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May 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Microsoft Partner Altaro launched a new solution incorporating secure storage and centralized backup management:

Altaro Office 365 Backup

Altaro Office 365 Backup enables customers to back up and restore all their company’s Office 365 mailboxes on an annual subscription. It automatically backs up Office 365 mailboxes to a secure cloud backup location on Altaro’s Microsoft Azure infrastructure and enables users to centrally manage and monitor their backups through a cloud-based management console.

Altaro successfully entered the Office 365 backup market a few months ago with its solution that enables managed service providers (MSPs) to provide their customers with Office 365 backup, recovery and mailbox backup storage services. The channel-focused company is now also extending this offering for use by businesses and organizations who do not wish to subscribe to an MSP model, and to the IT consultants and resellers that service them.

A central component of data protection strategies

As part of their data protection strategy, it is crucial that businesses back up their Office 365 mailboxes: Microsoft does not back up Office 365 subscriber data, so companies risk losing critical data due to malicious or accidental incidents, such as mailbox deletion and malware attacks.

Altaro’s latest solution meets this need by providing customers with reliable and constant backup and recovery services for Office 365 mailboxes – emails, attachments, contacts and calendars – coupled with automatic storage to Altaro’s Azure infrastructure.

Convenient, fuss-free Office 365 backup and recovery

For one all-inclusive annual or multi-year fee, Altaro Office 365 Backup customers receive backup and recovery services, backup storage services, access to the cloud console for centralized backups management, and outstanding 24/7 support from a team of experts.

This means customers can avoid the headache and expense of setting up local storage infrastructure or software to save backups to. Additionally, thanks to the product automatically backing up the mailboxes several times per day, customers can literally set it and forget it.

Combatting Office 365 data loss risks

“Many Office 365 subscribers wrongly assume that their data is backed up as part of the Microsoft package – but this is not the case, as Office 365 was not intended to be a data protection tool. This means several organizations out there are currently vulnerable to data loss risks,” said David Vella, Altaro CEO.

“This is where Altaro Office 365 Backup comes in, providing robust backup, recovery, and backup storage and management services that customers can rely on,” he explained. “We’ve built on our backup expertise and proven track record in the industry to help set Office 365 subscribers’ minds at rest.”

Free trial

Resellers, consultants and organizations wishing to try the solution can do so for free and with no commitment for 30 days, by registering here.

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How to get the most out of Windows Admin Center

May 7, 2019 Leave a comment

If you already use Windows Admin Center, there’s probably a lot more to it than you realize. For those just starting out, a guidebook is the ideal way to ensure you use it properly.

Microsoft MVP Eric Siron and Altaro worked on a Ebook How to Get the Most Out of Windows Admin Center which covers what you need to get started and maximize its potential.

In this free 84-page eBook from Microsoft Cloud & Datacenter MVP Eric Siron, you’ll learn everything about the free Microsoft management tool, Windows Admin Center, from the basics of requirements, to installation, optimization, configurations, managing extensions and more!

Windows Admin Center is a browser-based app that is designed to help users easily manage servers and Windows 10 PCs. It can be used to manage clusters or even single severs which means it’s something admins of all levels should be keen to ensure they are following best practices. Although the tool is accessible, it’s importance means you won’t want to leave any stone unturned and this comprehensive guide accomplishes that.

Click HERE to download your free copy today

This eBook covers:

  • Installation
  • Getting Started
  • Full UI Analysis
  • Security
  • Managing Extensions
  • And more!

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NEW Entitlement Management: Automating employee and partner access requests, approvals and auditing

May 1, 2019 Leave a comment

Microsoft announced today the public preview of the Entitlement Management, which is part of the Azure AD Identity Governance.

I have been working with it since Private Preview, having deployed it ona Proof of Concept for a customer in Australia, for a scenario where user onboarding with workflow approval to access applications is a critical requirement.

Azure AD entitlement management works with Azure AD B2B to enable collaboration across business partners. Employees from a business partner can request access to resources using the same access packages and our policy engine, including provisioning their accounts upon approval by a business sponsor. This makes it simple to grant access to a specified set of resources for your business partners while knowing your processes are compliant and secure.

Here are some of capabilities of entitlement management:

  • Create packages of related resources that users can request
  • Define rules for how to request resources and when access expires
  • Govern the lifecycle of access for both internal and external users
  • Delegate management of resources
  • Designate approvers to approve requests
  • Create reports to track history


To try these features in your own directory, sign in to the Azure portal as an administrator, and go to the Azure Active Directory > Identity governance section.

