The Case for Preparedness

By: Mike Carter Are you prepared? Are you sure? In the early minutes of Saturday morning, April 2011, a water main broke underneath the street in Columbia, SC. A $30B lending provider, located just feet away from the break, with over 1,200 servers (95% of them virtualized) located in their basement Data Center, experienced a massive subterranean flood that destroyed the entire electrical subsystem beneath the building, effectively rendering…

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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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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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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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Moving Quickly to SharePoint Online Using Sharegate

SharePoint Online is Microsoft’s cloud version of the server-based web application. It is rapidly becoming one of our favorite cloud productivity tools to deploy for customers. If you’ve been through the many phases of SharePoint over the years, you’ll know that the platform has grown immensely. This growth can be good for customers who can fully embrace new technology. However, it may be hard for most people to wrap their…

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Microsoft Azure Backup Server – Protect Your Data Today

Microsoft Azure Backup Server is a cost efficient, scalable, backup solution that can provide businesses with an enterprise backups while being easy to deploy, manage, and utilize. Microsoft Azure Backup can help you accomplish the following in very little time (days, not weeks). On-Premises and Cloud Backups Incremental Cloud Replication Geo-Replicated Cloud Storage – Up to 6 copies in the Cloud Cloud Only option for the storage constrained business…

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Microsoft Incentive Program to Help Your Business Get Started with Cloud in 2017 – Microsoft Azure

Microsoft has created a great program to allow qualified businesses the opportunity to engage eGroup certified Cloud experts to come on-site and help your business get going with Cloud solutions.  The Microsoft Azure Everywhere program (expires June 30th, 2017) provides Microsoft funding to qualified partners, like eGroup, to conduct on-site education workshops, proof of concept environments, Cloud migration assessments and Cloud adoption roadmaps.  These workshops, funded by Microsoft, are focused…

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