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

May 28, 2018 1 comment

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  • 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)

 

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  • Windows Server 2019 and the Software-Defined Datacenter
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  • 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.

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Identity Management and People Ready business

November 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Nowadays we often see an increasing business requirements to promote the integration between their applications. I’ve seen that happening a lot in the construction, education and health industries where integration and collaboration are essential to enhance an increase in productivity, but it is happening across all industries.

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Identity, productivity and management are converging and with customers moving to cloud, hybrid identity is the new control plane for the enterprise allowing users to access applications with a single identity.

 Identity is the peace that is common across productivity tools and apps, be it on-premise or cloud apps.

Identity and Access Management is also the key to work more effectively with remote employees, external partners and across business units. However, all too often this leads to an increase of business risks and challenges due to:

  • isolated technology initiatives being deployed to solve point in time issues
  • inadequate planning and identity strategy, as well as,
  • ineffective controls in managing the internal and external identities to ensure privacy and legal and regulatory requirements.

An Identity and Access Management solution should:

  • Be business-driven,
  • Provide real business value with concrete benefits by reducing cost and improving productivity
  • Improve awareness to the business, resulting in reduced dependence on support with facilities like automated workflows, self-service portals and delegated administration.
  • Be able to reduce the business risk, eliminating multiple identity stores and multiple administration points, providing a single administration point and the ability to present multiple data views from a single identity store, reducing replication and synchronization while providing Single Sign-On, Security and compliance fulfillment

Identity and Productivity

To be successful in their work employees need an efficient and intuitive way to access the business applications and better collaborate, while the business needs to ensure that collaboration is taking place within the bounds of internal and external regulations, business policy, process and security.

Identity in an End-to-End Scenario

Inside the corporate network users can access all the applications they need. But how can they have access when they’re not at work?

A successful Identity Management solution should allow for end-to-end scenarios that complement business technology investments.  It should allow the business to grant or block users access to sensitive applications to/from outside their physical boundaries. It should also enable users and partners to access corporate business applications which could be hosted outside or inside the corporate network in a selective and secure way.

With public cloud adoption sky rocking, the organizations need to ensure that cloud integration scenarios are in place as users expect to work from anywhere, on devices of their choice and they require access to business critical applications which could be hosted on premises or in the cloud.

Also, integrated with a client management solution, it should allow the business to block access to corporate resources when users leave the organization and/or when users’ devices are lost or stolen and the management of application access and application grant/removal access through.

Identity and Security

Identity Management solutions should address risks to critical assets by enhancing and expanding the available protections for enterprise identity. It needs to ensure it is resilient to attacks and aligns with the business security requirements. It also must identify the key components of identity management and provide effective procedures to manage security across the environment. It does not matter if it is an on-premises, a hybrid or a public cloud deployment.

The Identity Management architecture should aid as a model, be real-world, effective, consistent and manageable. It should address security, audit, confidentiality, compliance, monitoring and integrity with a centralized Identity Management repository.

 

Identity Strategy

The Identity strategy should be used to redesign processes and workflows, identify opportunities for automation and correct control weaknesses.

An Identity strategy can enable you to overcome challenges like

  • Improving Operational Efficiency (Data/application availability, permissions, password resets)
  • Reducing Security Risks (A good percentage of users recycle old passwords while others still writing them down)
  • Meeting Regulation Requirements (Implementing business process/policies to meet regulations)
  • Enabling Business Objectives (Improving relations with partners/customers and driving business decisions closer to LBDM’s)

Business strategy pinpoints:

–        Understanding the objectives of the Identity Management solution

–        Understanding the success criteria alongside which initiatives will be measured

–        Overall business benefits anticipated, such as enhanced process, improved service delivery and productivity and cost reduction

–        Inherent risks of the strategy, which are often related to reengineering the business processes that requires organizational changes (culturally and politically)

–        Cross-organizational cooperation to implement the strategy

–        Multi-Factor Authentication due to security requirements

–        Application Integration

–        Analytics

–        Reporting

What are Microsoft’s three major investment areas for the Identity Manager vNext release? 

