How secure is Microsoft Intune? Keep calm and reassure your cloud security manager!

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Perhaps you noticed yourself but customers are asking more often how secure Microsoft clouds services are(Microsoft Azure, Office365 & Windows Intune)?  Valid questions like “What- and where my corporate data is stored? How my corporate data is protected in Microsoft datacenters? What security controls in place and what about backup, disaster recovery and data retention policies? Do I have control on what data is going synced to the cloud?” And so we can still go on…

By informing customers and providing them guidelines and best practices it is more clear what the impact of using Microsoft cloud services is for their organizations. This will eliminate possible restraints (rightly or not), increases confidence of cloud service as platform & accelerates the adaption as such.

This post might help you to get better understanding on what terms and conditions Microsoft clouds services performed and enables you to inform your cloud security officer! Continue reading “How secure is Microsoft Intune? Keep calm and reassure your cloud security manager!”

Microsoft System Center Advisor Public Preview Available

Just drop you a quick line that Microsoft System Center Advisor Public Preview is available. You can sign up to the public preview by https://preview.systemcenteradvisor.com/

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Microsoft anounced new update of Windows Intune Services; “Modern mobile devices should be managed from a cloud service”

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Today Microsoft announced new enhancements of Windows Intune Service as per next week. These updates include:

  • Ability for the administrator to configure email profiles, which can automatically configure the device with the appropriate email server information and related policies, as well as the ability to remove the profile along with the email itself via a remote wipe if needed.
  • Support for new configuration settings in iOS 7, including the “Managed open in” capability to protect corporate data by controlling which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments, and disabling the fingerprint unlock feature.
  • Ability for the administrator to remotely lock the device if it is lost or stolen, and reset the password if the user forgets it.
  • In addition to our unified deployment mode and integration with System Center Configuration Manager, Windows Intune can now stand alone as a cloud-only MDM solution. This is a big win for organizations that want a cloud-only management solutions to manage both their mobile devices and PC’s.

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Session Confirmation ExpertsLive 2013 #SysCtr

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Last week I received my session confirmation for ExpertsLive 2013. ExpertsLive is the Dutch knowledge community event around Microsoft Azure, System Center, Hyper-V, SQL Server, Windows Server and PowerShell. Experts Live is organized by and for the communities such as Hyper-V.nu, System Center User Group, Windows Azure User Group, PowerShell User Group, PASS (SQL) and the Windows Management User Group.

Together with my colleague Stijn Callebaut we provide the audience a cloud forecast; standardization, automation and process integration with Service Manager and Windows Azure. Showcase a self-service scenario provisioning IaaS to Windows Azure.

Service Manager 2012 R2 forecast “Cloudy with a chance of Iaas” – Ronny de Jong & Stijn Callebaut

Microsoft provides a consistent Cloud OS but how consistent is the deployment of these in a public or private cloud scenario? The lack of process integration, supply of various portals, too many steps, too many clicks! Service Manager provides an interface that allows Cloud OS. On a standard and automated way After going through change management process VMs in public (Azure) or private cloud (SCVMM) provisioned. All this on the assumption Cafeteria, standardization and automation of your public or private cloud.

Looking forward to see you at ExpertsLive 2013!

 

http://www.expertslive.nl/

https://www.facebook.com/ExpertsLiveNL

https://twitter.com/experts_live

Windows Intune Client – Behind the Scenes #SysCtr

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As Microsoft announced on September 23rd updating their Windows Intune cloud service which will be available October 18th I thought it might be interesting having a closer look what is going-on after installing the Windows Intune client agents software.

In this post I will cover the following points of Windows Intune. Enjoy Glimlach

  • Windows Intune Client Software
  • Windows Intune Software Components
  • Windows Intune Log Files
  • Windows Intune Registry
  • Windows Intune Services
  • Windows Intune Operation Manager
  • Windows Intune Endpoint Protection
  • Windows Intune Task Scheduler
  • Windows Intune Center
  • Windows Intune Service Endpoints

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Better together…TechEd & MMS! #SysCtr

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Today Brad Anderson announced from now on that MMS will be merged with TechEd event. How come?

The objective is simple:  Provide attendees a better opportunity for knowledge gathering and technical growth. By drawing together a larger community to this combined event, every attendee will have a dramatically wider range of experts and luminaries (both from the industry and within Microsoft) to learn from and engage.

