Server Message Block [SMB]

SMB dialect management now supported in Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. Beginning in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25951 (Canary), the SMB server now supports controlling which SMB 2 and 3 dialects it will negotiate. This changes legacy behavior, where Windows SMB server always negotiated the highest matched server dialect from SMB 2.0.2 to 3.1.1 clients. Beginning in Windows 10, support was added for […]

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SMB NTLM blocking now supported in Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. Beginning in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25951 (Canary), the SMB client now supports blocking NTLM for remote outbound connections. This changes legacy behavior, where Windows SPNEGO would negotiate Kerberos, NTLM, and other mechanisms with the destination server to decide on a supported security package. NTLM in this case refers to all versions

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Cloud storage security: What’s new in the threat matrix

Today, we announce the release of a second version of the threat matrix for storage services, a structured tool that assists in identifying and analyzing potential security threats on data stored in cloud storage services. The matrix, first released in April 2021 as detailed in the blog post Threat matrix for storage services, lays out

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Microsoft Entra Private Access: An Identity-Centric Zero Trust Network Access Solution

On July 11, 2023, we introduced Microsoft’s identity-centric security service edge (SSE) solution and two new services: Microsoft Entra Private Access and Microsoft Entra Internet Access, which are now in public preview. In this blog, we take a deeper look into Microsoft Entra Private Access.  Figure 1: Traditional network security stacks and legacy VPNs are

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Microsoft Entra Expands into Security Service Edge with Two New Offerings

Flexible work arrangements and accelerating digital transformation changed the way we secure access. Traditional network security approaches just don’t scale to modern demands. They not only hurt end user experience but also grant each user excessive access to the entire corporate network. All it takes is one compromised user account, infected device, or open port

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Measuring average download time

One of the most overlooked roles of a systems administrator is to be able to troubleshoot network issues. How many times had you been in a situation where your servers are problematic, and someone asked you to check the network connectivity? One of the steps is checking downloading time, and speed, and although there are

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SMB signing required by default in Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. Beginning in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25381 (Canary, zn_release) Enterprise editions, SMB signing is now required by default for all connections. This changes legacy behavior, where Windows 10 and 11 required SMB signing by default only when connecting to shares named SYSVOL and NETLOGON and where Active Directory domain controllers required SMB signing

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Wired for Hybrid – What’s New in Azure Networking – April 2023

Hello Folks, Azure Networking is the foundation of your infrastructure in Azure. Each month we bring you an update on What’s new in Azure Networking. This month is a little late since we’ve been traveling to conferences.  We Recorded this one from the PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit https://powershellsummit.org. In this blog post, we’ll cover what’s

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Defend against DDoS attacks with Azure DDoS IP Protection

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks continue to rise as new threats and attack techniques emerge. With DDoS attacks becoming more frequent, it’s important for organizations of all sizes to be proactive and stay protected all year round. Small and medium businesses (SMBs) face the same risks as larger organizations though are more vulnerable as

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