  • Hybrid scenarios that leverage cloud-based services delivered in Microsoft Azure, including Multi-Factor Authentication, Azure Active Directory application integration, analytics and reporting
  • Support for the latest platforms and mobile devices with modern user interfaces
  • Improved security with additional controls, analytics and auditing of administrative and privileged user identities and their access to Active Directory, Windows Server and applications

Microsoft Identity Management benefits

  • Common identity. Simplify identity lifecycle management with automated workflows, business rules and easy integration with heterogeneous platforms across the datacenter and cloud. Automate identity and group provisioning based on business policy and implement workflow-driven provisioning through a single interface. Extend MIM to support new scenarios through the Visual Studio and .NET development environments.
  • Enable users. Allow users to self-remediate identity issues, including group membership, smart card and password reset functions. An easy-to-use interface delivers increased productivity and satisfaction
  • Protect data. Discover and map permissions across multiple systems to individual, assignable roles. Use role mining tools to discover permission sets for users across the enterprise to be later modeled and applied centrally. Increase visibility into compliance and the security state of systems across the organization with in-depth auditing and reporting
  • Unify access. The Identity solution should reduce the number of usernames and passwords needed to login. Ensure admin accounts are only going where they need to go and doing what they need to do. Groups can automatically update their membership to ensure only the right people have access to your resources

 

Don’t wait. Get started now. Let me know how can I help you. I am looking forward to a broad and deep discussion with your business. If this is something I can help your organization then please reach me out at ac@cloudtidings.com, @cloudtidings or leave a comment here

Microsoft TechNet Update #Brisbane : Internet of Things, Windows 10 and Microsoft Cloud OS. Free event

September 15, 2015 Leave a comment

This is a one day event filled with the latest on Microsoft technologies broken down into 2 streams.  The first stream will be all about Windows 10 and the second stream will focus on the Cloud OS and Azure.  The agenda for the day is below!

9:00am – 10:00am Keynote – Getting to the value of the Internet of Things
10:00am – 10:30am Break
  Stream 1 – Windows 10 Stream 2 – Microsoft Cloud OS
10:30am – 11:30am Windows 10 – What does the new OS mean for Enterprises? Microsoft Azure Active Directory
11:40am – 12:40pm Windows 10 – IoT Extending Enterprise Networks to Azure using ExpressRoute
12:40pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm Windows 10 for Mobile Devices: What’s Next? Foundation for the Software Defined Datacenter
2:40pm – 3:40pm Windows 10 – Deployment Getting started with Microsoft Azure IaaS
3:50pm – 4:50pm Windows 10 Security – What’s new? Windows Azure Pack Overview
5:00pm – 5:15pm Close, survey & prize draw

*Please note that this agenda is subject to modifications at any time prior to the event date. All registered attendees will be notified of any such changes.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday September 24th 2015 Registration:  Please click here to register for this event Location: Pullman Hotel King George Square Brisbane

What are your prefered Operations Manager Management Pack? What are the TOP 5?

September 15, 2015 Leave a comment

The System Center community is large and continually growing. For new users that are just getting to grips with the new software, there is an abundance of additional management packs that need to be installed before getting the full benefit. These Management Packs (MPs) take the form of updates from Microsoft, free software from 3rd party vendors, and paid-for solutions from 3rd party vendors.

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We want to know what your top 5 must-have MPs are in each category. Whether you are an IT Manager, Administrator, consultant, or MVP, this is your chance to share your experience and let others know what MP’s everyone should have. We will publish the results in a later blog highlighting the top 5 System Center MPs. Whether you are a new user with Microsoft System Center or a seasoned professional, the survey is completely anonymous

N.B. All Management Packs included were available on Microsoft Pinpoint or Microsoft Technet at time of writing: Vendor Management Packs, Microsoft Management Packs

Matthew Carr

Posted by Savision https://www.savision.com/resources/blog/vote-your-top-system-center-management-packs

Challenges of Cloud Adoption

August 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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The Cloud approach addresses elastic scale, agility, costs and time to market, by allowing organizations not only to deploy a solution quickly but also to scale up/down based on demand. Cloud adoption is sky rocketing, there’s no doubt about it. However, when it comes to investments in the Cloud, how are you planning and assessing business and IT requirements?

