imageThis document will help you get a more secure posture using the capabilities of Azure Active Directory by using a five-step checklist to inoculate your organization against cyber-attacks.

This checklist will help you quickly deploy critical recommended actions to protect your organization immediately by explaining how to:

  • Strengthen your credentials.
  • Reduce your attack surface area.
  • Automate threat response.
  • Increase your awareness of auditing and monitoring.
  • Enable more predictable and complete end-user security with self-help.

imageLearn about Azure IoT solutions, platform services and industry-leading edge technologies.

See how you can connect devices to create powerful IoT applications on the flexible Azure IoT platform. See how Azure IoT simplifies IoT development—use your preferred language, tools and existing developer SDKs to start building IoT right away.

Get started quickly with solution accelerators such as Remote Monitoring, Predictive Maintenance and Connected Factory for common IoT scenarios.

Learn how to use Azure IoT Hub to easily create, customize, and manage all aspects of your IoT application, and IoT Edge to deploy cloud apps on the edge—creating more intelligent solutions, whether in the cloud or on-premises.

Create visualizations of IoT time-series data and create insights from your IoT application with other Azure platform services.

imageCloud-based advanced services, like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data analytics, open new opportunities for technical teams to drive business value. Find inspiration and guidance about what kind of transformational changes are possible and how you can achieve them. Download this free e-book, Designed to Disrupt: Reimagine Your Apps and Transform Your Industry, to help you:

  • Use cloud technology to give your company a competitive edge by accessing new markets, enhancing your customers’ experience, and increasing operational efficiency.
  • Learn from companies who have successfully used innovative technologies—such as cognitive services, Internet of Things (IoT) and bots—to grow their businesses. 
  • Create a digital journey roadmap, with envisioning sessions to reimagine your company’s goals and practical tools to bring your visions to life.

Get the ebook here:

We released a tool a few months ago via “The Garage” that I was recently made aware of called “Fast Data Transfer” for customers looking for a tool to accelerate the uploading of large amounts of data.

imageFast Data Transfer is a tool for fast upload of data into Azure – up to 4 terabytes per hour from a single client machine. It moves data from your premises to Blob Storage, to a clustered file system, or direct to an Azure VM. It can also move data between Azure regions.

The tool works by maximizing utilization of the network link. It efficiently uses all available bandwidth, even over long-distance links. On a 10 Gbps link, it reaches around 4 TB per hour, which makes it about 3 to 10 times faster than competing tools we’ve tested. On slower links, Fast Data Transfer typically achieves over 90% of the link’s theoretical maximum, while other tools may achieve substantially less.

For more information, visit:

imageThe Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 AMA is coming up on November 29th at 9AM PT.

Check it out here:

Wow.  Big news!

imageSoon-to-be introduced Microsoft sync technology will replace the current proprietary APIs & translator component currently used & enable Outlook for iOS and Android to take advantage of native Office 365 features it does not support today, such as S/MIME, Microsoft Information Protection labeling, and shared mailboxes. These and more Office 365 features will roll out soon after the architecture update.

Today, the vast majority of accounts using Outlook for iOS and Android connect via a Stateless Protocol Translator component that is built and run in Azure. This component routes data and translates commands, but it doesn’t cache user data. The app is coded with the Outlook device API, a proprietary API that syncs commands and data to and from the app. Exchange Online data is accessed via the publicly available REST APIs. The protocol translator enables communication between Outlook and Exchange Online.

Beginning in December 2018, Microsoft will migrate customers to a native Microsoft sync technology that removes the Stateless Protocol Translator component from the Office 365-based architecture. With the native Microsoft sync technology, Outlook for iOS and Android connects directly to Office 365 for data connections ensuring the data is protected by an HTTP TLS-secured connection end-to-end.

Read more about the transition here:

Here’s a great resource that aggregates a ton of Microsoft Azure information, announcements, and other resources from official Microsoft sources.

Introducing the Azure InfoHub:


There are 5 tabs at the top that provide you with additional information regarding:

Azure Services:


Free eBooks






Checkout the site here:

Also, if you’re looking to subscribe to the official Microsoft Azure Newsletter, visit:

Posted by: kurtsh | November 15, 2018

INFO: 10 ways to Optimize Costs in Microsoft Azure

imageSo you already know about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit & Azure Reserved Instances ‘eh?

Here’s 8 additional ways to save on Azure spend!

Taken from the blog post:

imageMicrosoft has pioneered intelligent content services in Microsoft 365 to help our customers achieve more. And the industry has taken note. Today, we are honored that for the second year in a row Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a Leader in the Content Services Platforms Magic Quadrant for 2018. Once again, Microsoft placed highest in Ability to Execute.

Download your own complimentary copy of the Gartner Content Services Magic Quadrant, free of charge, here:

For a view of the Magic Quadrant for 2018, read the original post here:

The goal of the BlueHat Security Conference is to educate both external security researchers and partners, as well as Microsoft engineers and executives, on current and emerging security threats, to help them address security issues in Microsoft products and services, and to protect our customers. BlueHat is a unique opportunity for Microsoft engineers and the security community to come together learn about the current threat landscape and challenge the thinking and actions we do in security. BlueHat is open to all Microsoft full time employees and a limited number of invite-only external attendees from the security community.

Taken from the Microsoft BlueHat blog:

imageLast month we wrapped up another great BlueHat event. As an organizer, it is great to hear that the content is so strong that we have participants have to make hard choices on what to attend. BlueHat is about the community we build and the experiences we share. To further support that we are making slides and videos of presentations available publicly.

For the general audience portion of the conference, the slides can be found here: The video recordings of the sessions are being uploaded over the next six weeks to our YouTube channel. You can see the latest content in our BlueHat v18 playlist here:

With this first upload of video content, we are excited to share with you the Keynote address, On the Frontier track, and Mitigating Attack Classes track.

The original post is located here:

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