In summary, with the ELM preview, Azure AD now provide:

  • Access request workflows, where you can configure different approval workflows for different groups of employees or guests who might request access.
  • Time-limited access for groups, apps, and sites, so users who are approved don’t retain access indefinitely—their access can be set to automatically expire.

Request Workflow with approval…

Creating a Policy …

Note: Entitlement management reaquires Azure AD Premium P2 or Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) E5.

For an overview of Identity Governance and entitlement management, watch the following video from the Ignite 2018 conference: https://youtu.be/aY7A0Br8u5M

For more information see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-au/azure/active-directory/governance/entitlement-management-overview

Implementing cloud design, DevOps, IoT, and serverless solutions

April 13, 2019 Leave a comment

Are you designing Cloud solutions?

Check out the Azure for Architects e-book from Packt Publishing to help you
Design your cloud solutions with high availability, security, and scalability.

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this ebook includes:

  • Common design patterns, principles, and best practices for working in Azure.
  • Designing for high availability, performance, scale, and resilience, and making informed decisions about deployment strategies.
  • Core Azure services as well as advanced solutions that use the Internet of Things, serverless computing, DevOps, and data services. 
  • Cost management, security, and monitoring to ensure your solutions meet business requirements.
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Windows Admin Center Webinar

March 29, 2019 Leave a comment

If you’ve ever attended an Altaro webinar before, you’ll know these sessions are always highly informative and worthwhile events to remember. And this upcoming webinar on Windows Admin Center looks to be no exception!

Windows Admin Center is a powerful suite of management tools that was released along with Windows Server 2019, however with such a large number of features it can be difficult for regular Windows Server administrators to know what to focus on. This webinar, presented by Microsoft MVPs Andy Syrewicze and Eric Siron, is designed to do exactly that and demonstrate live the features of Windows Admin Center that give the greatest benefit to managing Windows Server!

How to Manage Windows Server Like a Boss will be held on April 9th and as always the webinar will be presented live twice at 2pm CEST/8am EDT/5am PDT and at 7pm CEST/1pm EDT /10am PDT.

Presenters: Andy Syrewicze (Microsoft MVP) and Eric Siron (Microsoft MVP)

REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Session 1: 2pm CEST / 8am EDT / 5am PDT

Session 2: 7pm CEST / 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

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Our new SIEM tool: Microsoft Azure Sentinel, intelligent security analytics for your entire enterprise

March 13, 2019 Leave a comment

As we know, many legitimate threats go unnoticed and with the unsurprising high volume of alerts and your team spending far too much time in infrastructure setup or BAU tasks, you need a solution that empowers your existing SecOps team to see the threats clearer and eliminate the distractions.

That’s why we reimagined the SIEM tool as a new cloud-native solution called Microsoft Azure Sentinel. Azure Sentinel provides intelligent security analytics at cloud scale for your entire enterprise. Azure Sentinel makes it easy to collect security data across your entire hybrid organization from devices, to users, to apps, to servers on any cloud.

Collect data across your enterprise easily – With Azure Sentinel you can aggregate all security data with built-in connectors, native integration of Microsoft signals, and support for industry standard log formats like common event format and syslog.

Analyze and detect threats quickly with AI on your side – Security analysts face a huge burden from triaging as they sift through a sea of alerts, and correlate alerts from different products manually or using a traditional correlation engine.


Investigate and hunt for suspicious activities – Graphical and AI-based investigation will reduce the time it takes to understand the full scope of an attack and its impact. You can visualize the attack and take quick actions in the same dashboard.  


Automate common tasks and threat response – While AI sharpens your focus on finding problems, once you have solved the problem you don’t want to keep finding the same problems over and over – rather you want to automate response to these issues.

More Information:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-sentinel/#documentation

Azure Sentinel preview is free

There will be no charges specific to Azure Sentinel during the preview. Pricing for Azure Sentinel will be announced in the future and a notice will be provided prior to the end of the preview. Should you choose to continue using Azure Sentinel after the notice period, you will be billed at the applicable rates


Celebrate World Backup Every Day and WIN the CONTEST!

March 11, 2019 Leave a comment


World Backup Day is something we’re used to mark as an event every year, as a reminder we need to take good care of our data. But this year Altaro challenges us to change our mindsets and start considering the value of a good backup solution not just once, but every day.

On this occasion, they’re launching this contest where you might win an Oculus Rift & Touch Virtual Reality System! Let’s hope you’ll be the lucky winner, but if not, they’re giving free eGift Amazon cards as well for all the valid entries. So, for those who want to give it a try, this seems to be a good time to do it.

To enter the contest, click here. Good luck and happy backup!

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