Azure

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through datacenters. It provides both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Cloud Services is a PaaS environment and can be used to create scalable applications and services; there are specific software development kits (SDKs) provided by Microsoft for Python, Java, Node.js and .NET. Azure also has file and storage services, data management, analytics and DNS services.

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Microsoft Office 365 is a subscriptions based service which includes services like Exchange Online and Skype for business Online. These services integrate with Microsoft's online version of Active Directory called Azure Active Directory.
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Major Serverless Shift
Major Serverless Shift

Comparison of major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform

On Feb. 28, Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) went down after an employee issued the wrong command during a debugging exercise. Among those affected were big names like Netflix, Spotify and Expedia.
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During and after that shift to cloud, one area that still poses a struggle for many organizations is what to do with their department file shares.
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This article describes how to import an Outlook PST file to Office 365 using a third party product to avoid Microsoft's Azure command line tool, saving you time.
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by:Ravi Gupta
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Thanks Geeta for publishing this helpful article about PST to Office 365 migration. I hope it will help many users who want to import Outlook PST files into Office 365 account.
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Thanks Ravi for your valuable comment. :)
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This article shows the steps required to install WordPress on Azure. Web Apps, Mobile Apps, API Apps, or Functions, in Azure all these run in an App Service plan. WordPress is no exception and requires an App Service Plan and Database to install
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Azure Functions is a solution for easily running small pieces of code, or "functions," in the cloud. This article shows how to create one of these functions to write directly to Azure Table Storage.
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In previous parts of this Nano Server deployment series, we learned how to create, deploy and configure Nano Server as a Hyper-V host. In this part, we will look for a clustering option. We will create a Hyper-V cluster of 3 Nano Server host nodes with Storage Spaces Direct on it.
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Many of the companies I’ve worked with have embraced cloud solutions due to their desire to “get out of the datacenter business.” The ability to achieve better security and availability, and the speed with which they are able to deploy, is far greater than traditional on-prem options.


During and after that shift to cloud, though, one area that still poses a struggle for many organizations is what to do with their department file shares.  I’m sure you’re thinking “there are all kinds of solutions,” and most of them are far better than a traditional network share.  I’d agree with you; however, many organizations have a workforce that is accustomed to this old process.  While solutions like SharePoint, One Drive for Business, and Dropbox are nice and have additional features, most organizations still prefer the Windows file share.  


One solution that holds promise is Microsoft’s Azure File Services.  The offering was originally intended to enable companies to move applications that interacted with file shares to Azure, and it was only accessible from Virtual Machines within the same Azure data center when it was first released.  But last year Microsoft released an update that leverages SMB 3.0 and enables users to securely connect to the shares from any location.


There are some limitations if you’re looking to deploy Azure File Services within your organization.  The biggest that I found was that not all internet service providers (ISPs), such as Comcast and Charter Spectrum, will allow port 45 access across their networks.  (Here is a list of known ISPs that do and don’t block this.)


The other major limitation at this time is while you can assign Azure AD permissions to the share, when a user connects, they have to authenticate with the Azure Storage Account and key. This requirement means that everyone is authenticating with the same account.  Microsoft is aware this is a short-coming and is supposed to be addressing it in the future with an update to the service.


These two limitations aside, I see the service being useful for organizations that need to archive data and only allow access from a limited number of individuals or systems.  As Azure storage is a low-cost retention solution, the data at rest can easily be encrypted with Azure encryption services.

If you’d like to try Azure File Services for yourself, follow these steps:

Go to the Azure management portal and log in with your account.


Make sure when naming the resource to use all lower case letters (this is a Microsoft Configuration requirement).  For Account Kind, make sure to select “General Purpose.” For our demo we’ll be using Standard performance disks and Geo-redundant Storage.  We’ve also enabled Encryption to show you how easy this function is.


Once the storage account has been created, browse to it and under File Service click Files. You see a sub screen and the Create File Share Button: click it, give your file share a name, specify how large you’d like it to be, and click Create.


Congratulations – you’ve just created your first Azure File Share.  But wait! You’re asking, “How do I connect to this file share?”


If you click on Connect it will give you the command syntax to connect from either a Windows or a Linux machine.  Remember, your ISP may be blocking port 445.  However once you do connect you can upload files and interact like a normal file share. 


Look for future updates from Microsoft on this feature to add additional security and the ability to assign individualized permissions based on Azure AD accounts.

Alternatively, if you are considering Azure for your organization but need additional expertise for deployment and management services, learn more about public cloud management services like those from Concerto Cloud. 

