Overview of Microsoft Azure Security Tools

Microsoft Security Portal

Microsoft Azure Security Tools Besides the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), Microsoft offers a handful of security related Web-based tools and APIs. By navigating to https://security.microsoft.com/info (Microsoft account login required), you should be able to utilize all available security tools and consoles as described below. This article provides an overview of Microsoft Azure Security Tools. … Read more

The new Windows Server 2022

Windows Server 2022 Preview

New Windows Server 2022 announcement On March 2nd 2021 Microsoft announced that Windows Server 2022 is in preview, the next release in Microsoft Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), which will be generally available later this calendar year. It builds on Windows Server 2019, Microsoft fastest adopted Windows Server ever. This release includes advanced multi-layer security, hybrid … Read more

Azure load balancing service options

Azure Front Door

Azure provides a suite of fully managed load-balancing solutions for your scenarios. Combine this article with my separate articles on Azure migration and Azure App Service design considerations. Azure Front Door Azure Front Door (AFD) works at Layer 7 (HTTP/HTTPS layer) using anycast protocol with split TCP and Microsoft’s global network to improve global connectivity. … Read more

The Microsoft Pluton processor

microsoft pluton processor

The Microsoft Pluton processor Microsoft very recently officially announced the Microsoft Pluton Processor in Microsoft security blog. Pluton is a Microsoft-designed security subsystem that implements a hardware-based root of trust for various Microsoft services. It includes a security processor core, cryptographic engines, a hardware random number generator, public/private key generation, asymmetric and symmetric encryption, support … Read more

New FsLogix Apps release 2.9.7576.47294

fslogix

Microsoft has announced the availability of the new FsLogix Apps release 2.9.7576.47294. This is in public preview state and is open to testing via the FsLogix community. The new FsLogix release can be used in on-premises Remote Desktop Services (RDS) or Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops installations, as well as in Azure Virtual Desktop. Release … Read more

Azure AI and machine learning services overview

Microsoft Azure

Introduction The current post attempts to present an overview of the Azure AI and Machine Learning services, as of late October 2020. Given the dynamic nature of public clouds, this list will most likely change soon in the near future but nevertheless acts as a general point of reference when discussing Azure AI and machine … Read more

Cloud migration options for software applications

Azure app migration options

This post discusses Cloud migration options for software applications. The post is also available in my podcast. You should combine the review of this article with the following related articles: Introduction It is a common theme in various Cloud migration projects to migrate a number of on-premise apps to a public or hybrid cloud infrastructure. … Read more

Using Azure Lighthouse for cross-tenant and multi-tenant management

Azure LightHouse

What is Azure Lighthouse? Azure Lighthouse enables cross-tenant and multi-tenant management, allowing for higher automation, scalability, and enhanced governance across resources and tenants. Azure Lighthouse can also be used for Microsoft 365 services. With Azure Lighthouse, service providers can deliver managed services using comprehensive and robust management tooling built into the Azure platform. This offering … Read more

Azure VM power states and provisioning states

Azure VM Power States

This article discusses the Azure VM power states and provisioning states. Power states Azure VM (virtual machines) have various power states available which are related to each VM’s lifecycle. The Azure VM power states are the following: A common confusion comes in when comparing the power status of stopped vs stopped (deallocated). A good explanation … Read more

Cloud architecture diagram software

Cloud infrastructure architecture and application/software architecture diagram software is very important when designing and communicating the architecture of a new or existing infrastructure, whether that be cloud, on-prem or hybrid. Microsoft Visio Microsoft Visio is one of the leading software packages for data center diagram design. A Visio stencil is a collection of masters associated … Read more