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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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eGroup Named One of 2017’s Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN

eGroup announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named eGroup to its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size.

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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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The ROI of Cloud is Productivity, a CEO’s Perspective….

The big gain in adopting cloud-based services is certainly financial, but not always “directly” – I have a suspicion that as soon as I publish this, someone is going to say “Hey Mike, come on, you sell what you’re writing about, so how can we <insert skepticism here>?” While this may be true to some degree, it would completely miss the point that this post is really about a…

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Cisco Nexus 7K Design with Active/Active FEX

Back in November 2015 I wrote a post about FEX Topologies with the Cisco Nexus platforms, and at the time the Nexus 5K/6K line was the only model that would support the active/active FEX topology (FEX-AA), which was unfortunate in designing redundant connectivity for downstream devices. But with the release of NX-OS code 7.2 and above, we now get FEX-AA support on the 7000 and 7700 series switches! Recap…

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eGroup Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services

eGroup, the Southeast’s leading provider of data center architecture, cloud services, application services and managed services, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named eGroup to its 2017 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the “Elite 150” category.

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Is Email Your Largest Security Vulnerability? Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Can Help!

What would you say is your largest security vulnerability?  In a recent study sponsored by MalwareBytes and Osterman Research, 31% of ransomware attacks were via links in email and 28% were due to attachments.  That is 59% of attacks originate in email. Traditional Anti-Virus and SPAM protection don’t go far enough to mitigate these risks. Modern email security requires intelligent software that can identify: Abnormal User Behavior – Your users…

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