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 – Enable Fusion for Azure Sentinel

With the launch of Azure Sentinel, the cloud SIEM solution from Microsoft, additional capabilities are being added to help improve awareness and security of your infrastructure, both on-premises and online. This may lead to an over flooding alert notifications and as such this reduce the comprehensiveness of a potential incident. To assist with it, Machine Learning is used to aggregate and analyse the information. You can also now improve it…

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Azure / SCVMM – Use Azure for the update management on SCVMM 2019

As System Center 2019 has just been released, let see how to use Azure for the update management in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2019. Off course as prerequisites you must have an Azure tenant and have an running SCVMM 2019; in addition of these obvious requirements, you will also need to have an automation account and a Log Analytics workspace with the Update Management solution.   Enable SCVMM…

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Azure – New PowerShell module for Azure Blueprint

After delivering Azure Blueprint to help setting up Azure governance, a new PowerShell module is now available to manage these blueprints. You can get it by running the command (as always use the Run As Administrator when starting the PowerShell prompt) Install-Module -Name Az.Blueprint With this first release you can get existing blueprints, create/delete one(s) and update it Get-AzBlueprint Get-AzBlueprintAssignment New-AzBlueprintAssignment Remove-AzBlueprintAssignment Set-AzBlueprintAssignment Hopefully this will be included soon in…

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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 – Instant restore is now available for virtual machine

Instant restore of virtual machine is now available in Azure. With this new capability, there is no more wait time for the snapshot to be copied into the Recovery Vault before being able to perform a restore operation. In addition, you can also overwrite the original disk instead of creating a copy when performing in-place restore. The rollout is starting today – currently available in West Central US, India South…

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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 – The Azure Recovery Vault reports are going to use PowerBi

If you use the Azure portal to access your Azure Recovery Vault backup reports you will start seeing a notification related to the Azure Backup Reporting upgrade which will start using PowerBi for the reports. To be able to start using PowerBi for your Azure Backup Reporting you need: a storage account, used to store the reports a PowerBi account, used to connect and create/edit/view the reports to have register…

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Azure – You can now define a time zone for your Azure Backup Policies for virtual machine

You can define a time zone when setting up (or updating) your Azure Backup policy. The next time you update or create an Azure Backup policy you will need to set the time zone for this policy. This can be quite helpful when you have an organization working in different time zone. If you already have virtual machine backup policies in place, it is the good time to take a…

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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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Azure – Azure AD B2C has some improvements

The Azure Active Directory B2C has got some improvements, you can: Set custom password policy Use new sign-in/sign-up experience template Use Javascript in user flow   Custom Password Policy You can define your custom password policy to require either: simple strong legacy or custom When setting the password policy to custom you can then define: the minimum and maximum length the accepted characters set (alphanumeric or numeric only) the password…

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