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Adding a dynamic membership rule to a group in the Azure Portal

Dynamic Groups in Azure AD and Microsoft 365

When I first started in IT, my large organization had an entirely separate "Data Security" team who were responsible for user management - adds/moves/deletes and password resets. They were a small but busy team, handling both calls from users via ... continue reading
The impact of conflicting Azure Policies

The impact of conflicting Azure Policies

Azure Policy lets you assess resources against certain criteria at different levels in your environment - from the top level management groups containing multiple subscriptions down to resource groups. So what happens if the policies at one level are different ... continue reading
Microsoft 365 threat hunting with Azure Sentinel

Microsoft 365 threat hunting with Azure Sentinel

You might think of Azure Sentinel in the context of connecting the logs of third party devices (such as physical firewalls), to add the full picture of your environment for your Security, Information Event and Management processes. Azure Sentinel can ... continue reading
Create a new user with the Microsoft 365 Admin Center

Microsoft 365 user management versus Azure Active Directory

If your organization is using Microsoft 365, you already have Azure Active Directory. It's the identity platform that provides the authentication of your users' credentials when they sign and and the authorization to your Microsoft 365 SaaS applications. If you ... continue reading
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What's the difference between Azure Security Center, Azure Defender and Azure Sentinel?

It's common to have a pre-defined perspective when you hear the word "security". Some people think of applications being configured correctly or insecure coding practices. Some people think of identity concepts like password spray attacks, phishing or multi factor authentication ... continue reading
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How to backup and restore Azure file shares

Recently Azure Backup announced support for Azure file share as a workload, in public preview. Sonia took it for a spin! But first ... a word about Public Preview A public preview feature or service is available as a beta ... continue reading
OPS105: Virtualized and Hybrid Backup Deep Dive

OPS105: Virtualized and Hybrid Backup Deep Dive

Ben Armstrong explains the challenges and evolution of backups, from Windows Server to Hyper-V, Azure and Containers. Speaker: Ben Armstrong, Principal Program Manager Lead This session includes: 00:00 Introduction 02:30 Where's my data? 08:16 Then virtual machines came along … ... continue reading
OPS107: Hybrid as a management plane

OPS107: Hybrid as a management plane

Jeff, Orin & Sonia discuss how cloud makes on-prem environments better, including cloud tiering & management tools, and what the future looks like for IT Pros. Speaker: Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager This session includes: 00:00 Introduction 00:36 The IT ... continue reading
OPS108: Windows authentication internals in a hybrid world

OPS108: Windows authentication internals in a hybrid world

Have you ever wondered what happens when you type your password into Windows? With the cloud becoming a major part of our world, we find ourselves having to talk to both on-premises and cloud-native resources, which dramatically affects what happens ... continue reading
OPS104: Securing SMB from within and without

OPS104: Securing SMB from within and without

In this session, Ned Pyle discusses how widely the SMB protocol is used on Windows, Windows Server and in Microsoft Azure. Learn specific strategies to secure it from lateral movement and interception attacks. Speaker: Ned Pyle, Principal Program Manager This ... continue reading