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Infographic of parent org and child org relationship. The child orgs surround the parent org, which is in the cloud, and is made vulnerable as the child orgs are made vulnerable.

Facing the cold chills

Have you ever felt the cold chill in your spine when the “fix engine” light comes on in your car? How about when one of your children turns pale and gets their first fever? It’s a feeling of helplessness and ... continue reading
InSpark modernizes cloud security with managed services solution

InSpark modernizes cloud security with managed services solution

Greetings! This is Sue Bohn, director of program management for Identity and Access Management. I’m always excited to share our partners’ experiences with you. Today’s post is really special because we’re talking with InSpark, the 2018 Country of the Year ... continue reading
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Enhancing the customer experience with the Azure Networking MSP partner program

We are always looking for ways to improve the customer experience and allow our partners to complement our offerings. In support of these efforts we are sharing the Azure Networking Managed Service Provider (MSP) program along with partners that deliver ... continue reading
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Enhancing the customer experience with the Azure Networking MSP partner program

We are always looking for ways to improve the customer experience and allow our partners to complement our offerings. In support of these efforts we are sharing the Azure Networking Managed Service Provider (MSP) program along with partners that deliver ... continue reading

Advancing Microsoft Azure reliability

Reliance on cloud services continues to grow for industries, organizations, and people around the world. So now more than ever it is important that you can trust that the cloud solutions you rely on are secure, compliant with global standards ... continue reading

Advancing Microsoft Azure reliability

Reliance on cloud services continues to grow for industries, organizations, and people around the world. So now more than ever it is important that you can trust that the cloud solutions you rely on are secure, compliant with global standards ... continue reading
Secure traffic between pods using network policies in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Secure traffic between pods using network policies in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Did you know that by default, all pods in a Kubernetes cluster will accept traffic from any source? Now, with network policies available out-of-the-box in Azure Kubernetes Service you can isolate pods, control egress & ingress traffic, and secure your ... continue reading

Exploring the Microsoft Healthcare Bot partner program

This post was co-authored by Hadas Bitran, Group Manager, Microsoft Healthcare Israel. Every day, healthcare organizations are beginning their digital transformation journey with the Microsoft Healthcare Bot Service built on Azure. The Healthcare Bot service empowers healthcare organizations to build ... continue reading
How to use PowerShell & Azure Policy to check settings inside a VM

How to use PowerShell & Azure Policy to check settings inside a VM

You might have explored Azure Policy to enforce the configuration of Azure resources, but did you know it can also investigate inside virtual machines too? This is really helpful for being alerted of “configuration drift” – when you need visibility ... continue reading

Preparing your enterprise to eliminate passwords

Anyone who uses the internet knows the hassles of using a user name and password to access their own information, whether it’s their banking, online shopping, social media, medical information, etc. If you’re a CIO, a CISO, or any other ... continue reading

Microsoft Intelligent Security Association welcomes members of the Microsoft Virus Initiative

As we head into our annual partner conference, Microsoft Inspire, I’m excited to make a major announcement! The Microsoft Virus Initiative (MVI) is formally joining the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA). For more than 20 years, Microsoft and our antimalware ... continue reading
Authentication Methods–Usage & Insights

Authentication Methods–Usage & Insights

Howdy folks, Today, I’m excited to announce the public preview of Authentication Methods Usage & Insights! The reporting provided by this feature helps you understand the adoption of self-service password reset (SSPR) and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) in your organization. This ... continue reading
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Enhancing Microsoft’s commercial marketplace for partners

As we head into the global partner conference Microsoft Inspire on July 14-18, 2019, a big focus is on rethinking how we make it easier for customers to discover, try, and buy cloud-based software and services from our partners. Today, ... continue reading
How to use Azure Policy to check settings inside a VM

How to use Azure Policy to check settings inside a VM

You might have explored Azure Policy to enforce the configuration of Azure resources, but did you know it can also investigate inside virtual machines too? This is really helpful for being alerted of “configuration drift” – when you need visibility ... continue reading
Microsoft passwordless partnership leads to innovation and great customer experiences

Microsoft passwordless partnership leads to innovation and great customer experiences

