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Azure B2C: Flexibility is the key

November 27, 2018 Leave a comment

I have been working in some challenging’s Identity projects for the past 2 years and I have been amazed by the great flexibility that Azure B2C offers.

This week I am in Prague delivering an Azure Bootcamp for our 
internal Microsoft team and speaking on Identity and Security and Azure B2C is one of the major points of my sessions.

In August this year I’ve completed a project that enabled a major financial institution to offer an secure and easy way for their partners/customers to sign in to access their application.

Azure Active Directory B2C is a reliable, globally-distributed service with an SLA of 99.9%, capable of supporting millions of users and billions of authentications per day, allowing users to sign in with Microsoft Accounts, Azure AD, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and many others, or your own Identity provider, 

Customers profiles are protected through various security controls in addition to application or policy-based multi-factor authentication.

You can learn more on how to manage sign-up, sign-in, and customer profiles in your ASP.NET, desktop, or single-page Node.js applications at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory-b2c/#step-by-step-tutorials 

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Join the MVP’s to discover what’s new in Windows Server 2019 and System Center 2019

September 17, 2018 1 comment

As Microsoft release Windows Server 2019 and System Center 2019,  you may want to get a grasp on the staggering amount of new features, improvements and updates included  and hear from the Microsoft MVP’s and Windows Insiders.

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On October 3rd,  Microsoft MVPs Andy Syrewicze and Rob Corradini, alongside former Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman will be running an expert panel hosted by Altaro were you can get a full grasp of the both Windows Server and System Center 2019 and a closer look at some standout features that will have the biggest impact to organizations looking to upgrade to Window Server 2019.

What to expect from the webinar?

  • Next-generation management with Windows Admin Center
  • Windows Server 2019 Hyper-V enhancements and Failover Clustering
  • Windows and Hyper-V Containers on the Windows platform
  • Easy migrations using Storage Migration Service
  • And much more!

Got any questions about Windows Server 2019? Of course you do. Get answers direct from the experts during the webinar Q&A!

REGISTER HERE

With the knowledge gained in this webinar, you’ll be ready to take full advantage of the new possibilities Windows Server 2019 brings to the table, and in doing so, keep your organization ready for the next generation of IT workloads.

The transition to adopting cloud services is unique for every organization. What does yours look like?

May 28, 2018 1 comment

Join Industry Experts:

  • Andy Syrewicze (Microsoft MVP and Technical Evangelist – Altaro),
  • Didier Van Hoye (Microsoft MVP and Infrastructure Architect – FGIA),
  • Thomas Maurer (Microsoft MVP and Cloud Architect – itnetX)

 

There are limited seats, REGISTER NOW to save your spot

For a FREE LIVE Webinar with will focus on cloud technologies and presented as a panel-style discussion on the possibilities of cloud technologies coming out of Microsoft, including:

  • Windows Server 2019 and the Software-Defined Datacenter
  • New Management Experiences for Infrastructure with Windows Admin Center
  • Hosting an Enterprise Grade Cloud in your datacenter with Azure Stack
  • Taking your first steps into the public cloud with Azure IaaS

After watching the experts discuss the details, you’ll see that the cloud doesn’t have to be an all or nothing discussion. This webinar will prepare you for your journey by revealing the available options and how to make the most out of them!

It is a great opportunity to ask industry experts as they share their experiences working with many customers worldwide.

WHEN:

Wednesday June 13th 2018 – Presented live twice on the day

  • Session 1: 2pm CEST – 5am PDT – 8am EDT
  • Session 2: 6pm CEST – 9am PDT – 12pm EDT

REGISTER NOW

 

New Azure B2B Invite process.

May 16, 2018 1 comment


New Azure B2B Invite process: Redemption through a direct link

“Just in Time Redemption”.

In the past, in order for your guest/partner users to access a shared resources utilising Azure B2B Collaboration, they would have had to be invited by email to access resources/apps on your Azure Tenant. When receiving the email, your guest/partner clicks on the invitation link which will trigger its acceptance and consequent adding the guest/partner account as a guest user in your tenant and the providing access to the resources or apps you have configured.

