Azure – Windows Virtual Desktop is now available in preview

After having being announced some time ago, the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)  solution is now available in preview. Based on Windows 10 operating system, this delivers multi-user session on Windows 10, quick scalability and supports Windows Server Remote Desktop Service apps. Windows Virtual Desktop is free is you have Microsoft 365 E3, E5 or F1 or Windows E3 or E5 licenses. Only the virtual machine resources (storage and compute) consumed…

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Azure – Azure Storage Explorer now integrates AzCopy (preview)

If you work with Azure Storage feature, you already know (and probably also use) Azure Storage Explorer and/or AzCopy. Well, good news, AzCopy is now integrated (in preview) with Azure Storage Explorer (starting with version 1.7.0 available for download here https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=708343&clcid=0x409 for Windows) – as there is no version displayed anywhere you can check the version of the download files in the Details\Product version This integration will provide better performance/higher…

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Azure Information Protection – New advanced settings for AIP

There has been few new advanced settings made available for Azure Information Protection (AIP): Report an issue from the AIP client Pop-up in Outlook to warm, justify or block sending emails To implement these advanced settings you need to the Advanced Settings option available in the contextual menu of the policy   Report an issue To add the option to report an issue when end-user is using the Azure Information…

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Azure – Blueprints now has built-in samples

UPDATED March 8 – 10:50 AM: blueprints for shared services and ASE/SQL workloads will be released next week. Blueprints for PCI compliance is in the roadmap Azure Blueprints – the Azure feature allowing you to define policies for managing your Azure environment – has been updated and now propose built-in samples to help you quickly start with it. When you create a new Blueprint you now have the choice between…

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Azure – Azure Premium Blog Storage now available in preview

The public preview of Azure Premium Blog Storage is now available. Premium Blob Storage is providing quicker data access by using SSD (solid-state drive) than with ‘classic’ Blob Storage (about 10 times quicker). This new storage capability on Azure can be helpful for workloads with high transaction rates, like IoT or Telemetry. Premium Blog Storage is available in US East, US East 2, US Central, US West, US West 2,…

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Azure – A new security capability is now available in preview: Azure Sentinel

Azure Sentinel is a cloud-based  security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestrator automated response (SOAR)  providing you security analytics and threats intelligence from a single point. During the preview, Azure Sentinel is free of charge. Final pricing will be announced at a later stage; data import from Office 365 is free. To start using it and evaluate it, connect to  https://aka.ms/microsoftazuresentinel with your Azure administrator account start the creation…

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Azure – Dynamic Thresholds is now in preview for Azure Monitor

Dynamic Thresholds is now available in public preview, providing a significant enhancement to Azure Monitor Metric Alerts. With Dynamic Thresholds you no longer need to manually identify and set thresholds for alerts. The alert rule leverages advanced machine learning (ML) capabilities to learn metrics’ historical behavior, while identifying patterns and anomalies that indicate possible service issues. To start using it, just access the resource(s) you are monitoring and access the…

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Power BI – Use Power BI as your security dashboard by connecting to Microsoft Graph Security (preview)

As you may know, Microsoft Graph Security is the unified way to gather all security signals from the Microsoft Cloud security solutions (Azure, Office 365, on-premises using connector…). Well, this is now getting better and easier for your security team to get the unified view resulting of these correlation. You can now use the new Power BI Microsoft Graph Security connector and the sample dashboard (https://aka.ms/graphsecuritypowerbiconnectorsamples) to get an rapid…

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Azure – Use Azure Information Protection to apply S/MIME protection (preview)

If you use Azure Information Protection (AIP) you can now use it to apply S/MIME protection. To enable S/MIME protection with AIP, logon to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com/) and reach out the Azure Information Protection configuration blade Then access the Policies\<the policy you want to configure> and open the the contextual menu (available at the end) to access the Advanced Settings There you have to configure the following settings and…

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Intune – Security Baselines is getting available

After starting delivering group policy objects like capability, Intune is now getting a security baseline feature. You can start using it either by searching for Security Baselines from your Azure portal, Office 365 mobile device management portal, or by accessing it through the direct URL (as the feature deployment is still in progress this may  not yet be visible) https://ms.portal.azure.com/#blade/Microsoft_Intune_Workflows/SecurityBaselineMenu/securityBaselines The Security Baslines capability is based on the well known…

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Exchange – New Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard in preview

A new Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) is now available in preview. This new Hybrid Configuration Wizard is called either Hybrid Agent or Modern Hybrid to differentiate it from the current HCW version. This new HCW has a lower inbound/outbound connectivity requirements and use an agent, making it more appropriate for install in DMZ. The Hybrid Agent is built on the Azure Application Proxy, helping to reduce the connectivity requirements…

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Azure – Want to influence the next capabilities for Azure Migrate?

You may already be using Azure Migrate. Or you are evaluating the capabilities. Well, you can influence the next capabilities for it by providing your input and participate to the private preview. To be involved you need to fill the form available here https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR3jsP9XEFE1ClBlDcwuVgRZUODNERjNTVjJSUVRBVllMNzhRVDFESVozRS4u

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Azure – New capabilities for Azure Backup applicable to Azure Files (preview)

Azure  Backup has been updated to provide new capabilities: Azure Backup now supports backing up NTFS ACL’s set on Azure Files (see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-files-active-directory-overview to know more about). This means when you restore Azure Files, the NTFS permissions will be also restored. This capability is currently in preview. PowerShell can now be used to run backup and restore operation for Azure Files. This requires the latest version of the PowerShell Az…

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Azure Information Protection – Central management for AIP Scanner is coming

The Azure Information Protection (AIP) scanner is going to be easier to manage: a central management for Azure AIP scanner is coming. This new capability is currently in preview; this means you need to use the Azure Information Protection preview client (version 1.45.32.0 or later) and the required Azure administration portal configuration blade (if this is not yet available in your tenant, you will have to wait as the deployment…

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