TechEd 2014 will be your single best source for the latest news, trends, resources and deep technical education. Also, the System Center team is already preparing to teach the deep 300- and 400-level content you’ve come to expect at MMS. There will also be expanded Early Bird pricing options, dedicated Management Meet & Geek opportunities, dedicated Management Instructor-Led Labs and Hands-on Labs, structured and unstructured networking opportunities tuned to the Management community and broader communities, and other unique MMS experiences.

This is a big transition, and I understand and respect the concerns that accompany this type of strategic move. The content and operational experts behind both events are already working together to ensure that this new event surpasses what you’ve come to expect from TechEd while delivering everything you require from MMS.

Read the complete blog post of Brad Anderson here. The new format of TechEd NA 2014 take place at May 12-15, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

How to manage your WordPress site hosted on Windows Azure by FTP

Windows Azure is a great cloud platform to host your WordPress site(s). But how easy is it to manage? From infratructure perspective you’ve the Windows Azure Management Portal available to monitor traffic, scale your site, set your domain names and bindings.

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From Application perspective you’ve the default WordPress Management console to add themes, install plugins and manage comments, etc.

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But what if you need to make some changes to your WordPress site which can’t be performed by the GUI? Let’s say you want to upload a theme which exceeds the default upload upload_max_filesize directive ? You can’t modify the php.ini by GUI. FTP(S) is your friend!!

But how…excactly how can I connect to my WordPress site hosted on Windows Azure by FTP(S)?

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Windows Azure Virtual Network Site-to-Site IPsec VPN with Forefront TMG 2010

Microsoft announced Windows Azure Virtual Network and Windows Azure Virtual Machines in June 2012 to provide IaaS ‘Hybrid Cloud’ functionality.

What this allows is persistent Virtual Machines (which retain the same private addresses) running in Azure that can be joined to your on-premise Active Directory using a site-to-site IPsec VPN. The Azure VMs then act like a branch network with full connectivity and you can add Domain Controllers in the Azure Virtual Network.

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There some great blog posts available which guiding you through and enables cross-premises connectivity with your on-premise environment and Windows Azure. 

Enable Cross-Premises Connectivity to Windows Azure with Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 source: ISAServer.org / Richard Hicks

Windows Azure Virtual Network VPN with TMG 2010 source: kloud.com.au

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5 beta Now Available!

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5 beta Now Available!

The journey to the cloud is now smoother than ever with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 Beta. The MAP Toolkit’s new capabilities help users to securely assess heterogeneous IT environments while enabling the evaluation of workloads for migration to Microsoft’s private and public cloud platforms. Consolidate existing server workloads using the updated Hyper-V® Cloud Fast Track capacity planning feature. The revamped Azure Migration feature in MAP 6.5 provides more in-depth analysis of the suitability of migrating on-premises applications to the Windows Azure platform. Other significant new features in MAP 6.5 include the discovery of active Windows® devices, Software Usage Tracking for Forefront® Endpoint Protection (FEP), and the discovery of Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers with HP-UX to assist in the planning of migration to SQL Server®.

Key features and benefits of MAP 6.5 Beta help you:

        Analyze your portfolio of applications for a move to the Windows Azure platform.

        Accelerate private and public cloud planning with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Onboarding.

        Identify migration opportunities with enhanced heterogeneous server environment inventory.

        NEW!Assess your usage of Microsoft software with the Software Usage Tracking feature.

        Discover Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers for migration to SQL Server.

To join the beta review program for Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5, visit Microsoft Connect:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=219168  

Sources:

www.microsoft.com/map

http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog

www.microsoft.com/solutionaccelerators

Overview of System Center Advisor #sysctr

In this blog I’d like to introduce you to System Center Advisor. What is it, what are the benefits and what’s in for me? In this post I’ll start with some background and go through the installation and configuration of System Center Advisor.

What is System Center Advisor?

System Center Advisor is an online service that analyzes installations of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (and later versions) and Windows Server 2008 (and later versions). The System Requirements can be reviewed here. Advisor collects data from your installations, analyzes it, and generates alerts that identify potential issues (such as missing security patches) or deviations from identified best practices with regard to configuration and usage. Advisor also provides both current and historical views of the configuration of servers in your environment.

Advisor is developed by the Microsoft System Center Advisor product group in partnership with Microsoft Support engineers to ensure that the issues customers report to Microsoft are detected before they affect your environment. Advisor is regularly updated to reflect the most recent experiences of these engineers, who support customers around the world.

What does Advisor analyze?

With System Center Advisor, the following workloads are analyzed: