August 2018

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 …

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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 …

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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/

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) …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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SCCM – Improvements for Azure AD Joined devices managed by SCCM

You may already be aware that the introduction of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) integration with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) starts reducing the certificate requirements. Well, this integration has been updated (with the current release – build 1806 – this is still a preview) to allow Azure AD Joined devices managed by SCCM to …

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SCCM – You can exclude OU’s from the System Discovery

With the latest release of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch (build 1806), you can now exclude organizational units from the Active Directory System Discovery. To configure such exclusion(s), go to the Administration workspace of your SCCM console and reach out the Hierarchy Configuration\Discovery Methods to edit the Active Directory System Discovery Then edit …

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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 …

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