2. June 2016 21:06
Blob storage accounts are specialized storage accounts for storing your
unstructured data as blobs (objects) in Azure Storage. With Blob storage
accounts, you can now choose between hot and cool storage access tiers.
And you can switch between hot and cool access tiers any time with a
quick toggle from the Azure portal. The latency for Blob storage
accounts (hot and cool) is in the milliseconds and the scalability and
performance targets are the same as general-purpose storage
accounts. Read more details in the Azure Blob storage documentation
Best practices for using the Azure Blob storage accounts with StorSimple:
set the access tier to hot. Keep the access tier set to hot until any
initial data migrations are complete and the account has a significant
amount of infrequently accessed data. Then consider switching to cool.
your existing usage pattern to determine whether you will benefit from
using a cool storage account. To learn how Azure Storage metrics can
help you to understand your storage usage pattern, click here.
that involve a lot of cloud data access, such as using the StorSimple
Cloud Appliance for dev/test or research, are better suited for hot
- If you expect to clone data often you should choose hot storage.
Read more here..
2. June 2016 21:06
Azure AD Identity Protection has been generating a TON of customer
interest, especially with recent news about hackers selling huge lists
of leaked user credentials. So today Azure AD Identity Protection has just turned on support for federated
identities. This means that our largest customer, most of who use Active
Directory Federation Server with Azure AD, can now get the benefit of
this powerful security service.
Identity Protection detects risk events involving identities in an
Azure Active Directory that indicate that the identities may have been
compromised. For details on risk detection, see Types of risk events detected by Azure Active Directory Identity Protection.
What’s new: Starting today, all of Identity
Protection’s risk event types will be covered for federated identities!
Now you can tell if botnet infections, TOR networks, or location
anomalies are present in your federated sign-ins. [Note that leaked
credentials detection requires that you have enabled password hash sync in your federated tenant.]
Read more here...
1. June 2016 10:06
This is what we have for you in the May update of Power BI Desktop:
- Customizable tooltips Keyboard nudging for visuals
- Conditional formatting in tables
- Publish to Pyramid server
- Scrolling loads more data in chart
- Ability to “Save As” a Power BI Template
- Support for reordering Query Steps by using drag & drop
- Date picker support in Conditional Columns dialog input Date fields
- New context menu entry to create new queries from the Queries pane
For a summary of the major updates, you can watch the following video:
Read more here...
31. May 2016 15:05
- OneDrive and Skype for Business integration in Outlook for iOS and Android—Collaborate
on documents more easily in Outlook by emailing a link to a file stored
in OneDrive for Business, keeping all the recipients on the same page
with the latest version. Coming in next week’s update, you’ll be able to
quickly join Skype Meetings in one tap from Outlook’s event details
Pre-populated attachments in Skype Meetings—Files you
attach to a Skype Meeting request in Outlook 2016 or Outlook on the web
now automatically load into the Skype Meeting document bin as soon as
participants join. Cloud attachments automatically assign permissions to
meeting attendees. That way everybody can collaborate during the Skype
Meeting. Learn more about preloading attachments into Skype for Business meetings.
SharePoint and OneDrive for Business enhancements for Office 365
Earlier this month, we unveiled our new cloud-first, mobile-first vision
and roadmap for SharePoint. We’ve already started rolling out some of
those improvements to help empower people, teams and organizations to
intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere
and on any device.
It’s simpler and more powerful to share files and collaborate from any device. Now you can use OneDrive for iPhone and iPad
to seamlessly share, edit and take offline any files stored in
SharePoint document libraries, Office 365 groups and OneDrive for
Business. On the web, you can copy files from OneDrive for Business to a
SharePoint team site or Office 365 group. The new Discover view in both the web and OneDrive for Android
helps files find you, minimizing search time with recommendations
powered by the Office Graph. We’ll expand these capabilities to more
platforms later this year.
Read more here..
26. May 2016 15:05
Events . Security
June 29, 2016 – 10:00 –11:00AM PST
and mobile technologies present immense business opportunity, but there is
potential for increased risk as organizations increase their exposure to
cybersecurity threats. The digital world requires new approaches to protect
against, detect, and respond to security threats.
Join speakers Julia
White, General Manager in the Cloud + Enterprise, and Ann Johnson,
Vice President of the Enterprise Cybersecurity Group, for our webinar: Top 5
security threats facing your business—and how to respond. You’ll discover our
unique approach to security and how to benefit from the insight into the threat
landscape that Microsoft derives from trillions of signals from billions of
webinar you'll learn about:
- Protecting against identity
compromise and identify breaches before they cause damage
- Ensuring device security while
enabling mobile work for your users
- The unique perspective Microsoft
brings to cybersecurity
25. May 2016 10:05
Azure . Security
Recent news about the 167 million accounts and passwords for LinkedIn that have been put up for sale on the dark web has scared a lot of people - hopefully, you have reset your password by now. Of course, this is just the latest in a long history of accounts being leaked and potentially used for nefarious purposes. What was interesting about this latest breach is that one organization has managed to crack about 117 million of those passwords because users were using weak, easily guessable passwords.
Microsoft is taking action on this problem of users electing to use weak passwords by dynamically blocking those types of passwords for Microsoft Accounts (aka Live IDs). Microsoft has been securing these accounts for years and sees millions of attacks on these accounts every day. Leveraging this experience, machine learning and the compute resources of Azure, we have the ability to solve some of these issues.
Please review this Active Directory Team Blog post
to learn about some interesting statistics, some research we've done on the problem and the solutions we are implementing to protect consumers and customers.
At the Citrix Synergy event in Las Vegas today, there were several exciting announcements about how Microsoft and Citrix are partnering together to accelerate Windows 10 and Office 365 adoption.
- Citrix will leverage Azure to provide a Windows 10 VDI solution for customers with Windows licensed per user.
- Citrix is updating their mobile applications with the Microsoft Intune SDK so they can be managed by Intune and integrated with Office 365 mobile apps.
- Citrix has announced an updated connector for SCCM, allowing organizations to manage Citrix XenApps applications with a single tool.
- Microsoft and Citrix have partnered to optimize the Skype for Business application for use in XenApp and XenDesktop environments
- Citrix and Microsoft are working together to leverage the Citrix NetScaler solution to provide secure, conditional access to on premises applications through the Intune solution
- Citrix is building capabilities into its mobile apps like support for MFA and self-service password reset
Find out more about how the Microsoft and Citrix partnership continues to grow and provide valuable solutions for our customers. All the details are in this Brad Anderson blog post.
Did you know that Intune can be used to manage individual applications on a mobile device, even if that device is managed by a different MDM solution? Intune can also manage apps on a device that is not managed or enrolled. We call it Mobile Application Management (MAM), and you can find out how we do it by checking out this new Microsoft Mechanics video
that shows the admin and end-user experience.
Automate your time-consuming tasks
Set up flows that instantaneously deal with critical emails, notify the whole team whenever a work item is updated, or capture, track, and follow up with new sales leads—almost anything, all automatically.
Some great Office 365 Templates examples below
See entire Library of Flows here...
Microsoft has announced the public preview of the Microsoft Operations Management Suite solution for Office 365. With this solution, you can monitor user activities, monitor admin activities, detect/investigate unwanted user behavior, demonstrate compliance and perform troubleshooting. Check out this TechNet Blog entry
for more detail and the steps you'll need to follow to test it out.