Azure – Classic alerts and APIs for Azure Monitor being retired

On June 30th, 2019, the classic alerts and related APIs for Azure Monitor will be retired. If you are using this Azure classic capability, you will need to migrate it. Luckily, a migration tool has been provided by Microsoft to let you do the migration – or if you are confident and don’t want to it by yourself, let Microsoft do the migration job in July (meaning this will occurs…

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Intune – Issue with the “Rename Device” preview setting

As announced earlier this month (https://t.co/l7JVfqcLQs), a new setting has been introduced in preview to allow renaming Windows 10 device enrolled in Intune. As this is a preview feature, there is always chance to have unexpected behaviour; one has been found. It appears that if your Windows 10 device is also AD domain joined (including Hybrid Azure AD), then the rename device flow might not complete successfully. After the rename…

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SCCM – Improvements in OSD with SCCM 1902

As the latest release of System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch (1902) has been released, there has been quite few improvements. 2 of them apply (as many others) to Operating System Deployment (OSD): you can now import to SCCM only 1 index from the WIM file instead of the complete list of index you can remove superseded updates from the image when apply updates on the image (offline servicing) Import…

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SCCM – The new version (1902) of SCCM Current Branch is available

The latest update for System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch has been made available. The new version (1902) will show up in the SCCM administration console (Administration Workspace\Update and Servicing). If you can not wait to get it, you can use the now famous script to force the update – https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ConfigMgr-1902-Enable-87eef616?redir=0 To get the complete details of what’s new in this version go there https://docs.microsoft.com/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1902

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Azure AD Connect – A new version is coming

A new version (1.3.90.0) of the directory synchronization (Azure AD Connect) tool for Office 365 / Azure AD is going to be release soon (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=615771) This new version of Azure AD Connect is not only resolving few issues (SQL reconnect logic for ADSync service, issue where installation of Azure AD PowerShell on a server could potentially cause an assembly conflict with Azure AD Connect or ADSync service takes more than…

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Azure – A desktop application is available in preview for users ‘stuck’ with Internet Explorer

A Windows desktop application is available in preview for users ‘stuck’ with Internet Explorer to help getting a ‘modern’ experience. It is (or should) known that Internet Explorer is no longer being viewed as a ‘modern’ web browser and as such end-users (including administrators) may experience ‘interesting’ behaviour while using IE. in the meantime, Microsoft is aware that IE is still being set at the default (not to say only)…

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Azure – New members in the Databox family

2 new members in the Azure Data Box family have been announced: Azure Data Box Edge is a 1 U rack-mountable appliance allowing you to run some of the Azure workloads (local compute to pre-process your data before transferring it to Azure, storage gateway to transfer data {usually files} between the appliance and your Azure Storage account, helping keeping most used files available in the appliance, or Machine Learning) closer…

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Azure Information Protection – Integrate AIP with Cloud App Security to automatically apply labels

If you relies on cloud files repositories (like SharePoint Online) you can integrate Azure Information Protection (AIP) with Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) to automatically apply labels on your files and improve your data governance. To do so, you need: Azure Information Protection capability activated on your tenant and have labels configured (this should go without saying ) Microsoft Cloud App Security (https://portal.cloudappsecurity.com) Have a Files Policy configured and off…

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Azure – Azure Storage support for Azure AD access based now GA

It has been in preview for quite some time, now the time has come and Azure Storage support for Azure Active Directory (AAD) access based in now generally available for Azure Storage Blobs and Queues. You can then take advantage of the advanced access control from Azure AD, like multi-factor authentication or conditional access. You can switch and configure Azure AD access based using either the Azure portal, Azure Cli,…

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Intune – You can now access the BitLocker recovery key from the Intune portal

With the latest update (1903) of Intune, administrators can now have access to the BitLocker recovery key of a Windows 10 device registered in Intune (the same way an Active Directory administrator was able to get it from AD). To access this information, logon to your Intune portal (either from the Azure portal https://portal.azure.com or the Device Management portal https://devicemanagement.microsoft.com) and reach out the Devices\All devices blade to select the…

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Azure AD – New administration role available in preview: Authentication Administrators

The long awaited and requested Azure Active Directory (AAD) administrator role is now available in preview: Authentication Administrators. The Authentication Administrators role can manage authentication process for end-user, like manage multi-factor authentication (MFA) requirements for end-users (from activating to revoke the ‘remembering device’). You can manage Authentication Administrators role membership from your Azure AD (either from the Azure portal https://portal.azure.com or the AAD portal https://aad.portal.azure.com/) using the Roles and administrators…

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Intune – You can now configure Outlook Mobile settings

An update is being deployed on Intune to allow you to manage Outlook Mobile settings (such as Focused Inbox, sync contacts…) for iOS and Android. To start implementing this application configuration, logon to your Intune portal (either from Azure portal and then going to Intune or from the Device Management from Office 365 portal) Then go to the Client apps configuration blade and create an App configuration policy Select the…

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Exchange Online – You can now unblock restricted users

As you may know, with Exchange Online you can (and should have) set a policy an outbound spam policy to block users for sending email if they have been compromised. This has now been moved to the Security & Compliance Center (SCC) in the Alert section In addition of this move, administrators have now the ability to unblock such users from the SCC portal from the Threat Management\Review section by…

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OneDrive – Per-machine installation is now available in preview

As you now, the OneDrive client is installed and running under the user profile. A preview is now available to get the client installed under the Program Files (x86) (for x64 OS version) and Program Files (for x86 OS version). This means you can now get OneDrive client installed on a per-machine instead of per-user; this is way only one client will need to be updated over the time. To…

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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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