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System Management Mode deep dive: How SMM isolation hardens the platform

Ensuring that the platform firmware is healthy and trustworthy is fundamental to guaranteeing that powerful platform security features like Hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI) and Windows Defender Credential Guard are functioning as expected. Windows 10 achieves this by leveraging a hardware-based ... continue reading

SMS “HRESULT E_FAIL from COM component” workaround coming

Heya, Ned here again. Storage Migration Service admins: if you're seeing "Error HRESULT E_FAIL has been returned from a call to a COM component" during transfer validation after installing the November cumulative update, we have a workaround coming to WAC, ... continue reading

Empowering employees to securely work from anywhere with an internet-first model and Zero Trust

Like many this year, our Microsoft workforce had to quickly transition to a work from the home model in response to COVID-19. While nobody could have predicted the world’s current state, it has provided a very real-world test of the ... continue reading
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Secrets from the Deep – The DNS Analytical Log – Part 1

Hi Team, it's Eric Jansen again, here in part one of a series of discussions revolving around the extremely exciting topic of the DNS Analytical Log. Alright, maybe it's not that exciting, so crack open your favorite energy drink and ... continue reading
Azure Stack Hub Partner Solutions Series - RFC

Azure Stack Hub Partner Solutions Series – RFC

This week in our Azure Stack Hub Partner solution video series, I am going to introduce you to Azure Stack Hub Partner RFC. RFC is a strong partner focusing on offering a range of hosted services, managed services, and consultancy ... continue reading

It's Time to Hang Up on Phone Transports for Authentication

In my blog Your Pa$$word doesn't matter, I laid out the key password vulnerabilities, and in response to a gazillion “but other creds can be compromised, too” DMs and emails, I wrote All our creds are belong to us, where ... continue reading
Extend data loss prevention to your devices with Microsoft Endpoint Data Loss Prevention, now generally available

Extend data loss prevention to your devices with Microsoft Endpoint Data Loss Prevention, now generally available

Microsoft Endpoint Data Loss Prevention Endpoint Data Loss Prevention (DLP) | What it is and how to set it up in Microsoft 365. Watch today Managing and protecting data is critical to any organization. Data is growing exponentially, and remote ... continue reading
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How to setup and run Azure Cloud Shell locally

Hello folks, Lately I’ve been building and tearing down complete environments in Azure to test and record demos. To do that I’ve been using a combination of PowerShell scripts, ARM templates and AzureCLI scripts in the Azure Cloud Shell. Some ... continue reading
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Open Azure Day: A VIP Linux and OSS speaker line-up in one event

The Linux and open-source landscapes are changing rapidly. With so many companies embracing remote work and operations this year, we’re seeing more organizations running large-scale, mission-critical Linux and open-source workloads than ever before. IT teams need technical resources that can ... continue reading
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How to build an audit Azure Policy with multiple parameters

It's recommended that you plan and implement a governance strategy before you start deploying cloud resources, but in reality it doesn't always work out like that. How can we find which existing resources don't meet our new standards? There's a ... continue reading
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Advancing global network reliability through intelligent software—part 1 of 2

“Microsoft’s global network connects over 60 Azure regions, over 220 Azure data centers, over 170 edge sites, and spans the globe with more than 165,000 miles of terrestrial and subsea fiber. The global network connects to the rest of the ... continue reading
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Automating Continuous Optimization with the Azure Optimization Engine

Hello, dear readers! Here is Hélder Pinto again, writing the last post of a series dedicated to the implementation of automated Continuous Optimization with Azure Advisor recommendations. For a contextualization of the solution here described, please read the introductory post ... continue reading
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Domain Could Not Be Contacted…On SDN Virtual Network…It’s Not Your DNS

I ran into a problem that I would like to share with everyone in hopes that this will save you some time if you ever run into it. PROBLEM: I have recently been working with virtualized SDNv2 networks. I create ... continue reading
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Why Is It So Ridiculously Slow To Remove My Query Resolution Policies!?

Hi Team, Eric Jansen here - I'm a Platforms Customer Engineer with some interesting scenarios that I'll be sharing over the coming months, mostly revolving around the topic of On-Premises DNS. Today's topic will be a very specific scenario regarding ... continue reading
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Microsoft Endpoint Manager: Enable Endpoint Protection

Introduction This is John Barbare and I am a Sr. Customer Engineer at Microsoft focusing on all things in the Cybersecurity space. In this tutorial I will walk you through the steps of configuring and enabling Microsoft Defender for Endpoint ... continue reading
SAP measurement and sizing metrics, called SAPS, define100 SAPS = 2000 order lines items processed per hour. With the latest SAP HANA-certified Edsv4 VMs, you are now able to further  the costs associated with your SAP environment. As you can see in the chart below, the latest generation smaller memory VMs can achieve the same number of SAPS with up to 50% cost reduction compared to the previous Azure VM families. Additionally, larger memory VM sizes can provide up to 75 percent cost savings compared to previous VMs.

