects

If you do not use the directory synchronization (Azure AD Connect) to manage your user accounts in Office 365 (creation, update, deletion), this is for you. The user account deletion process has been updated in Office 365 to give the opportunity to define what to do with licenses and data. The next time (please keep in mind this update may not yet be deployed and available in your tenant), you…

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Azure – You can now convert/migrate virtual machine with unmanaged disks to managed disks

If you are using Azure Virtual Machine and have configure it to use unmanaged disks, you can now migrate to managed disks without having to delete and recreate the virtual machine. The below list gives you some good reason to move to managed disks: Scale your application without worrying about storage account limits Achieve high-availability across your compute and storage resources with aligned fault domains Create VM Scale Sets with…

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Office 365 – A multi blog posts to read about Office 365 ATP and the phishing protection

A very good multi-part / multi-post reading about Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and the anti-phishing capabilities https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/cloudready/2018/07/31/introduction-email-phishing-protection-guide-enhancing-your-organizations-security-posture/

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Azure – You can choose Basic or Advanced options for NSG when creating a virtual machine

When you create a virtual machine on Azure using the Azure portal, you can now choose between Basic or Advanced when setting up the Network Security Group (NSG). The Basic option let you select which default ports (HTTP, HTTPS, RDP, SQL…) to allow (keeping in mind that this/these port(s) will be exposed to the internet) while the Advanced option lets you select or create your very own Network Security Group…

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Azure – You can run (predefined) commands from the portal

I just found it but apparently it has been there for few weeks already; you can run predefined command from the Azure portal to the Azure virtual machine. The predefined commands you can execute are: RunPowerShellScript to executes a PowerShell script; the script must be saved in the virtual machine EnableRemotePS to enable remote PowerShell EnableAdminAccount to checks if the local Administrator account is disabled, and if so enables it…

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