Administration

Technical articles about deploying and managing a data center using Microsoft cloud technologies. Articles include best practices and tools such as System Center, Operations Management Suite, System Center Orchestrator, and Virtual Machine Manager for deploying an Azure hybrid or private cloud.

Introducing Microsoft Entra License Utilization Insights

Over 800,000 organizations rely on Microsoft Entra to navigate the ever-changing threat landscape, ensuring their security while enhancing the productivity of their end users. Customers have frequently expressed their desire for greater transparency into their Entra usage, with licensing being a particularly popular request. Today, we’re excited to announce the public preview of Microsoft Entra […]

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Windows Server Advanced Auditing Policies

Security auditing is a methodical examination and review of activities that may affect the security of a system. In the Windows Server and Active Directory environments, security auditing is the features and services that log and review events for specified security-related activities. Hundreds of events occur as the Windows operating system and the applications that

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Lightbits for Azure VMware Solution

As users of Azure VMware Solution, we most likely will come across a time where we need to add storage and not necessarily need more compute from an additional host.  Lightbits is another option in the Azure Marketplace to add storage that will scale and run storage intensive apps. What is Lightbits? Lightbits is storage

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Firewall considerations for gMSA on Azure Kubernetes Service

This week I spent some time helping a customer with a gMSA environment on which they were finding some issues in deploying their app. The issues started when they were trying to figure out why the Kerberos ticket was not being issues for the Window pod with gMSA configured in AKS. I decided to write

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Auto Rollout of Conditional Access Policies in Microsoft Entra ID

In November 2023 at Microsoft Ignite, we announced Microsoft-managed policies and the auto-rollout of multifactor authentication (MFA)-related Conditional Access policies in customer tenants. Since then, we’ve rolled out report-only policies for over 500,000 tenants. These policies are part of our Secure Future Initiative, which includes key engineering advances to improve security for customers against cyberthreats that we

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Why Azure Image Builder – Getting Started

You might be familiar with building golden images or templates for use on-premises.  Back in the olden days we used to “ghost” machines and now you may use a VM template with sysprep.  Azure offers the managed service Azure Image Builder so you can configure your image as a template for reuse within your cloud

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Introducing More Granular Certificate-Based Authentication Configuration in Conditional Access

I’m thrilled to announce the public preview of advanced certificate-based authentication (CBA) options in Conditional Access, which provides the ability to allow access to specific resources based on the certificate Issuer or Policy Object Identifiers (OIDs) properties.  Our customers, particularly those in highly regulated industries and government, have expressed the need for more flexibility in

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Wired for Hybrid – What’s New in Azure Networking – January 2024 edition

Hello Folks, Azure Networking is the foundation of your infrastructure in Azure. Each month we bring you an update on What’s new in Azure Networking. In this blog post, we’ll cover what’s new with Azure Networking in January 2024.  In this blog post, we will cover the following announcements and how they can help you. Standard and

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Microsoft Entra’s Top 50 Features of 2023

To kick off 2024, we’re revisiting the top features delivered in Microsoft Entra over the last calendar year. We served thousands of customers to verify all types of identities and secure, manage, and govern their access to any resource with multicloud identity and network access products. We introduced the latest wave of advancements from Microsoft

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Announcing the availability of the new gMSA on AKS workshop

gMSA is the technology behind the support for Active Directory dependent applications to run on Kubernetes. Over time, we’ve been adding a lot of resources around it, such as PowerShell modules (to help with the configuration process), documentation, scripts, and more. The reason behind this is that on one side, gMSA is incredibly popular (of

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