Reduce costs with new memory-optimized Azure Virtual Machines certified for SAP HANA

In June 2020, we announced general availability of Azure general purpose and memory optimized Virtual Machines based on the 2nd generation Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL (Cascade Lake) to deliver up to ~20 percent CPU performance improvement compared to their predecessors, ... continue reading
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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint – MD ATP Daily Operation – Part 1

Hi IT Pros, I have combined the information for Security Team who monitors, responds and manages the ATP Portal on a daily basis. Please check it out and give your feedback. For Alert Notification and Live Response with remediation and ... continue reading
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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint – MD ATP Daily Operation – Part 2

NOTE: As of late September, the Microsoft Defender ATP product line has been renamed to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint! Dear IT Pros, I would like to continue on Part 2 of the Windows Defender ATP Operation with tasks handled by ... continue reading
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Microsoft Defender for Identity – Azure ATP Deployment and Troubleshooting

Hi IT Pros, Recently, I searched the internet and could not find the document for Microsoft Defender for Identity (Azure ATP) Setup and Troubleshooting. So, I prepared this document for our convenient reference and deployment in the future. Please check ... continue reading
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Using Runbooks to Set Azure Alerts Status

Azure Alerts can be used to proactively notify you when important conditions are found in your monitoring data. After setting up either metric alerts or log alerts for your workloads, specifically IaaS workloads, there may be times when you need ... continue reading
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What is Azure Defender?

Mention the name "Defender" in relation to Microsoft and I'm taken back to the launch of the Windows Defender anti-spyware product, in 2006. This was truly breaking news that Microsoft would launch their own protection software, off the back of ... continue reading
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Microsoft Defender for Identity – Azure ATP Daily Operation

Hi IT Pros, I would like to continue the blog about Microsoft Defender for Identity with topic related to the daily operation of SecOp Team who traces all attacks against Identities stored in your on-prem Active Directory domain controllers. Please ... continue reading

Unilever CISO on balancing business risks with cybersecurity

Imagine showing up to work every day knowing that your job requires protecting 160,000 employees creating more than 450 products around the world—tea, ice cream, personal care, laundry and dish soaps—across a customer base of more than two and a ... continue reading
Back to the future: What the Jericho Forum taught us about modern security

Back to the future: What the Jericho Forum taught us about modern security

Some of the earliest formal work on what we now call Zero Trust started around in a security consortium known as the Jericho Forum (which later merged into The Open Group Security Forum). This started as a group of like-minded ... continue reading
Azure Stack Hub Partner Solutions Series - myCloudDoor

Azure Stack Hub Partner Solutions Series – myCloudDoor

Together with the Azure Stack Hub team, I am on a journey to explore the ways our customers and partners use, deploy, manage, and build solutions on the Azure Stack Hub platform. Today, Tiberiu and I had the chance to ... continue reading

Policy as Code with Terraform and Sentinel

Infrastructure as code based provisioning can easily grow to the point of chaos. Sentinel, which is HashiCorp's Policy as Code framework, can easily configure guardrails that are enforced within the provisioning workflow to protect against changes that don't follow security, ... continue reading
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Migrate your Hadoop data lakes with WANDisco LiveData Platform for Azure

It’s no secret that organizations consider data as one of their most valuable assets and are investing to build their capability for data-driven decision making. It is challenging to manage a flexible and cost-effective data estate on-premises, and we are ... continue reading
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How to Manage SharePoint and Microsoft Teams with PowerShell Core

If you're as addicted as I am with SharePoint, you might be glad to know that managing SharePoint is now possible with PowerShell Core! PowerShell is an automation scripting language from Microsoft, which was originally only available on Windows devices, ... continue reading
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Advancing Password Spray Attack Detection

Hey folks, In this blog, I am going to tell you about an amazing addition to our family of credential compromise detection capabilities – this one uses our machine learning technology and global signal to create incredibly accurate detection of ... continue reading
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Step-by-Step: Azure Resource Health alert into Microsoft Teams

How do you monitor when a resource is unavailable? There are many tools and products that will do this, often with integrations into ticketing systems or alerting methods. Let's look at virtual machines and how we can post a message ... continue reading