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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Office 365 – A new network performance tool is coming

Office 365 services can have a significant impact on network. Since Office 365 has been in the market, Microsoft has been provided guidance and tool (formerly known as SpeedTest or Office 365 Client Performance Analyzer more recently) to analyse the network impact of the various services offered by Office 365. A new tool is underway (currently in preview / proof of concept) to help identifying connectivity and performance issues. The…

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Intune – Group Policy is coming in Intune (preview)

The latest update on Intune is providing (in preview) the ability to configure group policy (GPO) for Windows 10 devices. This is not (yet?) the exact group policy we have in Active Directory but the idea is the same and based on the well known Administrative Templates (ADM/ADMX). NOTE this is currently not supported for co-managed device (aka Azure AD joined devices managed with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)) but…

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Outlook – Notification when a known issue is detected (preview)

The Outlook client, coming with the Office 365 Click To Run (C2R), is now providing notification when a known issue has been detected. I got this notification with the Office 365 Click To Run 1901 build 11220.20008 (or version 16.0.11220.20000) The ‘title’ of the issue is a clickable element which then open the related Microsoft KB article or the Office updates details page. This is something which is going to…

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Office 365 – New cloud-based management options for Office 365 Pro Plus

A new configuration tool (in preview) is available for Office 365 Pro Plus (Office Click to Run) to help administrator to define and apply configuration policy. This new capability helps to manage Office C2R installation on Windows without the ‘classic’ management infrastructure or MDM service. The defined Office configuration will apply to both managed and unmanaged devices as it uses Azure Active DIrectory. It does not replace group policy objects…

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Azure – Azure Data Box is now GA and is going to support blob storage

You may already know that you can use Azure Data Box to migrate on-premises workloads to Azure (from backups to remote/branch office data). If you need to know more about Azure Data Box you can go there https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/databox/data-box-overview This offer has been in preview for the past few month and is now in GA (General Availability). In addition, Azure Data Box is going to support Azure Blob Storage (preview), allowing…

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Azure – Automated SQL Databases backup (Preview)

Following the announcement of Azure Backup for SQL Server on Azure VM (see https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/azure-backup-for-sql-server-on-azure-vm-public-preview/) a new backup capability has been added. As you know, when a new SQL database is being added onto your Azure SQL VM instance you have to rediscover the database and then configure the protection for this new database. Now, with the new capability – called auto-protection – you can automatically get Azure to do the…

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Azure – You can explore your Azure Resources using Graph

Azure Resource Graph is a new capability (currently in preview) which is helping you exploring all your Azure resources. This is already in use by Azure itself when you use the ‘Search resources, services, and docs’ search box To start using Azure Resource Graph, search for Resource Graph from the ‘All services’ From there you can launch the Cloud Shell to your query You can also use Resource Graph directly…

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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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