Azure AD / Office 365 – Integration with LinkedIn is finally here

It has been announced some time ago already, but now the integration is finally here. You can now enable the LinkedIn integration with your Office 365 (Azure AD) tenant. NOTE the integration is turned off by default. To enable the feature, you need to logon to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com/) or your Azure AD administration portal (https://aad.portal.azure.com) Then go to your Azure AD configuration blade Access the User settings configuration…

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Windows 10 – Error 0x80180014 when joining Windows 10 to Azure AD

I just got an interesting error when trying to join a Windows 10 1803 to Azure AD; I was continuously getting the error ‘0x80180014’ when trying to join the device to Azure AD. The interesting thing was this device has been already Azure AD Joined but has been reset, with all reference in Azure AD or Intune removed. Nonetheless, each time I tried to join again I was getting this…

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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 – Ever wanted to learn Azure Stack?

If you ever wanted to learn about Azure Stack but don’t have the resources or infrastructure to do so by yourself? Then, this is for you An online training is available to learn Azure Stack at https://openedx.microsoft.com/courses/course-v1:Microsoft+INF240x+2018_T2 You just need to have a registered account with Microsoft Learning; if you don’t have one yet, register here https://openedx.microsoft.com/register

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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 / Sql – New offers and capabilities for SQL 2008 Server

As you may know (otherwise, this is it, you know ), SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 is going out of support in July 2019 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search/14917), while Windows Server 2008 is going to be out of support in January 2020 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search/12925). To help you migrate your workloads still running on these systems, Microsoft is extending the security updates support for 3 years when running these systems on Microsoft Azure. That said, it…

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Azure – Azure NetApp files in now in preview

A new capability has been added to Azure: Azure NetApp Files. Microsoft has teamed up with NetApp to help customers embracing the challenge of deploying file-based workloads on Azure. The public preview is now available at http://aka.ms/nfspublicpreview The Azure NetApp Files service is powered by the NetApp’s ONTAP technology to deliver rich data management and security. Once registered for the public preview, you will be able to create your new…

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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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Intune – Third party antivirus solutions are now supported for Device Compliance Policy

Until the last Intune update (week of July 2, 2018), when you were setting up a Windows 10 Device Compliance Policy you were obliged to use Windows Defender as local antivirus solution if you wanted to set an antivirus solution is required to be marked as compliant. After this update, you can now set this requirement even if you are using a third party antivirus solution (such as Symantec) as…

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Intune – Automatic device cleanup

With the latest Intune update (week of July 2, 2018), a new feature has been added to automatically cleanup Intune from devices which did not contact the service. As you may be aware, devices which do not contact Intune service for a certain period of time are marked as not compliant and there maybe some work for the Intune administrators to cleanup these devices. With this update you can now…

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Azure – AD FS 4.0 is now available on Azure Marketplace

You can now quickly deploy a Windows Server 2016 virtual machine with AD FS configured for Federation and single sign on for cloud applications. Search the Azure Marketplace or the virtual machine catalog for “ADFS 4.0 Server Windows 2016” (I give you the direct URL for it https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps/cloud-infrastructure-services.adfs-server-2016 to the Marketplace). AD FS will then be ready for the final touch, meaning adding the certificate and setting up the federation…

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Azure – Use auto-filled fields when creating new Azure Labs

An new functionality has been introduced when creating Azure Virtual Machine within your Azure Lab: auto-filled fields. It is going to make things a little bit easier, while helping to keep some standardized naming (and password generation ). To use this new capability, you first need to manually provisioned a new virtual machine and check the Save as default password checkbox. The virtual machine name and local admin username fields…

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