Management via GPO in an Active Directory Domain

Posted by aeadmin on Feb 20, 2019 10:22:35 AM

 

As organizations upgrade their systems and deploy Windows 10 operating systems into their enterprise domain environments, it is important to also update group policies to manage new features. This article will introduce the topic of creating a Central Store to ensure the Administrative Templates required are available across all domain controllers for a consistent management experience.

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Tags: Technology, Azure, cybersecurity, Microsoft, Azure AD, Windows 10

Azure AD Security and Password Protection

Posted by aeadmin on Feb 13, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Microsoft continues to address vulnerabilities around user identity and has integrated a solution in Azure AD (currently in public preview) that enhances password policies to protect against common, weak passwords. Organizations can now configure their change/reset process to flow passwords through a sequence in which they are validated against banned passwords lists. If users attempt to use a banned password, they are notified that the password is vulnerable and will need to try a different password.

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Tags: Technology, Azure, cybersecurity, Microsoft, Azure AD

Tools and Techniques for Protecting Privileged Accounts

Posted by aeadmin on Dec 28, 2017 1:35:06 PM


In our last post, we explained that identity has become the new perimeter in today’s cloud-based, mobile-enabled environment. It’s no longer possible to maintain IT assets and applications behind a firewall. Organizations must implement robust identity management and authentication mechanisms to ensure that only authorized users gain access to resources.

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Tags: Active Directory, adaptivedge, Azure, cybersecurity, privileged accounts, Microsoft

Yesterday’s Cybersecurity Strategy Is Ineffective Today

Posted by aeadmin on Dec 1, 2017 8:59:47 AM


Cybersecurity is a top priority for organizations. According to IDG’s 2017 State of the CIO Report, 32 percent of CEOs want their CIOs to focus on upgrading the IT security infrastructure. That’s the same number that are wanting their CIOs to help drive revenue growth. What’s more, 51 percent of survey respondents said their cybersecurity strategy and overall IT strategy were tightly integrated. On average, 12 percent of the IT budget is earmarked for cybersecurity.

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Tags: adaptivedge, Azure, microsoft azure, cybersecurity

How to Enable Office 365 Group Writeback for a Hybrid Coexistence Environment

Posted by aeadmin on Apr 30, 2017 10:15:08 AM


I would like to discuss today configuring Office 365 Groups with on-premises Exchange Hybrid. Office 365 Groups is the new type of group that allows its members to collaborate efficiently through a variety of services, such as SharePoint Team Site, Yammer, Shared OneNote Notebook, Shared Calendar, Planner, and SharePoint Document Library.

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Tags: adaptivedge, Coexistence, Hybrid, O365, Office 365 Groups, SKU, Azure, Enterprise, Group Writeback, microsoft gold partner, Office 365, PowerShell, Unified Groups

SQL Server in the Azure Cloud: IaaS versus PaaS

Posted by aeadmin on Dec 12, 2016 1:38:43 PM


In a
previous post, we discussed Windows Azure SQL Database, a Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) offering built on Microsoft SQL Server and hosted in the Azure cloud. Azure SQL Database provides a highly available database platform with predictable performance levels and built-in disaster recovery. It uses a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) deployment model to provide database services to applications.  

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Tags: adaptivedge, BYOL, IaaS, Private Cloud, SQL, Technology, Azure, Cloud, IoT, microsoft gold partner, PaaS

Software-Defined Networking with Windows Server 2016

Posted by aeadmin on Oct 4, 2016 10:42:53 AM


Improved network automation was one of Microsoft’s key goals during the development of the latest version of its flagship server operating system. Windows Server 2016 achieves that with an enhanced networking stack in which software-defined networking (SDN) functionality 
is transferred directly from its Azure cloud platform.

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Tags: adaptivedge, windows server, Azure, microsoft gold partner

Does It Makes Sense to Move Your SQL Database to the Cloud?

Posted by aeadmin on Sep 27, 2016 12:26:45 PM


Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is a relatively new entry in the field of cloud-based deployment models, but it’s rapidly gaining in popularity. According to a new study by research firm Technavio, the DBaaS market is expected to see spectacular growth, with a compound annual growth rate of more than 65 percent until 2020.

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Tags: adaptivedge, DBaaS, Azure, Cloud, microsoft gold partner, Office 365, PaaS

How Azure IoT Suite Overcomes IoT Technical Challenges

Posted by aeadmin on Sep 15, 2016 9:49:21 AM


In a
previous post, we discussed how Microsoft Power BI, a cloud-based analytics service, enables organizations to use interactive dashboards, reports and data visualization tools to analyze a broad range of data types. Microsoft recently introduced a real-time dashboard tile feature, which can be created by users in minutes so they can quickly view and analyze real-time data. The new features and capabilities available with Power BI make it easier for users to convert Internet of Things (IoT) data into actionable business insights.

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Tags: adaptivedge, Power BI, Azure, Cloud, microsoft gold partner, Office 365

How Microsoft Azure Creates a True Hybrid Cloud

Posted by aeadmin on Aug 23, 2016 2:00:06 PM


Numerous studies show that organizations are rapidly adopting a hybrid cloud model. According to the Rightscale 2016 State of the Cloud Report, 82 percent of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy, and 71 percent have adopted a hybrid cloud. A 2015 Forrester Consulting survey of large multinational organizations found that 58 percent were already using some type of hybrid cloud.

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Tags: adaptivedge, Private Cloud, Azure, Cloud, microsoft gold partner, Office 365

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