  • Is your current IT infrastructure and resources meeting the required business SLA’s?
  • How you foreseeing capacity issues?
  • Are you connecting IT resources to business outcomes and unifying IT processes with business cycles?
  • How does your business maintain the system availability and resilience?
  • How are you maximizing the utilization of the resources within your IT infrastructure? 

With this whitepaper, we will help you find the answer to those questions, covering the challenges in deployment, management and automation phases with some tips and considerations.

 Download the whitepaper

You can also register for Savision’s complimentary webinar, presented by MVP Alessandro Cardoso on Adopting the Cloud. The webinar will be presented by MVP Alessandro Cardoso, and will be co-hosted by Savision’s co-founder and VP of Product Management, Dennis Rietvink.

Register for the webinar:

September 9 at 9:00 am CEST | 5:00 pm AEST

Upgrading to Windows 2016 Hyper-V. What about the Virtual Machine Configuration?

July 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Well, at some point we will all upgrade to Windows 2016 Server. Server aside, what happens with the virtual machines itself?

One of the good advantages of the upgrade process is that it will not automatically upgrade the Virtual Machine configuration file. The virtual machine configuration version represents what version of Hyper-V the virtual machine’s configuration, saved state, and snapshot files it is compatible with.

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After installing Windows Server 2016 and then importing or migrating (moving) a Virtual Machine from Windows Server 2012R2 the configuration version will remain the same: in Windows Server 2012R2 the VM configuration version is 5 and my advice for you is that you keep it as version 5 it the workload is important for you and you don’t want any risk. It is not clear yet if it will be possible to upgrade the virtual machine from Technical Preview to RTM.

On the positive side, by not upgrading the VM configuration version, the VM can be moved back to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2, if required. On the negative side, you will not have access to new VM features until you manually upgrade the virtual machine configuration version.

  • Version 5 VM’s can run on both Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.
  • Version 6 VM’s can run ONLY on Windows Server 2016.

Also, in Windows 2016 Server the configuration changed from file (XML) and BIN + VSV extensions to VMCX (Virtual Machine Configuration) and VMRS (Virtual Machine Runtime State). The new format are also more resistant to storage corruption and more effective in r/w changes to VM configuration.

Summary of the VM configuration version

  • Server 2012 R2 has VM configurations version 5
  • Server 2016 TP1 – version 6.0
  • Server 2016 TP2 – version 6.2
If you decide to upgrade:
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Installing Hyper-V role on Windows 2016 Server TP2 MinShell version

May 25, 2015 1 comment

As you probably are aware of, Windows 2016 Server TP2, comes with 2 installation options. You also probably have noticed as well that the graphical user interface (GUI) is no longer an option in a default install on the Technical Preview 2.NOt even Start Menu.
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  • Windows Server Technical Preview 2 option, will install the server with MinShell (Minimal Shell no GUI). Assuming that you will manage the host remotely you won’t need graphical interface at all and from a security point of view, it is the better option.

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  • Windows Server Technical Preview 2 (with local admin tools) option, will install the server again with MinShell, but includes Server Manager and the other GUI administration tools, although no desktop experience (traditional desktop), nor start menu.

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To install Hyper-V role in the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 (with local admin tools) option, in the Server Manager console, click on Add roles and features and select Hyper-V.

To install Hyper-V role in the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 option :

in the command prompt, type:

PowerShell

PS: > InstallWindowsFeature Hyper-V

Note: If the installation fails due to “The source files could not be found” error, assuming the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 ISO image connected to the DVD drive (D:), type:

PS: > InstallWindowsFeature Hyper-VRestart Source wim:D:\sources\install.wim:4

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Simple as that!