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Microsoft Defender ATP: Web Content Filtering

Introduction   This is John Barbare and I am a Sr Customer Engineer at Microsoft focusing on all things in the Cybersecurity space. In this blog I will focus on the newly released feature of web content filtering in Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Before July 6th, 2020 you either ... continue reading
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Az Update: Azure Cloud Shell enhancements, Azure DB security enhancements and more

Lots of news surrounding Azure security and hybrid offerings this week. Here are a couple of the news items we are covering this week: Azure Database for PostgreSQL Data encryption enhancements announced, New Microsoft Learn Modules for Azure and Windows Server IT Pros, Exchange ... continue reading

New study by Forrester shows customers who deploy Azure AD can benefit from a 123% ROI.

According to a new study, The Total Economic Impact™ of Securing Apps with Microsoft Azure Active Directory, investing in identity can not only help you accelerate your Zero Trust journey, it can also save you money and deliver more value. Read more ... continue reading

Azure SQL Capacity Planning: Overview | Data Exposed

Whether migrating an existing application or designing a brand new one, capacity planning process plays a critical role. Learn how to navigate across Azure SQL Database options like hardware generation, service and compute tiers, and instance sizing principles, trying to ... continue reading
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New Forrester study shows customers who deploy Microsoft Azure AD benefit from 123% ROI.

Over the past six months, organizations around the world have accelerated digital transformation efforts to rapidly enable a remote workforce. As more employees than ever access apps via their home networks, the corporate network perimeter has truly disappeared, making identity ... continue reading

Migrate your AWS VMs to Azure with Azure Migrate

Migrating your on prem server estate to Azure is something that you’ll often hear me talk about at events, or on this blog.  And when I am talking about datacentre migrations, you’ll often hear me mention how Azure Migrate can ... continue reading
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User initiated manual failover on SQL Managed Instance

High availability is a fundamental part of SQL Managed Instance (MI) platform that works transparently for your database applications.  As such, failovers from primary to secondary nodes in case of node degradation or fault detection, or during our regular monthly software ... continue reading
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ConfigMgr Performance Baseline the Easy Way

  Or as we say in the north of Germany: "Moin Moin!"I am a Customer Engineer based in Germany and I recently played a bit with Azure Log Analytics (now called Azure Monitor) and the on-premises monitoring capabilities and I want ... continue reading
New Microsoft Learn Modules for Azure and Windows Server IT Pros

New Microsoft Learn Modules for Azure and Windows Server IT Pros

I am sure you already heard of Microsoft Learn. If you haven't, Microsoft Learn is a free online learning platform around different technology. Whether you're just starting or an experienced professional, the hands-on approach helps you arrive at your goals faster, ... continue reading

How to optimize your Azure workload costs

The economic challenges posed by the global health pandemic continue to affect every organization around the world. During this difficult time, cost optimization has become an especially critical topic. Recently, we provided an overview of how to approach cost optimization ... continue reading
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System Center Operations Manager Update Roll-up 2

    2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and good news has been hard to come by ,this is why we are excited to announce that System Center Operations Manager 2019 has come out with Update Rollup 2 ... continue reading
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User initiated manual failover of SQL Managed Instance

High availability is a fundamental part of SQL Managed Instance (MI) platform that works transparently for your database applications. As such, failovers from primary to secondary nodes in case of a fault or node degradation, or during our regular monthly ... continue reading
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Fine tuning backup storage costs on SQL Managed Instance

In the previous article, we have explained how automated backups on Azure SQL Managed Instance work, how backups piles up, and some of the ways you contribute to such pile up. We have also explained how associated costs for excess ... continue reading

Microsoft Office 365—Do you have a false sense of cloud security?

