Azure – Azure AD authentication available in preview for Azure Files

You may already know Azure Files service allowing you to use Azure as files ‘server’ and off course Azure AD to manage authentication to your Microsoft cloud services (Azure and/or Office 365). Well, good news, you can use Azure AD to leverage authentication to access Azure Files; meaning you can set NTFS like permissions on Azure Files. Off course the existing storage account key process is still supported and available.…

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Azure – Secure Score is now available for Azure

You may already know Secure Score for Office 365, helping you to understand your security settings on Office 365 and providing guidance to increase it. Now, you can have Secure Score for Azure Active Directory (AAD) too The functionality is currently in preview and can be accessed either through the dedicated preview portal (https://portal.azure.com/#blade/Microsoft_AAD_IAM/ActiveDirectoryMenuBlade/IdentitySecureScore) or by accessing your Azure AD administration portal () or Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com/) and then reaching…

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Azure – New Azure information Protection Client available

A new version (1.37.19.0) of the Azure Information Protection Client has been released. You can download it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53018 This version includes few updates and changes: Support for the ISO standard for PDF encryption. You need to configure the below advanced configuration to enable it and then keep the PDF format for encrypted PDF files instead of using the PPDF Labels applying protection are now displayed on Office 2016 clients…

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Security – The latest Threat Modeling tool is now in GA

The latest version of Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool (TMT) is now available in general availability (GA). If you were using the preview, you will be prompted to upgrade – NOTE it will mandatory to upgrade after Oct 15th. The 2016 version is still supported until Oct 1st, 2019. If you want to start using the tool go there. For those who do not know what MTM is, this is a…

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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 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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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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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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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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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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SCCM – You can now use Azure ARM when deploying Cloud Management Gateway and Distribution Point

With the latest update for System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch (build 1806), you can now select and use Azure Resource Manager (ARM) when deploying Cloud Management Gateway (CMG) and/or Cloud Distribution Point (CDP); this should now be your preferred option for such deployment. Using the SCCM Console, go to the Administration workspace and reach the Cloud Services\Cloud Distribution Points or Cloud Services\Cloud Management Gateway section to create the…

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SCCM – You can now use your cloud management gateway for content distribution

With the latest release of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch (build 1806), you can now use your cloud management gateway to distribute content. Previously you had to deploy 2 separate cloud roles: the cloud management gateway AND the cloud distribution point. To enable this option, go to the Administration workspace and reach out the Cloud Services\Cloud Management Gateway section Then edit (or create if you do not have…

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