Cloud and Identity Access

Identity and Access

Controlling who can access which resources is key for Cloud projects. Recently I was talking with a customer that has external users (partners) and internal users and the ability to  centralize and manage the access for those users is essential.

Azure provides ways for customers to federate user identities to Azure Active Directory as well as enabling  Multi-Factor Authentication and the new Role Based Access Control (RBAC) features can be used to restrict access and permissions for specific cloud resources.

Monitoring

To help detect suspicious access, Azure Active Directory offers reports that alert you to anomalous activity, such as a user logging in from an unknown device. In addition, operational logging and alerting capabilities can notify customers if someone stops a website or if a virtual machine is deleted. It is possible also to use an on premise System Center Operations Manager to monitor  the availability and performance of resources that are running on Windows Azure.

The reports provides up to 30 days of data representing key changes in the directory, providing the action, timestamp, the user/application that performed the action, and the user/application on which the action was performed.

Network

With new VNET-to-VNET connectivity, multiple virtual networks can be directly and securely linked to one another. In addition, ExpressRoute is now generally available, enabling customers to establish a private connection to Azure datacenters, keeping their traffic off the Internet. Building on those enhancements, Microsoft also introduced Network Security Groups  for easier subnet isolation in multi-tier topologies.

Security

Azure uses industry-leading capabilities, including recent enhancements to TLS/SSL cipher suites and Perfect Forward Secrecy, to encrypt content flowing over the internet between the customer and the Azure service

Microsoft is committed to advancing cloud security with a goal to not only meet, but exceed the level of protection most enterprises have in place on-premises or in their own datacenters. For the latest information on security features and best practices, visit the Microsoft Azure Trust Center.

Azure RemoteApp will be generally available on December 11, 2014

Azure RemoteApp delivers Windows Server session-based applications from Azure.

Azure RemoteApp, enable users to access corporate applications from anywhere and on a variety of devices, scale up or down to meet the dynamic business needs without large capital expense or management complexity, and centralize and protect corporate applications with the security features and reliability of Azure.

Azure RemoteApp will be generally available on December 11, 2014.  Azure RemoteApp instances created during the current public preview period will continue to function as they do today. These instances will automatically transition to a 30-day free trial on December 11, 2014. The limit of two app collections and 10 users per instance will continue to be enforced during the free trial period. To remove these limitations, you can exit the free trial at any point and be charged the rates detailed on the Azure RemoteApp Pricing Details webpage.

For more information, please visit the Azure RemoteApp webpage. For a comprehensive look at pricing, please visit the Azure RemoteApp Pricing Details webpage.

What’s new in #Hyper-V webinar with Symon Perriman

Join Microsoft’s Symon Perriman to see an overview of the new capabilities coming in the next version of Hyper-V for Windows Server. The new feature will enhance management of virtualized servers, storage, networks, and workloads. Learn about upgrading the fabric and virtual machines, Linux support, quality of service, backup, and dynamically adding new resources.

Register now for these exclusive webinars by Microsoft’s Symon Perriman. The webinars will be co-hosted by Savision’s VP of R&D, Steven Dwyer. The webinars will be held on two different dates:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | 3:30 PM CEST/ 9:30 AM EDT    

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 8:00 PM CEST/ 2:00 PM EDT 

VSS Backups failing after KB3000853

I have been contacted by some people asking about backup issues they are experiencing on Windows Server 2012 . The issue is related with the Microsoft November update release KB3000853.

My recommendation is to remove the update until Microsoft fix the issue as it affected Microsoft and third party backup products.

As per Taylor Brown’s (Hyper-V Program Manager) blog,

“We are getting reports that some customers are seeing backup jobs fail after installing the latest Windows Updates including the November rollup (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3000853).

We believe there is an issue with the KB3000853 update and are working to fix it as quickly as possible, in the interim downloading and applying http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2996928/ should address the problem”

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/taylorb/archive/2014/11/19/backup-jobs-failing-post-nov-rollup-install.aspx

 

 

What’s New in Hyper-V vNext ? Check out at the Infrastructure Saturday event in Brisbane

Saturday 22nd November

Infrastructure Saturday is a day long event for south east Queensland based IT Professional that work with Microsoft products. This event is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions about Microsoft technologies.

Location: Microsoft office, Brisbane, QLD. http://www.infrastructuresaturday.com/

Topics covered in my Session: What’s New in Hyper-V vNext?

 

  • New Virtual Machine Upgrade Process
  • New Integration Components installation method
  • Secure Boot for Linux
  • Distributed Storage Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Hyper-V Backup
  • Hyper-V Virtual Machine Configuration
  • Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade

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Join me at the PASS Summit 2014, Nov. 4-7 in Seattle, WA #summit14

Hi

As you look to get the most from your database environment and career, I wanted to extend a special invitation for you to join me and 5,000 fellow professionals from around the world at PASS Summit 2014, Nov. 4-7 in Seattle, WA.

COME ALONG and meet me at the Birds of a Feather Luncheon (BoF) and interact with MVPs, SQLCAT architects, speakers, peers and members of the PASS Board and HQ team in this closing-day lunch focused on bringing people with the same passions together. We will discuss, debate and share ideas from your experiences and past week with others at this interactive sit-down. I will be covering topics like virtualization, cloud, security, Professional Development.

PASS Summit – the world’s largest SQL Server conference – is an amazing opportunity to connect, share, and learn with other SQL Server and BI pros like you and me.

With over 200 sessions across 5 topic tracks and 70+ hours of networking opportunities, PASS Summit is packed with the most intensive SQL Server and BI training available anywhere. Summit’s practical sessions are designed to help you increase your knowledge, keep your skills up-to-date, and gain strategic insights from the world’s leading experts that you can put into action immediately when you get back to the office. Plus, you can bring your pressing questions to the Microsoft SQLCAT team, meet me and other MVPS and community experts in the Community Zone, talk with your local PASS Chapter leader, and more – every day at Summit is a chance to make lifelong friends, like I have.

I hope to see you at Summit – here’s where you can register – and please let me know if you’re attending so that we can connect!

Cheers,
Alessandro

TechEd Australia 2014 Melbourne and Sydney editions

This year TechEd Australia will be held in Melbourne (Oct, 7th – Oct 8th) and in Sydney (Oct, 27th – Oct 28th)

I will be speaking about Azure Remote App on both editions and if you come along and tweet about my session you will enter into a draw to win a copy of my book along with Savision Polo.

It is an interactive demo. I will be using Hyper-V  to show how to build a custom RemoteApp image as well as demo the RemoteApp client on different devices.

Bring scale, agility and global access to your business applications. Azure RemoteApp helps employees stay productive anywhere, and on a variety of devices – Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android. Integrate Azure RemoteApp with your company’s existing on-premise infrastructure and bring your own Remote Desktop Session Host, or deploy Azure RemoteApp using our pre-built app collections for a stand-alone cloud service. Quickly ramp up and provide seasonal workers, vendors, or large groups of new employees access to company applications without paying for new servers and expensive on-premise infrastructure.

Melbourne Edition

Date: Tuesday, October 7

  • Time:9:40 AM – 10:40 AM
  • Room: Datacentre and Infrastructure Management
  • Session Type: Breakout
  • Session Code:DCI301
  • Session Levels:300

 

Sydney Edition

Date:Monday, October 27

  • Time:10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
  • Room:Datacentre & Infrastructure Management
  • Session Type:Breakout
  • Session Code:DCI301
  • Session Levels:300
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