Through difficult times, some adversaries will find opportunities and COVID-19 has proven to be a ripe opportunity for them to target a new, expanding, remote workforce. While these threats morph and evolve, Microsoft’s Detection and Response Team (DART) finds ways ... continue reading
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Conditional Access policies now apply to all client applications by default

Howdy folks, When it comes to securing your organization, nothing is more effective than enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your users. Whether using traditional methods like phone or token codes, or modern passwordless methods like the Authenticator, Windows Hello, or ... continue reading

Azure With Terraform: Provider 2.0 Update

Hashicorp's Terraform Provider for Azure has been released! Check out the new features and where Hashi has improved usability of Terraform. Learn More: April's blog on the UpdatesHashi's Announcement of the UpdateTerraform Landing ZonesAzure DevOps DocsWrite Cool CodeGitHub ActionsCreate a Free Azure ... continue reading
How to use Terraform to Create Azure DevOps Projects

How to use Terraform to Create Azure DevOps Projects

With the recent release by HashiCorp and Microsoft of the Azure DevOps Provider 0.0.1 for Terraform we look at how to use these new features to create repeatable standardized projects into Azure DevOps. Introduction. In this article we are going ... continue reading
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Linux ATP Configuration and Operation Command List

Hello Blog Readers, I have summarized the Linux Configuration and Operation commands in this cheat sheet for your convenient use. Enjoy Linux ATP run! Linux ATP Commands Group Scenario Command Configuration Turn on/off real-time protection mdatp config real-time-protection --value [enabled|disabled] ... continue reading
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Risky Business in Azure AD…

Hi all, Zoheb here publishing on behalf of a guest author, Morne Naude. So without further ado... Hi Everyone, Morne here again and welcome to the first blog in our series on Azure Active Directory Security where we will be ... continue reading

Learning How to Transition Your SQL Server Skills to Azure SQL | Data Exposed

The Azure Data team at Microsoft recently launched FOUR new ways for you to learn Azure SQL. They'll show you how to translate your existing SQL Server expertise to Azure SQL including Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instance ... continue reading
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How to organize your security team: The evolution of cybersecurity roles and responsibilities

Digital transformation, cloud computing, and a sophisticated threat landscape are forcing everyone to rethink the functions of each role on their security teams, from Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) to practitioners. With billions of people around the globe working from ... continue reading

Zero Trust: From security option to business imperative overnight

Not long ago when I spoke with customers about Zero Trust, our conversations focused on discussing the principles, defining scope, or sharing our own IT organization’s journey. Zero Trust was something interesting to learn about, and most organizations were very ... continue reading
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Prioritize datacenter discovery and readiness assessments to accelerate cloud migration

Cloud migrations are an effective way to drive operational efficiencies and to flip capital expenses to operational. Successful cloud migrations are rooted in bias towards action and execute with urgency towards triggers that need immediate attention. In our experience, migration ... continue reading
Assess your AWS virtual machines with Azure Migrate

Assess your AWS virtual machines with Azure Migrate

Over the last few months I’ve been doing a “summer tour” of user groups and delivering a talk entitled “Start your datacentre transformation journey with Azure Migrate”, during my talk I mainly focus on customer journeys that are moving resources ... continue reading

Afternoon Cyber Tea: Revisiting social engineering: The human threat to cybersecurity

Most of us know ‘Improv’ through film, theatre, music or even live comedy. It may surprise you to learn that the skills required for improvisational performance art, can also make you a good hacker? In cybersecurity, while quite a bit ... continue reading
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Associate Microsoft and Pradeo to manage and secure Android Enterprise mobile devices

Want to learn more on how Android Enterprise works with existing mobility management and security solutions? This article will explain how Android Enterprise fits in a standard mobile ecosystem made of Microsoft Endpoint Manager solution and Pradeo Security Mobile Threat ... continue reading

Johnson Controls simplifies remote access to legacy, on-prem apps with Azure AD and F5 BIG-IP APM

For organizations that operate a hybrid environment with a mix of on-premises and cloud apps, shifting to remote work in response to COVID-19 has not been easy. VPN solutions can be clumsy and slow, making it difficult for users to ... continue reading

Configuring backup storage redundancy in Azure SQL Managed Instance

Database backups are an essential part of any business continuity and disaster recovery strategy, because they protect your data from corruption or deletion. In Azure SQL Managed Instance there are two types of automated backups that customers can use for ... continue reading
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How the Microsoft Mission Critical Team Helped Secure AAD

Hello everyone and welcome to our mind-blowing series of blogs we have lined up to show you the significant impact of the Azure Active Directory Security Features had for one of our SMC customer. This blog is a cumulative effort ... continue reading
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Azure Monitor for Azure Arc enabled servers

As you know Azure Arc for servers is currently in preview and allows you to manage your Windows and Linux machines hosted outside of Azure on your corporate network or other cloud providers, similar to how you manage native Azure ... continue reading