Azure Action Group Notifications

AvaNotify iOS Lock Screen

Here’s something simple yet vital that I set up in one of my Azure subscriptions recently: Action Group Notifications. Action Groups in Azure are re-usable objects capable of taking a variety of actions. In my example, I’ve set up a notification via text and email, but actions can also include Azure Functions, Logic Apps, webhooks, … Continue reading “Azure Action Group Notifications”

Setting up Linux GUI and RDP in Azure

I’ve had two servers in my Azure environment for a while, one Windows 2012 and the other Ubuntu. I don’t do much with them, except to have a representative box available when I want to try something out. For Linux, no GUI is included; this means a command-line interface is all you get to play … Continue reading “Setting up Linux GUI and RDP in Azure”

Sometimes It Isn’t You

I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out why one of my Azure VMs wasn’t letting me connect consistently. I looked over my NSGs, v-nets, the configuration of the VM itself. Finally, I resorted to Azure’s troubleshooting wizard and got this: Just redploy the virtual machine. Thankfully this was easy, as I’ve learned … Continue reading “Sometimes It Isn’t You”

Office 365 Labels (3 of 3): Unified Labeling

In this third and last in a series on Office 365 Labels, I’m going to go into detail about Unified Labels. While I mentioned them in my last post, here I’ll get into more detail about how to adopt them, as well as muse on implications for ongoing management. For reference, here is the official … Continue reading “Office 365 Labels (3 of 3): Unified Labeling”

Office 365 Labels (1 of 3): Compliance

Retention Label Settings

I’ve written before about labels in Office 365. In this post, first of three in a series, I’m going to go a bit deeper into how the two types of labels, Security and Compliance Sensitivity and Retention, have developed over time, and where Microsoft is headed next. As I’ve mentioned before, Sensitivity and Retention are … Continue reading “Office 365 Labels (1 of 3): Compliance”

Microsoft Compliance Score

Microsoft 365 now includes Compliance Score (in Preview a/o November 2019). Like Secure Score, Compliance Score gives your organization a defined metric against which to measure how well its controls meet various requirements for data compliance. Here is an overview of what Compliance Score is, with a bit of a dive into a specific example … Continue reading “Microsoft Compliance Score”

Microsoft Ignite 2019 – Day 4

Thursday. As the week wore into progressively deeper-dive sessions, I watched some livestreams on new features in Teams, as well recaps of the new Compliance Center and Compliance Score. In my current role, we’re all very excited about the Service Trust Portal, and you can expect some more posts about that. Microsoft continues to push … Continue reading “Microsoft Ignite 2019 – Day 4”

Microsoft Ignite 2019 – Day 3

Hump Day was largely about Iaas-based technologies and incremental improvements – sessions on using search and classification capabilities to de-duplicate date, manage cybersecurity risks, along with improvements to .NET for developers. If there was one theme, it was “secure your data”, whether through threat protection, data governance, or identity management. You can find a complete … Continue reading “Microsoft Ignite 2019 – Day 3”

Microsoft Ignite 2019 – Day 2

Presumably because they know information will leak fast, it seems like all the big news for Ignite came out on Day 1. Yesterday’s sessions were very much on the develop side of the Microsoft community, with a new Visual Studio Online leading the way alongside new Microsoft Graph integrations. One low-profile announcement that caught my … Continue reading “Microsoft Ignite 2019 – Day 2”