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Celebrating SysAdmin day

August 5, 2020 Leave a comment

Despite all challenges thrown our way this year, the hard work of SysAdmin made it possible for all of us to keep going, so Altaro are taking this opportunity to thank you:

If you are an Office 365, Hyper-V or VMware user, sign up for a 30-day free trial of either Altaro VM Backup or Altaro Office 365 Backup and receive a €/£/$20 Amazon voucher when you use your trial of Altaro Office 365 Backup or Altaro VM Backup.

Plus, get the chance to also win one of their Grand Prizes by sharing your greatest 2020 victory with Altaro in an up to 60-seconds video.

What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

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Monitoring AKS Windows node pools

June 16, 2020 Leave a comment

Monitoring your containers is critical, especially when you’re running a production cluster, at scale, with multiple applications. Currently in Preview, the Azure Monitor for Containers will automatically start to collect logs (std/stderr) on the containers running on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

This will provide you end-to-end monitoring on AKS Windows node pools with logs and metrics (which is already supported).

Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/insights/container-insights-overview

With Azure Monitor for containers you can:

  • Identify AKS containers that are running on the node and their average processor and memory utilization. This knowledge can help you identify resource bottlenecks.
  • Identify processor and memory utilization of container groups and their containers hosted in Azure Container Instances.
  • Identify where the container resides in a controller or a pod. This knowledge can help you view the controller’s or pod’s overall performance.
  • Review the resource utilization of workloads running on the host that are unrelated to the standard processes that support the pod.
  • Understand the behavior of the cluster under average and heaviest loads. This knowledge can help you identify capacity needs and determine the maximum load that the cluster can sustain.
  • Configure alerts to proactively notify you or record it when CPU and memory utilization on nodes or containers exceed your thresholds, or when a health state change occurs in the cluster at the infrastructure or nodes health rollup.
  • Integrate with Prometheus to view application and workload metrics it collects from nodes and Kubernetes using queries to create custom alerts, dashboards, and detailed perform detailed analysis.
  • Monitor container workloads deployed to AKS Engine on-premises and AKS Engine on Azure Stack.
  • Monitor container workloads deployed to Azure Red Hat OpenShift.

Fore more information see: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/insights/container-insights-overview

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Becoming a Azure Sentinel expert

April 23, 2020 Leave a comment

I have been working on Azure Sentinel projects for the past 12 months and writing IP which uses Azure Sentinel, a scalable, cloud-native, security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestration automated response (SOAR) solution.

Azure Sentinel

Recently, while working on a Sentinel project for a major enterprise I became aware of a training that Ofer Shezaf from Microsoft has shared and I highly recommend for those who would like to learn and become an expert on Azure Sentinel to check out the the material and curriculum.

The training program includes 16 modules and includes presentations, relevant product documentation, blog posts, and other resources and if you are already familiar with Sentinel, check out the module 9, my preferred one.

Overview

– Module 1: Technical overview

– Module 2: Azure Sentinel role

Designing  Your Deployment

– Module 3: Cloud architecture and multi-workspace/tenant support

– Module 4: Collecting events

– Module 5: Log Management

– Module 6: Integrating threat intelligence

Creating Content

– Module 7: Kusto Query Language (KQL) – the starting point

– Module 8: Writing rules to implement detection

– Module 9: Creating playbooks to implement SOAR

– Module 10: Creating workbooks to implement dashboards and apps

– Module 11: Implementing use cases

Security Operations

– Module 12: A day in a SOC analyst’s life, incident management, and investigation

– Module 13: Hunting

Advanced Topics

– Module 14: Automating and integrating 

– Module 15: Roadmap – since it requires an NDA, contact your Microsoft contact for details.

– Module 16: Where to go next?

You can find the training material here

Image sources: Source image: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sentinel/overview

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Celebrate World Backup Day

March 28, 2020 Leave a comment

Contest entries will be accepted until 22 April, 2020

If you manage your company’s Office 365 data, celebrate this World Backup Day with Altaro. All you have to do is sign up for a 30-day free trial of Altaro Office 365 Backup. If you share your biggest backup mishap with them, you get a chance to WIN one of the Grand Prizes:

· DJI Mavic Mini Drone FlyCam Quadcopter,

· Google Stadia Premiere Edition,

· Ubiquity UniFi Dream Machine

· Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse.

And guess what? For any Altaro eligible subscription they give you a guaranteed Amazon voucher! What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

Good luck & happy World Backup Day!

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Categories: Cloud

Setting up and maintaining a high-performing Azure IaaS environments

March 16, 2020 Leave a comment

Many system administrators have been working with on-premises infrastructure for their whole careers so moving to a cloud-based environment can feel like a leap of faith. However, making the leap to Azure doesn’t have to be daunting. With the right preparation it can be a smooth transition, consistent with your current on-premises configuration.

This free eBook written by veteran IT consultant and Microsoft Certified trainer Paul Schnakenberg covers all aspects of setting up and maintaining a high-performing Azure IaaS environment. It starts from the very basics, introducing key terms and features you need to get started, including migration, and goes on to explain everyday maintenance and best practices before covering more advanced features.

To get the best results from this eBook, it is recommended to follow along with the step-by-step tutorials using your own Azure subscription.

If you don’t currently have access, the eBook explains how to set up a free 30-day trial alongside $200 worth of Azure resources to use and 12 months of additional free resources!

Categories: Cloud

Building an Effective DevOps Culture at Scale

December 16, 2019 Leave a comment

DevOps enables organizations to deliver software faster and more reliably. But to get the desired results, it’s important to know that there’s more to building an effective DevOps practice than learning new methodologies and technologies. Culture is the key to a successful DevOps transformation. 

