Windows 10 platform: Getting value from Microsoft Stores for Business and Education

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As many enterprises nearly complete their migrations to Windows 10, IT pros are turning their attention to optimizing the Windows 10 platform. One of the Windows 10 features that organizations can leverage is the Windows 10 user experience including interacting with the Microsoft Storeā€¦applications downloaded from the store install quickly, and automatically update from the […]

Azure Sentinel updates: New Data Connector UX, AWS live, CyberArk coming

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With little fanfare earlier this month, Microsoft released a significant UX (user experience) update to the Data Connectors component of Azure Sentinel, their new flagship cloud-based SIEM: Connect Data Sources to Azure Sentinel. Read more about the Sentinel Preview in my previous article. The new connector selection and configuration features are a big improvement and […]

Azure Sentinel: New Microsoft SIEM almost free to trial

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2019 is the year to invest in learning about Azure Sentinel. A key reason: during the Public Preview period Azure Sentinel services are provided at no extra charge. The economic motivation: popular cloud-based Enterprise SIEM services (Security information and event management) are among the most expensive and business critical cloud services large and high-value organizations […]

Speaking at MMS 2019

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I’m leaving tomorrow for Minneapolis to speak at the Midwest Management Summit in the Mall of America next week. I will be co-presenting at 3 breakout sessions and co-hosting a panel session. In order when they appear in the schedule, here are my sessions: Tuesday, May 7 ā€¢ 12:00pm – 12:45pmNerds of a Feather – […]

SCOM 2019: Fast track setup on an Azure VM

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The newest release of System Center Operations Manager, SCOM 2019, recently became available to install and evaluate in March 2019. Microsoft continues to invest in the System Center product line and SCOM 2019 is a nice delivery of improved performance and new features. The most significant updates to SCOM seem to be in the hybrid […]

WHITE PAPER: Automatic Remediation Tasks in the Hybrid Environment

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Azure and SCOM solutions detailed and compared Situation: You have an Azure VM running Windows Server hosting a high-value website. You need to do two things: (1) monitor that the website is running, and (2) if the site is discovered to be stopped, you want to send a start command to the website. Tools available: […]

Connect your firewall to Azure Log Analytics for security insights

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A real-world practical deep dive into creating a simple but valuable custom solution in Azure Log Analytics. The focus is hooking up a common and popular firewall product from Fortinet, Inc. with an Azure Log Analytics workspace to gain insight and affect control into the Internet traffic through the firewall. This article is for organizations […]

No-cost analytics accelerate successful upgrade to Windows 10

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Do you need a plan to upgrade perhaps thousands of client computers to Windows 10 in the next year? Microsoft makes available an enormously useful Azure-based tool to help organizations plan a Windows 10 migration that is free to use in most scenarios: Upgrade Readiness. Why it’s important: Many organizations must execute Windows 7 upgrades […]

Azure monitoring as a data provider to your SIEM

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New capabilities for Azure monitoring allow you to ‘bring you own’ SIEM (security information and event management) and connect to Azure log and event data streams. Azure as a data provider I’d call it a landmark achievement for Azure: Enough enterprise customers are relying on Azure AD for business critical identity and security services that’s […]

DEEP DIVE + Azure Management PREVIEW: Office 365 Analytics

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This article shows you how to connect your Office 365 organization to an existing or new Azure Log Analytics workspace and begin to centrally monitor and alert on events occurring in your Azure AD, Exchange online and SharePoint online services. This capability for Microsoft customers can consolidate and elevate more enterprise health and security data […]