Azure/Office 365 – Multi Factor Authentication app available in preview for Apple Watch

The Multi Factor Authentication application for Azure and Office 365 is now available in preview for use with Apple Watch. It supports both corporate (work account) and personal (Microsoft account) accounts with push notification. You can sign up at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR68AojHg485IuWUUpl99NURUNFQ0OUpEQzFNRlBHUjc3NkxWSTQzSEhFRi4u

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Azure / Office 365 – You can now use your Microsoft Authenticator mobile app for SSPR (preview)

The Self Service Password Reset, available with Azure AD and Office 365, has been updated to let your end-user use the Microsoft Authenticator mobile app when using the Self Service Password Reset (SSPR). First you need to enable this new capability from your Azure AD portal (https://aad.portal.azure.com/) or Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) and reach the Password reset configuration blade Then go to the Authentication methods blade and enable the Mobile app…

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Azure – Azure AD Conditional Access sign-ins reports in preview

You may already be aware of this security feature called Azure AD Conditional Access helping you protecting and securing access to your resources published through Azure AD. A new capability to this feature has been added (in preview) to provide a better reporting and troubleshooting capabilities: Azure AD Conditional Access Sign-Ins Report To start using it, logon to your Azure AD administration portal – either from the Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com)…

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Office Server – The previews for Exchange and Skype for Business 2019 is now available

This is it, it has just been announced: the preview of the next major version of Exchange and Skype for Business is now available (SharePoint will come later). You can get the bits here: Exchange 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=57167 Skype for Business 2019: http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/0/9/209372AB-F64F-4F04-8BDA-FBAB1C685BA3/W17_2044.76_Eval.iso As part the new features/capabilities: Exchange 2019 Exchange 2019 can be deployed on Windows Server Core (2016 or 2019), off course deploying on Windows Server with Desktop Experience…

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Azure – New data migration option to Azure: Azure Data Box

As for Exchange Online migration, you now have the option to ship encrypted hard-drives to Microsoft datacentres when you migrate big amount of data to Azure workloads. This is a similar option than the one we already have to migrate Exchange mailboxes to Exchange Online. The option, called Azure Data Box, has been introduced late last year already but now it has been improved to provide more flexibility in term…

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Azure – New networking feature in preview: Azure Virtual WAN

A new Azure networking feature is now available in preview (you need to register first, see below): Azure Virtual WAN. Azure Virtual WAN allows you to optimize and automate branch-to-branch connectivity with Azure. Virtual WAN offers the following advantages: Virtual WAN and virtual hubs: You can create a virtual WAN and then deploy virtual hubs in any Azure public region. This allows your hubs to be close to your branch…

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Azure – A new security feature available in preview in Azure: Azure Firewall

Microsoft has introduced a new security feature in Azure, in preview, called Azure Firewall. Azure Firewall is going to help you protect your Azure vNET. Like with other on-premises firewall solutions, Azure Firewall supports: FQDN filtering Traffic filtering rules SNAT support Integration with Azure Monitor logging (diagram courtesy Microsoft)   As this is a preview, there is still few things: If a network security group (NSG) is applied on the…

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Azure / Office 365 – New registration experience coming for Azure MFA and Azure SSPR

You may already well know the Azure Multi Factor (MFA) and Azure Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) features; if not you are missing a very good piece of your Azure AD/Office 365 services. Well, a new registration experience for Azure MFA and Azure SSPR is currently being in preview to simply the end-user registration experience. With the current experience, end-users had to register twice their details (like phone number or…

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Azure – Azure Migrate v2 is going in preview

You may be already aware that Microsoft has introduced a migration tool to help you assess and migrate your VMWare virtual machines to Azure workloads called Azure Migrate. Now, Azure Migrate is evolving to the v2 (in preview) which will includes Hyper-V virtual machines assessment and migration too. The v2 will also introduce some improvements like continuous connected migration appliance (no manual trigger required to (re)discover your on-premises infrastructure) or…

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Office – Office 2019 is now available in preview

Microsoft has just announced Office 2019 is now available in preview. You need to register at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=872092 It is important to note that Office 2019 will only available in Click to Run installation mode; no more MSI installation package available. You will be able to upgrade from an MSI package installation to Office 2019. To have a complete list of the features available, go https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=872297

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Windows Server – Honolulu technical preview

As you may know, Microsoft has announced a new Windows Server management experience to manage on-premises system with the Honolulu project. The Honolulu project delivers a more modern interface for managing on-premises system through a web interface with no cloud footprint (no dependency what so ever with Azure or other clouds services). In this post I will go through the setup of the technical preview – available for download at…

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Windows Server 2016 – First Windows Server Insider build available

After announcing last June that Windows Server 2016 will also have his own Insider program and builds, Microsoft has released the first Windows Insider build (build 16237). As for Windows 10, Preview builds are not aimed to be production ready, so you may expect some glitch. To start running your own Windows Server preview you need first to register to the Windows Insider for Business program here or to the…

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Office 365 – Preview of the new OneDrive for Business client

It has been announced at the Ignite Conference at Atlanta. A preview of the new OneDrive for Business client is now available. The following are part of the improvements coming with the new version – some have been long waited: Ability to sync SharePoint Online document libraries – until then you were still obliged to use the ‘old’ O4B client while you were using the (so called) NextGen client to…

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Office 365 – MFA support for PowerShell now available in preview

It has been a long wait since Microsoft has introduced MFA for Office 365 and Azure services. Now, MFA support is currently available in preview for PowerShell, making Office 365/Azure administrator’s life easier You can enroll here http://connect.microsoft.com/site1164/content/content.aspx?ContentID=32016 Enjoy

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