Read the e-book Effective DevOps from O’Reilly to learn:

  • The foundations and central four pillars of effective DevOps.
  • Tips for fostering collaboration, strong interpersonal relationships, and affinity between teams. 
  • How to select tools and workflows that support and strengthen your organization’s unique DevOps culture.
  • How to troubleshoot common problems and misunderstandings.
  • How successful organizations have handled their DevOps journeys. 

 Link to Download : https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/effective-devops/

Categories: Cloud

If you are using Hyper-V, here is my Xmas tip: Altaro Holiday Contest 2019

November 27, 2019 Leave a comment

If you are a Hyper-V or VMware user, download Altaro’s VM Backup and follow the instructions …

This Holiday Season, Altaro is helping you out with your Holiday Shopping: they’re giving you the chance to WIN fantastic gifts that you can give to your loved ones!

It’s no secret that Holiday shopping can be stressful and very time-consuming. So this year, whether you need a present for your partner, your children, your parents and in-laws, or your friends… Altaro’s got your back. Enter and share it on socials for a chance to WIN one of the Grand Prizes:

  • a Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100,
  • an All-Access MasterClass pass,
  • Lomography Lomo’Instant San Sebastian,
  • an Echo Plus (Smart Home Hub),
  • a Wii Console & Mario Kart for Wii,
  • 2x Netflix Gift Cards of $100 each,
  • and a JBL Clip Portable Waterproof Speaker.

And guess what? For any eligible subscription they give you a guaranteed Amazon voucher!

So, if you are a Hyper-V or VMware user, download Altaro’s VM Backup and follow the instructions you will find over here to WIN these exciting prizes!

Good luck & Happy Holidays!

Categories: Cloud

System Admin horror story?

October 23, 2019 Leave a comment

I cannot imagine a person who never experienced or witness a terrible mishaps or incidents in his career in IT? From upgrades gone wrong, blue screen, backup that would not restore, server racks mounted in kitchens (yes kitchen! near to microwave, fridge, oven….)

With Halloween only a few days away, this year Altaro gathered SysAdmins’ funniest and most horrifying stories into one eBook. From tech situations to funny anecdotes, terrible mishaps or incidents with colleagues, this eBook includes real stories of what SysAdmins go through on a daily basis.

The eBook does not require registration to dwnload. Click on Download and it’s yours.

Categories: Cloud

Leave a comment, Download FREE e-book, and take a chance to win $20 Amazon vouchers!

October 21, 2019 Leave a comment
Want a chance to win one of three $20 Amazon vouchers? Download the
free eBook  and leave a comment in this post with the what
should be the topic of Altaro's next eBook?  Download the O365 ebook now!

Microsoft Office is so commonplace in the modern workplace it’s hard to imagine business without it. However, with the advent of Office 365 and Microsoft 365, there’s a lot more than Word document or Excel spreadsheets that you should be taking advantage of.

That’s why this eBook detailing everything about Office 365 and Microsoft 365 from explaining the feature sets, hidden applications, best practices, migrations, use-cases, and more are perfect.

Hurry up! You have until October 31st 2019. Winners will be chosen by lucky draw and announced after 31st October. Limited to one entry per person.

Want a chance to win one of three $20 Amazon vouchers? Download the free eBook and leave a comment in this post with the what
should be the topic of Altaro’s next eBook?
Download the O365 ebook now!

IOffice 365/Microsoft 365: The Essential Companion Guide, written by Microsoft Certified Trainer Paul Schnackenburg, is the perfect desktop reference book for current and aspiring Office/Microsoft 365 admins. It helps you squeeze even more productivity out of your workforce by explaining how lesser used apps in the ubiquitous Microsoft software package can be utilized in your business. Whether you decide to read it cover to cover, or just keep it handy for troubleshooting or as a reference, this eBook is a must-have for all Office 365 and Microsoft 365 users.

This eBook has been created by Altaro to coincide with the latest update to their easy-to-use and reliable Office 365 backup solution which is now able to backup OneDrive and SharePoint, as well as all your company’s Office 365 mailboxes, through an online console on an annual subscription.

Categories: Cloud

Office 365 or Microsoft 365? Which one is the better suited for your needs?

September 25, 2019 Leave a comment
Office 365 or Microsoft 365? Which one is the better suited for your needs?

Many people still don’t know the difference between Office 365 and Microsoft 365 and to be honest it’s not immediately clear because the names don’t really give much away. However, for businesses, and those managing IT environments, it’s important to understand the implications of choosing one over the other.

ALTARO FREE Webinar + FREE ebook – Save your seat

Luckily, Altaro are hosting a free webinar presenting the two options, their respective merits, and to ultimately help you figure out which is best for you. As with all Altaro webinars, questions are highly encouraged so if you want to directly address which package suits the specifics of your environment during the session, you can feel free to ask!

The webinar will be presented by Microsoft MVP Andy Syrewicze and Microsoft Certified trainer and Consultant Paul Schnackenburg on October 1st and registration is completely free.

All webinar attendees will also receive a free 50+ page eBook on Office/Microsoft 365 containing critical user information! To receive the eBook, all you need to do is attend the webinar – Save your seat

The webinar will be presented live twice on October 1st so you have two chances to attend.

· First session: 2pm CEST/8am EDT/5am PDT

· Second session: 10pm CEST/4pm EDT/1pm PDT.

It’s a nice touch from Altaro to present the webinar twice and enable as many people to join live. I will be attending the webinar, so I’ll see you there! – Save your seat!

Categories: Cloud