Protect Azure Resources from Accidental Changes and Deletion

A topic that comes up often in conversations about the Cloud is “How do I protect Virtual Machines and other Cloud resources from accidental deletion?”.  Microsoft Azure provides a simple and effective way for Administrators to do this through “Locks”. When combined with other administration best practices, like backups, Locks allows administrators to ensure resources are not accidentally or intentionally changed, deleted, or otherwise modified. Locks have two settings:…

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Cisco FirePOWER: The Answer to Your Security Needs

In today’s network data center environment, it’s not simply enough to have a traditional firewall in place protecting the network’s edge. With more sophisticated network intrusions occurring daily, a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) is required to help fight against these intrusions. Cisco’s FirePOWER services provides a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) and IPS (NGIPS) along with Application Visibility and Control (AVC), Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), and reputation based URL filtering….

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How Strong are Your Passwords?

Recently, I learned of a significant – and honestly quite brilliantly executed – security breach of a major company. The breach infiltrated a sophisticated system secured with some great security equipment. This company invested large sums of money to make their system very secure, and they accomplished that. But the brilliant hackers thought outside the box. So how did they do it? The hackers followed a high-ranking employee to…

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Nutanix – AFS Deployment and Replication to DR

Nutanix Acropolis File Services (AFS) has been available to organizations utilizing the Acropolis hypervisor for a while now. With the release of AOS 5.0, it is now available for organizations who utilize VMware ESXi. This is great for organizations that currently utilize Windows file servers or standalone NAS devices. This solution provides a single interface for virtual machines, as well as file services. Before deploying AFS, I would recommend…

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Remove-AzureRmADApplication: Deletion of multi-tenant application is currently not supported

If you’re a developer that is constantly trying out new things, you may want to clean up old and unused Azure AD applications in your development tenant. In my case, I wanted to remove every single one, which is the very simple one-line command with PowerShell: Get-AzureRmADApplication | Remove-AzureRmADApplication. If you use applications that are configured for multi-tenancy (or, can be leveraged by other organizations by delegating permissions in Azure AD),…

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