[Azure] Backup your SQL Server databases
Posted by Florent Appointaire on July 26, 2017
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If you want to backup your databases on SQL Server, but you don’t have storage anymore, or you don’t want to buy new hardware or you want to back up your LAB, you can save them on Azure. To do this, it’s very simple, and you pay only the storage that you use.

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Walmart is Asking Providers to Avoid Storing Information in AWS, but is that a Right Decision?
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on July 21, 2017
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As a result of the recent major buyout from Amazon to Whole Foods, Walmart has recently asked their vendors and providers to not use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for hosting any of the Walmart data or even transactions. Adding to that recommendation, Walmart has been recommending to these providers to use Microsoft Azure instead. But is that a right decision to protect their information?

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AWS Expansion, New Regions for 2017 – 2018: France, China, Sweden and now Hong Kong
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on July 10, 2017
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Same as Microsoft’s strategy for locations within cloud services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is adding more regions into their AWS datacenter ecosystem: France, China, and Sweden were recently announced as new regions for 2017/2018; and now Hong Kong will also have an AWS datacenter in 2018.

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Microsoft Announced an Improved Azure VPN: Better SLA and 6x Faster
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on July 3, 2017
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Every company managing an Azure environment knows that the Virtual Private Network (VPN) between their on-premises environment and the public cloud is crucial to guarantee services availability and performance. Microsoft just announced they are improving significantly their Azure VPN, the now called VPN gateways will have stricter SLA, enhanced security and up to a 6x faster performance.

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A few details about Veeam CDP in Veeam Availability Suite v10
Posted by Alex Samoylenko on June 30, 2017
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Recently, New Orleans has hosted the VeeamOn 2017 conference that was dedicated to providing availability for virtualized datacenters. I participated as Veeam Vanguard, a member of the community of professionals promoting the products of this company.

During the event, Veeam announced the release of the Veeam Availability Suite v10 aimed to provide complete availability for virtual datacenter. According to developers’ estimates, the suite will be released by the end of 2017.

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Deploying the Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS)
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on June 26, 2017
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Microsoft is offering the Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) that provides a solution to the issue of using a common local account with an identical password on every computer in a domain. LAPS resolves this issue by setting a different, random password for the common local administrator account on every computer in the domain. Domain administrators using the solution can determine which users, such as helpdesk administrators, are authorized to read passwords.

LAPS allows you to manage local administrator account passwords on domain-joined computers so that passwords are unique on each managed computer, randomly generated, and centrally stored in Active Directory infrastructure.

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Interforest Migration in Windows Server 2016 with Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) 3.2. Part 3
Posted by Karim Buzdar on June 22, 2017
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In previous articles, we have installed Password Export Server Service (PES) 3.1, established trust, delegated permissions to source user account in the target domain, configured source and target domains for SID history migration and understood the theory behind interforest migration. Now, we move ahead with actual migration.

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Generation and Use of Virtual Credit Cards for Registration with Cloud Providers (GCP, AZURE, AWS)
Posted by Veniamin Kireev on June 19, 2017
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Anonymity has been a vital issue since the very emergence of the Internet. Though anonymity is not something that was invented with the Internet.

People always resort to it in order to achieve various goals, such as to hide their real names, obtain a more unbiased evaluation of their messages or creations, protect the privacy of people in scientific studies, etc. This issue has gained more attention due to a spread of social networks and online services, which has prompted governments in many countries to adopt laws that both protect anonymity in certain circumstances and require disclosure of personal information, while explicitly forbidding anonymity in other situations.

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Interforest Migration in Windows Server 2016 with Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) 3.2. Part 2
Posted by Karim Buzdar on June 16, 2017
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In the previous article, we have installed Password Export Server Service (PES) v3.1 on source domain and establish trust between two forests. We will move ahead and delegate permissions to user account from source domain in the target domain, configure source and target domains for SID history migration. We will also see the difference in behavior of AD objects in both intraforest and interforest migration and how to create an include file when migration large number of objects.

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[Azure Active Directory] Domain Services
Posted by Florent Appointaire on June 12, 2017
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This new service gives you the possibility to have a domain controller on Azure, managed by Microsoft team. You’ll be able to join computers to the domain.

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