 

Now, although that option still available, your guest/partner users can simply access the application you’ve invited them to. How? You can invite a guest/partner user by sending him/her a direct link to a shared app.

 

NEW Modernized Consent Experience. When a guest/partner user accesses your organization’s resources for the first time, they will interact with a brand new, simple, modernized consent experience.

 

Image source:https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/05/14/exciting-improvements-to-the-b2b-collaboration-experience/

 

After any guest user signs in to access resources in a partner organization for the first time, they see a Review permissions screen.

The guest/partner user must accept the use of their information in accordance to the inviting organization’s privacy policies to continue

 

Upon consent, the guest/partner users will be redirected to the application shared by you.

How it works:

      • You want your guest/partner user to access a specific application
      • You add them as a guest user to your organization (In the Azure Portal, go to Azure Active Directory -> Users -> New Guest User)
    • In the message invitation, type the link to the application you want them to have access to
    • Now, your guest/partner user will only have to click on the link to the application to immediately access it after giving consent.

 

It’s very simple isn’t it?

 

 

Do you have questions on Containers? #AskBenArmstrong

April 19, 2018 1 comment

Fundamentally, Containers are an isolated, resource controlled, and portable runtime environment which runs on a host machine or virtual machine and allows you to run an application or process which is packaged with all the required dependencies and configuration files on its own.

When you containerize an application, only the components needed to run this application and of course the application itself are combined into an image, which are used to create the Containers.

How are you utilising containers? Do you have questions on Containers? On Tuesday, 24th April, Microsoft Program Manager Ben Armstrong, will be answering your questions on Containers. It is a rare opportunity. Don’t miss out.

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018, 4pm CEST (7am PDT / 10am EDT) Duration: Approx. 1 hour
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018, 10am PDT / 1pm EDT (7pm CEST) Duration: Approx. 1 hour

You can also ask questions through twitter until Tuesday by including #AskBenArmstrong.

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Serial Console access for both #Linux and #Windows #Azure VMs #COM1 #SerialConsole

March 27, 2018 2 comments

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Source:
 https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/virtual-machine-serial-console-access/

Now, you can debug fstab error on a Linux VM for example, with direct serial-based access and fix issues with the little effort. It’s like having a keyboard plugged into the server in Microsoft datacenter but in the comfort of your office.

Serial Console for Virtual Machines is available in all global regions! This serial connection is to COM1 serial port of the virtual machine and provides access to the virtual machine and are not related to virtual machine’s network / operating system state.

All data is sent back and forth is encrypted on the wire.All access to the serial console is currently logged in the boot diagnostics logs of the virtual machine. Access to these logs are owned and controlled by the Azure virtual machine administrator.

You can access it by going to the Azure portal and visiting the Support + Troubleshooting section.

Security Access Requirements

Serial Console access requires you to have VM Contributor or higher privileges to the virtual machine. This will ensure connection to the console is kept at the highest level of privileges to protect your system. Make sure you are using role-based access control to limit to only those administrators who should have access. All data sent back and forth is encrypted in transit.

Access to Serial console is limited to users who have VM Contributors or above access to the virtual machine. If your AAD tenant requires Multi-Factor Authentication then access to the serial console will also need MFA as its access is via Azure portal.

How to enable it:

For Linux VMs: this capability requires no changes to existing Linux VM’s and it will just start working.

For Windows VMs: it requires a few additional steps to enable it:

  1. Virtual machine MUST have boot diagnostics enabled
  2. The account using the serial console must have Contributor role for VM and the boot diagnostics storage account.
  3. Open the Azure portal
  4. In the left menu, select virtual machines.
  5. Click on the VM in the list. The overview page for the VM will open.
  6. Scroll down to the Support + Troubleshooting section and click on serial console (Preview) option. A new pane with the serial console will open and start the connection.

Note: For all platform images starting in March, Microsoft have already taken the required steps to enable the Special Administration Console (SAC) which is exposed via the Serial Console.