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Previously, on our Nano Server Deployment series, we've created a new nano server image and deployed it on a physical server in part 2. Now we will go through configuration.
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Optimized for private cloud infrastructures and datacenters, Nano Server is minimalistic, yet super-efficient, OS for services such as Hyper-V and Hyper-V cluster. Learn how you can easily deploy Nano Server and unlock its power!
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What is a Denial of Service (DoS)?
What is a Denial of Service (DoS)?

A DoS is a malicious attempt to prevent the normal operation of a computer system. You may frequently see the terms 'DDoS' (Distributed Denial of Service) and 'DoS' used interchangeably, but there are some subtle differences.

Nano Server Creation
Optimized for private cloud infrastructures and datacenters, Nano Server is minimalistic, yet super-efficient, OS for services such as Hyper-V and Hyper-V cluster. Learn how you can easily deploy Nano Server and unlock its power!
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The Nano Server Image Builder helps you create a custom Nano Server image and bootable USB media with the aid of a graphical interface. Based on the inputs you provide, it generates images for deployment and creates reusable PowerShell scripts that allow you to create installations of Nano Server.
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Is this the end of IT management tools?
Or at least that’s the word according to a new blog from Tech Target on AWS’s new Managed Services (MS) offering. According to the blog, AWS is launching their AWS MS program to expedite the adoption of cloud by Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 companies. The article published last week notes AWS’ belief that companies want:
 

[T]o add additional automation, make use of standard components that can be used more than once, and to relieve their staff of as many routine operational duties as possible.


Further explanation is provided in AWS’ announcement of their new product which they claim is designed to take over system monitoring, incident management, change control provisioning and patch management. Indeed, these are usually functions that fall under the auspices of IT Ops. And as the Tech Target article goes on to note:


After all of this, the only ones left standing could be application developers, despite — or thanks to — Amazon’s vast array of development tools.


So, if we follow AWS’s logic, we might think that they have sunk their claws into the whole IT management life-cycle. The question then becomes, has AWS set the stakes for IT management to meet its maker? Ummmm, not so fast, Cowboy.


One cloud to rule them all


The first thing to note in reading the Tech Target blog
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ONPAGE AND LOG.IZ
A look into Log Analysis and Effective Critical Alerting.
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In the market for a new backup solution for Windows Server 2016? Follow these guidelines to get the most bang for your buck.
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Most of the applications these days are on Cloud. Cloud is ubiquitous with many service providers in the market. Since it has many benefits such as cost reduction, software updates, remote access, disaster recovery and much more.
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Many companies are looking to get out of the datacenter business and to services like Microsoft Azure to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions for legacy client server workloads, rather than continuing to make capital investments in hardware. And for organizations in the healthcare industry adhering to HIPAA and HITECH Standards, there are a few keys to safeguarding their sensitive data.

Microsoft supports running workloads with Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI) in Azure, but as discussed in an earlier article, it is important to understand their stance on Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) and the  shared risk model. In this model, the customer bears the burden of configuring the environment, or ensuring their service providers adhere to HIPAA and HITECH Standards.

Therefore, in this article, we discuss four key safeguards an organization can take when deploying workloads into Azure. To this end, the federal government doesn’t clearly outline in black and white what is required for HIPAA and HITECH, as much as require an organization to implement safeguards that are reasonable for their size.  The below keys are some of the safeguards a mid-market healthcare organization would be expected to implement to protect personal data.

Disable access from external networks or encrypt data in transit
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Exchange server is not supported in any cloud-hosted platform (other than Azure with Azure Premium Storage).
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Synchronize a new Active Directory domain with an existing Office 365 tenant
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Disabling the Directory Sync Service Account in Office 365 will stop directory synchronization from working.
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Unigma Cost Calculator
Monitoring systems evolution, cloud technology benefits and cloud cost calculators business utility.
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Companies keep a much closer eye on costs today, so changing to new Technology – Microsoft Office 365 is the smartest move to take.
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Storage Spaces Cluster JBOD
The following article is comprised of the pearls we have garnered deploying virtualization solutions since Virtual Server 2005 and subsequent 2008 RTM+ Hyper-V in standalone and clustered environments.
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Azure

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through datacenters. It provides both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Cloud Services is a PaaS environment and can be used to create scalable applications and services; there are specific software development kits (SDKs) provided by Microsoft for Python, Java, Node.js and .NET. Azure also has file and storage services, data management, analytics and DNS services.