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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Azure – Access Control Service is being retired

It has been announced sometime ago and now this is there the official timeline. Azure Access Control Service (ACS) is going to be retired on November 7th, 2018. It has been already removed from the Azure ARM portal earlier in April. If you are still using the service you must migrate your ACS to one of the other authentication services like Azure AD, Azure AD B2C or other. Microsoft has…

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Azure – Important change is coming for ExpressRoute

I’m just reposting it here as I did not saw it anywhere else (direct copy/paste from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/whats-new#may-2018) This is an important announcement about Azure ExpressRoute Software as a Service offering, like Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) are designed to work best by going directly through the Internet, without requiring ExpressRoute or any other private VPN tunnels. Because of this, on August 1, 2018, we will stop supporting ExpressRoute for Azure…

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Azure – Define a security baseline for Azure AD Administrators

A new security feature has been delivered in preview for Azure AD; a security baseline for any Azure AD Administrator. This baseline will be enabled by default (during the preview you HAVE to enable it) and is going to request multi-factor authentication (MFA) for any privileged account like: Global Administrator Service Administrator SharePoint Administrator Exchange Administrator Conditional Access Administrator Security Administrator To enable/disable (while not recommended) the security baseline go…

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Azure – Windows Server 2019 Preview is available as VM image

Windows Server 2019 Preview (the next major release of Windows Server) is now available for Azure Virtual Machine. Just search for Windows Server 2019 when you create a new virtual machine Search the marketplace (https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps/) for Windows Server 2019 Or access the marketplace directly from this URL https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps/microsoft-hyperv.rs5_preview Enjoy

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Azure – Manage Azure AD Password Protection

So, you have deployed and registered your Azure AD Password Protection agents on your on-premises environment (see https://t.co/PnWZiWbWic). Now you can manage this feature by controlling how it is going to work – aka manage your own banned passwords list, enforce the feature or enable the Smart Lookout (to restrict the risk of getting your AD account locked because somebody is trying to guess your password). To manage Azure AD…

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Azure – Use Azure AD Password Protection with your on-premises Active Directory

You may already know that Azure AD is using advanced technologies to protect your credentials, especially your password. It even detects if the password you are trying to use (when you have to change it due to expiration) has been used too much or has been compromised (or banned). This is a huge security feature but until now this was only available if you use Azure AD for authentication. Starting…

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Azure – New alerts experience coming up

An updated experience for alerts on Azure is coming (currently in preview). If you want to enable the new experience, access your Azure portal and reach the Monitor\Alerts blade, then click on the purple banner to enable it The new experience is providing better insight on alerts and what is happening on your Azure tenant/resources by grouping by severity (the well known severity level 0 (critical) to 4) You can…

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