Office 365 – End users can now delete their FindTime data

If your users are using FindTime, they can now delete their data on FindTime. NOTE this will delete all data (aka open/cancelled/completed pools) as well as their FindTime account. They will be able to relink their account with FindTime but the deleted data is unrecoverable.   To delete your FindTime data, you need to logon to your FindTime dashboard, available at https://findtime.microsoft.com/ Once logged on, access the Settings option (available…

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Azure – Workshops available to learn Cosmos DB

Want to learn Azure Cosmos DB but don’t know where to start? So, you are lucky, free/self learning workshops are available to start learning Cosmos DB at https://cosmosdb.github.io/labs/ The workshop is composed with 4 labs, plus intro and clean up You will need to use a Windows 10 x64 version with the .Net Framework 4.5.1 (or greater) Happy learning

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Azure – New version of the Developer’s Guide is now available

The updated version of the free ebook “Developer’s Guide to Azure” is now available – in PDF, EPub or Mobi. The ebook covers: Chapter 1: The Developer’s Guide to Azure Chapter 2: Getting started with Azure Chapter 3: Securing your application Chapter 4: Adding intelligence to your application Chapter 5: Working with and understanding IoT Chapter 6: Where and how to deploy your Azure services Chapter 7: Microsoft Azure in…

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SCCM – You can now deploy updates without package

With the latest update of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch (build 1806), you can deploy updates without creating a package to be deployed. When you choose to deploy the updates without a package, the client will download the updates from Windows Update servers. The option is available when you create (or edit) an automatic deployment rule

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Azure – Azure Security Center playbooks

4 new playbooks to demonstrate Azure Security Center capabilities are available. With these 4 playbooks you can demonstrate/evaluate Azure Security Capabilities to protect your Azure resources against virus attack, SQL injection, DDoS on public IP or cross site scripting. You can deploy the playbooks from the following URL to your Azure tenant: Virus attack playbook – https://aka.ms/ASCPlaybooksVAttack – deploys 2 virtual machines, OMS and associated network resources. One of the…

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Office 365 – New user deletion process for cloud user objects

If you do not use the directory synchronization (Azure AD Connect) to manage your user accounts in Office 365 (creation, update, deletion), this is for you. The user account deletion process has been updated in Office 365 to give the opportunity to define what to do with licenses and data. The next time (please keep in mind this update may not yet be deployed and available in your tenant), you…

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Azure – You can now convert/migrate virtual machine with unmanaged disks to managed disks

If you are using Azure Virtual Machine and have configure it to use unmanaged disks, you can now migrate to managed disks without having to delete and recreate the virtual machine. The below list gives you some good reason to move to managed disks: Scale your application without worrying about storage account limits Achieve high-availability across your compute and storage resources with aligned fault domains Create VM Scale Sets with…

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Office 365 – A multi blog posts to read about Office 365 ATP and the phishing protection

A very good multi-part / multi-post reading about Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and the anti-phishing capabilities https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/cloudready/2018/07/31/introduction-email-phishing-protection-guide-enhancing-your-organizations-security-posture/

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Azure – You can choose Basic or Advanced options for NSG when creating a virtual machine

When you create a virtual machine on Azure using the Azure portal, you can now choose between Basic or Advanced when setting up the Network Security Group (NSG). The Basic option let you select which default ports (HTTP, HTTPS, RDP, SQL…) to allow (keeping in mind that this/these port(s) will be exposed to the internet) while the Advanced option lets you select or create your very own Network Security Group…

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Azure – You can run (predefined) commands from the portal

I just found it but apparently it has been there for few weeks already; you can run predefined command from the Azure portal to the Azure virtual machine. The predefined commands you can execute are: RunPowerShellScript to executes a PowerShell script; the script must be saved in the virtual machine EnableRemotePS to enable remote PowerShell EnableAdminAccount to checks if the local Administrator account is disabled, and if so enables it…

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SCCM – You can now use Azure ARM when deploying Cloud Management Gateway and Distribution Point

With the latest update for System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch (build 1806), you can now select and use Azure Resource Manager (ARM) when deploying Cloud Management Gateway (CMG) and/or Cloud Distribution Point (CDP); this should now be your preferred option for such deployment. Using the SCCM Console, go to the Administration workspace and reach the Cloud Services\Cloud Distribution Points or Cloud Services\Cloud Management Gateway section to create the…

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SCCM – You can now use your cloud management gateway for content distribution

With the latest release of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch (build 1806), you can now use your cloud management gateway to distribute content. Previously you had to deploy 2 separate cloud roles: the cloud management gateway AND the cloud distribution point. To enable this option, go to the Administration workspace and reach out the Cloud Services\Cloud Management Gateway section Then edit (or create if you do not have…

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SCCM – Improvements for Azure AD Joined devices managed by SCCM

You may already be aware that the introduction of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) integration with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) starts reducing the certificate requirements. Well, this integration has been updated (with the current release – build 1806 – this is still a preview) to allow Azure AD Joined devices managed by SCCM to communicate using HTTP with the SCCM environment through the cloud management gateway To implement this…

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SCCM – You can exclude OU’s from the System Discovery

With the latest release of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch (build 1806), you can now exclude organizational units from the Active Directory System Discovery. To configure such exclusion(s), go to the Administration workspace of your SCCM console and reach out the Hierarchy Configuration\Discovery Methods to edit the Active Directory System Discovery Then edit your Active Directory containers settings from the General tab; you will then be able to…

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