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What the heck is the File Server “role” in Windows Server???

Heya folks, Ned here again. Today I clear up an old idiosyncrasy of Windows Server: if the SMB Server service is always installed, why is there a role called "File Server" and what does enabling it do? Let's... role ;) ... continue reading
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Failover Clustering in Azure

Azure is a cloud computing platform with an ever-expanding set of services to help you build solutions to meet your business goals. Azure services range from simple web services for hosting your business presence in the cloud to running fully ... continue reading
Provision users into apps using SQL as a user store, more easily build complex expressions, and more

Provision users into apps using SQL as a user store, more easily build complex expressions, and more

Howdy folks, I'm excited to share the latest Active Azure Directory provisioning capabilities to help you with your user lifecycle and directory management needs. Automate provisioning users from Azure AD into on-premises applications Azure AD now supports provisioning into on-premises ... continue reading
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The Case of Azure AD Quota Exhaustion

Hello everyone, my name is Zoheb Shaikh and I’m a Solution Engineer working with Microsoft Mission Critical team (SfMC). Today I’ll share with you about an interesting issue related to Azure AD Quota limitation we came across recently. I had ... continue reading
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Azure Virtual Desktop: The flexible cloud VDI platform for the hybrid workplace

When we launched Windows Virtual Desktop nearly two years ago, no one predicted a global pandemic would force millions of workers to leave the office and work from home. Organizations around the world migrated important apps and data to the ... continue reading
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Storage Migration Service now supports NetApp

Heya folks, Ned here again. Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed in the April 22, 2021-KB5001384 monthly update for Windows Server 2019 - and now in the May 2021 Patch Tuesday - we added support for migrating from NetApp FAS arrays ... continue reading
What's the difference between Azure roles and Azure AD roles?

What's the difference between Azure roles and Azure AD roles?

If you peek inside your Microsoft Azure environment, you’ll see two different kinds of roles – Azure roles and Azure AD roles. Lets see how Tailwind Traders matches these roles to maintain their “least privilege” security principle. Understanding the Microsoft ... continue reading
Adding a dynamic membership rule to a group in the Azure Portal

Dynamic Groups in Azure AD and Microsoft 365

When I first started in IT, my large organization had an entirely separate "Data Security" team who were responsible for user management - adds/moves/deletes and password resets. They were a small but busy team, handling both calls from users via ... continue reading
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Attack Surface Reduction Rules – Warn Mode with MEM/M365 Defender

Introduction This is John Barbare and I am a Sr Customer Engineer at Microsoft focusing on all things in the Cybersecurity space. In a previous blog back in July, 2020, I walked through a demo of setting up an Attack ... continue reading
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MBAM Server Migration To Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Dear IT Pros, Today we discuss about MBAM's Bitlocker data migration to MEM Microsoft provides a range of flexible BitLocker management alternatives to meet organization’s needs, as follows: Cloud-based BitLocker management using Microsoft Endpoint Manager. On-premises BitLocker management using System ... continue reading