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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Teams – Microsoft Teams goes free

It has just been announced, Microsoft Teams goes free… The free version allows users with no commercial Office 365 offers to collaborate with up to 300 people, using up to 10 Gb of file storage (with 2 Gb additional per user). Off course, this free version of Teams also integrates with Office Online Apps to open and edit Office documents. Start using it from here http://office.com/teams

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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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Lync 2013–The latest and last cumulative update is available

Ok, this one is related to some ‘old’ server product, Lync 2013, but I have an excuse: there is a major reminder coming with it So the latest Cumulative Update for Lync Server 2013 (CU10) has been released (available here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36820), but this is not the major reminder; the major reminder is this is the LAST update for Lync Server. Indeed, as per the support lifecycle, Lync Server 2013 is…

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Office 365 – RSS and XML service for Office 365 endpoints management are going to be retired

This is an important announcement I already announced in April that Microsoft was introducing a new way to provide Office 365 endpoints details (IP addresses ranges for each services) using web services (see http://hametbenoit.info/2018/04/04/office-365-new-and-better-way-to-manage-office-365-services-ip-addresses-updates) Well, it has now be announced that the existing RSS and XML services providing the same information are going to be retired by October 2018 so you need to quickly start looking at the new web…

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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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Exchange Online – Exchange Web Services (EWS) So long and thanks for all the fish

Microsoft has announced that Exchange Web Services (EWS) on Exchange Online will no longer get any further updates and Basic Authentication for EWS will be decommissioned. NOTE This does not apply to Exchange On-Premises (for now ?) Microsoft has been heavily investing in the Graph technology and it is highly recommended to start using/migrating Graph for your interaction with Exchange Online, in lieu of EWS. In parallel, because we all…

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Exchange Online – Automatic events processing from email

You can now have your Exchange Online mailbox setting up for you new events based on emails you receive, which could be either flights or hotel reservations, live events like concert or package delivery. To manage the automatic event creation based on emails, you need to go to your mailbox settings (https://outlook.office.com/owa/) and turn on/off the feature and options. NOTE this feature is turned on by default Click the Gear…

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Teams – Live Events and Policy

As you may already know, Teams is going to replace Skype for Business (in a way or another) on Office 365. As part of the ongoing improvement of Teams, a new capability is now in preview called: Live Events. The idea of Teams Live Event is to setup and host Teams meeting with large audience; sound familiar? Yep, it used to be (or still be for some time anyway) Skype…

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