Azure MFA – Support for hardware OAth token and multiple MFA devices coming on Azure MFA

You may be already aware of the Azure Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) solution which has been available for quite some time. Well, good news as Azure MFA is now going to support hardware tokens (OATH-TOTP SHA-1). As you may already know Azure MFA requires end-user to have a phone available (either mobile or desk phone) to be able to challenge the MFA request – either with a call (desk/mobile), text…

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Azure – You can now enable Customer Lockbox for Azure VM (preview)

For those who already work with Office 365, you may be aware of the Customer Lockbox capability. In a nutshell, this feature (available with E5 or as add-on) allows Office 365 administrators to control how Microsoft engineers access your data – particularly during support. Now, you can take advantage of it also with Azure. To enable Customer Lockbox for Azure VM, you need to use Azure PowerShell (at least version…

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Azure – You can enable analytics for Azure Information Protection

This is a new capability being added to Azure Information Protection (AIP), currently in preview. You can now enable analytics for AIP. To do logon to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) and reach out the Azure Information Protection configuration blade From there you should see  Configure analytics (preview) under the Manage section From this configuration blade you can use an existing Log analytics workspace or create a new one; if you…

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Azure AD – New capabilities for identity governance on Azure AD

You can now define policies to let your end-users requesting access to your corporate resources – from group membership to role permissions – either with automated or manual approval. At this stage, this is currently available only through private preview. You can register your interest here https://aka.ms/azureadidentitygovernancepreview

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Office 365 – A new administration portal is on his way and you can try it

A new Office 365 administration portal is on his way and you can enable the preview to start using it. When you logon to your Office 365 administration portal (https://admin.microsoft.com/) you will see a a “Try the preview” toggle on the top right After turning on the preview, the administration portal will switch to the preview mode As always, this is a preview which means there will probably few glitches…

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Azure – New Azure PowerShell Module coming up

A new Azure PowerShell module is currently in preview and will become the default PowerShell module to manage Azure later, combining AzureRM and AzureRM.Netcore modules. New PpowerShell capabilities will be delivered only through Az starting December 2018. The new Az module is currently in preview and latest version is 0.2.2 AzureRM is still supported (for now). It is supported on PowerShell 5.1 with .Net Framework 4.7.2 or later [Windows only]…

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Azure/Windows 10 – You can use your Authenticator App to sign in

Going the same way than Windows Hello for Business, you can now use your Microsoft Authenticator app to sign in to your corporate resources protected by Azure AD (Azure, Office 365, Azure published apps…) You need off course few prerequisites: Running Windows 10, registered to your Azure AD tenant Have setup an authentication policy on your Azure AD Have register your Microsoft Authenticator app Setup the authentication policy on Azure…

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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 / Office 365 – You can now use your Microsoft Authenticator mobile app for SSPR (preview)

The Self Service Password Reset, available with Azure AD and Office 365, has been updated to let your end-user use the Microsoft Authenticator mobile app when using the Self Service Password Reset (SSPR). First you need to enable this new capability from your Azure AD portal (https://aad.portal.azure.com/) or Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) and reach the Password reset configuration blade Then go to the Authentication methods blade and enable the Mobile app…

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Azure – Azure AD Conditional Access sign-ins reports in preview

You may already be aware of this security feature called Azure AD Conditional Access helping you protecting and securing access to your resources published through Azure AD. A new capability to this feature has been added (in preview) to provide a better reporting and troubleshooting capabilities: Azure AD Conditional Access Sign-Ins Report To start using it, logon to your Azure AD administration portal – either from the Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com)…

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Office Server – The previews for Exchange and Skype for Business 2019 is now available

This is it, it has just been announced: the preview of the next major version of Exchange and Skype for Business is now available (SharePoint will come later). You can get the bits here: Exchange 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=57167 Skype for Business 2019: http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/0/9/209372AB-F64F-4F04-8BDA-FBAB1C685BA3/W17_2044.76_Eval.iso As part the new features/capabilities: Exchange 2019 Exchange 2019 can be deployed on Windows Server Core (2016 or 2019), off course deploying on Windows Server with Desktop Experience…

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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 – 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 / 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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