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”

M365: Discover & Respond

Review Sets

In the Microsoft 365 Compliance Center, new and old solutions have been grouped together into new categories. Microsoft built out a number of solutions in Office 365 incrementally, and this re-organization groups them together by business processes, hopefully in a way that is meaningful to users and administrators of M365 Compliance. One of these categories … Continue reading “M365: Discover & Respond”

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”

Office 365 Labels vs Label Policies

This is a quick post outlining the distinction between Office 365 labels and label policies. While the screenshots are from Sensitivity labels and label policies, the basic concept applies to compliance labels and label policies as well. In the following screenshot, I have seven Sensitivity labels defined. Remember Sensitivity labels describe and prescribe how labeled … Continue reading “Office 365 Labels vs Label Policies”