How do you know if your Office 365 subscription is in a secure state?

How do you know if your Office 365 subscription is in a secure state?

Little known to many is a really handy feature recently released by Microsoft called the Secure Score. Secure Score is a totally different way of managing risk on your Office 365 deployment where by instead of reacting to security alerts sent to you by Microsoft, it lets you proactively track and incrementaly improve your Office 365 security. Secure Score figures out which Office 365 services you have along with how they are configured and compares it to a baseline level…

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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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Grant limited access to your Azure Storage BLOBS using Shared Access Signatures (SAS)

Grant limited access to your Azure Storage BLOBS using Shared Access Signatures (SAS)

My client has the requirement that BLOB’s be placed on a speedy, durable, scalable & highly available cloud storage platform and accessed via the public via a dropdown menu on their corporate web site where any anonymous could download the BLOB files.  The metadata for the BLOBs would be stored in a SharePoint environment and accessed via web services. The tricky part of their requirement is that they wanted the link to expire after a certain amount of time due…

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Understanding where you Azure Services are being regionally hosted

Understanding where you Azure Services are being regionally hosted

It is important to understand that when you setup an Azure service, the service and the data is served out of a various data centers in the world regions.  You can see exactly where each data center resides across the world via the Microsoft published Azure Data Center Map.  At the time of writing this blog, Microsoft were currently at 30 data centers across the world. An example of the map showing the Canadian data centers (Toronto and Quebec City):…

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Use the Azure Status page to check that all your services are running correctly

Use the Azure Status page to check that all your services are running correctly

Microsoft is trying to be transparent just like Salesforce in their Trust Center site in letting their customers know when something is impacting their services in their various data centers. This could be anything from outages, backed bugs and misconfiguration or just general failures. This transparency is indicated in the Azure Status page where Microsoft lists the status (Good, Warning, Error or Information) of each Azure service/product by each region.   From this page, you can also drill down to see…

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Setting up Azure CDN for SharePoint framework (SPFx) web part

Setting up Azure CDN for SharePoint framework (SPFx) web part

For anyone following Microsoft’s new and shiny SharePoint framework, it has lot of potentials and can solve most challenges, if not all, around SharePoint Online customizations. When you build the SPFx web part you get your resource files i.e. CSS, JSON etc. You can deploy them to your SP document library but better option will be to deploy them to Azure CDN. In this article, I am going to walk you through how to setup Azure CDN. To setup Azure…

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Azure Resource Manager template authoring tools

Azure Resource Manager template authoring tools

In this article, I am going to touch on different tooling available for Azure Resource Manager (ARM). For anyone who does not know the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is the service used to provision resources in Azure subscription using the new sets of APIs. I am not going to spend too much time on ARM in this post. When creating ARM templates, you have multiple options as far as editors are concerned. Visual Studio 2013: You can download and install…

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Developers – Use the Azure Storage Emulator when developing Azure Storage Applications

Developers – Use the Azure Storage Emulator when developing Azure Storage Applications

In a previous post, I talked about how you could interact with Azure Storage using Azure Storage Explorer. A pain for developers is the need to have an Azure Storage account setup with a subscription when developing applications that interact with Azure Storage blobs or data. The Azure Storage Emulator is a nifty little tool allows developers to work against local storage and with the extra bonus that this local storage can be picked up and browsed by Azure Storage…

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Microsoft Azure Storage Access & Interaction Tools

Microsoft Azure Storage Access & Interaction Tools

I recently had a project where I needed a capability to store BLOB’s in the cloud to meet some requirements of having a fast download speeds, scalable infrastructure and cheap storage & access of various different types of BLOBs my my client. I turned to see if Azure had some tools such as Microsoft Azure Storage,that could help me out. Obviously with the release of Microsoft Azure Storage, users will need a mechanism to access and interact with their data….

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Choosing between Azure Container Services, Azure Service Fabric and Azure Functions

Choosing between Azure Container Services, Azure Service Fabric and Azure Functions

I’ve been trying to conceptualize the difference between Azure Container Services (ACS), Azure Service Fabric (ASF) and Azure Functions (AF) and when to use what.  I found a great article from Mahesh Kshirsagar of Microsoft who published a neat little blog on some basic points to consider when needing to choose between the three options of Azure Container Services, Azure Service Fabric and Azure Functions.  I’ve tried to summarize this here along with some other key ingredients you should consider. Use Azure…

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