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How-to: Password-less FIDO2 Security Key Sign-in to Windows 10 HAADJ Devices

Hello everyone, my name is Liju and I am a Premier Field Engineer specializing in Active Directory and Azure AD. Fido2 support for single sign-on (SSO) was introduced first for cloud resources, and then expanded to include both cloud and ... continue reading

Azure SQL Sessions Recap at Microsoft Build 2020

This year, Microsoft Build was delivered as a virtual, global event for participates over 48 continuous hours. The Azure SQL team had the opportunity to show off what they're working on - covering everything from Azure SQL Edge to Cloud ... continue reading
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Quick Start with Azure Resources Graph and Python API

Hello, Everyone! Did ever want to get Azure resources’ s information across hundreds of subscriptions very quick without the need to looping through each subscription? Did you ever try Resources Graph explorer? Or wondered how can we do it programmatically? ... continue reading
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Az Update: Windows Server and Docker Container Enhancements, Microsoft Connector for Oracle and more

Just because Microsoft Build is over, doesn't mean that new Azure announcements stop being announced! This week's news includes: Windows Server and Docker Container Enhancements, Microsoft Connector for Oracle, Streamlining your image building process with Azure Image Builder, Azure Backup ... continue reading

VMware Workstation and Hyper-V

As a follow up to our previous post on VMware and Hyper-V Working Together, VMware has released a version of VMware Workstation that works with the Windows Hypervisor Platform (WHP). This release adds support for VMware Workstation running side by ... continue reading

Microsoft and Zscaler are helping customers evolve to a Zero Trust security model

In the last two months, organizations around the globe have responded to COVID-19 by enabling remote work, healthcare, and learning. Now, more people than ever access apps and sensitive data from home using a variety of devices. To better protect ... continue reading
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Forced Transformation – Part I – ConfigMgr to AzureAD Groups

From the title, you may be wondering what the heck does Configuration Manager have to do with Azure Active Directory (AD) groups. Well, get ready for another lesson. As a Configuration Manager admin or an IT Manager, you may be ... continue reading

Managing cybersecurity like a business risks: Part 1—Modeling opportunities and threats

In recent years, cybersecurity has been elevated to a C-suite and board-level concern. This is appropriate given the stakes. Data breaches can have significant impact on a company’s reputation and profits. But, although businesses now consider cyberattacks a business risk, ... continue reading

Data Exposed | Azure SQL Zone Redundant Configuration for High Availability

In this video, Emily Lisa and Anna Hoffman discuss how to make a database zone redundant in Azure SQL, and the High Availability benefits of the zone redundant configuration. Watch on Data Exposed Additional Resources: High-availability and Azure SQL Database ... continue reading
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Manage your authentication phone numbers and more in new Microsoft Graph beta APIs

Howdy folks! We’ve had a ton of requests for APIs to manage users’ authentication methods. That’s why it is so cool that today I get to announce that the first set of these APIs has reached beta in Microsoft Graph! ... continue reading
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4 identity partnerships to help drive better security

At Microsoft, we are committed to driving innovation for our partnerships within the identity ecosystem. Together, we are enabling our customers, who live and work in a heterogenous world, to get secure and remote access to the apps and resources ... continue reading

Business Continuity with Azure – Disaster Recovery

As someone who has worked in IT departments and an IT consultant for a Managed Service Provider (MSP), Business Continuity plans are something I’ve been involved in quite a lot. Either recovering from a threat or designing a solution that ... continue reading
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Save money and improve agility and scale by modernizing your SQL Server to Azure SQL

We’re all adapting to uncertain times. As employees shift to more remote ways of working and consumer behavior changes to meet the new normal, businesses are faced with a challenging choice: slow down operations to operate more cost-effectively, lean into ... continue reading

Azure Unblogged – Open Source at Microsoft

Today, I want to share a new Azure Unblogged video, in which I had the chance to talk to René Moddejongen (Business Group Lead Open Source Software at Microsoft Western Europe) to discuss Open Source at Microsoft. In this video ... continue reading
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SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption and Extensible Key Management Using Azure Key Vault – Intro

Welcome to my blog series on setting up SQL Server TDE to use Azure Key Vault. I’m a Program Manager with the Azure SQL Security Team / Product Group and I will walk you through the process of configuring the ... continue reading
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SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption and Extensible Key Management Using Azure Key Vault – Part 4

