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Join Microsoft Azure OPENDEV day to learn about open source technologies in the Azure Cloud – June 21, 2017 9AM PST / 12PM EST

Join Microsoft Azure OPENDEV day to learn about open source technologies in the Azure Cloud – June 21, 2017 9AM PST / 12PM EST

For those interested in open source technologies, join Microsoft’s free online OpenDev Day on June 21, 2017 @ 9am PST.  Learn about how you can use the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to host, build and deploy your open source cloud or hybrid apps. Includes sessions regarding all the hot open source topics now a days including containers, docker, Linux, Kubernetes, Pivotal, Red Hat, Habitat and much more! View more information here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/opendev/    

Role in Azure Active Directory to Grant Access to Create and Remove Azure AD Users and Groups

Role in Azure Active Directory to Grant Access to Create and Remove Azure AD Users and Groups

I recently had the requirement to grant a user in my organization to be able to do the following: Create an Azure AD user Create an Azure AD group Add an Azure AD user to an Azure AD group Remove an Azure AD user to an Azure AD group Using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), I was able to designate this user as an administrator of a specific role to serve these specific requirements.  The administrator role I gave the user…

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Welcome to my new revamped Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint Blog Site

Welcome to my new revamped Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint Blog Site

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have moved my Office 365/SharePoint blog from an Office 365 hosted SharePoint Online Public Blog site to a hosted WordPress Blog site.  This is mainly due to the fact Microsoft has decided to not have public SharePoint sites available anymore as part of your Office 365 subscription.  Also due to the fact that WordPress is a way better blogging platform. In this new blog, going forward, I have decided to combine my Azure blog…

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Assign and Manage Azure Resource Policies on Tags

Assign and Manage Azure Resource Policies on Tags

In a previous post, I talked about how my client had started using Azure for various departments and enterprise applications in their organization and how they needed a mechanism to sort out how the IT department would easily organize the Azure Resources by department and/or applications.  They needed to do this for a few different reasons – their SDLC process, general organization and charge back to the business processes. Using the tagging feature attached to Resource Groups allowed them to filter…

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Azure Security Tip – Turn on SQL Database Threat Detection immediately for your Azure SQL Databases

Azure Security Tip – Turn on SQL Database Threat Detection immediately for your Azure SQL Databases

For anyone running their SQL Database in Azure, it is highly recommended that you enable Azure SQL Database Threat Detection to identify potential threats to your databases.  Types of threats include SQL injections, vulnerabilities in configuration and setup and weird database access patterns. It’s very simple and easy to do and your admins can get an immediate notification about abnormal activities on your databases in real-time. Furthermore, this service provides you with the information on how to further investigate what’s…

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Azure Security recommendations to avoid Cyberattacks on your Azure Deployments

Azure Security recommendations to avoid Cyberattacks on your Azure Deployments

An interesting article was put out this week on a real-world attack campaign that was detected by the Azure Security Center (ASC) team with some recommendations on how to prevent similar attacks on your environment.  I’ve listed some of the simple steps from this article you can perform on your own to prevent the same thing happening to you. First thing you should do is spend that extra little bit of money (right now $15/month) to configure your Azure subscription(s) to receive…

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Secure your Azure Resources using Role-Based Access Control

Secure your Azure Resources using Role-Based Access Control

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) allows you to segregate access and duties to other users within your Azure Portal. It allows the ability to grant the amount of access your users need for specific Azure Resources by giving a user access to specific built-in roles. There are three basic roles that apply to all resource types: Owner has full access to all resources including the right to delegate access to others. Contributor can create and manage all types of Azure resources…

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Setting up Azure Resources for Enterprise SDLC Chargebacks

Setting up Azure Resources for Enterprise SDLC Chargebacks

I have a customer who is in the midst of deploying Azure Storage as a source for BLOBs to be downloaded by their customers for a large enterprise integration project.  One of the dilemma’s their IT operations teams are facing is how to setup Azure so that it fits within their Solution Development Lifecycle (SDLC) processes and try to understand how to segregate the costs for the service.  This needs to be segregated by Department and Application. As is standard…

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Azure Traffic Manager Geographic Routing capability hits General Availability

Azure Traffic Manager Geographic Routing capability hits General Availability

Using this capability in Azure Traffic Manager, you can now direct user traffic to specific endpoints based on the geographic location from where the requests originate.  A good use case for this would be to direct users to a localized/language/feature specific web-site that is customized towards that specific region. Or even further, you can route users to an Azure Web site that is hosted in a closer data center. Region granularity includes: World – any region Regional Grouping – Africa,…

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Provide input on the Azure Logic Apps Triggers and Actions you would like to see for integrating business applications

Provide input on the Azure Logic Apps Triggers and Actions you would like to see for integrating business applications

As I have been playing with the various Azure Logic Apps actions available, I have uncovered that there seem to be a lot that are missing when it comes to SharePoint Online. Many of these actions that are missing can quite easily be custom created by an Azure Function, however, a lot of the basic actions and triggers should be built-in within the provided SharePoint Online logic app action itself (i.e. the basic ability to create a folder in SharePoint Online)….

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