Azure – You can now use Azure AD authentication to grant access to Azure Storage

As you know Azure Storage is providing storage capabilities on Azure (either for files, blobs, queues or tables). Until then, when you needed to grant access to a storage space on Azure you had to use shared keys or SAS tokens. Now you can also use your Azure AD to grant access to Azure storage, making things simpler when you have to provide access to your organization users using the…

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Azure AD – Conditional Access now supports legacy clients

Azure AD Conditional Access has been updated and is now supporting legacy clients like POP, IMAP or SMTP. If you wish to implement conditional access for these legacy clients/protocols, you need to choose the Other clients – available after click on the Advanced link – when configuring the conditional access EWS (Exchange Web Service) will be identified as Other clients when it uses Basic authentication, otherwise will be identified as…

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Azure – Data classification and protection now available for SQL

SQL Information Protection now includes new capabilities to help identify, classify or monitor data stored in your SQL databases.   Use on Azure SQL To start using these new capabilities, go to your Azure ARM portal (https://portal.azure.com) and reach your SQL Server blade. Then access the SQL database you want to Advanced Threat Protection configuration blade to turn on the feature Once enabled you will be able to access the…

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Intune – The Intune Silverlight portal is going to be removed

About 18 months ago, Microsoft has announced the integration of Intune service into the Azure ARM portal. Now, the Intune Silverlight portal is going to be removed (starting August 31st, 2018) with all Intune capabilities moved to the Azure ARM portal. If you are still using the Intune agent to manage Window 7 (and later), the Silverlight portal will remain available.  This will be the only workload remaining in this…

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Office 365 – Microsoft Whiteboard is going in GA soon

Few months ago, a new service appears on Office 365 called Microsoft Whiteboard, a digital whiteboard to help users collaborating and sharing ideas. The service is going to be generally available within the next few months – except for government or in Germany. The corresponding Windows 10 application will be available for download from the Windows Store https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/microsoft-whiteboard/9nblggh5x7s8 as soon your Office 365 tenant has Whiteboard enabled. To manage (aka…

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Azure – You can use your Azure AD credentials to logon to Linux VM

If you use Azure to run Linux virtual machines, you can now use your Azure AD (aka corporate) credentials to logon to your Linux session (in preview). By enabling this feature, you can also take advantage of requesting MFA or enable RBAC role. The following Linux distribution are supported for this capability: CentOS 6.9 or 7.4 RedHat Enterprise 7.x Ubuntu Server 14.04, 16.04 or 17.10   Enable the feature during…

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Azure – Azure Storage Explorer is now GA

After being in preview for quite some time, Azure Storage Explorer is now available in general availability (GA). You can get it from (the released version at the time of writing this post is 1.1.0): For Windows https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=708343&clcid=0x409 For MacOs https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=708342&clcid=0x409 For Linux https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=722418&clcid=0x409 With Azure Storage Explorer you can directly access you Azure Storage from your preferred client to download/upload content, manage you blobs, files, queues, tables or even…

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Office 365 – Microsoft Training Services starting in preview late July

Microsoft is introducing a new service for Office 365 customers called Microsoft Training Services. The objective is to help customers embrace Office 365 and Windows 10 without having to heavily invest in training content which can be out of date very quickly while providing customized and up to date content, relevant for their business. If you want to embark in the preview/pilot scheduled for late July 2018, go to https://aka.ms/mtspilot…

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Azure – New version of Azure AD Connect with quite new capabilities

A new version (1.1.819.0) of Azure AD Connect (the directory synchronization tool for Office 365 / Azure AD) has been released. You can get it from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=615771 This new version includes new capabilities like: Integration with PingFederate (in preview), allowing you to use Azure AD Connect to configure PingFederate for federation with Office 365/Azure AD An updated troubleshooting utility to assist in troubleshooting in Linked Mailboxes or AD Dynamic Group…

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Azure – Azure AD B2B You can now leave inviting organization

It has been a long waited feature since ability to invite external users to join the organization but this is now there: you can now leave by yourself any organization you have been invited to join. To do so just login to your Azure AD Access Panel Application (https://account.activedirectory.windowsazure.com) and open the Gear menu available at the right side of the Organizations section from the menu, or reach out the…

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SharePoint Online – New version of the SharePoint Migration Tool available

After releasing a first version of his own SharePoint migration tool, Microsoft has updated it and has released the v2 of the SharePoint Migration Tool (available at https://aka.ms/SPMT This new version includes support for more SharePoint lists like: GenericList DocumentLibrary Survey Links Announcements Contacts Events Tasks DiscussionBoard PictureLibrary XMLForm GanttTasks Posts Comments Categories MySiteDocumentLibrary IssueTracking It also includes support for AD FS authentication method; which makes all supported authentication methods…

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Exchange Online – A better mail flow dashboard is coming out

Microsoft is deploying a better dashboard to have insight in mail flows. This dashboard will be available worldwide by the end of May from the Security and Compliance center (https://protection.office.com). Thanks to this dashboard you will have some insights for your mail flow, like: how many emails are stuck in queue (on Office 365) for more than 1 hour how many emails are going through specific connector alerts forwarded emails…

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Azure – Azure Mobile App is now available in GA

Microsoft has released the Azure Mobile App for iOS and Android in General Availability (GA) With this mobile app, you will be able to: get notified of critical notifications and alerts track health and status of your Azure resources use the Cloud Shell to execute your commands, including Azure CLI experience to cover both PowerShell and Bash You can also use your Fingerprint to authenticate/access the Azure App If you…

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Intune – Enhanced conditional access with Windows Defender ATP

With Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced an advanced protection system integrated with Windows Defender caller Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) (see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-atp/windows-defender-advanced-threat-protection to know more). Now, with Intune you can also use Windows Defender ATP status to allow/deny access to resources. To use Windows Defender ATP in your conditional access, go to your Azure ARM portal (https://portal.azure.com) and access your Intune\Device Compliance configuration blade Access the policies blade and…

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