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 – Ensure your server running your Azure Application Proxy has TLS 1.2 enabled

If you use Azure Application Proxy to publish internal web applications, you need to ensure the server(s) running the Azure App Proxy connector has/have TLS 1.2 enabled. By January 31st, 2019, if this/these server(s) do not have TLS 1.2 enabled you may experience service disruption as the older TLS version (1.0 and 1.1) will be disabled on Azure App Proxy. To ensure you have TLS 1.2 enabled, just check the…

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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 – A new option is available for the Azure administration portal

Next time you are logging on to your Azure administration portal (https://portal.azure.com) you may be a little bit surprised as it will not display your usual dashboard but a new home page. Don’t be worry it will offer you to select which ‘home page’ you want to set: either the new home or your dashboard. Once you have defined your new default home you can change it using the Settings…

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Azure – The Az PowerShell module is now in general availability

As announced in August 2018, a new PowerShell module to manage Azure resources called Az has been in development. It reached the general availability state. To install it, open a PowerShell prompt (as usual using the Run As Administrator) and run the command Install-Module -Name Az -Repository PSGallery –Force NOTE will you can have both AzureRM and Az modules installed side by side (using the –AllowClobber) it is not recommended…

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Azure – Azure Backup Server now support SQL 2017 and Windows Server 2019

Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) v3 now support SQL 2017 workloads and can be installed on Windows Server 2019. In addition MABS v3 introduces support for TLS 1.2 and support for VMware VM backup (vCenter and ESXi 6.5 and auto-protection when new VMWare VM’s are added to a protected folder) You can get here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-microsoft-azure-backup#software-package to know how to upgrade to MABS v3.

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Azure VM – You can now replace virtual disk during the restore process

Previously when you had to restore an Azure Virtual Machine you had to fully restore the VM by creating a new VM. Now you can restore the VM by replacing it by overwriting the existing/being restored one. Off course to be able to do this you need to have a recovery vault in place and have the VM being backed up at least once If you need to restore a…

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Azure – Azure Site Recovery automatic update is now available

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is an Azure service allowing you to setup a disaster recovery infrastructure by replicating your virtual machines either from on-premises (VMWare/Hyper-V) or from Azure. When you implement ASR you have to deploy a component, known as mobility service, on each virtual machines being replicated. As each time ASR is updated (which is a monthly cadence) you also have to update your mobility agent, which then may…

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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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Office 365 / Azure – New CDN’s are going to be used for authentication

This is an important notification for customer managing access to internet (and cloud services) using Whitelist. New Content Delivery Networks (CDN’s) are going to be used for managing Office 365 (and potentially Azure services) authentication. If you are using whitelisting to allow Office 365/Azure services access to your end-user you have to be prepared ASAP. The new CDN’s will be: aadcdn.msauth.net aadcdn.msftauth.net ccscdn.msauth.net ccscdn.msftauth.net If you need the IP addresses…

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Azure – Azure Policy now audits installed applications on VM’s

You may already know Azure Policy, introduced during Ignite 2018. If no, Azure Policy has the capability to apply audit settings on virtual machines (VM’s) running on Azure. The first policies can audit password security settings on both Windows and Linux VM’s or the encryption protocol used by IIS (aka TLS – in this case the VM is compliant if TLS 1.1 or 1.2 is enabled and other protocols disabled).…

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Azure Information Policy – You can now set permissions using All Authenticated Users or All users within your organization

Azure Information Protection (AIP) has been updated to let you set AIP Protection to either All Authenticated Users or All Users within your Organization. These specific configuration can be helpful when you don’t really want to restrict access to specific and limited set of user but still want to restrict what can be done with the content (permissions and expiration), or when you do not want to restrict the access…

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Azure – DevOps can now use ExpressRoute

You may be already aware that ExpressRoute implements a dedicated connection between your on-premises environment and Microsoft cloud services – Office 365 or Azure. While most of the Azure services (SQL instance,storage, VM…) were already able to be accessed using ExpressRoute, this was not the case for DevOps (https://dev.azure.com/ or https://{organization}.visualstudio.com). Well, this is not the case anymore; since Oct 23rd 2018, you can access your DevOps services through ExpressRoute.…

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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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