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Microsoft Azure – Now supporting reverse DNS

Big news today Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Azure, his PaaS solution, is now supporting Reverse DNS for all Azure services; and mostly, this is also backward compatible for all existing services. To know more about this announcement and how to use it see http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/07/21/announcing-reverse-dns-for-azure-cloud-services/

Azure – Use Windows Azure Multi Factor Authentication to secure your on premises application and with your ADFS

As you may already know, Office 365 has introduced the use of multi factor authentication (MFA) few time ago. This feature is based on Microsoft Azure Active Directory Multi Factor service and allow you to setup additional authentication methods to secure the access to your Office 365 tenant. This works also perfectly fine if you …

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Microsoft Azure / SharePoint Online – Error when installing PowerShell module: PowerShell 3.0 is required

Recently, I ran into an interesting error trying to install SharePoint Online PowerShell Module or Microsoft Azure PowerShell modules. The setup program said “PowerShell 3.0 is required”, while off course this has been already enabled on my Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 R2 installation as all other online services PowerShell modules have been installed, …

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Microsoft Azure – Azure Active Directory Device registration in preview

Another new coming feature on Azure Active Directory service: Device registration. You may be already aware that with Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8 and ADFS 3.0, Microsoft has introduced a new feature to allow/simplify the BYOD – Bring Your Own Device – and access corporate resources (and corporate Windows App) WITHOUT being obliged to …

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Microsoft Azure – Use Azure Active Directory Application Proxy (AADAP)

In this post, I will cover implementation of a new feature on Microsoft Azure called Azure AD Application Proxy. This mainly consist of the Web Application Proxy role introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2 but on Azure. Currently in preview, this feature will be available to Azure Active Directory Premium – take a look here …

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Microsoft Azure – A new administration portal available in preview

As part of the continuous improvement and evolution of the Microsoft Azure services, Microsoft is proposing a new administration and simplified administration portal for Azure in preview. To use this incoming new portal, just go to https://portal.azure.com/   NOTE not all Azure services are available through the preview portal. When not available, you will get …

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Office 365 – Change to manually force a directory synchronization

With the latest version of the Windows Azure Directory Synchronization tool (DirSync) – version 1.0.6862.0000, available from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=278924, there has been a change in the way to manually start a directory synchronization with your Office 365 tenant. Previously, you had to launch the DirSyncConfigShell.psc1 and then run Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync. Now, you have to open a PowerShell …

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Office 365 – Five good white papers on Azure RMS

Microsoft has recently published 5 new white papers about Azure RMS. Bring-Your-Own-Key-with-Azure-RMS.DOCX: This document provides information about the Bring-Your-Own-Key (BYOK) capability and its various related options. By following the steps outlined in this document you should be able to successfully prepare your environment to leverage this BYOK capability, enable it and manage your key over …

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Azure / Office 365 – IMPORTANT – IP addresses used are changing

For those who want/have already set a restriction from your internal network to Microsoft cloud services based on IP addresses, you must be aware that IP addresses used by these services (Office 365 and Microsoft Azure) are changing on June 6th. As this is always difficult to follow these changes – the recommendation if you …

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Office 365 – DirSync now includes feature to avoid mass deletion

With the Office 365 May update, one improvement is related to the Directory Synchronization tool which now include a feature to avoid mass deletion. This feature can be important to limit the impact of administration mistakes, such as deleting the OU hosting all the user accounts. To take advantage of this new feature, you must …

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