Hello! In this Voice of the Independent Software Vendor (ISV) blog series post, we'll talk about passwords—or rather, moving beyond passwords to incorporate security into a passwordless world. The only people who like passwords are bad actors who use them ... continue reading
Share data simply and securely using Azure Data Share

Share data simply and securely using Azure Data Share

Azure Data Share is available in public preview today, and offers a simple pane of glass over your data sharing relationships. In this episode, you will learn how to easily provision a new data share, add datasets to it, specify ... continue reading
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Two ways to share Azure Advisor recommendations

If your IT organization is like most, you probably work with many different people across many different teams. When it comes to common IT tasks like optimizing your cloud workloads, you might need to interact with several resource owners or ... continue reading
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Analyze AI enriched content with Azure Search’s knowledge store

Through integration with Cognitive Services APIs, Azure Search has long had the ability to extract text and structure from images and unstructured content. Until recently, this capability was used exclusively in full text search scenarios, exemplified in demos like the ... continue reading
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Reducing overall storage costs with Azure Premium Blob Storage

In this blog post, we will take a closer look at pricing for Azure Premium Blob Storage, and its potential to reduce overall storage costs for some applications. Premium Blob Storage is Azure Blob Storage powered by solid-state drives (SSDs) ... continue reading
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What’s new in Azure Firewall

This post was co-authored by Anitha Adusumilli, Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking. Today we are happy to share several key Azure Firewall capabilities as well as update on recent important releases into general availability (GA) and preview. Multiple public IPs ... continue reading
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Migrate to Azure HDInsight in as little as 12 weeks

Recent announcements in the open source ecosystem have led customers of prominent open source analytics technology companies to explore options with Microsoft Azure and to this end, we now have new and compelling offers aimed at helping on-premises open source ... continue reading
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Beat SQL Server 2008/R2 End of Support by moving to Azure VM for three years of free security update

Today, On July 9, 2019, support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 ended. But there is still time to protect those workloads by rehosting to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance to run on latest version of SQL Server or ... continue reading
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Your Pa$$word doesn’t matter

Every week I have at least one conversation with a security decision maker explaining why a lot of the hyperbole about passwords – “never use a password that has ever been seen in a breach,” “use really long passwords”, “passphrases-will-save-us”, ... continue reading
Failed Login Report Using Log Analytics and Logic Apps

Failed Login Report Using Log Analytics and Logic Apps

My name is Brad Watts and I’m a SCOM PFE. I wanted to take a little bit of time to demonstrate how you can use Azure Log Analytics along with Azure Logic Apps to email out reports on important information ... continue reading
How to Manage Local Users and Groups using PowerShell

How to Manage Local Users and Groups using PowerShell

Managing local users and groups can be a bit of a chore, especially on a computer running the Server Core version of Windows Server. The LocalAccounts module of PowerShell, included in Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 by default, ... continue reading
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CGG speeds geoscience insights on Azure HPC

A leader in geosciences, CGG has been imaging the earth’s subsurface for more than 85 years. Their products and solutions help clients locate natural resources. When a customer asked whether the cloud could speed the creation of the high-resolution reservoir ... continue reading

Six months left to transform your Windows Server 2008 apps and infrastructure

This blog post was authored by Jeff Woolsey, Principal PM Manager, Windows Server.This month, SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 reached their end of support. On January 14, 2020, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will also reach their end ... continue reading
Dismantling a fileless campaign: Microsoft Defender ATP next-gen protection exposes Astaroth attack

Dismantling a fileless campaign: Microsoft Defender ATP next-gen protection exposes Astaroth attack

The prevailing perception about fileless threats, among the security industry’s biggest areas of concern today, is that security solutions are helpless against these supposedly invincible threats. Because fileless attacks run the payload directly in memory or leverage legitimate system tools ... continue reading
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Scale action groups and suppress notifications for Azure alerts

In Azure Monitor, defining what to monitor while configuring alerts can be challenging. Customers need to be capable of defining when actions and notifications should trigger for their alerts, and more importantly, when they shouldn’t. The action rules feature for ... continue reading
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Thanks for 10 years and welcome to a new chapter in SQL innovation

Tomorrow, July 9, 2019, marks the end of extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. These releases transformed the database industry, with all the core components of a database platform built-in at a fraction of the cost of ... continue reading
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