This is Part: 4 of a 4-part blog series: After setting up Azure Active Directory and registering the AAD Application and additionally creating an Azure Key Vault, the next step is to put it all together in SQL Server where ... continue reading
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SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption and Extensible Key Management Using Azure Key Vault-Part:PS2

This is Part: PS2 (PowerShell) of a 4-part blog series: This blog in the series provides the step-by-step instructions to configure Azure Active Directory using PowerShell. To grant SQL Server access permissions to your Azure Key Vault (AKV), you will ... continue reading
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SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption and Extensible Key Management Using Azure Key Vault-Part:AP3

This is Part: AP3 (Azure Portal) of a 4-part blog series: This blog in the series provides the step-by-step instructions to create an Azure Key Vault using the Azure Portal. To grant SQL Server access permissions to your Azure Key ... continue reading
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SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption and Extensible Key Management Using Azure Key Vault–Part:AP2

This is Part: AP2 (Azure Portal) of a 4-part blog series: This blog in the series provides the step-by-step instructions to configure Azure Active Directory using the Azure Portal. To grant SQL Server access permissions to your Azure Key Vault, ... continue reading
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SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption and Extensible Key Management Using Azure Key Vault – Part 1

This is Part:1 of a 4-part blog series: This blog in the series installs the SQL Server Connector for Microsoft Azure Key Vault. This DLL is the provider that allows SQL Server to talk to Azure Key Vault. Download the ... continue reading
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Zero Trust Deployment Guide for devices

The modern enterprise has an incredible diversity of endpoints accessing their data. This creates a massive attack surface, and as a result, endpoints can easily become the weakest link in your Zero Trust security strategy. Whether a device is a ... continue reading

Biometrics – Keep Your Fingers Close

Here’s a common customer question, especially in manufacturing, government-to-citizen, and kiosk scenarios: “ I want a system where my user can walk up to any system, then scan a fingerprint (or look at a camera, or speak into a mic, ... continue reading

Open innovation, customer choice, and reliability with SQL Server on SUSE

With nearly two decades of delivering joint innovation to meet changing business demands, Microsoft and SUSE continue to focus on enabling digital transformation for our customers, building on open source solutions, and a seamless collaborative support model for SUSE workloads ... continue reading
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Zero Trust and its role in securing the new normal

As the global crisis around COVID-19 continues, security teams have been forced to adapt to a rapidly evolving security landscape. Schools, businesses, and healthcare organizations are all getting work done from home on a variety of devices and locations, extending ... continue reading

Tracking Our Roadmaps with ProductPlan

In this episode learn how to create a product roadmap with ProductPlan, and integrate your roadmap with Azure DevOps. We show how you can easily import from Azure DevOps to create your roadmap, and save time by syncing progress and ... continue reading
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One of the Ways of Planning Certificate Authority Lifecycle

Hello Everyone, my name is Zoheb Shaikh and I’m a Solution Engineer working with Microsoft Mission Critical team (SMC) in Qatar. Today I would like to share some best practices around Certificate Authority Lifecycle. Recently, I wrote a post around ... continue reading
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Desired State Configuration Extension and the Replica Domain Controller ARM Template

By now, you have probably examined my code (if not, please click the link). If you are familiar with ARM Templates, the code should seem relatively straightforward. There is one piece that may seem foreign though: the Desired State Configuration ... continue reading
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Introducing Packet Monitor

Network connectivity issues are often hard to diagnose. There are multiple machines involved in a single data transfer; at least two endpoints and a complex network infrastructure in the middle. Lately, with the introduction of network virtualization, more of the ... continue reading
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Mastering Configuration Manager Patch Compliance Reporting

Hi, Jonas here! Or as we say in the north of Germany: "Moin Moin!"I am a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) and a while back (years in fact) I was asked to analyze the update compliance status of a SCCM/ConfigMgr/MECM ... continue reading

One Ops Question: How do I integrate Azure Stack Hub in your Datacenter?

In this week's One Ops Questions, Thomas Maurer (@ThomasMaurer) is going to answer how do I integrate Azure Stack Hub in your Datacenter? How do I integrate Azure Stack Hub in your Datacenter? If you want to integrate Azure Stack ... continue reading