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 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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Azure – Azure Management Groups is now available

A new capability feature has been released on Azure: Azure Management Groups. This new capability will help you managing and organizing your Azure subscriptions while ensuring compliance and governance is properly applied. By using Azure Management Groups you can now reduce the workloads and risks associated with user assignments; like granting access to multiple subscriptions to a user or ensuring users have appropriate permissions while reducing the complexity of the…

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Azure – An updated interface for Azure AD Roles management

The Azure Active Directory Roles configuration blade has been updated to provide more details and management option for Azure AD Roles. Connect to your Azure administration portal (https://portal.azure.com) or Azure AD administration portal (https://aad.portal.azure.com) and reach out your Azure Active Directory blade or Then reach out the Roles and administrators blade At first sight it does not seems to had some changes but it has been updated; first, if you…

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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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